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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

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  • Are “Palm Trees” The Next Step In Solar Energy’s Evolution?

    Solar energy quickly gaining attention as the most attractive form of new electricity generation as there have been some substantial investments in the solar energy sector of late. In fact, more than 50 percent of the total investments in new electricity generation around the world was made in renewable energy. A report made by PWC and the University of Cambridge for the national bank of Abu Dhabi stated that the world invested around $150 billion into solar energy in 2014. “As Government and utilities are driven to bring new generation capacity on stream, this new reality (Solar energy) presents a…

  • Sun Edison’s Stock Has Been Slammed. Is the Sell Off Justified?

    As the specter of volatility returns to the stock market, investors in all segments of the market are starting to feel some of the pain that has hit energy investors so hard over the last year. This is small comfort to energy investors though, as stocks in that beleaguered sector have been hit even harder. The walloping in some companies is truly breathtaking and has to be putting some investors on edge. A classic case of this is Sun Edison, trading under ticker symbol SUNE. Sun Edison is a good company that has built an enormous solar business, but much…

  • PV Solar Could Have Some Serious Competition

      Abengoa’s IST Thermal Trough About half the energy burned in the U.S. is used to make hot water and heat (most of which is below the boiling point), yet PV solar and wind energy do little to provide it aside from electric water tanks and inefficient baseboard heaters. Does that mean natural gas is here to stay? Solar thermal, as the term is generally used, is a bit of a misnomer, since the thermal output is used to make electricity. It becomes part of the same process as a conventional steam or gas turbine plant, but instead of burning…

  • China Getting Serious About Solar Energy

    The world is slowly but steadily increasing its investments in solar energy sector as it becomes more affordable with each passing day. As the global manufacturing hub for solar photo voltaic panels (with nearly 75 percent of total PV panel manufacturing), China is now considered to be the fastest growing market for solar energy for the next five years.China also has a dubious distinction of being the world’s largest carbon emitter. So, in order to reduce rising greenhouse emissions, China continues to announce ambitious clean energy targets. For example, it has raised its solar target for 2015 from 15 gigawatts…

  • Solar’s Growth Poised To Slow

    As solar power growth continues to accelerate, it’s time for investors to take a step back and make sure they have realistic expectations. Solar panel pricing has fallen dramatically in the last five years and both rooftop and grid-scale installations have seen enormous growth as a result. Investors have seen the benefits of this explosive growth in the stock price of companies like Solar City. Solar optimists believe this growth has a long road ahead of it. And while the technology certainly does have a lot of potential, this year may see a peak in solar growth rate. To be…

  • 10 Percent Gains Guaranteed, But With A Catch

    Long term success in a dealing room, and in trading and investing outside that environment as well, depends on many things. Perhaps the most important is avoiding the big, blow-out loss, or at least minimizing the risk of that occurrence. That is why I am not generally a fan of running a short term stock position through earnings releases. Any big surprise in the numbers or untoward comment in an ensuing press conference or conference call can initiate a big move with a huge gap in liquidity. That negates any sensible precautions taken to control risk through stop losses and…

  • Toxic Waste Sullies Solar’s Squeaky Clean Image

    Toxic sludge and filthy air - byproducts of the oil and coal industries - are a constant irritant for opponents and even proponents of fossil fuels, while renewables like wind and solar are often seen as bastions of rectitude for their relative cleanliness.However, before the proponents of solar energy can claim the moral high ground, they may need to deal with an inconvenient truth of their own: mountains of hazardous waste being created by the production of solar panels.Sodium hydroxide and hydrofluoric acid are among the caustic chemicals required in the manufacturing process, along with water and electricity, the production…

  • Spanish Government To Tax Solar Power

    Electric companies may want to look at telecoms for a glimpse of their future. Just as telecom companies faced a challenging transition with landlines over the last twenty years, it appears that utility companies may soon have their own challenges to face. As residential solar power becomes increasingly popular around the world, utility companies are going to face a stiff challenge. The utility grid is built upon providing consistent reliable electricity in large quantities to every household around the country. This is true not just in the U.S., but all around the world. Yet more than any other renewable technology,…

  • The Best Play In Solar Right Now

    By now, most of us have a view on solar power. You may believe it is the future of energy; that harnessing the very energy that gives us life, that the universe gives us for free, is the logical future when traditional fossil fuels are both finite and damaging to the environment. On the other hand, you may believe that it is all a pipe dream; that if solar energy can ever become an economically viable source for a significant part of the world’s energy needs those days are so far off as to be irrelevant to you, and that…

  • Solar Space Race Already Underway

    Has space-based solar power just had a breakthrough moment?Alternative Energy News reports that on March 12th, 2015 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of “wireless power transmission.” In the test, MHI successfully transmitted 10 KW of electricity via microwave to a receiver 500 meters away. This test also confirmed that advanced control technology could direct the microwave beam to stay on target. Will this success pique other countries’ interest?Japan plans 1GW Space Solar Plant by 2030Japan, China, India, Europe and the U.S. have research programs to harvest solar energy from space. Following the Fukushima Daiichi…

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