Friday, January 27, 2012

No matter what, let's remember this

Both of these RESOPS were declared dead and valueless when the RESOP program wrapped up.

 

North America

EDF EN Canada completes 24 MW solar project in Ontario

26.01.2012: EDF EN Canada, a business unit of French renewable energy company EDF EN, announced that its St. Isidore Solar Project in Ontario is now fully operational following the commissioning of the final 11.8 MW segment of the project. The completed project consists of two separate photovoltaic (PV) installations located in the Municipality of the Nation. The first 11.5 MW segment came online in Dec. 2010. The project was developed under the province’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP), which is overseen by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). … Source: EDF EN Canada; Summary: PHOTON

 

North America

First Solar completes two 20 MW projects in Ontario

26.01.2012: According to local Canadian newspaper the Sarnia Observer, First Solar Inc. has completed two 20 MW (AC) solar farms in St. Clair Township, Ontario. Both the Moore Solar Farm and the Sombra Solar Farm are installed and undergoing final commissioning, reported the Observer, which confirmed the status of the two projects with Peter Carrie, a VP at First Solar Development Canada. The power from the projects is being sold to the Ontario Power Authority under 20-year contracts at 42¢ CAD (41.6¢) per kWh. First Solar sold the projects to NextEra Energy Resources in December 2010. … Source: The Sarnia Observer; Summary: PHOTON

 

 

Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

The return of optimism: Business spending and job market looking good- San Jose Mercury News

Predictions for Solar Infrastructure in 2012: No Longer the Ugly Stepchild | Renewable Energy News Article

Good NREL/DOE video on the basic principles of large scale concentrating solar steam plants

Report: US Taxpayers Still in the Hole $132.9B From Bailout | News | Manufacturing.net

Conergy reports bigger-than-expected loss

Conergy reports bigger-than-expected loss

25.01.2012: German solar module maker Conergy AG blames its greater-than-expected loss in 2011 on the sharp decline of module prices. CEO Phillip Comberg noted that globally, solar modules prices dropped by over 40 percent during the past year, leading to "a difficult market environment." According to preliminary calculations, Conergy achieved an EBITDA for fiscal year 2011 of between -€80 and -€85 million (-$104 and -$111 million), representing a significantly greater loss than previously forecast (-€50 to -€55 million). Revenues for the year are expected to line up with the company's previous estimate of €755 million. … Source: Conergy AG; Summary PHOTON

http://www.conergy.de

http://www.conergy-group.com/en/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-39/57_read-2187

The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/59813.pdf

 

 

Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy

646.402.5076

www.arcstarenergy.com

UK government loses feed-in-tariff case

Europe

UK government loses feed-in-tariff case

25.01.2012: The UK Court of Appeal has upheld a High Court ruling that said changes to the feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme proposed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) would be unlawful. The ruling means that small-scale photovoltaic (PV) installations registered before April 1 will be eligible to receive the FIT rate of 43.3 pence per kWh. In late October, the DECC proposed reducing the FIT for small-scale PV installations by more than 50 percent and said it planned to bring forward the cutoff date for the old FIT to Dec. 12, 2011. The DECC issued a statement on the new ruling, saying it would seek permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne explained that the DECC proposed the changes to the FIT because it wants to maximize the number of installations possible using the available budget. British Minister of energy Greg Barker commented on the decision on Twitter: “Win, lose or draw today, important we move forward together, drive down costs and step up deployment.” … Source: UK Department of Energy and Climate Change; Summary: PHOTON

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/huhne_fits/huhne_fits.aspx

http://twitter.com/GregBarkerMP

 

 

Monty Bannerman

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The pain point for Bloom Energy and fuel cell makers — Cleantech News and Analysis

WTO combines EU and Japanese complaints against Ontario's FIT program

WTO combines EU and Japanese complaints against Ontario's FIT program

24.01.2012: The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) reports that the World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body plans to merge the EU’s complaint over Ontario’s renewable energy feed-in-tariff (FIT) program with a similar complaint filed by Japan. Japan and the EU both argue that the FIT program’s domestic content requirement unfairly discriminates against foreign companies. A dispute panel has already been set up to hear Japan’s complaint, and an initial hearing had been scheduled for next week. However, proceedings will be suspended until at least the end of March to combine the two trade disputes. … Source: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development; Summary: PHOTON

http://www.ictsd.org

http://ictsd.org/i/news/biores/123449/

The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/59801.pdf

 

