Italian government plans retroactive solar PV tariff cuts.

June 23, 2014 Clean Energy 
Recharge: “Italy’s industry and finance ministries have made public a joint legal decree that foresees cuts to the support of PV plants above a capacity of 200kW, even if already operating.”
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SolarCity moves from installation-only to domestic solar manufacturing.

June 18, 2014 Clean Energy 
Recharge: “In an announcement that will reverberate across the global PV industry, SolarCity on Tuesday said it will acquire Silevo, a module technology company, and intends to build a “pilot” 1GW module factory in New York State within the next two years.”
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First steps on the road to a fossil-fuel-free future.

Jeremy Leggett on The Elders website: “Every journey begins with a first step. It suggests that if you can take one, you can take a few more. And maybe even many, many more.
Those of us with a belief system tuned to a bit of science know that the global community has to get rid of most carbon fuel use, maybe all, by 2050, maybe earlier. This will be some journey. Where might we take a first step? Where is there any evidence that we could eliminate an entire category of carbon fuel use?”
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REN21 report: Renewables added 56% of new generation in 2013.

June 16, 2014 Clean Energy 

REN21: “Renewable electricity capacity achieves new record level, jumps 8.3% in 2013, accounts for more than 56% of net additions to global power capacity;  renewables meet almost one-fifth of world final energy consumption.”
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Tourist guidebook to German renewables sites sells out.

June 11, 2014 Change for Good, Clean Energy 

Guardian: “….growing numbers of German communities think they have found a silver lining: they’re touting renewables as tourist attractions.” Read more

Twelve times more solar needed to avoid climate catastrophe: IRENA.

June 10, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate 

PV Tech: “Solar deployment needs to increase 12 times over by 2030 to avoid “climate catastrophe”, a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has warned.”
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Doubling renewables lower cost than conventional equivalent: IRENA.

June 5, 2014 Clean Energy 

FT: “The world could provide energy at a lower cost by doubling the share that comes from renewables sources such as wind and solar power, according to the international agency for supporting those technologies.”
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Why solar is on a roll.

June 4, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil 
Jeremy Leggett in Recharge magazine: “What is an investor to make of the roller-coaster ride that has been the evolution of value in the PV industry, notwithstanding its steady global rise this past decade?”
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US hits Chinese solar manufacturers with more tariffs.

June 4, 2014 Clean Energy “Yesterday the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it would impose preliminary countervailing duties (CVD) on Chinese-manufactured solar modules in an effort to close the loophole that was created when it imposed initial tariffs on Chinese-manufactured solar cells back in 2012.”
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“How solar will destroy the power companies, in 5 easy steps.”

June 3, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Gas, Nuclear 

BusinessInsider: “Barclays recently downgraded the entire U.S. electric utilities sector to “underweight” on the threat posed by widespread adoption of solar-storage. These systems allow homeowners to use rooftop solar panels and a battery to cut all but the figurative emergency backup cord to their local electricgrid, putting a severe strain on an industry that has been a defacto monopoly.”
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Big energy pushback in Germany posing increasing danger to renewables.

June 2, 2014 Clean Energy “There’s bad news in the pipeline for Germany’s small-scale producers of renewable energy, the backbone of the country’s heralded Energiewende, or clean-energy transition.”
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US-China trade dispute slows the solar success story.

May 30, 2014 Clean Energy “Next week, the International Trade Commission (ITC) plans to announce its initial decision regarding the expansion of the trade restrictions on imported Chinese, Taiwanese and other solar cells and modules in response to a complaint filed by SolarWorld earlier this year.”
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Barclays “throws gasoline” on “battle between utilities and solar industry.”

May 28, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal, Finance, Gas, Nuclear 

Elias Hickley on EnergyTrendsInsider: “This week Barclays downgraded the high-grade bond market for the entire electric utility sector because “we believe that a confluence of declining cost trends in distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation and residential-scale power storage is likely to disrupt the status quo.”  While this is not the first statement about vulnerability of electric utilities to competition from new technology it is the most important to date.”
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Solar costs will match coal by 2016 in China, Suntech says.

May 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Coal 

REneweconomy: “Suntech Power predicts that the cost of building large scale solar PV plants could match the cost of coal-fired generation in China by 2016, a development that will “completely transform” the energy market in the world’s second biggest economy.”
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Largest flow battery in world unveiled in California – storing solar energy.

May 22, 2014 Clean Energy 

SF Chronicle: “In an almond orchard outside Turlock in the Central Valley, two large tanks hold water, minerals – and more importantly, energy.
The tanks in Stanislaus County are part of a “flow battery” that stores energy from nearby solar panels. It’s the largest battery of its kind in the world.” Read more

China to triple solar capacity to 70 GW by 2017.

May 19, 2014 Clean Energy 

ClimateAction: “China has set a new target to more than triple installed solar power capacity to 70GW by 2017 as part of its drive to cut carbon emissions. The new target is double the previous one set for 2015, according to a statement posted last week on the website of the National Development and Reform Commission.”
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Individual solar companies now install >1 GW a year, pipeline hits 140 GW.

May 15, 2014 Clean Energy 

Recharge: “China’s TBEA SunOasis is set to overtake First Solar this year as the world’s largest solar EPC player, and Chinese companies will further dominate the list in the coming years as North America grows cold on mega-PV, claims market researcher IHS.”
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Citi sees decline for coal: beginning of end in an “age of renewables”.

May 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Gas 

Reneweconomy: “A new series of reports from global investment bank Citigroup has highlighted the dramatic changes that are sweeping the world’s largest energy markets, and which will have a significant impact on the future of the coal industry in Australia.”
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UK government announces another crippling policy reversal on solar PV.

May 13, 2014 Clean Energy 

PVTech: The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that it is planning to remove support for solar under the Renewable Obligation (RO) scheme from 1 April 2015.”
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Renewables hit a record of just under 70% power in Germany.

Renewables International: ”….an overview of Sunday, when renewables made up nearly 3/4 of domestic German power demand. Power prices in Germany were negative for much of the afternoon yesterday, as our latest Distributed Renewables chart shows.”