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Who Are the Leading Clean Energy Companies?

A new ranking of the top 200 companies receiving more than 10 percent of total revenues from clean energy finds that these businesses show a simulated annualized return of 21.82 percent over the past decade. The top 10 companies are Vestas (wind power), Philips Lighting (LED lighting), Xinjiang Gold-A (wind … Read more »

Waste Management Energy Production Rivals Solar Industry

By utilizing various methods for creating energy from refuse, Waste Management generates almost as much energy as the nation’s entire solar industry, The Motley Fool reports. Waste Management generates the equivalent of 9.8 GW of power through waste-to-energy projects and harvesting landfill gasses. In contrast, the US’ entire solar industry generates around … Read more »

First Solar Electricity Rate ‘Lowest Solar PPA Price We’ve Ever Seen’

First Solar has acquired the 50 MW Macho Springs Solar project in New Mexico, expected to be the state’s largest solar power plant. And, according to Bloomberg, the company may sell electricity at a lower rate than new coal plants earn. Read more at Energy Manager Today.

Contract Wins: First Solar, Kyocera, Alstom, Constellation

First Solar won a contract to build four solar power plants in New Mexico totaling 20 megawatts of generating capacity for PNM Resources.  The solar plants could be in service by the end of 2013, depending on project approval by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The four projects, which … Read more »

Solar Roundup: $75,000 for Wastewater Plant, GE, IKEA, Formula 1

A 1,316-solar panel system, which was supported by a $1.8 million grant from renewable energy stimulus funds, was recently installed at the southern wastewater treatment plant in Weslaco, Texas. The solar panels will absorb enough energy to power the plant and feed extra into the electric grid, which amounts to … Read more »

Renewables Roundup: United, Boeing, Downdraft Towers, Top Gear, Taliesin West

United Airlines, Boeing, Honeywell UOP, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy Trust have formed the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI), designed to advance aviation biofuel development in a 12-state region. The initiative has four stages—stakeholder engagement, research, report writing and synthesis—each implemented over a 12-month period. … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Google Wind Line, EU Aviation, Superfund Settlement

The $5 billion, Google-backed offshore wind energy transmission line proposed for the mid-Atlantic U.S. will advance to an environmental review stage after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management found that there is no competitive interest. After the review Atlantic Grid Holdings may be granted a right-of-way for the line that … Read more »

Renewables Briefing: Oberlin, Dairy Biogas, Tidal Power, St. Petersburg

The Maine Public Utilities Commission directed three utilities to buy 4 MW of tidal electricity from Ocean Renewable Power Company, in the first long-term power purchase agreements for tidal energy in the United States. Construction on Oberlin College’s 2.27 MW solar array will begin in early May and should be … Read more »

Solar Briefing: First Solar, Fujifilm, SunTrust, 2011 Installation Figures

Here’s the latest news on solar power installations, contracts, financing and market changes affecting corporate environmental and energy executives. First Solar will close its manufacturing operations in Frankfurt, Germany, in Q4 2012 and indefinitely idle four production lines at its manufacturing center in Malaysia next month. Along with other personnel … Read more »

Environmental & Energy Executive Moves: EPEAT, First Solar, Green Charge Networks, SolarBridge

EPEAT: The green electronics registry has appointed Robert Frisbee as its new CEO. Frisbee has served as the director of development at the Oregon Sustainability Center since June 2010, and has worked as a private-sector executive founding telecommunications companies Pacific Star Communications, FirstPoint Communications and Electric Lightwave. EPEAT also named three … Read more »

First Solar and Suntech Lead 2011 Top 10 Solar Manufacturers

First Solar and Suntech Lead 2011 Top 10 Solar Manufacturers

First Solar, Suntech Power, Yingli Green Energy, Trina Solar, Canadian Solar, Sharp, Hanwha Solar One, Jinko Solar, LDK Solar and SolarWorld are the 2011 top 10 solar module manufacturers, according to the Solar Supply Tracker from Lux Research. The leaders’ modular production for the year totaled 12.5 GW, and commanded … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Calif. Cap and Trade, Final DOE Loans, UK Retrofit Push

The California Supreme Court has ruled that air-quality regulators may establish a cap-and-trade system of pollution credits, while the state appeals a lower court judge’s order to examine more stringent alternatives, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.   The Air Resources Board’s cap-and-trade regime comes in response to California’s global warming … Read more »