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Green light for world’s largest planned tidal energy project in Scotland

December 20, 2014
Guardian

The world's largest tidal energy project, off the coast of Caithness, on the northmost tip of Scotland, is set to begin producing power enough for 175,000 homes in 2016. It is operated by MeyGen

Canada’s Green Energy Sector Now Employs More People Than Its Tar Sands

December 2, 2014
Climate Progress

Between 2009 and 2013, employment in Canada’s clean energy sector increased by 37% — meaning it now supplies more jobs than the country’s infamous tar sands, according to the new report Tracking the Energy Revolution — by Clean Energy Canada, a climate think tank.

Rooftop Solar Cost Competitive with the Grid in Much of the U.S.

Creative Commons, Mike Baker

December 1, 2014
Scientific American
Can solar power compete with fossil fuels?

Deutsche Bank says that solar electricity in the US is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming that the federal government maintains the 30% solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on installation and equipment costs.

But even if the credit is reduced to 10%, solar power would still achieve price parity with conventional electricity in some 36 states by 2016.

Canada does not have a solar tax credit. 

Swanson’s Law and Making US Solar Scale Like Germany

November 24, 2014
Greentechsolar
Can the U.S. halve the price of solar?

Swanson's law states that with every doubling in the production and shipments of solar PV panels, there has been a 20% reduction in their cost. By getting to scale, with solar installations becoming widespread and common, Germany has reduced the cost of installed solar to half of what it is in North America. So we can observe, learn, and do the same. 

America Could Get 10 Percent Of Its Energy From Solar Power By 2030

November 20, 2014
Climate Progress

Today, America gets 0.23% of its electricity from solar PV. By 2030, it could be getting 10%. 

Amazing? Not if solar PV continues to grow in installed capacity at the current 22% a year, driven by rapidly falling prices.

 

Bloomberg Explores The Connected Home

November 28, 2014
Cleantechnica.com

Will we really be able to talk to our fridges? Will your hot water heater call you to ask when you're coming home? Here is an interview in which the Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Colin McKerracher sits down to explain the connected home.

Elon Musk’s five insights into solar energy

January 16, 2014
Washington Post

 

It’s hard to argue against Elon Musk being one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our era, responsible for bringing to market such innovative companies as PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. But it’s his role as chairman and primary shareholder in SolarCity — a solar energy company run by his cousins – that’s getting a lot of attention these days. SolarCity went public in 2012 at $8 a share and now trades at close to $70. That’s nearly a 10x investment in just two years. (Just look at that beautiful chart)

 

Sechelt Creek Hydro Project

On a Friday in early September, I was given a blanket and sixteen quarters to witness the celebration of a small hydro-electric power project on Sechelt Creek, and the sight of twenty thousand pink salmon spawning in the lower reach of the creek and an artificial spawning channel. Why does this matter?

Top Chinese Manufacturers Will Produce Solar Panels for 42 Cents per Watt in 2015

February 18, 2013
GreenTechMedia

 Future cost drops from Chinese crystalline silicon solar producers will not be as steep as recent years, but they will still be significant.