Archive for March 2010

California Proposes First Renewable Energy Storage Requirements

Mar 7th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Energy and Environment, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Top Story, Wind Power

California Attorney General Jerry Brown has announced a completely new kind of renewable energy legislation, introduced by State Assembly member Nancy Skinner (D) – designed to add more renewable energy storage to the grid. You’ve heard of Renewable Energy Standards. These are (state level only, so far) rules that require that electric utilities add more [...]



India Announces Coal Tax To Fund Renewable Energy Projects : CleanTechnica

Mar 7th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Climate Change, South Asia, Top Story

In a landmark announcement the Indian Finance Minister, in his annual Budget speech, put forward the proposal of setting of National Clean Energy Fund which would be constituted through tax lieved on coal usage in the country. The quantum of tax would be INR 50 per ton of coal used, which would generate an annual [...]



New solar-cell efficiency record set

Mar 5th, 2010 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Top Story

Here’s a seemingly simple solar power fact*: the sun bathes Earth with enough energy in one hour (4.3 x 1020 joules) to more than fill all of humanity’s present energy use in a year (4.1 x 1020 joules). So how to convert it? In the world of solar energy harvesting, there’s a constant battle between [...]