Monthly Archives: May 2015

Fraunhofer Institute opens Chile research centre

The Fraunhofer Institute has opened a new research centre in Chile to help further the development of solar thermal and PV technologies. …read more

India’s NTPC opens bidding for 510MW of solar EPC contracts

Indian utility National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is tendering engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for 250MW of solar capacity in Madhya Pradesh and 260MW in Rajasthan. …read more

Why Cleantech Startups With the Best Products Can Still Suck at Selling

So you’re a cleantech entrepreneur, and you’ve developed a system that lots of potential customers should buy. The economics work; the system (whether hardware, software or whatever) works; it’s ready to go. But you’re a small startup. You have only a couple of folks who do sales-type activities, one of whom is the CEO. And

Inside the Minds of Regulators: How Different States Are Dealing With Distributed Energy

With distributed generation steadily rising and creeping into new states, electricity regulators in each region of the U.S. are dealing with change very differently. Regulatory officials from California, Texas, Minnesota and Arizona discussed how they’re addressing some of the most pressing issues in their service territories this week at the National Town Meeting on Demand

GTM: Energy storage in US will be at 848MW annually by 2019

A small number of regional markets are leading the way for energy storage deployment in the US, but this is likely to change in the near future, an analyst from GTM Research has said. …read more

Sharp’s Battery Storage Play: ‘It’s Not Just Technology. It’s About Bankability’

Soon after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, electronics giant Sharp started working on home energy management software to alleviate Japan’s shortfall in nuclear energy production. The company demonstrated the product in 2012, joining a large group of Japanese companies working on similar control software. Sharp’s morphed into something bigger. In 2011, the long-time manager of Sharp

Class action lawsuits hit Yingli Green over going concern issues

Tier-one integrated PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has been hit with several US-based proposed class action lawsuits over its statements in its delayed 2014 annual report regarding its going concern issues. …read more

North Carolina proposes fresh bill to freeze renewable energy mandate

Another bill aiming to freeze North Carolina’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (REPS) at 6% has passed the state Senate Finance Committee. …read more