 

Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy

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Haiti - Energy : Ambitious electrification program of 200,000 houses in less than two years - HaitiLibre.com, Haiti News, The haitian people's voice

Solar Seeks Grid Parity | RenewablesBiz

FL Energy group wants court to throw out nuclear-cost law | Electric Power News | Energy Central

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

FW: Renewable energy investments worldwide set record high in 2011 - Power Engineering

http://www.power-eng.com/articles/2012/01/renewable-energy-investments-world
wide-set-record-high-in-2011.html


Renewable energy investments worldwide set record high in 2011

Jan 16, 2012

A report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that a sluggish economy did
not hamper investments in new clean energy projects as they increased 5
percent to $260 billion in 2011, a record high.
U.S. investments in renewable energy moved ahead of China for the first time
since 2008, according to the latest data. U.S. projects saw an investment of
$55.9 billion in 2011, up 33 percent from 2010. China's investments
increased 1 percent to $47.4 billion.
"The news that the US jumped back into the lead in clean energy investment
last year will reassure those who worried that it was falling behind other
countries," said Michael Liebreich, chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy
Finance. "However before anyone in Washington celebrates too much, the US
figure was achieved thanks in large part to support initiatives such as the
federal loan guarantee program and a Treasury grant program which have now
expired."
In 2011, investments in solar technology increased 36 percent to $136.6
billion, nearly double the $74.9 billion investment in wind power, which was
down 17 percent from 2010. Biomass and waste-to-energy investments decreased
18 percent to $10.8 billion, geothermal dropped from $3.2 billion to $2.8
billion, small hydro decreased 25 percent to $3 billion and investments in
marine technology were steady at $0.3 billion.
"The performance of solar is even more remarkable when you consider that the
price of photovoltaic modules fell by close to 50 percent during 2011, and
now stands 75 percent lower than three years ago, in mid-2008," Liebreich
said. "The cost of PV technology has fallen, but the volume of PV sold has
increased by a much greater factor as it approached competitiveness with
other sources of power."
The previous year also saw the one trillionth dollar invested globally in
renewables since 2004.
The largest single type of investment was the asset finance of utility-scale
renewable energy projects, which increased from a revised $138.3 billion in
2010 to $145.6 billion in 2011.
Venture capital and private equity investment saw an increase of 4 percent
in 2011 to $8.9 billion.
To read the full report, click here.
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Combined Solar/ Wind Plant Goes Up in Illinois

Extracting heat from poop at industrial scale

PV module pricing spiked in December, but back to declines in 2012 - ElectroIQ

Monday, January 23, 2012

ArcStar Energy Mail - Strongest Solar Storm Since 2005 Hitting Earth | News | Manufacturing.net - mbannerman@arcstarenergy.com

FL Senator Altman questions Energy Commissioner Putnam's plan

Proof the FL Energy Commissioner has no balls. Virtually every state in the union allows third-party PPAs. He is not willing to tackle this fundamental requirement  to unlock Florida’s solar market from monopoly control.

 

 

 

Monty Bannerman

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From: FARE - Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy [mailto:mikea@farenergy.org]
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 1:30 PM
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Subject: Senator Altman questions Putnam's plan

 

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Florida Alliance for Renewable Energy

Greetings!

 

This morning Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam gave his recommendations to the Senate Energy Committee. After his presentation, the Commissioner answered questions from Senators. At that time, one of renewable energy's true champions, Senator Thad Altman, had some questions for Commissioner Putnam, essentially asking why a free market, zero subsidy approach to renewable energy development through property owner and 3rd party PPAs couldn't be included in the legislative recommendations. Commissioner Putnam answered that this was an approach that was "sticky", and too controversial. What he may have meant to say was that the utility companies just don't like it and nobody was going to stick their neck out to act against the utility monopoly. Senator Altman was quick to remind Commissioner Putnam of such concepts as American competition and free enterprise and property owners rights, but these concepts likely fell on deaf ears. After all, competition just doesn't fit the utility company business model.

