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China’s Idle Wind Power Curbs Tariff Cuts, Regulator Says

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:28

Switching off wind turbines in China because their electricity can’t be absorbed by the grid is limiting how much planners can cut incentives given to renewable power producers.

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Swiss Unveil New Solar Powered Plane for Global Flight

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:24

The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car.

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How Much Are Your Solar Facebook Fans Worth? Around $403 Each

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 03:00

According to a report conducted by non-solar marketing firm Syncapse, the average value of a Facebook Fan (“Like”) in 2013 was $174. Based on their methodology, the value is probably much higher for residential solar companies, but how much higher? Let's see if we can figure out an estimate. Syncapse didn’t reveal its exact methodology for valuing

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IKEA Enters US Wind Market With Largest Renewables Investment to Date

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 15:02

IKEA is at it again. In an effort to achieve its goal of producing more renewable energy than it consumes by 2020, the retail giant announced yesterday that it has purchased the 98-MW Hoopeston wind farm in Illinois. This purchase marks its first wind project investment in the U.S. and largest renewables investment globally. IKEA will own the wind farm and U.S.-based developer Apex Clean Energy will manage the project.

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UPDATE: UK Announces Renewable Heat Tariffs

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 14:45

UPDATE: The U.K. government yesterday launched its Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (d-RHI), which pays households that generate heat and hot water using renewable energy systems such as solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps and biomass heating.

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Tax Code of Honor: US Congress Must Choose a Clean Energy Future

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 09:17

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden has officially begun consideration of legislation to reinstate a suite of tax credits that big polluters and their allies succeeded in getting Congress to let expire, including vital, commonsense policies that promote clean energy.

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Russia Sets Renewable Energy Auction Dates

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:32

The Russian Government has announced that renewable energy source (RES) investment project auctions (IPA) for the years 2015 through 2018 will be held May 28 through June 10, 2014.

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Capital for Clean Energy Easier to Find as Investors Seek Simplicity

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 05:30

Simplifying finance vehicles for renewable energy will lure more investors and lower the costs of capital.

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GWEC: Global Installed Wind Power Capacity Will (Almost) Double in Five Years

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 00:00

Led by Asia and other developing regions, the global wind market will grow at an annual cumulative capacity rate of more than 10 percent over the next five years, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The group released its annual report yesterday and discussed its findings on a press call.

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Utilities Threatened by Competitive Renewable Energy Growth

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:13

Technology is catching up with Thomas Edison’s electricity industry, eating away at the utility business model that hasn’t changed much in a century.

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The Method and Meaning of Minnesota's New Value of Solar Policy

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:11

In March 2014, Minnesota became the first state to adopt a “value of solar” policy to set a fair, transparent price on solar energy. It may serve as a national precedent and fundamentally change the financial relationship between electric utilities and their energy-producing customers.  So what will value of solar mean for utility customers produci

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UN Climate Change Panel to Discuss Global Transition to Renewable Energy

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 07:23

After concluding that global warming almost certainly is man-made and poses a grave threat to humanity, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change is moving on to the next phase: what to do about it.

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Crowd-Funded US Rooftop Solar May Top $5 Billion in Five Years

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 05:53

Crowdfunding may supply the rooftop solar projects with $5 billion of investment within five years, more than 50 times the amount raised to date.

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