Chile debates green tax that can make CSP more competitive

Within the tax reform that is currently under debate in Chile's parliament, there is a plan to tax the CO2 emissions from thermoelectric plants over 50 MWt. The idea is to charge US$ 5 per tonne of CO2 discharged.

CA Lottery Hits Jackpot with Solar and Ice-based Energy Storage

The Pavilion of CA Lottery Uses Ice Storage and Solar Panels to Achieve Net Zero.

Solar Tracking Technology

The demand for trackers has expanded significantly in recent years as more reliable and cost-effective solutions come to market. According to a recent study by Transparency Market Research, the global installed capacity for solar trackers is estimated to reach almost 9 GW by 2020.

The Benefits of Power Optimizers

Power optimizers are a module-level power electronics (MLPE) solution that can be affixed on-site or embedded during the manufacturing process as a replacement for the junction box.

MIT, Harvard scientists study how to produce solar power without sunlight

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University are working on a technology that wouldn't require sunlight to produce solar power. The team is developing a material that can absorb the sun's heat and store the energy in a chemical form, ready to be released "on-demand," according to a release. The technology could be used for heating buildings, cooking or other uses where heat, rather than electricity, is the desired output. In a release, researchers describe the technology behind the system: "Some molecules, known as photoswitches, can assume either of two different shapes, as if they had a hinge in the middle. Exposing them to sunlight causes them to absorb energy and jump from one configuration to the other, which is then stable for long periods of time.

Scots' heat victory cemented by launch of new government scheme

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive tweak could help thousands out of fuel poverty

Beaumont Solar Wins New England SunPower Award

Beaumont Solar, a leader in the New England solar market located in New Bedford, MA, was recently named New England 2013 Dealer of the Year by SunPower , a California-based solar manufacturer whose solar energy systems are the most rigorously tested power systems on the market today.

EU PVSEC 2014: Call for Papers Receives Great Response

• More than 1,500 contributions apply for presentation in Amsterdam

GTM Research - Chinese solar-panel prices rising 20% in the U.S.

The price of Chinese-made solar panels delivered to the U.S. could increase by up to 20% by the end of the year, GTM Research said Thursday. The increase is due to supply constraints, rising input costs, and the ongoing trade dispute between the two countries, the Boston-based green-energy consultancy said in a report.  Chinese-made modules are significantly cheaper than those made in other areas, and GTM Research estimated they were 55% of total modules shipped to the U.S. last year.  Chinese firms are quoting modules at 80 cents to 85 cents per watt for delivery in the second half of the year, compared to 70 cents per watt at the end of 2013, the report said.  The ongoing U.S.-China trade case is the "primary driver" behind the price increase, the report said.  More duties on Chinese and Taiwanese solar modules would push up U.S. pricing beyond current levels, as the firms would pass on tariff-induced penalties onto customers or contract out cell and module production to vendors based in higher-cost countries such as India, South Korea, and Malaysia, GTM Research said. 

SolarWorld Seeks Pioneering University-Student Applicants for Prestigious Solar Research Prize

Application deadline for the 2014 SolarWorld Junior Einstein Award is April 15

Martifer Solar Connects Nearly 80 MW to the UK Grid in Nine Weeks

Martifer Solar presents a track record of almost 110 MW of solar PV projects connected in the UK throughout the span of one year.

Sustainable Innovations Announces Launch of Megawatt Scale Renewable Hydrogen Platform

Sustainable Innovations (SI) achieves major milestones in its expandable modular renewables-to-hydrogen architecture for power-to-gas market.

Wind Energy Update: Renewable Energy Leaders Determine Future Strategies to Increase Power Production

Over 110 wind farm owners including Iberdrola, NextEra, EDPR, E.ON, Google, Infigen, NRG Energy and EDF Renewable Energy will gather at next week's Wind O&M Summit in Dallas (14th – 16th April) to devise asset life extension and performance enhancement strategies to meet 2020 renewable energy targets.

Equal Earth, Inc. Strengthens Solar Business with Acquisition of First National Solar

First National Solar Expands Equal Earth's Solar and LED capabilities while Accelerating Company's Growth

Atlantis Energy Systems, Inc. Announces New Solar Roof System

Atlantis Energy Systems Inc., best known for pioneering Building Integrated PV Sunslates™ and TallSlates™ products has now added a new hybrid modular category to its roofing products line.

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