Green Living

A Federal Agency Just Put America's Solar Power Industry in Danger

The future of solar power in the U.S. was thrown into question Friday by a closely watched federal ruling. The International Trade Commission, an …

Renewable Energy

The cost of solar power drops more than 25% in one year

The clean energy revolution continues and solar is leading the charge. In a recently published report, the US Department of Energy’s National …

Renewable Energy

Japan Is Quietly Leading an Energy Revolution as Towns Move Off-Grid

Communities in Japan are turning tragedy into opportunity by transforming their energy practices. In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, dozens of cities and towns have quietly built systems that allow them to function increasingly off-grid, rather than relying on large power stations.<p>The …

Off-grid

These Solar Farms Have A Secret Hiding Under Them: Mushrooms

Small farmers in Japan hope the tactic will help stabilize their incomes by letting them sell both energy and produce.<p>Small farms in Japan are struggling to survive. Rural populations are shrinking, and the average farmer is 67 years old. But two new farms will test a different business model to …

Farming

Energy Recap: 'Breaking Clean'

Every Friday, Seeking Alpha provides a roundup of insightful opinion and analysis articles in the energy sector.<p>In this edition, we highlight …

Business

Two big banks have just pledged to go 100% clean energy by 2020

Banking giants are putting their money into clean energy with a pledge to be powered completely by renewable energy by 2020. JPMorgan and Citigroup …

Renewable Energy

SolarCity, which is now owned by Tesla, will pay $29.5 million to resolve allegations that it lied to the government

SolarCity, a company Tesla acquired in Nov. 2016, has agreed to pay $29.5 million to resolve allegations that it lied to the government by submitting inflated claims to cash in on a solar stimulus program, the Department of Justice announced Friday.<p>SolarCity has agreed to drop charges it had …

Business

This Week in Solar

A big acquisition hit energy this week, and energy storage seemed to get a boost, which could push solar installations higher in the future.<p>There's a …

Renewable Energy

SolarCity to pay $29.5 million to resolve U.S. government allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - SolarCity will pay $29.5 million to settle a long-running investigation into allegations it violated federal law by submitting inflated claims to the government through a popular stimulus program set up during the Obama administration, the U.S. Justice Department said …

Business

Carbon Nanotube Thread Could Generate Electricity From The Bloodstream

To power wearable electronics, engineers have for years been tinkering with ways to generate electricity from our bodies. They’ve cooked up schemes …

Engineering

Tony Abbott's gut v Elon Musk's brain and billions

South Australia has one of the highest concentrations of renewable energy in the world. And its government was recently the first to announce a …

Jay Weatherill

Blockchain Makes Energy Greener

In the history of energy production, there is an evergoing shift from one energy source towards another. In 1870, 70 percent of the energy produced …

Renewable Energy

Solar-powered Cottage in the Vineyard puts a modern spin on rural architecture

Ramón Esteve Estudio completed a minimalist mono-pitched dwelling that blends into its agricultural backdrop yet still catches the eye with its …

Design

Solar ruling may tee up Trump to impose tariffs, could increase costs in California

In a decision that may make it more expensive to install rooftop solar systems and affect utility-scale projects, the U.S. International Trade …

San Diego

MIT's "innovation orchard" is investing $200 million in tough tech startups

Tough Tech<p>The Engine, launched by MIT and based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has announced it is investing $200 million dollars into startup …

Renewable Energy

Huge wind turbine blades will be slicing though city traffic for weeks

Trucks moving massive wind-turbine blades will continue to cause turbulence on the Queensway for the next several weeks, officials say.<p>Commuters have …

Canadian News

The country is paying for the Coalition's 'adhockery' on energy policy

Political systems decide what and what not to contest on a partisan basis. Surely Australia can be mature enough to agree on climate change<p>The word “adhockery”, I am told, was first used around 1890. But this term, which denotes an over-reliance on temporary solutions rather than on consistent, …

Opinion

Trade Decision Roils U.S. Solar Industry

Trade protection for U.S. solar panel makers could be a boon for the few domestic manufacturers left in the country, but a drag for the companies that install and sell solar systems to homeowners, businesses and utilities, which worry that it would lead to higher prices for consumers.<p>The U.S. …

United States

SMA Solar Technology (SMTGY) Presents At Macquarie 10th Annual Alternative Energy Conference - Slideshow

The following slide deck was published by SMA Solar Technology Ag ADR in conjunction with this event.<p>123<p>Click to enlarge

Business

Japan fires up biomass energy, but fuel shortage looms

TOKYO (Reuters) - As the sun sets on Japan’s solar energy boom, companies and investors are rushing into wood-burning biomass projects to lock in still-high government subsidies.<p>More than 800 projects have already won government approval, offering 12.4 gigawatts (GW) of capacity -- equal to 12 …

Energy

‘Integration Of Increasing Renewable Energy Into Grid Will Have Bearing On Energy Rates, Plant Life’

Rapid renewable capacity addition and the plummeting tariffs of solar power which will pose challenges in terms of lower PLFs of thermal power plants

Renewable Energy

ITC rules solar manufacturers injured by imports

The International Trade Commission ruled unanimously today that solar manufacturers were being injured by cheap foreign imports, moving the issue to …

Business

Imposing Solar Tariffs May Cost U.S. Taxpayers $1.23 Billion

Imposing tariffs on solar components imported into the U.S. will drive up prices for solar developers. It could also cost U.S. taxpayers as much as …

Business

Xcel and other Mountain West power providers move to join larger regional group

A group of 10 electricity service providers, including many that serve Colorado, on Friday said it’s moving ahead to join a larger organization that …

Denver

SunPower's Future May Ride on Next-Generation Manufacturing Plant -- The Motley Fool

As SunPower puts more focus on distributed solar projects, its next-generation technology could hold the key to long-term profitability.<p>Over the last …

Investing

Best Buy is selling the Ring Solar Panel for $20

If you have a Ring Stick Up Cam but balked at the extra $50 for the solar charging panel, we've got a weekend project for you. Right now Best Buy has …

Best Buy

EGEB: San Fran/Oakland sue Exxon Mobil/BP/Shell/others; South Korean panels to rule?; Fisherman sue the wind; more

<i>Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news.</i> <i>Featured Image Source</i><p>U.S. Tariffs on Solar Imports May Hinge on Free-Trade Deals – Could a country like South Korea, with solar panel manufacturers like LG and Hanwha Q Cells, be …

Exxon Mobil

Conservative critic got it wrong: Oilpatch isn't the biggest investor in renewables

Oil and gas companies are not the country’s biggest investors in renewable energy, contrary to what a Conservative critic claimed during a committee …

Renewable Energy

How termites draw on solar power for climate control

Termite mounds could hold clues to passive climate control, according to new research. Seven scientists scrutinized African termite mounds to see how …

Clean Energy

Consumers left behind by designers of power system

The soaring price of electricity is testament to the disastrous failure of a major item on the 1990s agenda of micro-economic reform – establishing a …

Renewable Energy