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E.ON Leads Germany’s Renewable Grid

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMNo other utility company has more installed renewable capacity or uses a stronger proportion of renewably produced electricity. According to recent press releases, the utility giant E.ON leads Germany’s Renewable Grid.
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The Launch Of Go Solar In The UK

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1England isn’t known to be a sunny country, neither is Germany. Both nations are leaders of Europe’s renewable development and hosts to the partnership between Europe’s largest utility and one of the leading U.S. solar companies. E.ON’s collaboration with Sungevity entered a third country with the launch of Go Solar in the UK.

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Sungevity As The Partner Of Choice For Utilities

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMAlec Guettel is back in North Carolina. It has been decades since he obtained his bachelor of arts in Political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Guettel and another of Sungevity’s executives are staying at the local Mariott, while they oversee the company’s entrance into the state. They will also be attending the NC Clean Tech Summit , where Geuttel will be one of the key people in a panel discussion on February 20, 2015. He took my call in his hotel room. In the course of our interview, Guettel said, “we have really positioned ourselves as the partner of choice for utilities.”

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Energiewende Will Succeed

The ECOreport Part Three of the Five Most Attractive Nations for Renewable Investments, Energiewende Will Succeed

Bye Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1American critics of Energiewende regularly announce its approaching  demise.  A hypocritical article in the Wallstreet Journal announced that Germany will spend €1 trillion on its’ renewable energy experiment by 2040, without mentioning that a large portion of that money was for electric grid upgrades that would be needed anyway. Nor did the author disclose the fact an even larger sum (€90 billion a year) would have gone to fossil fuels. Similarly, Forbes mocked Germany’s slight rise in CO2 levels, without mentioning they are already 23% lower than the 1990 benchmark set by the Kyoto Accord. (The author’s country, the US, is still 5% above that target.) Their carping does not explain how Germany became Europe’s powerhouse and the fourth largest economy in the World. Nor does it do justice to the nation the  Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) ranks #3 for renewable investments. Energiewende will succeed because it is embraced by the German people.

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E.ON will Focus on the New Energy World

Originally Published by Clean Technica

By Roy L Hales

If the stock market’s response is any indication, E.ON has the right idea. Shares are selling at a two year high. A little over two weeks ago the price was €12.948; yesterday’s closing sale was €15.055. On November 30, Germany’s largest utility announced that it will split into two parts. A new company will be formed to take over  conventional energy sources, allowing E.ON to focus on the new energy world.

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The Future of Large German Utilities is Also Here

Review of Peter Varadi’s article”The future of the large German utilities: it’s already here”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Last November, Peter Varadi  wrote an article that points to a possible resolution of the utility/solar conflict. Feed-in-tarrif (FIT) was disruptive in Germany, but – instead of fighting it – RWE, E.ON, EnBW and Vattenfall have all “turned green” by founding solar companies. The future of large German utilities is also here.

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Instant iQuote Lets Customers See Solar Panels on Their Home

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Sungevity was the first solar company to use remote satellite design (RSD) technology through the internet. They could produce quotes in 24 hours. Their most recent version does this in seconds. Sungevity’s Instant iQuote lets customers see solar panels on their home.

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Developing Germany’s Wind Energy Potential

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Germany has long been one of the world’s leading centers of the wind industry. Thus I welcomed an opportunity to question Esther Frey, renewable energies expert at Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), about this technology’s effectiveness and future development. GTAI is the foreign trade and inward investment promotion agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. Ms Frey provided some valuable insight into some of the issues involved in developing Germany’s Wind Energy Potential.
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The US & Europe will Lead in the Deployment of HEM Technologies, Lux Says

By Roy L Hales

A growing number of technologies ranging from smart thermostats and energy dashboards to whole-home control systems have emerged over the past decade. They are collectively known as  Home energy management (HEM) technologies. Utility companies are finding they can shave between 1.5% and 40% off their expenses using HEM devices and in the process add to customer engagement, competitive differentiation, and demand response.
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New Lux Research Report Predicts a Comeback for Concentrated Solar Power

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMIn 2010 concentrating solar power (CSP) projects like Ivanpah were heralded as the future of utility scale solar projects. Spain and the US led the World in the development of this technology. Since then, they have since largely fallen to the wayside in the wake of inexpensive  photovoltaics (PV) and presently survive in niche applications. The average CSP system costs 37% to 60% more than a comparable PV system. A new report from Lux Research predicts this will continue until CSP providers develop components that operate at high temperatures, integrate low-cost thermal energy storage (TES), reduce materials and maintain system performance.
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