Tax on Large Scale Sun Collection

Last week Riverside county voted to impose an annual fee on large, utility scale solar installations. The board of supervisors unanimously voted in favor of a “Sun Tax” that will charge large scale solar installations an annual fee for every acre used for solar collection. With the property tax brakes already given to any scale [...]

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Sustainable Architecture: Part of the Renewable Energy Grid

The concept of sustainable architecture is revolutionizing the way both our homes and our commercial buildings are constructed. The primary purpose of sustainable architecture is to minimize man’s impact on his environment while still providing the comfortable dwellings and commercial buildings that humans have come to expect. The primary goal of sustainable architecture is to [...]

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Solar Millennium Sells 2.25 GW Concentrating Solar Power Portfolio to Solarhybrid

Solar Millennium AG sells off its 2.25 GW Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) portfolio in American Southwest to Solarhybrid AG which will construct solar photovoltaic (PV) plants at the sites. According to Solar Millennium the conversion of projects to PV is a great step to achieve a “significant profit-share” and an opportunity to reimburse its entire [...]

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US DOE Attempts to Block Evergreen Solar Patents Sale

Massachusetts based Evergreen Solar Inc filed for bankruptcy and its assets will soon be up for auction to the highest bidder. However, the United States Department of Energy is moving to prevent the sale of a particular patent held by Evergreen Solar. Researchers at the bankrupt solar company developed a patented method of manufacturing solar [...]

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Europe Won’t Meet 20% Renewable Energy by 2020 Goal

At the Spring European Council in Brussels, 2007 governments from across Europe agreed to set a binding target of obtaining 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. At the time only 6.5% of energy was being sourced from renewables. However it seems European countries will not be able to meet this goal due [...]