Milestones for Residential Solar Power in 2013

We're seeing that 2013 was one of the best years for solar installations ever, with prices dropping for the third year in a row. Even the White House installed solar panels on its roof.

Wind and Winged Wildlife: Increased Federal Oversight of Wind Energy

There are two federal laws that regulate the "take" of birds, the BGEPA, which regulates bald and golden eagles, and the MBTA, which regulates approximately 1,000 species of migratory birds.

Harmonising our Energy and Societal Needs

While promoting the implementation of green areas, we nevertheless have to pay focused attention to not only going green for its own sake, but also to promote a future trend where ecology meets sustainability.

American Indians Making $$ on Solar in West

While not perfect, solar provides jobs and lease revenue for tribes as it cleans up their air.

13 major clean energy breakthroughs of 2013

While the news about climate change seems to get worse every day, the rapidly improving technology, declining costs, and increasing accessibility of clean energy is the true bright spot in the march toward a zero-carbon future. 2013 had more clean energy milestones than we could fit on one page, but here are 13 of the key breakthroughs that happened this year. 1. Using salt to keep producing solar power even when the sun goes down.  2. Electric vehicle batteries that can also power buildings. 3. The next generation of wind turbines is a gamechanger. 4. Solar electricity hits grid parity with coal. 5. Advancing renewable energy from ocean waves. 6. Harnessing ocean waves to produce fresh water.  7. Ultra-thin solar cells that break efficiency records. 8. Batteries that are safer, lighter, and store more power.  9. New age offshore wind turbines that float. 10. Cutting electricity bills with direct current power. 11. Commercial production of clean energy from plant waste is finally here. 12. Innovative financing bringing clean energy to more people. 13. Wind power is now competitive with fossil fuels.    Full Article:

Trina Solar Receives JIS Q 8901 Certification from TUV Rheinland

The JIS Q 8901 standard was established in February 2012 with the aim of encouraging the wider adoption of PV power generating systems in the Japanese market through promoting product reliability and user protection.

Kalaeloa Renewable Energy Park Comes Online

Oahu's 5 MW Solar Plant—One of State's Largest Solar Energy Facilities—Now Generating Energy for Hawaiian Electric

EDF EN Mexico and Mitsui Announce Participation in Wind Power Generation Project in Mexico

The project, now in an advanced stage of construction, is scheduled to start commercial operation in April, 2014.

Ensupra Solar LLC Announces Reseller Program for Its Product PluggedSolar, a DIY Solar Power Grid Tie Kit

Ensupra Solar's product, Plugged Solar, an innovative and affordable solar energy solution for every home, announces a reseller program for its do-it-yourself solar power kit. PluggedSolar was launched just a few months ago, the ease of installation at affordable cost has enjoyed a quick adoption rate across North America.

Solar 360 Announces "Made In USA" Solar Panel Campaign

Solar 360, a leading supplier of solar panels and equipment in southern California, announces its "Made in the USA" solar panel campaign. Solar 360 uses only solar panels and accessories made in the United States to ensure top quality for its customers.

Roxtec seals provide complete safety solutions for long-term, cost-effective operational reliability

Roxtec seals provide complete safety solutions for long-term, cost-effective operational reliability for both Onshore and Offshore Wind Farms.

Wind Power Developers Race Clock to Secure Subsidy

As the rest of the world prepares to toast the new year, the wind industry is hard at work on its own year-end tradition, rushing to make sure projects qualify for an important subsidy before it is set to vanish at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday. Developers are signing deals, ordering equipment and lurching ahead with construction starts to qualify for a tax credit that is worth 2.3 cents a kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of production. This month, giant turbine-makers like Vestas and Siemens have announced major new orders, including a deal worth more than $1 billion with MidAmerican Energy, an Iowa-based utility majority-owned by Warren E. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, and another with the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound. In previous years, the projects had to be in commercial operation by New Year’s Eve. This year, they need only have begun. “What we see right now is a race to the finish line, where we’re trying to get projects signed,” said Mark Albenze, chief executive of the Wind Power Americas unit of Siemens Energy. “It’s a little bit of a different dynamic, whereas in ’12 our projects teams were the ones stressing out in December and now it’s our acquisition team.”  

Montana wind farm operator sues California utility for breach of contract

SUIT SEEKS TO BLOCK SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC FROM RENEGING ON COMMITMENTS TO INVEST IN RIM ROCK WIND FARM AND TO BUY RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM THE FACILITY

Huaneng Power International, Inc. Hubei Sui Xian Jieshan Wind Farm Project Obtained Approval

JinkoSolar Partners with Beijing University to Build the University's First Experimental PV Plant

Research will be conducted on a number of PV modules and inverters while they are exposed to various conditions.

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