Renewable Energy Opinion & Commentary

Jim Lane - September 19, 2014

US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210 Million to Three Companies for Drop-in Biofuels

In Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum Biofuels and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of...

Charles Cook - September 18, 2014

Transforming the Transportation Industry with Renewable Energy

When you think of green energy, are solar and wind power the first things that come to mind? Perhaps you think of hydropower, geothermal or biofuels instead. While regenerative braking...

Erin Clark - September 16, 2014

Why Lease Solar Panels When You Can Own Them?

Now more than ever, it makes sense to own a solar power system instead of leasing one. The savings are significant, since purchasing a system presently pencils out to about 50 percent...

Jim Lane - September 15, 2014

Jatropha Biofuel Around the World: A 13-country Tour of Development Activity

In California, SGB announced an $11 million Series C financing to drive commercial rollout, after reducing the time to maturity from 5 years to 1-2 years in its latest generation of...

John Johnson - September 12, 2014

Exploring Finance Options: Yield-cos Don’t Fit the Bill for Many Renewable Energy Companies

Yield-cos have been grabbing headlines lately. Typically, large utilities spin off their high-yield alternative energy operations into separate smaller companies called yield-cos. These...

Laurie Guevara-Stone - September 10, 2014

Solar for All: Making Solar PV Accessible to Low-Income Families in the US

We love seeing electricity generated by the sun. And while it’s great to see large homes owned by the likes of Woody Harrelson and Will Ferrell being solar-powered, rooftop solar should...

Mahesh Bhave - September 09, 2014

The Grid is Coming? The Grid is Going!

In India, it is presumed that the grid is a better source of electricity; those locations least likely to get grid electricity are prioritized for solar deployment.

Tom Konrad - September 08, 2014

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: September Update and Thoughts on the Finavera Deal

Clean energy stocks and the market in general rebounded strongly in August. My broad market benchmark of small cap stocks, IWM, rose 4.5 percent, returning to positive territory up...

Listen Up: Let's Talk About Solar Innovations

Many of the most significant industrial and technological innovations in the U.S. were discovered, commercialized and expanded with government support. Turn the clock a century or two...

Karl Gawell - September 05, 2014

California Takes Steps Toward a New Policy Structure for Renewable Power

The California legislative session that ended last week saw geothermal initiatives at the forefront of public discussion. Geothermal supporters sought to take steps towards a new policy...

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