 

You can view Commissioner Putnam's testimony here. (Senator Altman's questions begin at minute 35:30)

 

Commissioner Putnam has stated in the past that "you can either make a statement, or you can pass a law", right now the only statement that we are hearing from him is the statement that if you are a utility company, you are worthy of billions of dollars in additional taxpayer/ratepayer money, but if you are a small scale independent producer of electricity or if you are an electrician or a roofer or a solar contractor and you aren't seeking even one red cent in subsidies, that our leaders are not even willing to attempt to stand up for you and your "sticky issue".

 

Folks -please forgive my jadedness here, but this year is going to be exactly like the past 4 years. The utilities will attempt with all their muscle to pass a Bill that will allow them to build hundreds of megawatts of renewable energy at your expense while simultaneously blocking legislation that will allow anyone to produce their own energy and sell it. The Legislature, and now clearly the Energy Office and the Department of Agriculture, seem eager to help them with this objective.

 

We must bring the fight to our elected officials. Elections are coming and we must remind them of who they were elected to serve. We must hold our elected officials accountable if they choose to serve only the utility companies at the deliberate exclusion of the rest of the industry. We must act together and not allow them to pass this lopsided legislation without inclusion of a proper renewable energy incentive (besides just more ratepayer-funded handout rebates that last for 3 minutes before they are swallowed up).

 

If you haven't renewed your membership in FARE for 2012, please do it now. If you haven't signed up to be part of your local chapter, please do it now. And if you want to make your voice heard, please plan to join us in Tallahassee on February 9th

 

 

 

Join FARE today! We need your support! Passing legislation that benefits our industry requires your participation!!

 

 

 

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Sincerely,


Mike Antheil
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Friday, January 20, 2012

UK courts rule that breaking FIT promise was illegal.

 

 

Personal Newsletter for Monty Bannerman

from 20.01.2012


Europe

Britains energy ministry submits new plan to cut feed-in tariff

19.01.2012: The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced contingency plans to delay the cut to the country's solar feed-in tariff (FIT), in the event that it loses a legal case at the Court of Appeal about the tariffs. DECC wrote in a statement that it is laying before Parliament draft license modifications that make provisions for a reduced FIT rate from April 1, 2012, onward for new photovoltaic (PV) installations with eligibility dates from March 2012 or later. DECC Minister Greg Barker said, "I know this is a difficult time for the sector and I want to do as much as I can to end the current uncertainty created by the legal challenge. We must reduce the level of FITs for solar panels as quickly as possible, to protect consumer bills and to avoid bust in the whole feed-in-tariff budget." The Court of Appeal recently postponed making a decision on the DECC's challenge to a December High Court ruling that questioned the legality of the government's proposed changes to the solar FIT scheme. The High Court said that bringing forward the cutoff date to Dec. 12, which fell in the middle of an ongoing public consultation on changes to the FIT scheme, would be unlawful. ... Source: DECC; summary: PHOTON

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/fits_jan12upd/fits_jan12upd.aspx

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/wmsch_fits/wmsch_fits.aspx

 



North America

MidAmerican Energy Holdings completes acquisition of 49-percent stake in NRG's 290 MW Arizona project

18.01.2012: US-based MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., which is controlled by Berkshire Hathaway, has completed its acquisition of a 49-percent stake in NRG Energy's 290 MW Agua Caliente solar project. The $1.8 billion photovoltaic (PV) project, located in Yuma County, Arizona, is being constructed by First Solar and will rely on First Solar thin-film PV modules. The first 30 MW section of the solar park is scheduled to begin commercial operation this week. Ultimately, the solar power plant is scheduled to be completed in 2014 and will supply electricity to California utility Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) through a long-term power purchase agreement. Last month, MidAmerican announced that it had purchased First Solar's 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm, which is expected to be completed in early 2015. … Source: MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company; Summary: PHOTON

http://www.midamerican.com

http://www.midamerican.com/newsroom/aspx/newsdetails.aspx?id=544&type=
current

The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/59536.pdf

 


