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More Homeowners are Choosing Solar - Friday, October 17, 2014

John Sarver was the first in his suburban East Lansing neighborhood to put solar panels on his roof. A wind turbine, he said, really wasn’t viable.
He said he invested about $9,000 in a small kit four years ago. It cuts about 20% off his utility bill.
But if he were to buy the same system today, …Read More

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $25 million in funding to advance concentrating solar power (CSP) system technologies. This investment will fund research and development projects to improve the performance and increase the efficiency of all components of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants, ultimately lowering the cost of solar electricity.
“Investments …Read More

Residential Solar Threatens Utilities - Thursday, September 25, 2014

Utilities throughout the country have been fighting the growth of solar under the presumption that increased solar adoption will hurt profits and grid reliability. Some utilities have taken the initiative to embrace solar and find methods to work with it, but they are currently in the minority. While many utilities fear a decline in their …Read More

Geothermal Power Increases Globally - Thursday, September 11, 2014

According to an analysis by the Earth Policy Institute, the world geothermal electricity-generating capacity grew 3 percent to top 11,700 megawatts across 24 countries.
Although some other renewable energy technologies are seeing much faster growth—wind power has expanded 21 percent per year since 2008, for example, while solar power has grown at a blistering 53 percent …Read More

Wind Power Takes Hold in United States - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

At first glance, wind power might seem to be an easy road in the trip to renewable energy: Set up a turbine and begin cranking. But where turbines have been installed, nearby residents have complained about the sight. Beyond that, the costs to set up wind farms are high.
As a result, wind power has developed …Read More

Solar Photovoltaic Up 21 Percent - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The United States installed a total of 1.133GW of solar photovoltaics in the second quarter (calendar) – down 16% on the first quarter, but up 21% year-on-year – the country’s Solar Energy Industries’ Association has found.
The result has the US on track for 6.5GW of PV installs for the year – a 36 per cent …Read More

Will Solar Eliminate Utilities? - Thursday, August 21, 2014

If you’re thinking of packing up the kids and moving to Hawaii, you better consider this one drawback: energy is crazy expensive there!  A few months ago, Bloomberg covered a story about how a family living in a neighborhood on the island of Oahu was paying 37 cents per kilowatt-hour (as opposed to the 12 …Read More

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey are pioneering some of the nation’s most interesting developments in the retail energy space today that have important implications for the solar industry.
In Massachusetts, the state has built an energy portfolio that now supplies 9% of electrical consumption from new renewable sources, including 600MW of …Read More

China’s renewable energy capacity increased from 27.8 GW (gigawatts) in 2001 to 183 GW in 2013, and alternative sources are expected to account for more than 20 percent of the country’s total electricity generation by 2020, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The country’s emergence as a major player in the global renewable energy industry, …Read More

Using data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, it has been revealed which countries are producing the most electricity from renewable resources.

But before you get to thinking China and the United States are pioneers in clean energy; remember that the chart above refers to total electricity generated from renewables, meaning on a global scale these …Read More