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Green Energy News for 28-12-2011

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ENERGY: Delmarva Power to credit Del. customers $2M View Articles
NEWARK, Del. - Close to 300,000 Delmarva Power customers in Delaware will be credited a share of a $2 million security posted by Bluewater Wind now that a power purchasing agreement between the wind energy provider and the region`s primary utility is canceled, Delmarva Power announced late Tuesday.
Carnahan denies conflict over Missouri ballot measure View Articles
Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says she doesn`t have a conflict of interest over a ballot measure that seeks to increase electricity coming from renewable energy sources.
Geothermal Experiment May Cause Small Quakes In Central Oregon View Articles
An experiment with geothermal energy in Central Oregon got one step closer to approval Friday.
Prospects Darken For Solar Energy Companies View Articles
Hugh Pickens writes "Although global demand for solar power is still growing — about 8% more solar panels will be installed this year compared with 2010 — bankruptcies, plummeting stock prices and crushing debt loads are calling into question the viability of the solar energy industry that since the 1970s has been counted on to advance the world into a new energy age. Only a handful of manufacturers are now profitable in the face of too much capacity, which has contributed to a plunge in prices as government subsidies have been curbed. Prices for solar panels started 2011 near $1.60 per watt, but a buildup of inventory forced manufacturers into a fire sale toward the end of the second quarter that has pushed prices to near $1 per watt now. `The prices that we`re seeing today are likely not covering manufacturing costs in many cases,` says Ralph Romero. With at least seven solar-panel manufacturers filing for bankruptcy or insolvency in the last several months and six of the 10 largest publicly traded companies making solar components reporting losses in the third quarter, public-market investors are punishing the solar sector, sending shares down nearly 57% this year. Although winners are expected to emerge eventually, the question is how much more carnage there will be before that happens. `The fact of the matter is, nobody really knows which solar companies will be pushed out of business or be forced to merge,` writes industry analyst Rodolfo Avalos. `Nobody also knows how long it will take for the solar industry to improve even when the forecasted solar global demand for the next 5-10 years is quite promising.`" Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Ministers back wind power projects View Articles
Wind power projects which could provide energy for more than 90,000 homes have been given the green light by ministers.
Solar power push faces challenges in Texas View Articles
Welcome to Texas, the lone star state. People here use more energy than anywhere else in the United States.
Unlikely Coalition Joins Forces to Recommend Changes to Ontario`s Feed-in Tariff Program View Articles
Renewable energy advocates and a solar industry trade group filed a joint submission as part of the province of Ontario`s scheduled two-year review of its groundbreaking feed-in tariff (FIT) program.
Renewable Energy Recap: India View Articles
Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.
Renewable Energy Recap: United States View Articles
Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.
Renewable Energy Recap: China View Articles
Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.
Tiny Solar Cell Could Make a Big Difference View Articles
How small can a solar cell be and still be a powerhouse? How about six hundred microns wide — about the diameter of a dot made by a ballpoint pen? The U.S. Department of Energy`s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently validated greater than 41 percent efficiency at a concentration of 1,000 suns for tiny cells made by Semprius — one of the highest efficiencies recorded at this concentration. The energy conversion efficiency of a solar cell is the percentage of sunlight converted by the cell into electricity.
Map shows when solar power is a bargain View Articles
In 2013, the cost of solar power in San Diego will be cheaper than electricity from the local utility grid, according the predictions of an energy policy analyst who created a handy graphic to illustrate when so-called grid parity will be achieved across the U.S.
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