North America

North American Development Bank finances 6.1 MW Arizona solar project

18.01.2012: The North American Development Bank (NADB) and the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) have approved certification and financing for the construction of a 6.1 MW thin-film solar park in Tucson, Arizona, that will supply electricity to Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP). Project developer AstroSol Tech Park AZ LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astrosol Inc., which is itself a joint venture between Chinese solar panel manufacturer Astronergy Solar Inc. and German solar project developer Solmotion GmbH, was granted a loan of up to $13.2 million for the construction of the solar park. Vis Solis LLC, the US subsidiary of Solmotion, will manage the project. … Source: North American Development Bank; Summary: PHOTON

http://www.nadb.org

http://www.nadb.org/newsandupdates/newsreleases.asp

The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/59535.pdf

 


Munich RE offers new insurance product for large-scale PV system operators

19.01.2012: The German reinsurance company Munich RE announced the launch of a new insurance product for operators of photovoltaic (PV) plants larger than 20 MW. The product protects these operators against the insolvency risk of the manufacturers that produced the modules used in their systems. In the event that modules are defective or suffer from degradation over time, reducing output, operators can usually appeal to the manufacturer under the terms of a warranty. But if the manufacturer is insolvent, operators without Munich RE's new product may have to bear the costs of repair or replacement themselves. Developed in conjunction with Deutsche Bank, the new insurance has been tested for the first time by an operator running a PV plant installed in Southern Italy. The plant was financed by Deutsche Bank and Rabobank. … Source: Munich RE; summary: PHOTON

http://www.munichre.com

http://www.munichre.com/en/media_relations/press_releases/2012/2012_01
_18_press_release.aspx

The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/59566.pdf

 


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Canada's inflation slows to 2.3% | The Number | Investing | Financial Post

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Presidential Discourse and EPA's Course | EnergyBiz

U.S. Tops 2011 Clean Energy Investments: Report | Electric Power News | Energy Central

Borrego signs BOS supply contract

North America

Bentek Solar and Borrego Solar Systems sign 25 MW PV supply agreement

17.01.2012: US photovoltaic (PV) products producer Bentek Solar has agreed to supply US PV system designer Borrego Solar Systems Inc. with 25 MW of large-scale combiners, re-combiners, disconnect safety systems and accessories for use on its PV solar systems. The companies did not release any financial details about the agreement. … Source: Bentek Solar; Summary: PHOTON

http://www.bentek.com

The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/59455.pdf

 

 

Monty Bannerman

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Sun Edison parent not feeling well

North America

MEMC publishes preliminary results for the fourth quarter

18.01.2012: US wafer manufacturer MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., which announced last December that it would lay off about 20 percent of its workforce and severely reduce production, has published preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2011 that differ from numbers released in December. The company now anticipates GAAP fully diluted losses per share for the quarter to be in the range of ($6.50) to ($5.78), slightly lower than the previously announced range of ($6.38) to ($5.20). Meanwhile, the company now expects GAAP revenue to be in the range of $698 million to $733 million, higher than the previously forecast range of $523 million to $585 million. Regarding the restructuring plans announced last month, MEMC says it took “decisive action” in response to “the continuing cyclical downturn in the semiconductor industry and the severe market disruption in the solar market.” … Source: MEMC Electronic Materials Inc.; Summary: PHOTON

http://www.memc.com

http://www.memc.com/index.php?view=investors&c=106680&p=irol-news

The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/59506.pdf

 

 

Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy

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www.arcstarenergy.com

Once again EDF revealed as the monopoly greed-heads they are

EDF EN will withdraw its request for permission to build a 261 MW solar power plant in France

18.01.2012: A spokesperson for French renewable energy company EDF Energies Nouvelles told PHOTON that the company planned to withdraw its request for permission to build a 261 MW solar power plant in Beaucaire, in southern France. However, the spokesperson said the company does plan to eventually refile the request at a later, unspecified date. The company decided that it would withdraw its request following “a complicated process of consultation with the authorities in charge.” The planning department of the municipality of Beaucaire told PHOTON that the examiner in charge of the permitting process had issued both a positive and a negative opinion on the project. According to the municipality, the request is now in the hands of another agency that is expected to issue a final opinion at the end of February. When it was officially proposed in Jan. 2011, the project triggered much controversy among French solar companies and solar associations, which accused EDF EN of taking too large a share of the few incentives available to the French solar industry. According to media reports, the investment for the project is estimated to be between $827 and $993 million. ... Source: PHOTON

http://www.photon.info

 

