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Renewable Energy Update – October 2015 #5

Germany Seeks Ambitious Goals For Renewable Energy

sPower has been awarded a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Southern California Public Power Authority.

Schwarzenegger Tours Solar Panel Roof Of A Sam's Club

Now it’s solar’s turn. Just as wind energy has used reports of industry success as a platform to argue for a production tax credit extension, the U.S. solar industry is now playing the investment tax credit card, saying record-breaking growth – 6.2 gigawatts (DC) installed in 2014, a 30 percent increase over 2013’s total, according… Keep reading →

Work Crew Installs Solar Power Panels In Santa Monica

A look at customer ratings of SolarCity, Verengo Solar, Vivint Solar, REC Solar and Sungevity The solar industry term “customer acquisition” is a euphemism for “convincing people to spend money.” The top solar installers have tens of thousands of potential customers who have expressed interest in solar. But turning those leads into purchases can be… Keep reading →

Google Developers Event Held In San Francisco

“You’d think the thrill might wear off this whole renewable energy investing thing after a while. Nope—we’re still as into it as ever.” This week, Google announced an $80 million equity investment in six solar photovoltaic projects being developed by Recurrent Energy in Arizona and California. The deal marks the company’s 14th investment since it started eyeing project-level… Keep reading →

Israeli Farmers Use Barn Roofs To Generate Electricity

The industry will soon install one solar system every minute and a half. A lot happens in America every four minutes. During that short time period, 30 babies are born, 4,080 McDonald’s Big Macs are consumed, and 48,000 tons of CO2 are emitted. And as it turns out, the U.S. is now installing one solar photovoltaic (PV) system… Keep reading →

Worldskills 2013 Youth Job Skills Championships

Utilities are just beginning to utilize the advanced data monitoring, recording, and event reporting capabilities of smart meters. Around the world, new government mandates and stimulus funding have catalyzed the deployment of smart meters. In the U.S. alone, $3.4 billion allocated from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding will be used to facilitate the installation… Keep reading →

A worker lifts a solar panal in the Ying

Why are costs so much lower for Chinese centralized inverters? Module producers aren’t the only ones feeling intense pressure in the solar market. Inverter companies are also facing a looming shakeout as they deal with continued shifts in global demand and strong downward pricing trends. According to a forecast from GTM Research, inverter prices will fall 10… Keep reading →

It may not compare to the German solar market. But the U.S. is definitely becoming a major force globally when it comes to new installations.

According to the 2012 Solar Market Insight report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association, America installed 3,313 megawatts of solar capacity last year — accounting for 11 percent of total global installations. That’s up from 7 percent in 2011. Keep reading →

A new report shows that China, considered the looming threat for competitors in the renewable energy business, may not stand a chance against the booming American solar sector.

Written by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research, US Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2011 claims that the US solar industry exported a net of $1.9 billion in solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar heating and cooling (SHC) components in 2010 globally, with $240 million of orders coming directly from China. Total exports totaled more than $5.6 billion, according to the report. Keep reading →