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Value of Solar Versus Fossil Fuels - Part 1
08/18/14, A Report By, The Energy & Policy Institute
The value of solar power is being debated across the country by regulators, utility companies, and solar energy providers as distributed generation is increasing. This Energy and Policy Institute series consists of four separate reports summarizing recent developments, while providing recommendations for policy makers.

Q2 2014 Solar Energy Deal Volume Comparison
08/18/14, Contributed by, Lincoln International
Lincoln International is pleased to present you with the latest DealReader from our global Renewable Energy Industry group.

Top 20 high-cost oil projects risk wasting $91 bln of investor cash
08/18/14, Contributed by, Carbon Tracker Initiative
The study aims to alert institutional investors to the risks of investing in projects which depend on sustained high prices to make a return, and that are as a result exposed to a future double hit of falling oil prices and growing climate regulation in an increasingly carbon-constrained world.

Combining the Advantages of Module-level Power Electronics and String Inverter Topology
08/18/14, Thomas Enzendorfer, Solar Energy Division Fronius USA
This product innovation provides benefits of module-level monitoring while avoiding all the complication, costs and disadvantages of existing module-level products.

Ways to Build Skills Among Renewable Industries’ Workforce
08/18/14, Dan Liggett, geoAMPS
For renewable energy industries, it is important that project knowledge, industry awareness and organizational savvy be captured within the organization so it can be easily shared with incoming employees.

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Alternative Energy Stories of the Day

Solar Power Poses Lower Risk to Birds Than Cats or Cars

Submitted on: 08/21/14, 02:18 PM

Solar-thermal power plants in the U.S. are less likely to kill birds than automobiles, cats or communication towers, despite reports that say the facilities pose a significant threat to avian life.
 
There were 321 “avian fatalities” in the first half of this year at the 392-megawatt Ivanpah solar project in Southern California, according to a statement Aug. 19 from NRG Energy Inc. (NRG), which co-owns and operates it. Of those, 133 were scorched by heat produced by the plant.
 
That’s far fewer than reported in an Associated Press article on Aug. 18. It cited federal wildlife investigators who estimated that one bird was burned every two minutes by concentrated sunlight at the Mojave Desert power plant.
 
The estimates for birds killed by solar power are “inflated,” NRG spokesman Jeff Holland said in an interview.
 
A greater risk comes from cats, which are estimated to kill hundreds of millions of birds each year. Cars are responsible for about 60 million deaths, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and communication towers add another four million to five million. Wind turbines killed 573,000 birds in 2012.

Solar panel shortage looms even as manufacturers invest in production
Submitted on: 08/20/14, 06:02 AM
The solar industry is bracing for a global drought in photovoltaic panels after a series of high supply years that pushed prices to all-time lows and encouraged installations. Solar panel adoption is supposed to increase as much as 29% this year, which has t

Defective Photovoltaics and Other Flaws Plague China's Push to Build Solar Power
Submitted on: 08/18/14, 05:49 AM
China has bet on solar energy as a cleaner alternative to coal, but whether installed solar panels can meet the country's need for energy is becoming a troubling question. China had installed nearly 19.5 gigawatts of solar panels as of the end of 2013. H

Renewable Energy Expert: We Don't Need Power Storage, Just Dance Lessons
Submitted on: 08/15/14, 07:05 AM
It's a truism among renewable energy wonks that in order to run our society on renewable energy, we'll need a revolution in energy storage technology. The reason? Solar and wind are intermittent power sources. The sun goes down and the wind stops blo

Brazil readies big push on solar energy but companies are wary
Submitted on: 08/13/14, 06:05 AM
Grappling with its worst energy crisis in more than a decade, Brazil is making its first big move to develop a local solar power industry that could help reduce its dependence on a battered hydro power system.

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Today's Alternative Energy Headlines

Renewable NRG Systems' TurbinePhD Condition Monitoring System Attains DNV GL Certification
Submitted on: 08/21/14, 05:08 PM
The vibration-based system detects wind turbine gearbox faults early, before costly secondary damage occurs.

Yingli Green Energy to Energize 2 MW Rooftop Solar Project in Japan
Submitted on: 08/21/14, 05:06 PM
System to be one of the largest installed on a rented rooftop

DuPont Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against SunEdison
Submitted on: 08/21/14, 05:05 PM
DuPont alleges that by sourcing and using photovoltaic cells and solar modules containing Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. (into which the former Cheil Industries Inc. merged) front side metallization paste, SunEdison infringes DuPont's patented tellurium paste technology.

SOUTH AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, KENYA LEAD RENEWABLES SPURT IN AFRICA
Submitted on: 08/21/14, 03:35 PM
Sub-Saharan Africa will see more capacity come online this year in non-hydro renewable energy than in the whole of the 2000-13 period

Siemens will deliver 67 D6 wind turbines for Dudgeon offshore wind power plant
Submitted on: 08/21/14, 03:33 PM
Order from Statoil and Statkraft for 67 Siemens SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines ---- Includes service and maintenance agreement

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