Process viewed by many as the sale of the nation’s crown jewels

Every quarter, GTM Research's solar analysts compile the most important data and findings from the past three months.  The most important charts from the Q4 2014 Solar Executive Briefing covering pricing, installations, financing, policy and business models follow. The new China solar tariff decision may drive panel prices below 65 cents per watt this year. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Commerce filed its preliminary review of the import tariffs on Chinese cells into the U.S. The review called...

Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power has been in the headlines over the last few weeks for having secured a 100 MW solar photovoltaics (PV) project in Dubai at the lowest-ever price globally. Ever since the announcement of $5.98 per MWh (5.98¢/kWh) bid stakeholders and experts have raised questions about the financial viability of the bid. At ACWA Power Defends Financial Viability Of World’s Lowest Solar PV Bid was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other...

I was able to try out HoloLens at Microsoft's headquarters on Wednesday. HoloLens is a virtual reality headset running what Microsoft thinks will be the future of computing: Windows Holographic. But…

CNNMoneyOil's influence on stocks is 'not normal'CNNMoneyThat's because when prices of some key assets -- like oil -- fall dramatically, investors have a tendency to start selling across the board, without much thought. It's similar to what happened during the financial crisis or even the panic sell-off in ...

Lawyers say legal delays could prevent UK from realising its ambitions for new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point C by 2023Plans for a new generation of nuclear reactors in the UK have been dealt a fatal blow by Austria’s decision to launch a legal challenge to the EU’s approval of a £17.6bn subsidy deal, according to the Green Party.On Wednesday, the Guardian revealed that Austria will appeal the EU’s decision last year to approve the subsidy deal between the UK...

Commitment to development index places Australia second to last on environmental policy in terms of how it affects poorer countriesAustralia has come 12th on an index that ranks wealthy nations according to how their policies affect poorer countries, performing strongly on trade but placed second to last on its stance on the environment.The 2014 commitment to development index, compiled by the US thinktank the Center for Global Development (CGD), found Australia was second only to New Zealand on trade policies...

Solar = Energy Equity Solution

Published - Jan 22, 2015

Originally published on ilsr.org. For over 100 years, the American economy has been fueled by enormous expansion of fossil fuel energy. It has emitted a disproportionate share of its environmental impact (too much) and economic rewards (too few) on those less fortunate. More than any 21st century energy source, solar can power an equitable and Solar = Energy Equity Solution was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook...

Originally published on 1Sun4All. The Solar Decathlon 2015 team, West Virginia University and University of Roma Tor Vergata, has designed a house that merges Italian and Appalachian design concepts with innovative energy techniques. STILE is a simple and compact house covered by an elegant, classically inspired arch that runs north to south to support solar panels and Solar Decathlon 2015: West Virginia/Rome Team Create STILE was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers:...

Central Asia In For A Painful 2015

Published - Jan 22, 2015

The International Monetary Fund has revised downward its forecast for growth in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union to account for dramatically lower oil prices and the shriveling Russian economy. The region’s poorest countries can expect sharply higher inflation.The assessments are part of an economic update released January 21 in Washington.For energy importers like Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the IMF says, any gains from lower oil prices are overshadowed by weakness in Russia, Central Asia’s largest trade partner and the...

As if there already weren’t enough oil on the world market, ExxonMobil Corp. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. are announcing that each has begun producing oil from two major projects. ExxonMobil said Jan. 19 that it had begun retrieving oil from the Arkutun-Dagi field of the Sakhalin-1 project in the northeast of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East. Once it hits its stride, the company said, it is expected to produce 90,000 barrels a day. Arkutun-Dagi is the last of...

A Word Of Warning About EIA Forecasts

Published - Jan 22, 2015

Put this in the category of things that can't be true, but that are nevertheless affirmed with a straight face: The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, does not issue forecasts, at least not long run forecasts.So says Howard Gruenspecht, deputy administrator of the EIA, in a letter to Nature, the respected science journal. Gruenspecht was responding to recent coverage of an alleged EIA forecast which paints a rosy picture of U.S....