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November 15, 2015

Solar how did we get where we are? The future of solar without ITC?

Solar how did we get where we are? The future of solar without ITC? Recently the solar industry has become stronger in the U.S. market with its second start in 2000 with about 4MW installed. This year we expect to reach 9GWs of installed solar. The rush to complete projects before the end of year 2016 ensures a minimum of another 30% increased of installed projects meaning 2016 should end with 12 to 13GWs installed. The ITC will expire at the end of 2016 unless the President, Congress and Senate agree to extend the ITC. Each time the solar industry gets close to some deadline it is amazing how many projects seem to come out of nowhere. There is nothing like urgency to wake up the [...]

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October 23, 2015

Another case of woeful UK energy policy, the Hinkley Point C Boondoggle

The Conservative government, arguably, has completely lost the plot in continuing to pursue its so called energy policy that depends so heavily on building a new fleet of nuclear power stations to keep the lights on in Britain. Perhaps George Osborne is seeking an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the first Chancellor of the Exchequer to commission the world’s most expensive nuclear power station. The Chancellor says the project represents good value for money. But the facts suggest otherwise. Further, and with the likely signing of a new nuclear accord as part of the State Visit of the President of China this week, not enough attention appears to have been given to [...]

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October 23, 2015

Wind Farm Asset Management – it’s not that complicated!

If you are an experienced Wind Farm Operator successfully managing a portfolio of wind farms then you can skip this article. However, if like the silent majority of people involved in the wind industry, who are confused by the terminology used, when discussing operating wind farms then read on because perhaps I can remove some of the confusion.

Firstly, let me confess that, coming from a civil engineering background, I was once part of the majority who really struggled with understanding operating wind farms. I silently suffered through presentations by industry experts discussing topics such as wind farm operations and technical management followed by the benefits of [...]

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October 23, 2015

Training the masses: Are they ready for the storage boom?

The last show of the year is behind Sonnenbatterie and we are definitely looking forward to 2016. But we still have a few exciting things up our sleeves that will be revealed before the holidays are upon us. ESNA was a very different show than the SPI and ISNA I attended this year with Sonnenbatterie. The attendees were definitely a more educated bunch who asked more thought provoking questions than the obligatory, “Will your battery system withstand an EMP blast?” (It won’t, by the way), but there was still the lingering and ever present question of, “How long will this battery run my house?”

If battery systems are the next big thing (and we all know they are) then the [...]

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