• Documents reveal conservative group's anti-green agenda • Strategy to charge people who install their own solar panels • Environmentalists accuse Alec of protecting utility firms' profits
Keran Boyd's insight:
I can't help but wonder occasionally about the parallel in apethetic objection to renewable energy that is seen in the UK and US markets. Not only is there the opinion that the green objectives are implausible for the market, but there seems to be an active campaign to stop renewables in their tracks. Granted, for the UK - the objection is far closer related to wind farm development - the anti-wind movement garners a lot of attention locally for the environmental hazards associated therewith.
Now, albeit slightly different to the UK situation, it seems that the US energy sector (at large and including all stakeholders) has yet again, fundamentally missed the point. A trait of the US economy is to treat everything as if it were a fortune 500 company in the making. Campaigning for penalties for distributed power generation is equally so. It assumes that without incentive, owners of solar panels will invest in and maintain PV panels without further incentive. Why not just rely on regular carbon-generated power? Surely, it would be simpler and more cost-effective.
One should stop to consider whether these objections are part of a strategically placed political lobby, a differentiator in the market, a point of agreement for those that don't see renewables as a feasible use of resources OR if there is actually a point that these oppositioners are making. For the most part, I think that an incentive to recoup investment sooner rather than later will make the hit to not-so-deep pockets a little bit easier to stand. Like many European markets, the FiT is likely to decrease or be subject to heavier restriction, but for right now - distributed power generation may just be the avenue by which energy targets are hit as a plausible reality rather than some lofty goals.
Vice President and Team Leader at NPD Solarbuzz, Finlay Colville, has published a blog post looking at solar PV module supply to Europe during 2014, and asks the question, is there any cause for alarm?
Dubai, the second-largest sheikhdom in the United Arab Emirates, will spend about $100 million to add 50 megawatts of solar-power capacity by the time it hosts the World Expo 2020 exhibition, consultant Access Advisory said.
Keran Boyd's insight:
PV/CPV - this could be a great opportunity for foreign companies to get involved in the UAE market. Presumably, Dubai will benefit from global supply chains which will provide a basis for existing European companies to expand and offer expertise.
The decrease in the cost of photovoltaic modules has created a boom in the market, which paved the way for rapid construction of PV systems for residential and commercial customers in the United States and the rest of the world.
Keran Boyd's insight:
We often get comments that O&M is as simple as wiping down the modules - simple perhaps, but an efficient washing system is critical to performance optimisation.
Operations and Maintenance (O &M), the set of technical activities that enable power plants to produce energy in compliance with investor expectations and applicable regulations, is a market that will triple its current size by 2017.
Conergy and UK partner Camborne Energy sell 40 MW of 90 MW solar farm portfolio to investors ----Conergy secures exclusive EPC rights for entire 90 MW project pipeline ----40 MW of power plants ready to be built, further solar parks with...
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