Say Goodbye to Solar Power Subsidies

Mark Chediak & Chris Martin for Bloomberg Businessweek:  In 2016 the U.S. will learn if renewable energy can survive without government support. The most significant tax credit for solar power will expire at the end of 2016, and the biggest one for wind already has. These federal subsidies have provided wind and solar developers with as much as $24 billion from 2008 to 2014, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s led to a 12-fold increase in installed capacity over the past decade, helping lower costs at least 10 percent each year.

Combined, wind and solar still generate less than 5 percent of electricity in the U.S. The subsidy cuts come as both industries face stiffer competition from ultracheap coal and natural gas. An NYSE Bloomberg global index of solar stocks, including those of big developers SunEdison and First Solar, has fallen about 35 percent since June. A comparable wind index is down 20 percent.  Cont'd...

Prysmian Supplies Cables For The Niagara Wind Farm Project, One Of The Largest Wind Farms In North America

Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded a new order for a total value of around € 16 Million for power transmission and distribution cabling of an onshore wind farm project in the Niagara Region of North America.

ACORE Releases its 2015 Renewable Energy in the 50 States: Western Region Report

The West leads the rest of the country in generation and investment for renewable energy.

Ideal Power Receives 14.5 MW Order

Largest Order to Date from an Existing Customer

KYOCERA TCL Solar Completes 8.5MW Solar Power Plant on Reclaimed Island on Japan's Largest Lake

Underutilized land repurposed with solar installation to provide equivalent power for roughly 2,900 average households

ROLLING OUT SMART INVERTERS

EPRI-SEPA WHITE PAPER HIGHLIGHTS UTILITY DEPLOYMENTS

Suntech and Tigo Introduce Creative Energy Optimization to the Solar Market

With combined technologies, Suntech introduces a high performing smart module to the market

Abengoa renews its operations and maintenance agreement for the Ain Beni Mathar hybrid plant in Morocco

Abengoa has signed a five year extension to its agreement with the National Power and Drinking Water Office (ONEE). The contract is worth approximately €63 million.

EV ARC™ - Transportable, Solar Powered EV Charging Station.

Delivered to the location complete and ready to charge vehicles, it requires no permits, no civil engineering or planning, no foundations, trenching or electrical connections and is operational within minutes.

SMA Solar Technology AG Surpasses 7.5 GW of Installed Inverter Capacity in North America

SMA Group Accounts for More than a Third of Total Operational PV in the U.S., Canada and Mexico

Suniva Powers Houston's NRG Park

Popular Sports and Entertainment Complex Goes Solar

Fitch: US Solar Power Projects Start Solid, Face Long-Term Risks

These findings come at an important time as solar installations are proliferating.

Invisible Wires Start 'Disappearing' on Transparent Electricity-Generating SolarWindow

Latest SolarWindow process breakthrough revolutionizes the transmission of electricity on glass with wires as thin as human hair.

Canadian Solar Subsidiary Recurrent Energy Secures Financing for 60 Megawatt Barren Ridge Solar Power Project

Recurrent Energy will be the managing member and plans to own and operate the project, currently under construction in California.

RES Announces Acquisition of System 3

Strategic purchase will allow RES to expand transmission business, accelerate growth

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