 

Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy

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CA blazing an enlightened regulatory evolution

North America

CPUC rejects SDG&E network use charge, SDG&E proposes pilot solar programs

18.01.2012: Local news source East County Magazine reports that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has rejected a proposal by California utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to impose a “network use charge.” SDG&E had argued that electricity customers who have grid-connected solar installations are not paying their fair share for the upkeep of electrical infrastructure and should be required to pay a fee to use the grid. Separately, SDG&E has asked the CPUC to approve two pilot solar programs that its says would allow its customers to purchase all or some of their electricity from solar projects located in SDG&E’s service area. According to SDG&E, the Share the Sun program would create a new potential market for solar providers by allowing customers to acquire a share of the electricity generated by a solar energy installation in SDG&E’s service area. Customers would receive a credit on their electricity bill based on the value of their share of the electricity generated by the installation. The program would make up to 10 MW of solar capacity available to consumers, and electricity produced by the installations involved would not go toward fulfilling SDG&E’s renewable energy portfolio goals. The second program, called SunRate, would enable customers to have their energy supplied by local solar projects already under contract to SDG&E. Up to 10 MW would be available under this “green” rate, and prices would be based on the cost of the solar energy generated by the local solar projects. … Source: San Diego Gas & Electric; Summary: PHOTON

http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/8436

http://sdge.com/newsroom/press-releases/2012-01-18/sdge-expand-local-s
olar-market-increase-customer-access

The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/59533.pdf

 

 

Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy

646.402.5076

www.arcstarenergy.com

Friday, January 13, 2012

$3M/MW purchase price for AZ solar farm

North America

Juwi sells 25 MW solar park in Arizona and 1 MW installation in the Czech Republic

12.01.2012: German renewable energy project developer Juwi Holding AG announced that its US subsidiary Juwi Solar Inc. has sold a 25 MW (DC) solar project in Arizona to US solar power plant operator PSEG Solar Source LLC for approximately $75 million. Under separate agreements, Juwi Solar will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services as well as perform operation and maintenance services for the solar park. Construction of the solar park is scheduled to being this month, with a completion date set for the third quarter of 2012. The solar park will benefit from a 20-year power purchase agreement with Arizona utility Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District. Juwi Solar has already developed three solar parks for PSEG: a 12 MW (DC) solar park in Ohio, a 15 MW (DC) park in Florida and a 2.2 MW (DC) installation in New Jersey. In a separate release, Juwi Group announced that it sold a 1 MW solar installation in the Czech Republic to the Czech investor Jiri Almost, with the participation of the Czech bank LBBW. The installation, which was connected to the grid in Dec. 2009, relies on 14,200 First Solar thin-film modules and two SMI inverters. … Source: Juwi Holding AG; Summary: PHOTON

http://www.juwi.com/press_events/press/detail/usa_pseg_solar_source_pu
rchases_252_mw_solar_project_in_arizona_from_juwi.html

http://www.juwi.com/press_events/press/detail/juwi_sells_solar_park_in
_the_czech_republic.html

The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/59213.pdf

 

 

Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy

646.402.5076

www.arcstarenergy.com

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Retailers Checking Must on Energy Savings List | ECN: Electronic Component News

globeadvisor.com: Miners turn to renewable energy to cut costs

Wind is already proven and established in the sector in Canada, so this calls for our activities to be more about lead generation, opportunity qualification and account penetration than concept introduction and education.

 

https://secure.globeadvisor.com/servlet/ArticleNews/story/gam/20111116/RBMININGENERGYBOUWATL

Solar power proposed for remote mines

EPA Greenhouse Gas Data Tools| Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program | Climate Change | U.S. EPA

OCI Solar Power to develop 400 MW Community solar power plant in Texas - POWERGRID International/Electric Light & Power

Gov. Brown's cap-and-trade spending plan angers businesses | Electric Power News | Energy Central

Canada shows flexibility on coal emissions - Federal Conservatives abandon any pretense of environmental concern

