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  • 22 August 2014: Thailand's Energy Absolute to Invest $1.4 Billion in Solar, Wind Projects
    Energy Absolute Pcl, whose Bangkok- listed shares have more than tripled this year, plans to spend about 46 billion baht ($1.4 billion) over the next three years to boost generation capacity from renewable energy.> <>
  • 22 August 2014: Suzlon in Talks for Japanese Offshore Wind Partner
    India’s Suzlon Energy Ltd. may seek a Japanese partner to make offshore wind turbines, attracted by access to cheap yen loans as projects at sea get costlier and more complex.> <>
  • 22 August 2014: Countdown: What Are the Top 10 Solar States in the US?
    The Environment America Research & Policy Center has released its annual report ranking the top 10 U.S. states with the most cumulative solar electric capacity installed per-capita. These states are (in alphabetical order) Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico and North Carolina.> <>
  • 22 August 2014: Would You Rather Own or Lease Your Rooftop Solar?
    On a recent trip to Australia, I noticed that very few residential solar systems are leased. The vast majority are customer owned. Talking to industry experts, some claimed more than 90 percent of residential solar systems in Australia are customer owned. This is in stark contrast to the U.S., where last year 66 percent of residential solar is leased from third-party owners like SolarCity. Why such different approaches to ownership of residential rooftop solar?> <>
  • 21 August 2014: South Africa Approves Treaty for $100 Billion Inga Hydropower Project
    South Africa’s Cabinet approved a treaty signed with the Democratic Republic of Congo to begin development of a hydropower project that will eventually cost about $100 billion and generate 40,000 megawatts of electricity.> <>
  • 21 August 2014: New Cable Technology Can Carry Twice as Much Power from Offshore Wind Farms
    ABB Ltd. said a power-cable technology that allows offshore wind farms to transmit more than twice the energy of current set-ups will boost orders at the company’s power systems division in coming years.> <>
  • 21 August 2014: The Next Big Challenge for Energy Storage
    The energy storage era is upon us. States like California and New York have adapted energy policies that will make it possible to economically deploy storage systems, while technology advancements have boosted performance and trimmed costs. For the first time in history it will become feasible to store electric energy.> <>
  • 21 August 2014: Listen Up: What's the Deal with Solar Trackers?
    In the early solar PV days, trackers were a necessity to maximize the energy output from very expensive solar modules. Unfortunately, in those days trackers were mechanically complex and unreliable (remember TV antenna rotors?), and the control systems were expensive and finicky. As solar module pricing declined, the interest in trackers for small systems began to wane.> <>
  • 21 August 2014: Renewable Energy Accounts for 100 Percent of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in July
    According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects, all new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service in July came from renewable energy sources: 379 megawatts (MW) of wind, 21 MW of solar, and 5 MW of hydropower.> <>
  • 20 August 2014: Third US Offshore Wind Lease Auction Goes to Italy-based US Wind
    The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held its third auction of offshore wind leases yesterday, this time for prime U.S. federal waters off the coast of Maryland. Italian renewable energy company US Wind Inc. won the 80,000-acre parcel with an $8.7 million bid, well above previous auctions.> <>