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  • 19 September 2014: Massachusetts City Leads by Example with 1.8-MW Brownfield Solar Project
    Today government officials commissioned a 1.8-MW solar project on what is classified as a “superfund” site — an abandoned plot of land that harbored hazardous waste affecting the environment and population — in New Bedford, an economically depressed coastal city in southeastern Massachusetts. What was once a toxic lot is now a shining example of how renewable energy can transform the environment and local economies, according to government officials at today’s dedication.> <>
  • 19 September 2014: Finalists for Renewable Energy World Projects of the Year 2014 Revealed
    The editors of Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazines and their respective websites have announced eleven finalists for the annual Projects of the Year Awards program.> <>
  • 19 September 2014: New Research Improves on Earlier Bird-Killing Turbine Studies
    The first-ever study using data from modern wind farms throughout North America finds that avian mortality among most species of small passerines (birds) may be biologically insignificant.> <>
  • 19 September 2014: Canadian Solar Joins China Solar Financing Club
    Canadian Solar has joined a growing field of Chinese solar panel makers entering the risky business of speculative development in China, with its launch of a new locally-based fund for solar power construction. The move follows the establishment of self-financed vehicles for similar speculative construction by rivals Trina, Yingli and wind power eq> <>
  • 19 September 2014: US Navy, DOE, USDA Award $210 Million to Three Companies for Drop-in Biofuels
    In Washington, the Department of Defense has awarded $210 million under the Defense Production Act to Emerald Biofuels, Fulcrum Biofuels and Red Rock Bio towards the construction of biorefineries that produce cost-competitive, drop-in military biofuels.> <>
  • 19 September 2014: Blackstone’s Vivint Plans $371 Million IPO as Solar Demand Rises
    Vivint Solar, the rooftop power producer owned by Blackstone Group LP, is seeking to raise as much as $371 million from its initial public offering.> <>
  • 19 September 2014: Some See Garbage, Others See an Opportunity: Installing Solar on Landfills
    Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2-MW photovoltaic plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition (some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape), this project seems to be welcomed with open arms. Why? It’s being built on a 9.5 acre closed landfill.> <>
  • 18 September 2014: Building a Viable Solar Marketplace in Nigeria
    In countries where there are established markets for alternative and renewable energy sources, economic and financial inducements such as feed in tariffs, tax incentives, net metering and self supply schemes have significantly driven market activities in the new energy sector and provided enabling environments for individuals, businesses and the go> <>
  • 18 September 2014: Solving the Sub-1-MW Solar Financing Gap
    The middle market, particularly projects in the 50-kW to 200-kW range, pose challenges to all financiers, including us. So, what do we do when developer partners call us to finance projects in this range, or any other deals under 1 MW? It has been our experience that we can solve their financing gap with two strategies: Portfolio-ize (If you are an> <>
  • 18 September 2014: US Court Decision a Loss for Wind, But Boon for Storage?
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected a claim by Chicago-based Exelon that its Texas Panhandle wind farms are entitled to favorable pricing. The wind farms sell power to Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy subsidiary.> <>