As California Rolls Out More Solar Power, Regulators Could Undercut The Industry

Ken Silverstein for Forbes:  The fall season is kicking off a sizzling solar power debate in California and one that has the potential to undercut the state’s climate mission. Utility regulators there are in discussions over how to balance the interest of rooftop solar generators with the utilities on which they will still depend. Just how those hearings are resolved with have implications for the rollout of renewable energy not just in California but also around the country. At issue is something called “net metering,” which is technical term used to measure the amount of money that rooftop solar generators should get paid relative to retail electricity prices. Utilities, generally, want to offer them the wholesale rate for what they send to them over the grid. Those are expensive wires to maintain and ones that all customers will use, even those who power their homes with solar panels. That’s because the sun is not always shining and the utilities would then have to provide them electricity over their networks. The present net metering rules in California were set a dozen years ago, with the intent that they would expire when solar penetration reached 5 percent at any of three investor-owned utilities: Edison International’s SoCalEd, PG&E Corp. and Sempra Energy, which is nearing the threshold. Generally, those utilities are paying customers the full retail value for their electricity generated and transmitted.  Cont'd...

Hannah Solar Launches Hannah Home Energy in Partnership with Sonnenbatterie Inc.

Creating the First Exclusive Sonnenbatterie Center Partnership in the Southeast

Sierra Energy Awarded Grant For Hydrogen Fuel Research

This award from the Defense Logistics Agency is a key step in Sierra Energys efforts to help California realize Governor Jerry Browns greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Ideal Power Receives Order for Grid-Resilient 30kW Multi-Port Power Conversion Systems From EnerDel for Microgrid Applications

First Major Order for the Rapidly Growing Microgrid Market

Top Energy and Finance Companies Launch Next Generation Storage System for Utility and Grid-Scale Applications

New energy storage solution optimizes proven flow battery technology to deliver long run-time, 20-year operation

2015 The 'Year Of The Battery

But Energy Storage Can Do Much More

GE Supports Growing Japanese Solar Market with Advanced Technology and Long Term Service

Following the Hosoe project, GE has once again been chosen to support another mega-solar project in Furukawa, Japan with its Brilliance skid inverter solutions ---A 20-year long term service contract to secure availability and energy yield over project lifetime ---GEs expertise and high quality & cost effective solutions will ensure positive returns on investment

New IRENA Guide Helps Countries Integrate Larger Share of Renewable Energy

Power sector transformation guide moves countries from renewable energy targets to implementation

Kina'ole Capital Partners Endorses the Energy Toolbase Software Platform to Installer Partner Network

Solar Finance Provider Kina'ole Capital Partners Endorses Solar Software Group Energy Toolbase as the Platform of Choice

Gothenburg's first permanent hydrogen refuelling station is now being launched

The hydrogen refuelling station is located next to PowerCell Sweden AB's premises at Hisingen in Gothenburg, Sweden.

ReneSola Sells 16.5 MW Utility Scale Project in the UK

Renesola today announced that it has sold its 16.5 MW Membury utility scale project in the United Kingdom to Foresight Solar Fund Limited ("FSFL").

Blymyer Engineers Chosen As Engineering Firm Of Record For Springbok 2 Solar Farm

The full three phase project involves developing a 350 MW AC PV solar generating facility covering approximately 2000 acres of formerly underdeveloped grazing and ag lands over multiple project sites in an unincorporated portion of eastern Kern county.

Discovery about new battery overturns decades of false assumptions

A discovery that could pose a challenge and sustainable alternative to the widely-used lithium-ion battery.

Vector Cuatro adds 83 MW to its portfolio in the UK

With this acquisition, the global leader in the renewable energy industry strengthens its international portfolio with a total of more than 980 MW under management in Asia, America and Europe.

Molten Salt Energy Storage - Time to Bottle the Sun

A total of about 2,125 MW of molten salt energy storage projects are in pipeline which are scheduled for deployment by 2018.

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