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FPL Aims for Record-breaking 30 Million Solar Panels by 2030

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 18:01
The initiative aims to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030 and the project will be the largest including solar installation by a regulated utility in the world.

Bloomberg Opinion: PG&E Reneging On Renewables PPAs Makes No Sense

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:54
Utilities and renewable-energy advocates have long had a complicated relationship. Yet the prospect of PG&E Corp. tipping into bankruptcy by the end of January has sent shivers through the solar-and-wind sector.

Threat to PG&E Renewable PPAs Affects US DOE Loans

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:49
The fallout from California power giant PG&E Corp.’s looming bankruptcy has been both sudden and widespread: Its electricity suppliers have seen their debt cut to junk. Banks are facing liabilities as buyers of last resort for more than $760 million of bonds the utility issued through California. And the rest of the state’s utilities have tumbled.

Global Clean Energy Spending Dips in 2018 But Installations Rise on Lower Prices

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:35
Global funding for clean-energy projects sagged in 2018 after China’s decision to curb subsidies dragged down installations in the world’s biggest solar market.

Brief: China to build 2,000-MW Lawa hydropower station on Jinsha River

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:45

China has approved construction of the 2,000-MW Lawa hydropower station on the Jinsha River, multiple news agencies are reporting.

100 Percent Clean Energy Goals: What Will It Take To Get There?

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:39
Here we are in 2019, with more than 100 U.S. cities and 140 large corporations having established 100 percent clean, carbon-free and/or renewable energy goals. In several states, newly seated governors campaigned on goals of 100 percent renewable energy, and congressional representatives have arrived in Washington positioning for a like-minded national proposal.

Five Companies You’ve Definitely Heard of Join Up to Buy Solar Energy in Aggregation Deal

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 15:32
It’s hard to find a common thread between the business models of Gap, Bloomberg, Cox, Salesforce and Workday but today they are announcing that they all have one big thing in common: their desire to clean up their organizations’ energy supply by using renewable energy.

Ameresco Acquiring Maximum Solar to Increase Commercial-Scale Services

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 14:22

As part of its acquisition of Maximum Solar, Ameresco said, it will further develop in-house services to operate and maintain solar facilities. Maximum Solar currently manages about 150 MW of solar throughout the northeastern U.S.

The POWERGEN Call for Abstracts is Open

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 21:07

Abstracts that include and guarantee utility participation are going to get higher consideration than those that do not. 

Construction Set to Begin on Largest Australian Solar Power Plant

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:49
Edify Energy and Octopus Investments selected Signal Energy Australia to build the 333-MWdc/275-MWac Darlington Point Solar Plant on 2,000 acres in western New South Wales (NSW), Australia.

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Prototype To Be Installed In Rotterdam

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 15:31
GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind said this week that they have signed an agreement to install the first Haliade-X 12-MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam this summer. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service Operation and Maintenance agreement.

Abundance raises £7 million for Orbital Marine Power’s tidal stream turbine

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 20:00

UK peer-to-peer ethical investment company Abundance announced it closed its largest fund raise to date, raising £7 million (US$8.9 million) for Scottish tidal energy company Orbital Marine Power.

Blockchain to Shape New Trends in Energy Trading

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 18:59
The recent trends in the energy industry such as the rise in prosumerism and increasing deployment of smart meters have resulted in better data analytics, storage and communication solutions to the energy industry.

MidAmerican Energy’s New Utility-Scale Storage System Complete and Operating

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 18:37
This week, clean energy developer Invenergy said that it completed, in just four months, the construction of a 4-MWh battery storage system in Knoxville, Iowa for MidAmerican Energy. The system began commercial operation in December.

Energy Storage Outlook for 2019: E-Mobility, Clean Energy Technologies and Lithium Batteries

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 14:47
2018 was another defining year for the lithium supply chain as the global population continued to make remarkable strides towards the implementation of clean energy and transportation. Although the clean energy and transportation industries are only in their early days, it has become apparent that renewables and electrification of transportation are an irreversible trend, one that has begun to disrupt many established industries.

EDF and Masdar Build First Saudi Arabian Wind Farm

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:29
Last week EDF Renewables and Masdar (the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) announced that they won the bid to build the 400-MW Dumat al Jandal wind farm, located 560 miles from north of Riyadh in the Al Jouf region of north-western Saudi Arabia.

ASU Researchers Break Solar-cell Efficiency Record at 25.4 Percent

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:28
Arizona State University researchers have set a new record for solar efficiency, 25.4 percent. Working with tandem photovoltaics, or stacking different materials in a solar cell, the ASU team has continued to improve solar efficiency and lower costs.

A Study in Emissionality: Why Boston University Looked Beyond New England for Its First Wind Power Purchase

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 16:22
While it’s well known that corporations were some of the earliest trailblazers of large-scale renewable energy purchasing — they’ve closed over 14 gigawatts of deals in the past six years, according to tracking by Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center — higher education has also made impressive strides. In fact, a report released last fall showed that the top 30 renewable energy-buying universities are using around 3 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. That’s enough to power 276,000 homes.

PG&E Likely Seeking Bankruptcy by Jan. 29

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:30

The San Francisco-based utility is under investigation for any role its equipment might have played in the deadly wildfires of late 2018, only one year after getting blamed for an earlier, devastating rash of blazes.

IRENA: Transition to Renewable Energy May Create an Entirely Different World

Fri, 01/11/2019 - 22:19
This week at the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), political and business leaders from around the world outlined the far-reaching geopolitical implications of an energy transformation driven by the rapid growth of renewable energy.