Renewable Energy Opinion & Commentary

Kat Friedrich - January 12, 2015

What’s Unique about the Texas PACE-in-a-Box Toolkit?

Texas faces an unusual scenario when it seeks to advance property-assessed clean energy (PACE). The state has a tradition of seeking private-sector solutions and streamlining government...

Listen Up: Solar Racking for Large Ground Mounts

Utility scale solar has historically been the biggest market for solar power in the U.S. Currently, most of the largest plants are located in the southwest U.S. states where there is...

Jim Lane - January 09, 2015

The US Department of Energy's Shifting Worldview for Biofuels Deployment, Now through 2030

Twice this year, the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office has issued a revision of its ongoing Multi-Year Program Plan, once this summer around the time of...

Kaitlyn Bunker - January 09, 2015

A Caribbean Island Says Goodbye Diesel and Hello 100 Percent Renewable Electricity

Bonaire (pop. 14,500), a small island off the coast of Venezuela, is famous for its beautiful marine reefs, which are visited by 70,000 tourists every year. What many of the tourists...

Tom Konrad - January 08, 2015

Ten Clean Energy Stocks For 2015

2015 marks my seventh annual list of ten clean energy stocks. An equal weighted portfolio of the ten stocks in each year's list has outperformed my industry benchmark every year except...

Takafumi Arai - January 08, 2015

Even in the Off Season, Utilities Must Prepare the Smart Grid with Storage for Natural Disasters

Although the U.S. made it through a quiet 2014 Atlantic hurricane season this year, it doesn’t mean we’re out of the waters. Natural disasters are an ongoing threat to our infrastructure,...

Dr. Moritz Borgmann - January 07, 2015

Dubai Utility DEWA Procures the World’s Cheapest Solar Energy Ever

On November 20, 2014, ten bids for the 100 MW PV IPP tender issued by Dubai’s state utility DEWA were opened. The results provoked awe throughout the Gulf region’s power community and...

Jim Lane - January 06, 2015

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels

If you're only an occasional reader in the world of biofuels, corn, sugarcane and veggie oils are the raw materials you’ll have heard the most about — lately, perhaps more about cellulosic...

Tom Konrad - January 05, 2015

Ten Clean Energy Stocks: Past Performance and Predictions for 2015

The last two months have not been kind to clean energy stocks. Most commentators attribute the weakness to declining oil prices and the Republicans' strong showing in the midterm elections...

Alexandra Mebane - January 02, 2015

When an Inverter Manufacturer Goes Bankrupt: Facing the Impact from Different Angles

In 2008, SolarMax hit its peak, claiming the title of fifth largest inverter supplier in the world. Last week, Swiss parent company of SolarMax, Sputnik Engineering, declared bankruptcy,...

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