Wind turbine prices fall to their lowest in recent years

Increasing scale, improved efficiency and over-capacity among wind energy hardware manufacturers have combined to push the average price of onshore wind turbines below €1m ($1.36m) per megawatt. The fourth issue of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Wind Turbine Price Index shows that fierce downward pressure on prices has continued in recent months in all parts of the world. Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyzed confidential data provided by 28 major purchasers of wind turbines. The sample includes more than 150 undisclosed turbine contracts, totaling nearly 7GW of capacity in 28 markets globally – with a main focus on Europe and the Americas. Dropping turbine prices may be uncomfortable for manufacturers, but it is good news for project developers and it further improves the cost-competitiveness of wind energy compared with gas and coal. Click to view the main conclusions of the analysis.

Eco-story Names Jim Simunaci Vice President of Sales

New Executive Brings Decades of Lighting Industry Experience to LED Leader

Sono-Tek Corporation to Deliver Presentations at Upcoming Advanced Energy Exhibitions

The presentations will highlight Sono-Tek's ultrasonic atomizing equipment for depositing nano-suspensions, such as active layer chemistries, TCO and PEDOT coatings onto thin-film solar cells, as well as catalyst inks onto fuel cell manufacturing components.

Solar Energy Classes Light up the Employment Sky

Markham, Ontario recently flexed its solar leadership muscles by joining the province's feed-in-tariff program. "It is an example for all to follow," says Ontario's Energy Minister, Brad Duguid. Under this program, a new 250-kilowatt solar installation at Markham's offices on Warden Avenue will ge

Wind turbine prices fall to their lowest in recent years

Prices have dipped below 1m per MW for the first time since 2005, according to the latest edition of Bloomberg New Energy Finance's Wind Turbine Price Index

SEEC calls on House Republican Leaders to act on Oil Spill Commission Report

WASHINGTON, DC -- The members of the House of Representatives Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC) sent a letter today to House Republican leaders urging them to prioritize congressional action on the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on the BP Oil Spill.

Telkonet Releases Next Generation EcoSmart Energy Management Product Suite

Clean Technology Provider Solution Company Telkonet Releases Its New Energy Efficiency Suite, EcoSmart, With A Fresh Look And New Website

Building a bridge to renewable energy

Bridges are generally exposed to the elements, meaning they generally get a nice dose of sunlight often coupled with some fairly strong crosswinds. For these reasons this “Solar Wind” bridge design would seem to make a lot of sense. The proposed bridge would harness solar energy through a grid of solar cells embedded in the road surface, while wind turbines integrated into the spaces between the bridge’s pillars would be used to generate electricity from the crosswinds. The brainchild of Italian designers Francesco Colarossi, Giovanna Saracino and Luisa Saracino, the Solar Wind concept was designed for the Solar Park Works – Solar Highway competition that asked entrants to modernize sections of a decommissioned elevated highway stretching between Bagnera and Scilla in Italy. The road surface would replace traditional asphalt with 20 km (12.4 miles) of “solar roadways” consisting of a dense grid of solar cells coated with a transparent and durable plastic coating providing 11.2 million kWh per year. The designers say this system, combined with the 26 wind turbines integrated underneath the bridge generating 36 million kWh per year, would provide enough electricity to power approximately 15,000 homes.

Government Investment at Stratford Festival Supports Solar Energy Industry

Gary Schellenberger, MP for Perth-Wellington, recently announced that the world-renowned Stratford Shakespeare Festival will receive funding designed to help Ontario's growing solar energy industry. Specifically, the Government of Canada funded $246,750 to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival via the

Ontario's Solar Energy Certification Programs Show the US the Way

For years, Canadians have complained about US-based air-borne particulate pollution. The special object of ire was Detroit, Michigan's smokestack car industry and the exhaust "exported" to Windsor. Now Canada, with Ontario's innovative feed-in tariff program, is not only combating that trend but a

Gill-Simpson Acquires W.R. Casteel Company

-- Firm Forms New Division to Better Serve Energy Infrastructure Market --

IPVEA's PV Production Forum 2011 Call for Papers Is Now Open

The IPVEA is seeking speakers for the PV Production Forum 2011 at the 26th EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany. The conference will take place over five days from 5-9 September 2011.

Ecotech Institute Offers Cutting-Edge Electrical Engineering Technology Program

Electrical Engineering Technicians are Critical for Shifting Power Needs

SEMA to Discuss a Comparison of China Vs. Western Solar Manufacturing Practices and Technology

SEMA will host a meeting on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at Flextronics' campus in Milpitas, CA from 5-7 p.m. The meeting will address the impact of China's manufacturing model on the global solar manufacturing industry.

Ontario's Solar Economy Suffers Temporary Setback

A renewable energy development deal between Samsung and Six Nations has been called off due to a disclosure related disconnect. The deal was to involve a partnership between the two parties, geared towards the construction and operation of two renewable energy projects and the continued development

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