Solar industry set for record shipments of 52 GW in 2014.

August 29, 2014 Clean Energy 

Bloomberg: “Solar manufacturers are set to ship a record number of panels this year, with the largest makers expected to deliver 52 percent more panel between them than 2013.”
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Renewable energy grows at fastest ever rate.

August 28, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “Wind, solar and other renewable power capacity grew at its strongest ever pace last year and now produces 22% of the world’s electricity, the International Energy Agency said on Thursday in a new report.”
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UBS urges investors to join solar revolution.

August 27, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

Guardian: “Big power stations in Europe could be redundant within 10-20 years as electric cars, cheaper batteries and new solar technologies transform the way electricity is generated, stored and distributed, say analysts at the world’s largest private bank.”
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Oil industry on borrowed time as switch to solar and gas accelerates.

August 20, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas, Oil 

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph: “The props beneath the global oil industry are slowly decaying. The big traded energy companies resemble the telecom giants of the late 1990s, heavily leveraged to a business model already threatened by fast-moving technology. Citigroup warns – or cheerfully acclaims, depending on your point of view – that world energy markets are entering a period of “extreme flux”, with oil caught in triple encirclement by cheap natural gas, much more efficient vehicles and breathtaking advances in solar power as scientists crack the secrets.”
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UK energy dependence – five hidden costs expose truth about fracking.

August 18, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Commentaries, Gas, Oil 

Jeremy Leggett in the Guardian: “The shale boom is a bubble waiting to burst as economics of extraction falter and the trickle of bad environmental news starts to swell.”
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Solar boom threatens first global solar panel shortage since 2006.

August 18, 2014 Clean Energy 

Bloomberg: “The solar industry is facing a looming shortage of photovoltaic panels, reversing a two-year slump triggered by a global glut.”
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Citigroup: solar industry to outperform fossil fuels in long term.

August 15, 2014 Clean Energy, Gas 

Blue&GreenTomorrow: “Investment bank Citigroup predicts that the solar industry will continue to grow on a global scale and will become competitive with fossil fuels, because of “pure economics” and the need to diversify energy supply over the long term.”
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Green energy co-ops blocked by UK government regulator.

August 15, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “The future of community-owned green energy projects that ministers say are crucial to break the dominance of the ‘big six’ is being put at risk by the Financial Conduct Authority, according to co-operatives and the Labour party.”
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US utility buys solar home energy products company

August 14, 2014 Clean Energy 

Recharge magazine: “NRG Energy will acquire personal solar products supplier Goal Zero, a move it says aligns with the company’s mission to lead the US market in “offering cleaner, smarter choices and sustainable lifestyle solutions to end-use energy consumers.”
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UK installed solar capacity now exceeds 5GW.

August 12, 2014 Clean Energy 

SolarPowerPortal: According to the latest weekly analysis by NPD Solarbuzz on UK PV market deployment, the UK’s cumulative capacity has now reached 5GW.”
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US state breaks ground on a “perfect” solar & storage microgrid.

August 12, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “Today Green Mountain Power (GMP) broke ground on a solar plus energy storage microgrid in Rutland, Vermont with one expert calling it a “perfect” project.”
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SolarCity, now worth $7bn, prepares to add solar loans to leases.

August 7, 2014 Clean Energy, Finance 

Recharge: “SolarCity is “testing” home solar loan products, says chief executive Lyndon Rive, with such loans expected to soon begin eating into the market share of the lease model upon which SolarCity has thrived.”
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Corporatisation of US green energy: a double-edged sword worth billions.

August 7, 2014 Climate, Finance 

Guardian: “There’s a popular meme that surfaces on green energy blogs, forums, and Facebook pages. The gist is that large corporations love oil and gas because they can own and control it. They’re against renewable energy because no-one can own the sun or wind. The problem for anti-corporate green-energy campaigners is, increasingly: the meme isn’t true.”
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“Why Home Depot could soon be in charge of the power industry.”

August 6, 2014 Clean Energy 

SmartGridNews.com: “NRG Energy CDO David Crane wants the private sector to lead the next energy revolution – even though that could put companies like his out of business. NRG Energy is America’s largest solar developer and one of the country’s largest power producers.”
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SunPower offers solar home power package to EV customers.

August 6, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “Buyers of Volkswagen or Audi hybrids will find themselves getting yet another sales pitch as they leave a U.S. dealership next year — to buy a home power network that allows them to charge their new cars using only solar power.”
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The signs of energy system-change are coming think and fast now.

August 5, 2014 Clean Energy, Climate, Coal, Commentaries, Gas, Oil 

Jeremy Leggett in Recharge magazine: “Some mornings these days, I open my laptop, check the energy news and have to pinch myself to make sure that I am not still dreaming, so fast are signs of system change emerging.”
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Solar firms to sue UK government over subsidy cuts once again.

August 3, 2014 Clean Energy 

Business Green: “Four of the UK’s leading solar companies are to sue the government over proposals to halt subsidies for large solar farms from early next year, sparking the third legal battle over solar policy in three years.”
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Renewables hit 15% UK market share in 2013 (Germany 28% in H1 2014).

July 31, 2014 Clean Energy 

Recharge: “Almost 15% of the UK’s electricity was generated by renewable sources in 2013 compared to 11.3% in the previous year – a new record for the country, government statistics released today show.”
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“Solar and energy storage are a match made in heaven.”

July 28, 2014 Clean Energy 

REW.com: “Solar and energy storage are a match made in heaven and a new report from the Solar Electric Power Association, “Electric Utilities, Energy Storage, Solar: Trends in Technologies, Applications and Costs,” takes a deep dive into the energy storage sector.”
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Apple eyes solar to power the cloud and iPhone 6 screen manufacturing.

July 25, 2014 Clean Energy 

Guardian: “….The company, which once drew fire from campaigners for working conditions in China and heavy reliance on fossil fuels, is now leading other technology companies in controlling its own power supply and expanding its use of renewable energy.”
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