Solar Energy Becoming a Key Component in the Connected Home

Some of the most important innovations happening in energy today are happening far from the national media headlines. But these small changes will go a long way to making power more reliable, competitive, and local, with solar energy playing a central disruptive role that could dominate energy in the next century. One of those moves happened yesterday, when  SunPower  bought a $20 million stake in Tendril and agreed to license its Energy Services Management Platform software. Here's what the deal means over the next few years. At its core, Tendril is essentially an energy data company. It collects and analyzes data about consumers' energy usage patterns, primarily learned from partnerships with utilities. SunPower can use this data in its installations to optimize a home's renewable energy consumption, provide stored energy when it's needed, adapt to changing policies for solar, and even improve sales by finding its ideal customers. You can think of SunPower's capabilities with Tendril as a piece of the home of the future. SunPower will provide local energy production with solar panels, and with energy storage and connected devices SunPower can intelligently plan energy production and consumption based on consumers' desires. If a consumer wants to consume as little energy as possible the system can be set for that, just as it could be set to consume as much of your own energy production, or optimize for cost if there are rewards for sending energy to the grid at peak times. All of this will work in the background, similar to a car's eco mode, but it'll work to make energy more dynamic and controllable for consumers.

Capital Dynamics raises approximately USD 1 billion for clean energy strategy

Firm achieves milestone with final close of USD 462.5 million for Capital Dynamics Clean Energy and Infrastructure LP

Capitol Hill's First Community Solar Project Now Online

A&R Solar completes installation of Capitol Hill EcoDistrict community solar project to benefit Holiday Apartments affordable housing community and Seattle City Light customers.

Baker Electric Solar Helps San Marcos Santa Light Up His Wonderland

Baker Electric Solar is pleased to announce it installed a 9.8 kW solar system for the popular San Marcos, California holiday display, Christmas on Knob Hill. For more than 25 years the Gilfillen's have created a stunning array of 100,000 holiday lights, figures and decorations.

Geothermal Resources Council Announces New Board of Directors

Katherine Young, Maria Richards, and Masami Nakagawa join the new GRC Board of Directors

Equal Earth Acquires FOPCO, A Leading Construction and Specialty Environmental Services Company

Equal Earth announced that it has acquired Oahu-based FOPCO, a leading construction and environmental services company for an undisclosed amount. This latest acquisition supports Equal Earth's growth strategy, strengthens the company's management team and deepens the firm's public sector expertise.

Geothermal Energy in 2014: Emerging Economies Power Up

Geothermal Energy in 2014: Emerging Economies Power Up

SolarWorld Commends Critical Wins in Trade Cases against China, Taiwan

Company applauds U.S. government's trade duties and scope as promising measures to reignite American factory hiring after years of improper trade practices

PVinsights:Polysilicon price drops seriously in Dec since price outside China follows China to crash

Chinese polysilicon sellers continue to dump their products aggressively to secure the order as the polysilicon procurement slow down. Therefore, polysilicon manufacturers in China now are facing serious price correction.

The meeco Group begins development of a 10MW ground mounted installation in Zimbabwe

Engages local industrial leaders Powerspeed Electrical & William Bain Holdings. Partners with Mosspatch Investments Zimbabwe

PlugVolt Febuary 2015 Battery Seminar - Boston Power Joins Automotive Panel

Join industry leaders from AVL, Bosch, Cap-XX, Chrysler, Ford, Gamry, GM, Intertek, LG Chem, Magna Steyr, Navigant Research, NEC, PEC, NextEnergy, Nissan, SaintGobain, Sakti3, THT, TUV SUD, Valeo, Xalt Energy and many more to hear about latest advances & challenges for grid storage and xEV batteries

Sardinia 2015 - 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium

The 15th edition of the Sardinia Symposia will take place from 5 to 9 October 2015 and will focus as per tradition on the advances of Waste Management

PROINSO donates to Solar Energy Solidarity 3 kWp for an anti-leprosy hospital in Benin, Africa

PROINSO, jointly with local NGOs and other organizations, has donated 3 kWp for the installation. Since it was launched in 2011, the PROINSO-led initiative Solar Energy Solidarity has developed several projects aimed at providing electricity to as many as 28,000 people who live in communities

U.S. Imposes Steep Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

The Commerce Department began closing a chapter in a protracted trade conflict with China over solar equipment Tuesday, approving a collection of steep tariffs on imports from China and Taiwan.   The decision, intended to close a loophole that had allowed Chinese manufacturers to avoid tariffs imposed in an earlier ruling by using cells — a major module component — made in Taiwan, found that the companies were selling products below the cost of manufacture and that the Chinese companies were benefiting from unfair subsidies from their government.   The department announced anti-dumping duties of 26.71 percent to 78.42 percent on imports of most solar panels made in China, and rates of 11.45 percent to 27.55 percent on imports of solar cells made in Taiwan. In addition, the department announced anti-subsidy duties of 27.64 percent to 49.79 percent for Chinese modules.   “These remedies come just in time to enable the domestic industry to return to conditions of fair trade,” said Mukesh Dulani, president of SolarWorld Americas. “The tariffs and scope set the stage for companies to create new jobs and build or expand factories on U.S. soil.”   But others in the industry were quick to criticize the ruling.

BBA to hold Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015

CJP – The Advanced Biofuel Center is happy to Global Castor Biodiesel World 2015 in India from February 21-22, 2015. CJP has the privilege to provide most authoritative Knowledge platform known as Global Jatropha Hi-Tech Agricultural Training Programme for Development of Sustainable Non-Food Oil Crop Projects, Programmes and Priorities to Feed Biodiesel Industry Worldwide.

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