Worry for Solar Projects After End of Tax Credits

NY Times:  For more than a year now, an enormous solar thermal power plant has been humming along in the Arizona desert, sending out power as needed, even well after sunset. The plant, called Solana, was developed by the Spanish energy and technology company Abengoa and has succeeded in meeting an elusive solar goal — producing electricity when the sun is not shining — and displacing fossil-fuel-based power in the grid.   “With the sun going down at 6 or 7 o’clock at night, all the other forms of solar production are essentially going to zero,” said Brad Albert, general manager for resource management at Arizona Public Service, the state’s main utility, “while Solana is still producing at full power capability. It just adds a whole lot of value to us because our customer demand is so high even after the sun goes down.”   Indeed, Abengoa opened another mammoth plant on Friday in the Mojave Desert in California that uses the same approach. But despite the technology’s success, Abengoa and other developers say they do not have plans at the moment to build more such plants in the United States.   And that is largely because of uncertainty surrounding an important tax credit worth 30 percent of a project’s cost. Although the subsidy, known as the Investment Tax Credit, is to remain in place until the end of 2016, when it will drop to 10 percent, that does not give developers enough time to get through the long process of securing land, permits, financing and power-purchase agreements, executives and analysts say.

SGS Issues Non-Destructive Testing PCN & SNT Training Schedule for the First Quarter of 2015

SGS is pleased to announce the training schedule for the first quarter of 2015 for its internationally recognized non-destructive testing (NDT) training and exam services. Explore our new NDT training calendar.

Rise of renewables fuels greener GB power mix

Renewable energy is a rising force in the GB power generation market, according to a new study by energy data analysts EnAppSys

America's wind installations grew six-fold in 2014

America's wind installations grew six-fold in 2014, making the United States the world's second-largest wind market behind China, according to new figures out today from research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  US installations reached 4.7GW, thanks to the extension of the Production Tax Credit in January 2013. The extension allowed projects to qualify by starting construction before the deadline.  While the US returned to growth, China continued its pattern of record-setting installations up 38% from 2013. In 2014, China installed 20.7GW – over four times more than the US – and more than 40% of all new capacity worldwide. For perspective, China has been the world's largest wind market for six years, since overtaking the US. China now has 96GW of grid-connected wind energy capacity, or more capacity than the entire power fleet of the United Kingdom. Wind energy is the country's third-largest power source behind coal and hydropower, and ahead of nuclear.  China's banner year was the result of a policy-driven rush to build, as onshore tariffs are expected to lower this year. The top five Chinese turbine manufacturers Goldwind, Guodian United Power, Envision, Ming Yang, and Sewind led the market with a combined 12.4GW, or 60% of total installed capacity. 

AOE and T'Sou-ke First Nation Partner in Wave Energy Project

New partnership to install ocean buoy array system off the shores of T'Sou-ke traditional territory.

Siemens Receives Order for 48-MW Alexander Wind Project in Kansas

Siemens to supply and service 21 G2 platform onshore wind turbines ---- New project located near Siemens Hutchinson, Kansas nacelle assembly plant

Canadian Solar Completes the Sale of Glenarm Solar Power Plant to Dutch Infrastructure Fund

The closing of this sale represents the first of four solar projects (Glenarm, Illumination, Beamlight, and GoldLight) that will be acquired by DIF.

Most Chinese Tier-1 PV Module Suppliers Sold Out, Until Second Quarter of 2015

Representing 35 percent of global module capacity, IHS forecasts a 5.7 GW total effective capacity of Chinese tier-1 module suppliers in Q1 2015

Skyven Wins Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award for Dual-Purpose Solar Panel System

Advanced system blends multiple solar technologies to produce efficient electricity and hot water

Exosun expands its operations in solar tracking and opens a subsidiary in South Africa

Exosun South Africa (Pty) Ltd's local team will provide sales, engineering support, as well as training on installation and O&M of its products.

SolarWorld applauds final injury votes in cases against China, Taiwan

Finding of harm against U.S. industry means imposition of import duties will go forward, reigniting American factory hiring after years of facing illegal trade practices

Solar Gold Rush in San Diego: Rules for Solar Changing

Monumental Changes in Solar Market to Spur the Largest Demand in History

Abengoa and AWT to Develop the World's First Solar-Powered Desalination Plant, in Saudi Arabia

The plant will have a capacity to desalinate 60,000 m3 of seawater per day and will supply the local community. ----The project is valued at US$130 million.

IHS scales down Saudi Arabia Solar PV outlook on revised target milestone

Saudi Arabia raised great expectations across the solar industry when it first announced renewable power targets in 2012.

SEIA Continues to Push for Negotiated Trade Solution

The SEIA settlement proposal, or U.S. solar manufacturing fund concept, represents that smart path forward.

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