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Can Open Standards Accelerate Community Shared Solar?

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 the computer industry: PCs have an open architecture and the World Wide Web has open standards. Google built its business on the open source Apache server and developed the open Android operating system. In 2011, Tioga Energy released an open source solar PPA. Can open standards and open source benefit the community shared solar industry?
Solutia completes Southwall Technologies shares acquisition

Solutia completes Southwall Technologies shares acquisition

Solutia Inc. (NYSE:SOA) successfully completed the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Southwall Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:SWTX) at a purchase price of $13.60 per share in cash.
Avoid this Solar Company! … The Internet Reveals All

Avoid this Solar Company! … The Internet Reveals All

No matter what part of the solar supply chain you’re in, the reality is that you are being monitored by someone. If it’s not a stock analyst, it’s an environmental group, an industry electronic bulletin board, or consumer review sites like Yelp! and Angi. Or it could be a popular blog or someone on Twitter with a million or more […]
The Hydrogen Economy

The Hydrogen Economy

We are in the early stages of an historic change in the way we organize the earth's energy. The Industrial Age, which began with the carrying of coal from Newcastle several hundred years ago, is now winding down in the oil fields of the Middle East. Our petro-geologists tell us that global production of oil is likely to peak as early as 2010 or as late as 2037.
It’s All in the Count: The Vexing but Critical Challenge of Green Jobs Accounting

It’s All in the Count: The Vexing but Critical Challenge of Green Jobs Accounting

Getting an accurate accounting of clean-tech jobs in the U.S. is nearly impossible but it's not for a lack of trying. There have been dozens of projects at the national, state, and metro level designed to track and quantify clean-tech jobs, and to some extent, these attempts have done a decent job.
Power Outage Unfortunate but Predictable

Power Outage Unfortunate but Predictable

In the wake of crippling power outages in the Eastern United States, officials with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an energy think tank, called on U.S. energy policy makers to fundamentally change how the United States designs its electricity system to make it more reliable and more resilient.
Billion Ton Biomass Study: A 10-Minute Version

Billion Ton Biomass Study: A 10-Minute Version

A research team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory projected that the U.S. would have between 1.1 and 1.6 billion tons of available, sustainable biomass for industrial bioprocessing by 2030. The finding was a highlight of the "2011 U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry." The report is an update of a landmark 2005 study undertaken by the DOE and ORNL in 2005.
PJM joins Energy Web Foundation for Blockchain-based Pilot for Renewable Markets

PJM joins Energy Web Foundation for Blockchain-based Pilot for Renewable Markets

EWF and PJM Environmental Information Services Inc. (PJM-EIS) announced they are teaming up on developing and testing a market-wide reference implementation of Energy Web Origin for the Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS) administered by PJM-EIS.
PJM Joins Energy Web Foundation for Blockchain-based Pilot for Renewable Markets

PJM Joins Energy Web Foundation for Blockchain-based Pilot for Renewable Markets

EWF and PJM Environmental Information Services Inc. (PJM-EIS) announced they are teaming up on developing and testing a market-wide reference implementation of Energy Web Origin for the Generation Attribute Tracking System (GATS) administered by PJM-EIS.
Advancing CIGS Solar Cell Manufacturing Technology

Advancing CIGS Solar Cell Manufacturing Technology

The University of Delaware's Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) has developed new technology for the manufacture of flexible solar cells, which could reduce the costs associated with the use of photovoltaic energy while at the same time expanding possible applications.