1603 Data Lifts the Veil On PV System Performance

[Via NREL– April 24, 2014].

In the world of photovoltaic (PV) finance, historical performance data—or the lack thereof—stands as an obstacle to the risk assessment and credit evaluation of solar installations. Investors eyeing solar-backed securities or other investment vehicles might view the asset class cautiously without a firm, data-driven understanding of how solar assets perform (i.e., generate power) in the field and how this affects the cash flows that would ultimately backstop their investment. Continue reading

Tiny Hydro Projects Joining Generation Mix in PJM

[Via RTO Insider – April 22, 2014].

1.5-GW Potential

PJM’s newest hydropower project will be barely large enough to power nine homes. But if some visionaries have their way, it will be the start of a trend that could add up to a substantial new power source.

The North Wales Water Authority in suburban Philadelphia won Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval last month for an 11-kW turbine and generator to capture the energy from a 12-inch water line. Continue reading

Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits Will Surpass $127 Billion in Annual Market Value by 2023

[Via Crain’s Chicago Business – June 02, 2014. By Richard Martin].

Voluntary certification programs and regulatory requirements are driving the market’s growth, report finds

Residential and commercial buildings account for 35 to 40 percent of total energy consumption worldwide. Commercial buildings, in particular, consume large amounts of energy related to heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, water heating, and other building systems. Continue reading