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Joy Hughes - August 25, 2014

Can Open Standards Accelerate Community Shared Solar?

Tesla Motors recently announced that it would share its technology patents, which has put a spotlight on open source and open standards. These standards already play a huge role in...

Jim Allen - August 25, 2014

What’s Next in the SolarWorld-China Game of High Stakes Poker?

A few years ago, a U.S. manufacturer began feeling pressure from unfair overseas competition. The company found itself losing money and market share to Asian competitors that seemingly...

Robert McIntosh - August 22, 2014

Would You Rather Own or Lease Your Rooftop Solar?

On a recent trip to Australia, I noticed that very few residential solar systems are leased. The vast majority are customer owned. Talking to industry experts, some claimed more than...

Bill Watkins - August 21, 2014

The Next Big Challenge for Energy Storage

The energy storage era is upon us. States like California and New York have adapted energy policies that will make it possible to economically deploy storage systems, while technology...

Listen Up: What's the Deal with Solar Trackers?

In the early solar PV days, trackers were a necessity to maximize the energy output from very expensive solar modules. Unfortunately, in those days trackers were mechanically complex...

Scott Sklar - August 20, 2014

Lubricating Energy Policy

The new report from the Taxpayers for Common Sense shows that oil companies paid just 11.7 percent of their U.S. income in federal taxes over the last five years, and the “smaller”...

Benjamin Matek - August 18, 2014

A Tipped Scale in California: Time to See the True Value of Geothermal

In 2004, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) passed the least-cost best fit (LCBF) rule as part of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard procurement. This statute required...

- August 15, 2014

Expert Interview: Utilities Should Take Advantage of the Transformation

Perry Stoneman (pictured below), Corporate Vice President and Global Head of Sectors and Utilities at Capgemini, who will be speaking at this year's European Utility Week, says that...

- August 15, 2014

Could Africa be the Global Epicenter of Renewable Energy by 2030?

Today, headlines like “Africa Rising” and “Africa Ascending” are often used around the world to describe the unprecedented transformation and steady economic growth on the continent....

Jeffrey G. Davis - August 12, 2014

IRS Clarifies Beginning of Construction Rules for Renewable Energy Projects

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released Notice 2014-46 (the Notice), which provides further clarification about how a taxpayer can satisfy the requirement that construction...

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