Renewable Energy Update -- August 30, 2012

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GOP policy platform rejects wind power credit

National Wind Watch - News Watch - Aug 22

As delegates to the Republican National Convention meet in Tampa, Fla., the party platform committee has dropped the federal wind power tax credit from its policy goals. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney does not support the tax credit, which wind power manufacturers such as Vestas, depend upon for turbine sales.

China moves forward with potential WTO case against US renewables incentives

Solar Energy - Clean Energy Authority - Aug 23

There’s been a rather epic battle going on over competitive practices in renewables between China, the U.S. and, increasingly, Europe. The battlefield just got a little more interesting as China’s Commerce Ministry reaffirmed former findings that six renewable energy projects in the U.S. violated World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. A finding that could ultimately lead to actions against U.S. solar and wind manufacturers.

Regulators push for energy storage for solar farms

Earth2Tech Blog - Aug 23

Pairing energy storage with solar power generation is not just a good idea, it could influence whether a project receives regulatory approval. Solar developer BrightSource Energy and utility Southern California Edison are finding this out as they face potential rejection for two of their five projects that lack the energy storage component.

Is the trend for solar power M&A set to continue?

eSolar Energy News - Aug 17

A new report from Bloomberg has revealed that solar power mergers and acquisitions broke records in 2011 – but is the trend set to continue? The new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, entitled the ‘Solar Portfolio Hunters: Focus on Acquisition and Valuation of Solar Assets’, found that a total of 3.9MW in solar energy projects changed hands last year.

enXco becomes EDF Renewable Energy

enXco Press - Aug 20

enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company,announces a name change to EDF Renewable Energy. The new brand name is a natural progression of the integration process with the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world. Ten years ago, EDF Energies Nouvelles, the EDF subsidiary specializing in renewable energy, acquired enXco, initiating tremendous growth in the company throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Gov't report: wind energy needs taxpayer support to survive

Michigan Capitol Confidential - Aug 18

Wind Technologies Report released by the U.S. Department of Energy in August highlights how dependent wind energy is upon government subsidies.

Envision Solar takes big step in modularization

Solar Energy - Clean Energy Authority - Aug 22

Envision Solar has taken a bold step forward in modularizing its iconic Solar Tree design. The California company announced last week that it has developed a process for pre-casting and shipping the concrete columns that form the trunks of its Solar Tree.

Why geothermal energy is stalled in California

Renewable Energy World - Geothermal News - Aug 20

The Geothermal Energy Association is working with California energy authorities to help restart the flow of state utility power purchase agreements made with geothermal electricity generators, after close to a year's doldrums.

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Draker, SPTI close merger; procure $8 million in equity

PV Tech News - Aug 22

As of August 21, Draker and Solar Power Technologies (SPTI) completed their merger, combining the two companies into one organization that will operate under the Draker name. Charles Curtis, will remain in his position as the CEO of the combined company, while Ray Burgess, CEO of SPTI, has been named the combined company’s president.

Nautilus commences commercial operations of 1.9MW solar project in US

Clean Technology Business Review News - Aug 21

Solar power producer Nautilus has begun commercial operations at its 1.9MW PV project in Chino, California. The electricity generated at the roof mounted project will be sold to Southern California Edison under a 20 year power purchase agreement.

Solar project stalled

Telluride News - Aug 23

The would-be developers of a renewable energy project have requested a second continuance from the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners so they can come to an agreement with the San Miguel Power Association about buying their power.

SolarMax Technology moving to Riverside

LA Business Journal News - Aug 20

SolarMax Technology Inc., a City of Industry-based solar panel installer, announced Monday that it’s moving its corporate headquarters to Riverside. The move will bring an immediate 100 jobs to Riverside, with the potential for 1,500 more in the next several years. About 20 employees will remain at the City of Industry office.

BISEM installs PV curtain wall retrofit

Solar Novus - Aug 20

PV curtain wall systems provider BISEM today announced the installation of a building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) curtain wall retrofit with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). The 392-square-foot wall at SMUD’s LEED Platinum-certified Customer Service Center will provide 100 percent of the DC power to run the cooling of the technology demonstration area and serve as a working model for any medium- to large-scale commercial building retrofit.

Construction to begin soon on 14.5 MW Air Force solar project

Solar Industry Mag - Aug 20

Construction is set to begin on a 14.5 MW solar array at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. According to a recent report issued by the U.S. Air Force, the project will be completed by no later than the end of December.

Midvalley solar company scores major Xcel contract

Aspen Times News - Aug 18

A midvalley renewable-energy company that pioneered construction of solar gardens in the Roaring Fork Valley scored a major contract Thursday to build the facilities elsewhere in Colorado.

Developer to move 25 towers at wind farm over raptor concerns

National Wind Watch - News Watch - Aug 17

Last-minute changes to the layout of a $400 million wind farm in northern Montana are planned in response to concerns about raptors in the area, the San Francisco-based developer and a Montana conservation group said Thursday. Rim Rock wind farm is under construction on the Kevin Rim in Glacier and Toole counties. It’s home to the highest concentration of Ferruginous hawks in Montana and nine other species of raptors, including golden eagles.

Kansas power could blow through Valley; $2B plan calls for wind farm electricity to be transmitted across Indiana

National Wind Watch - News Watch - Aug 17

Indiana, known as the crossroads of America, could soon be part of a $2 billion plan to transmit across the Hoosier state electrical power from Kansas-based wind farms. Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC, an affiliate of Clean Line Energy Partners LLC of Houston, is in the process of becoming a regulated public utility in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

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