Defective Photovoltaics and Other Flaws Plague China's Push to Build Solar Power

China has bet on solar energy as a cleaner alternative to coal, but whether installed solar panels can meet the country's need for energy is becoming a troubling question. China had installed nearly 19.5 gigawatts of solar panels as of the end of 2013. However, "many solar installations failed to generate as much electricity as planned," said Ji Zhenshuang, deputy director at the Beijing-based China General Certification Center, which examined 472 Chinese solar projects over the past four years. Ji would not specify the percentage but said the figure is not small. The solar projects his company examined include those under Golden Sun, a government-led program that was introduced in 2009 to demonstrate the use of solar energy, as well as utility-scale solar farms run by Chinese energy giants. Although China in recent years has surpassed many countries in adopting solar technology, in a move to help Chinese factories survive tougher export markets and to cut the country's dangerous reliance on coal, there is little public information available on how well the Chinese solar projects function. However, some experts did not seem surprised by Ji's findings.   Cont'd..

GEM Energy ranks among Solar Power World's Top Solar Contractors of 2014

GEM Energy, one of the Rudolph/Libbe Companies, is ranked 28th among Solar Power World's Top 50 Solar Developers, 70th among the magazine's Top 100 Commercial Solar Contractors, and 154th on the magazine's list of Top 400 Solar Contractors for 2014.

Off Grid Street Lights now in North America

Wireless solar street and parking lot lights use zero energy, qualify for Investment Tax Credit.

2 weeks remaining to register for our Developing & Delivering Geothermal Power Projects Course

Developing & Delivering Geothermal Power Projects, Singapore, Monday 01st - Wednesday 03rd September 2014

Watershed Geosynthetics, Closure Turf™ Assists Hartford Landfill Transform into a Model of Renewable Energy Innovation

ClosureTurf™ Landfill Cover Creates Unique Platform for Solar Panels

Ford, DTE Energy to Build Michigan's Largest Solar Array

Ford and DTE Energy work together to build Michigan's largest solar array, second largest solar carport in the Midwest ----The project, funded by DTE Energy, will provide 360 covered parking spaces and facilitate for 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn ----Carport expected to generate 1.13 million kilowatt-hours annually – enough energy to power 158 average-sized homes for a year

NRG Reaches Agreement to Acquire Goal Zero, the Market Leader in Personal Solar Products

Shared vision of clean energy empowering the modern mobile lifestyle for everybody

GE Survey Results: Millions of Americans Willing to Pay $10 More on Monthly Bill for Reliable Grid

GE Grid Resiliency Survey Reveals Utility Consumer Trends and Expectations ---- Smart Phones and Digital Communications Shaping How Consumers Interact with Utilities ----Consumers Expect Power Providers to Deliver Electricity with Environmental, Economic and Reliability Benefits

Four Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines in Denmark reach record 100 million kWh mark

The combined production of 400 million kWh is enough clean energy to power over 100,000 average Danish households for one year.

GameChange Files Accelerated Patent Application for Its Pour-in-Place™ Ballasted Ground Solar Racking System

The accelerated patent application follows up on provisional patents filed earlier in 2013.

TIDAL STREAM AND WAVE POWER – A LOT STILL TO PROVE

Bloomberg New Energy Finance has revised down its forecasts for global tidal stream and wave power deployment in 2020, by 11% and 72% respectively

DVO Inc. Announces First Anaerobic Digester Installation in California

This is DVO's first installation in California, and the state's only next-generation anaerobic digester.

KACO new energy gains ground in Asia

Solar PV inverters from KACO new energy GmbH are in demand in South Korea: the manufacturer, based in Neckarsulm, Germany is the market leader in the Asian country and expects an 80% market share for the current year. The forecasts for the Japanese market are also giving the company cause to feel positive about its position in Asia.

Wave and tidal industry making major progress to overcome challenges

Wave power is attracting interest from major players in the ocean economy, such as shipping company Fred Olsen and the US Navy.

Energy Department Invests More Than $55 Million to Advance Efficient Vehicle Technologies

These new projects are aimed at meeting the goals and objectives of the President's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, as well as improvements in other vehicle technologies such as powertrains, fuel, tires and auxiliary systems.

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