Category: Solar

He helps keep the lights on for Texas

H.B. “Trip” Doggett, who heads the agency that manages most of the Texas power grid, sees growth in demand response measures that offer incentives for power conservation during peak demand periods.  More »

States work to meet new renewable energy standards

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.  More »

Can Renewables Power the Future?

Bridging the gap between fossil energy sources and renewables is perhaps the greatest technological challenge facing Americans this century. Global awareness, health and environmental concerns, geo-political instability, and raw entrepreneurism are all driving U.S. efforts to build a new, cleaner, and more diversified energy economy. Such challenges are being addressed in a collaborative fashion as […]  More »

Dutch to test solar panels on bicycle path

The path is built of massive, Lego-like modules of solar panels embedded in concrete.  More »

Commentary: Solar to be leading source of electricity by 2050?

Schneider Electric’s CMO, Chris Hummel, pondered whether the IEA’s claim that solar energy could be the leading source of electricity by 2050 was achievable. Matt Smith’s initial reaction was hum-dee-dum…not a chance! Then he thought about it and grabbed his research shovel and started digging.  More »

Houston nonprofit banking on solar

Officials at the nonprofit say the savings from going solar will be redirected back into its mission.  More »

SolarCity loan deal could propel rooftop market

SolarCity’s loan will allow customers to own their systems and still pay less for electricity, a simpler and cheaper prospect.  More »

Ohio State researchers build rechargeable solar battery

The researchers say the new battery could make solar energy more affordable and open the door for its widespread use as a sustainable power source.  More »

Solar may become largest global power source by 2050

Photovoltaic plants may provide as much as 16 percent of global electricity, according to the International Energy Agency.  More »

U.S., California release roadmap for solar projects

“We have amazingly special places here,” U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said.  More »

Policy uncertainty could undermine future of renewables, agency says

Power generation from renewable resources like wind, solar and hydroelectricity could slow unless policymakers offer more clarity about future markets, according to a report.  More »

NRG deal gives it a new place in the sun

NRG says its acquisition of a company that makes solar-powered gadgets will help it provide electricity to customers when they’re off the grid.  More »

Direct Energy buys residential solar company

Houston-based retail electric provider Direct Energy will buy a residential solar installer for $54 million, the company announced, marking its entrance into the U.S. residential solar market.  More »

Mixed Signals on Clean Energy Progress

The IEA tends to publish some great research pieces, drawing attention to current trends or highlighting the potential for emerging ones. Their recently published ‘Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report‘ is no exception. Here are ten info nuggets I have pilfered from it. These numbers are kinda nutty… 1) There are already more than 14 billion network-enabled devices […]  More »

Energy Department announces $4 billion renewable energy loan program

The U.S. Department of Energy announced unveiled a new $4 billion loan guarantee program to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.  More »
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