The Big Green Bang: how renewable energy became unstoppable

At the start of this year, a British businessman named Adam Robson received some awful news. Mr Robson runs an English company called Torotrak that invents fuel-saving contraptions aimed at solving one of the auto industry’s great dilemmas: how to make a petrol car that is green enough to meet tightening pollution rules but does … Read more

Three Reasons to Believe in China’s Renewable Energy Boom

Here in Haining, the factory floor is clean and bright, and a low whoosh is the only noise as red, robotic arms lift and twist, moving the panels from one station to the next. Workers, some in white masks that cover their faces and heads, others sporting colored baseball-style caps, test and tweak as layer … Read more

Cleantech venture capital: Continued declines and narrow geography limit prospects

President Trump has stressed the importance of oil and “clean” coal in America’s economic growth, and meanwhile a wide range of emerging clean technologies—ranging from renewables and energy storage to nuclear power—also have tremendous potential. However, igniting an energy boom is going to require lots of innovation, which will in turn require more than just … Read more

How Do Inverters Work? Solar Inverters Explained

Solar panels aren’t the only component that you should be thinking about when you evaluate your solar system equipment. Inverters play an equally important role in a solar energy system: they convert the electricity your solar panels create into a form that can be used by the appliances, lighting, and other electronics that are in … Read more

Nevada passes bill to increase state RPS to 80% by 2040

Assembly Bill 206 would push Nevada to reach 80% renewable energy by 2040, with an interim goal of 50% by 2030. Source: Flickr/steakpinball On Wednesday, the Nevada Assembly passed a bill that ramps up the state’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS). AB 206, first proposed in February, was passed in the House at a 30-12 vote, … Read more

SunPower Breaks Ground on 28-Megawatt Solar Power System at Vandenberg Air Force Base

PRESS RELEASE SAN JOSE, Calif., May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ:SPWR) has broken ground on a 28-megawatt solar photovoltaic system at Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc, California, a project expected to create about 150 jobs at peak of construction. Upon operation, it’s anticipated to be the largest behind-the-meter solar power system in the … Read more

Updated: Tucson Electric signs solar + storage PPA for ‘less than 4.5¢/kWh’

Dive Brief: Tucson Electric Power has signed a power purchase agreement for a solar-plus-storage system at “an all-in cost significantly less than $0.045/kWh over 20 years,” according to a company official. Exact prices are confidential, but a release pegged the PPA for the solar portion of the project at below $0.03/kWh. The project calls for a 100 MW … Read more