Here’s how renewable energy contracts work to protect ratepayers, utilities, and renewable energy developers through the power purchase agreement (PPA)

Here’s how renewable energy contracts work to protect ratepayers, utilities, and renewable energy developers through the power purchase agreement (PPA): How Utilities Actually Buy Renewables Utilities put together their portfolio of renewable energy contracts so that they will be able to deliver the capacity needed for each time of day, combining wind and solar and some baseload renewables: geothermal, hydro, …

Nissan Leaf “No Charge to Charge” network launch

Cross-posted from Clean Technica Nissan’s “No Charge To Charge” Leaf promotional offer has now launched in Madison, Wisconsin, further incentivizing the purchase of the popular all-electric offering from Nissan. To explain, for those unfamiliar with the program, the No Charge To Charge program provides buyers of new Nissan Leaf EVs with up to 2 years of free fast charging through …

Rooftop solar users and installers are givers, not takers, when it comes to the value they provide to society and the electric system

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Anna Hofmann Baltimore, MD – Solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment, the electric grid and all ratepayers, said a new report released today by Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through …

“Energy freedom” and clean, reliable power as a public good

Can the invisible hand really guide us to a low-carbon future? Debbie Dooley thinks so. The 57-year-old founder of the national Green Tea Coalition is one of a growing number of right-wing activists entering the fight for what she calls “energy freedom.” This blend of conservatism and environmentalism is an animating force in nationwide efforts to expand the use of …

20 MW PV plant connected to Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) took only 6-8 months to complete and all $30 million of project costs were provided by Chinese firm

Also, the country’s first commercial solar PV module manufacturing facility just opened up in the city of Kpone as well. The 30 MW facility will be supplying PV modules directly to the country’s internal marketplace. A 20 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project developed by the Chinese firm Beijing Xiaocheng Company (a subsidiary of Beijing Fuxing Xiao-Cheng Electronic) was recently …

It’s time to change our definition of ‘real’ energy in developing countries

Many of us have long argued for the rapid scale-up of off-grid, pay-as-you-go solar as a faster way to deliver energy and financial services to those without access to the grid or traditional banking. In January, Katherine Wolfram, a business professor at the University of California, Berkeley, argued that this model does not deliver “real” kilowatt-hours comparable in quality or price to the …