What's in store for CSP in 2012?

The flurry of activity seen in the last 6 months demonstrates that CSP is a young but rapidly-evolving industry

US Replaces China as Top Clean Energy Investor

The United States has regained its place as the world's number one investor in clean energy, reclaiming the top spot from China, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In 2011, U.S. total investment in clean energy surged to $55.9 billion, up 33 percent from 2010; China saw investment rise just 1 percent to $47.4 billion over the same time period. This is the first time that the U.S. - and not China - has held the number one spot since 2008. Bloomberg attributes the increase in U.S.investment in large part to support initiatives such as the federal loan guarantee program and a Treasury grant program which have now expired. The country's principal remaining support measure for renewable energy, the Production Tax Credit, is currently also scheduled to fall away at the end of 2012 unless it is extended. As a result, Bloomberg suggests that there may be a rush to get projects completed in 2012, followed by a slump in investment in 2013, if the credit does, in fact, expire. Vestas, the world's largest maker of wind turbines in terms of revenue, warned that 1,600 U.S. jobs were at risk if clean energy tax credits were not extended past the end of this year.

Conergy introducing a new value module manufactured outside of China

The new Conergy PM module will not be impacted by any possible tariff decisions

DropBox Inc. Builds Containerized Power Systems

DropBox Inc. works with a number of battery, inverter, and switch gear manufacturers to create containerized energy storage solutions.

SMA Sunny PRO Club Extends Regional Forum Program through 2012

Solar Industry Leader Releases New Event Schedule and Exclusive Educational Opportunities for the U.S. and Canada

Hydrogen refuelling stations: TÜV SÜD assists Japan with the revision of standards and regulations

The Japan Petroleum Energy Center (JPEC) commissioned TÜV SÜD to map the state of the art in hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany and Europe. The results of this study will be incorporated into the revision of Japan's legal regulations for hydrogen refuelling stations.

GeoModel Solar Launches New Online Tool for Solar Site Prospecting and Photovoltaic Yield Assessment

GeoModel Solar, a leading international provider of solar resource data, innovative photovoltaic simulation tools and expert consultancy, launched a new generation solar software - iMaps and pvPlanner - delivering new industry standards.

GRC Announces Outstanding Geothermal Technical Presentations of 2011

Geothermal Resources Council announces honors for the best geothermal presentations showcased at the GRC Annual Meeting

New Solar-Energy System Generating Power at W&L

SEM's 325-kilowatt PV system for Washington and Lee University is the largest in Virginia.

Upsolar Completes Industry-Leading Module Life Cycle Assessment Study

China-based producer seizes leadership position with comprehensive LCA

Solar Photovoltaic Companies Shifting From Focus on Market Share Growth to Profitability in 2012

Planned Production Revised Downward; Market Growth Shifting Away from Europe, NPD Solarbuzz Reports

Unlock the Secret to Selling to the Military

Selling to the military is not easy, but if you are persistent and take one step at a time, asking questions along the way, military sales can add substantially to your bottom line.

Solar Thermal (Hot Water) - The Other Type Of Solar

Just like PV solar panels, solar thermal systems are tax credit eligible on both state and federal levels. And, just as there are utility rebates for installing a new, more energy efficient water tank, most power companies also have special incentives for installing solar thermal, as high as $450 dollars per solar thermal installation!

Interview - Energy Monitoring with PowerTrack

By monitoring and measuring energy production, consumption and portfolio performance, budget conscious users, installers, developers and financiers are discovering production increases and cost savings that they could never see before.

DEGERenergie registers 20 percent increase in turnover in 2011 Worldwide growing demand for MLD tracking technology

Efficiency and economic viability are increasingly becoming the center of attention

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