The renewable energy industry might be suffering growing pains, but the key word there is “growing,” not “pain.” For all the challenges the clean-power sector has faced in the past year — fast-dropping prices for solar panels, stiff competition from Chinese manufacturers and a number of high-profile bankruptcies —... Read more
Four US companies have been recognized by the Department of Energy (DOE) for their work in helping individuals and businesses to get more of their electricity from green, renewable sources. Now in their 11th year, the DOE’s 2011 Green Power Leadership Awards went to: 3Degrees, a San Francisco-based company... Read more
A small Danish island in the Baltic Sea is becoming a living laboratory for technologies that could dramatically transform the energy world. Having already developed a substantial supply of renewable energy, Bornholm is now embarking on a test of smart-grid technologies designed to give residents greater insights into how... Read more
Over the past year, the UK has seen a significant increase in the amount of energy it gets from renewable sources, with one contributing factor being a return to higher, more normal wind speeds and rainfall. Nearly 10 percent of all Britain’s power is now renewably generated. Low wind... Read more
Austin Energy expects to get 30 percent of the Texas city’s energy supplies from renewable sources by the end of  2012 — nearly 1000 megawatts (MW) in all. That puts the city well on track to meet its 35 percent renewable energy portfolio goal by 2020, officials say. The... Read more
As the demand for clean energy keeps growing, Siemens has decided it makes sense to split its renewables business into two independent units: one focused on wind, the other focused on solar and hydropower. “We want to continue our success story in wind power business and establish the basis... Read more
A Colorado-based smart-grid company has received $2 million in federal stimulus funds to help continue to develop and market its software platform for utilities. Green Energy Corp. received the loan through the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office Revolving Loan Fund. The funding will provide working capital for Green Energy Corp... Read more
AMD is working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), HP and Clarkson University in a research project that looks at the industry-wide challenge of channeling renewable energy directly to data centers. “The distributed computing model of the cloud parallels the distributed power-generation model of... Read more
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) plans to install solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems at five VA hospitals by next summer. The $56.7 million program is part of the agency’s ongoing energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts. “The benefits of using solar power are profound, from reducing greenhouse... Read more
A smart-grid demonstration project in New Mexico aims to find better ways to conserve energy and make wider use of renewable energy sources. The initiative is a collaborative effort between the New Mexico state government, the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, a national research center run under the... Read more