It’s been a while since a national intellectual property office has seen fit to open a fast lane for green technology patent applications. So the recent announcement out of Taiwan is welcome news.
The energy industry is an incredibly exciting place to be right now. Over the past decade, a variety of clean energy technologies have experienced significant advancements, and growth in the clean energy industry has been quite impressive. Wind farms are rapidly being built across the globe, PV solar panels are becoming more efficient and less expensive, and many electric utilities have begun to implement a variety of energy efficiency and smart grid technologies. As global warming remains a hot issue in our world today, clean energy topics are bound to be at the forefront of the conversation.
One of the great questions concerning the migration to renewable energy is as follows: Will it come from policy, i.e., government’s creating a level playing field, perhaps with a carbon tax—or will it come from technology, i.e., waiting for the cost of energy from clean sources to come down to that of fossil fuels? (more…)
Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) sold the first securities backed by bonds tied to U.S. energy-saving projects in a deal that follows a federal agency’s objections to the underlying homeowner borrowing.
Incandescent light bulbs had a good run, but with the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 now in its final phase, you’ll probably begin to notice that it’s getting harder and harder to find traditional incandescent light bulbs in stores.
In a nutshell, EISA has taken a three year approach to converting the United States to energy-efficient lights by prohibiting the manufacturing or importing of non-compliant incandescent light (more…)
Last week, Governor Cuomo and NYSERDA announced a new round of innovative NY-Sun programs focused on scaling up solar adoption throughout the Empire State. We’re proud to report that Vote Solar’s GroupEnergy team will be partnering with Sustainable CUNY to administer one of those programs: NYSolar Smart – SunShares. (more…)
The microinverter business is heating up. Installers and consumers alike are finding out that microinverter technology provides better return on investment than a string inverter. Using a conventional solar installation, any drop in a module’s performance will reduce the output of every other module in the string. With a (more…)
The world needs to make a transition to renewable energy as part of a global sustainability project, but until solar, wind and other renewables become the norm, there’s one solution that is available now: energy efficiency. More energy efficient buildings means less energy and fewer emissions, besides huge savings. However, financing projects is not (more…)
The closing of the doors last week at a mid-Atlantic states solar installer highlights the uncertainty of the photovoltaic market and brings to the fore the vagrancies of renewable energy credits (RECs) and in particular solar renewable energy credits (SRECs). (more…)
Chinese company Trina Solar Ltd. announced financial results for 2013 today. The company shipped 2.58 GW of PV modules in 2013 compared to 1.59 GW in 2012. The company also saw net revenues increase 36.9% from 2012 to $1.77 billion. Gross profits also increased to $218.2 million, an increase of 281.2% from 2012. Year over year increases (more…)