Solar Power Portal: “The British public would prefer to have a solar farm located near them rather than a fracking well, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the Solar Trade Association. The poll reveals that the British public are seven times more likely to welcome a local solar farm than a gas fracking field.” Read more
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph: “The US Navy will derive half its energy supply from renewables by the end of this decade ….”The US Defence Department is racing ahead. This could be like the semiconductor industry in 1980s where the military changed the game,” said Jeremy Leggett, chairman of Solarcentury.” Read more
Bloomberg: SolarCity buys a solar direct-marketing company majority-owned by Guthy-Renker LLC for about $120 million in stock and cash in order to reach more customers.” Read more
FT: Eon says it will consider shutting or mothballing fossil power plants in Europe in the face of “interventionist” energy policies and regulations that subsidise and prioritise renewable energy. Read more
REW: The article summarises schemes in Bristol, Brixham, Brighton and Westmill Farm. JL: Progress to date, however, pales into insignificance when compared to Germany’s.
FT: “Until now, the idea that unsubsidised solar power could make enough financial sense to be competitive with conventional electricity has been largely confined to the realms of environmental campaigners and renewable energy advocates.” Read more
From the editor of Fortnightly Thoughts (no url): “The alternative energy complex is intricately intertwined with several changes that the world is currently experiencing.” Read more
REneweconomy: “Deutsche Bank analysts have painted a bullish outlook for the global solar market, noting that solar PV is about to enter a “third growth phase” where it can be deployed without subsidies, and can resist a backlash from utilities.” Read more
FT: The deal will allow Chinese companies to export to the EU up to 7 gigawatts per year of solar products without paying duties, provided that the price is no less than 56 cents per watt. Read more
Guardian: “There are now over 450,000 solar installations, almost all on household roofs, which together have a capacity of 2.7GW. On a sunny day solar power is able to generate around 2% of UK demand over a 24-hour period. But because solar panels generate electricity in peak daylight hours, this is the equivalent of around 6% of all electricity needed in Britain between 10am and 5pm.” Read more
Leia Guccione and James Sherwood of the RMI on REW.com: “The electricity industry’s been abuzz recently about the need for a more resilient grid. As a result, microgrids are quickly becoming the industry’s topic du jour.” Read more
Solar Industry Mag: “The European Union’s (EU) anti-dumping tariffs are spurring an increase in prices for Chinese solar modules, marking the end of a period when inexpensive photovoltaic devices enabled fast growth of installations in the region. This is the conclusion of a new report by IHS.” Read more
El Pais, via google translate, paraphrased: If you gather sunlight via solar panels on your roof, and do not pay a tax, you could be fined up to 30 million euros. The tax is big enough to make solar uneconomic. All this in a royal decree.
Bloomberg: “China, the world’s biggest maker of solar panels, plans to increase fivefold its installed solar capacity to more than 35 gigawatts by 2015 to support an industry faced with declining profits, slowing exports and a supply glut.” Read more