Renewable energy overtakes nuclear in the US - Power Engineering International

US Virgin Islands Solar

North America

NREL helps US Virgin Islands reduce its dependence on oil

11.01.2012: The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has helped the US Virgin Islands (USVI) map out a plan to reduce its reliance on oil by 60 percent by 2025. The plan relies heavily on energy efficiency measures, but solar power projects, primarily small-scale rooftop PV systems, would account for 3 percent of the reduction plan. The high cost of importing oil into USVI means that residents pay up to 47¢ per kWh. The project is part of the Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN) initiative, an international partnership that aims to help islands adopt energy efficiency measures and deploy renewable energy projects. … Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Summary: PHOTON

http://www.nrel.gov

http://www.nrel.gov/news/features/feature_detail.cfm?feature_id=1704

 

 

Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy

646.402.5076

www.arcstarenergy.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fed Beige Book: Holiday Sales Keep Recovery on Track - WSJ.com

Micro-Solar-powered Internet Connectivity in Lascahobas, Haiti | ljhosman

Shale Gas Boom Causes Prices to Bottom Out | EnergyBiz

HyperSolar to test breakthrough renewable solar/hydrogen gas process at the Salton Sea

Solar industry loses fight for N.J. bill | Electric Power News | Energy Central

Rising Dividends Expected in 2012 as Companies Woo Investors - NYTimes.com

Germany's Solar Identity Crisis | Renewable Energy News Article

Monday, January 9, 2012

State-Level Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2000-2009

Florida bills seek renewable-energy overhaul

Solar module prices register steep decline in December

PHOTON Price Index

Module prices saw steep decline in December

06.01.2012: In the last week of 2011, module prices for all categories registered a further decline, following the trend seen in previous weeks. According to the PHOTON price index, the average price of multicrystalline modules on the German spot market fell to €0.76 (about $0.98) per watt at the end of 2011. Meanwhile, the average price of monocrystalline photovoltaic modules ended the year at €0.69 (about $0.89) per watt. The average price for modules produced in Asia also declined at the end of 2011, dropping to €0.72 (about $0.93) per watt. The entire module price index, as well as indexes for other regions, cell technologies and inverters, is published on a regular basis in the PHOTON International magazine. The Monday edition of the PHOTON International newsletter includes only an excerpt from the various price indexes. … Source: PHOTON

http://www.photon.info

The complete press release can be viewed in PHOTON's archive using the following link:
http://www.photon-international.com/newsletter/document/58915.pdf

 

 

Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy

646.402.5076

www.arcstarenergy.com

Saturday, January 7, 2012

U.S. Economy Gains Steam as 200,000 Jobs Are Added - NYTimes.com

Analyst: Top 5 markets by IRR. Portugal's still a hot solar market - ElectroIQ

http://www.electroiq.com/articles/pvw/2012/01/analyst-portugals-still-a-hot-
solar-market.html?cmpid=EnlEIQDailyJanuary62012


Analyst: Portugal's still a hot solar market
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By James Montgomery
News Editor

January 5, 2011 - Everyone's looking for those promising future markets for
solar energy development, given Germany's star gradually losing some of its
luster and various markets undergoing policy shifts. But Europe still offers
the best bet for solar, and a couple of countries in particular, says Lux
Research, updating its quarterly Solar Demand Forecaster.

Also making a good showing: Asian markets, with high IRRs in Malaysia
(24.1%), Philippines (22.6%), and Japan (20.9%), promising to attract more
demand into in 2012-2013.
Portugal
Cyprus
Hawaii
Greece
Israel
Top five locations by IRR, 1Q12. (Source: Lux Research)

Overall the broader European market is still fairly consistent, held in
check by its macroeconomic questions and individual countries' ability to
pay out incentives, explained Matt Feinstein, who led the Lux forecast.
Portugal still tops the list (it ranked #2 three months ago behind New
Jersey) as one of the best IRRs; also scoring well are Cypress and Greece,
pending the aforementioned financial woes.

Lux arrived at its top IRR locations by cataloguing subsidies, electricity
rates and consumption data, and projected pricing for panels/systems for all
50 US states, 31 Chinese provinces and semiautonomous regions, and 75
countries/regions globally. Those were run through a LCOE model to identify
best IRRs, lowest LCOEs, and where solar power is closest to grid parity
(i.e. retail and wholesale electricity prices).


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