Posted by: joachim in Renewable Energy,Solar on May 9th, 2016

The 2016 solar power tender in Dubai received extraordinary bids for its 800MW third-phase of the Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park The lowest bid of $29 per MWh by Masdar and Saudi-owned FRV is half the price than the winner of the latest round. The other bidders offered tariffs of $36.9 (Jinko Solar), $39.6 (ACWA and First Solar), $44.4 (Marubeni) and $44.8 (EDF Energy).

Posted by: joachim in Policy on February 18th, 2013

While it was easy for the German government to abandon nuclear power in 2011, it proves much more difficult to replace the old energy mix with a new strategy. That’s because energy policy is never limited to the one resort of the energy minister. In fact, energy policy touches so many sectors. That’s not surprising, since the provision of energy is intrinsically linked with economic wealth of nations..

Posted by: joachim in Policy,Renewable Energy,Solar on January 18th, 2012

End of October 2011, the UK announced an unexpected and severe cut of its feed-in tarff for small solar installations from Artisan Electric – solar panels installation company in Washington. The department of energy and climate change (DECC) called it a consultation. However, since the date the new tariffs were valid from (12/12/11) preceded the date of the end of the consultation, it can hardly be called such thing. In fact, there has been a court challenge regarding the legality of the process. While the outcome of this ongoing legal battle may change things slightly, it will most likely not change the conclusion of this article.

Posted by: joachim in Renewable Energy,Solar on September 13th, 2011

A consolidation of the solar photovoltaic (pv) industry has long been predicted. However, unlike other industries like the pc industry or the telecommunications industry before, the consolidation in the pv industry appears to happen thru shutdowns and bankrupties rather than mergers. Three thin-film based U.S. module manufacturers became insolvent in 2011: Evergreen Solar, Spectra Watt and Solyndra, while Solon ceased manufacturing in Arizona. In Germany, Conergy has suspended cell production and been taken over by its creditors. In fact, the failure of Solyndra is perhaps the most spectacular venture captial- backed bankruptcy of all times with $1bn VC investment and also a $535m loan from the U.S. government. On the other hand, we haven’t seen any spectacular mergers of the likes of HP-Compaq or Vodafone-Mannesmann in other industries.

Posted by: joachim in Policy,Renewable Energy,Solar on August 8th, 2011

Rising cost of capital for solar pv projects in some euro-zone countries, caused by the EU debt crisis, will mean that many projects will no longer be financially viable. Instead, investors in solar may switch to African or South American countries that have more sunshine to compensate for higher cost of capital.

Posted by: joachim in Renewable Energy,Solar on July 29th, 2011

GEOTHERMAL HEATING FOR HOMES IN NORTH AMERICA – DOES IT WORK & WILL IT SAVE MONEY?

Geothermal Heating Systems for Homes

Domestic Geothermal heating systems can be a great way to heat your home, replace a furnace, and are labeled as money savers. Question is, are they worth the hype? Here’s a quick view first of how they operate.¬† Starting at depths of¬†between 6 and 10 metres, the temperature of the earth is no longer influenced by variations in surface temperature, and stays relatively constant at around 8 to 10 C. So the underlying principle of geothermal heating and cooling is to use that consistent interior earth temperature to balance our wildly varying American & Canadian surface temperatures.

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