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The Copycat Syndrome, Innovation and Not Giving Up
Call it the copycat syndrome or marketing burnout wherein a company has a success with one product at which point every company in the space copies the effort leaving a market dotted with me-too products with little differentiation other than price. Eventually through this process value is suctioned out of the product or service, demand wanes, and consumers move on. It is almost impossible to satisfy consumer desire for the cheapest or most innovative product/technology/service/oh-heck-anything, particularly because in the end the equilibrium price may well be zero and innovation may be defined as simply announcing that something is innovative.
Rising Energy Dependency Endangers Europe?s Economy
The issue of energy may have been overshadowed by that of tax at yesterday?s EU summit of Heads of State in Brussels, but its growing importance and impact on Europe?s economy is one that cannot be ignored. As the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, Europeans are paying a lot for their energy ? prices are 37% higher than those in the US and 20% hi
Solar Tax Credit Creates Opportunity for Indian Tribes
Many American Indian tribes have been considering business opportunities in connection with solar projects. To date, most of the focus has been with respect to the siting of utility scale solar projects on tribal land in the desert. For instance, the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians have leased land on their Nevada reservation for a 250 MW solar project being developed by kRoad Solar.
GM's Commitment to Solar Going Strong
With the amount of energy required to produce a vehicle, it makes sense that automobile manufacturers are exploring solar power to help cut costs and position themselves as environmentally-conscious companies. Incorporating solar energy into their operations is already popular among European vehicle manufacturers: from SEAT?s 10.6 megawatts (MW) of
Martha?s Vineyard, Cape Cod Going Solar Thanks to $120M in Financing
Rockland Capital has raised $120 million in financing to support solar installations in nine towns along Cape Cod and Martha?s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The financing will allow Broadway Electrical to install more than 37 megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) projects throughout the region, including projects on landfills and rooftops. The projects have
Tracking and Analyzing Energy Legislation Across the US
A new online database created by Colorado State University's (CSU) Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) aims to serve anyone interested in clean energy legislation in any state in the U.S., or even those who are crafting policy themselves.
UK Urged to Boost Clean Energy Over Natural Gas
Britain, under pressure to build new power stations, could save as much as 100 billion pounds ($150 billion) through 2050 by spending on wind, nuclear and carbon capture rather than gas, the government?s climate adviser said.
EU Solar Import Duties Seen Hurting China-U.K. Companies
The European Union is poised to penalize imports of Chinese solar products, a move that would increase Europe?s cost for most photovoltaic panels an estimated 45 percent overnight.
Lead-Acid Batteries: Merely A Launch Pad for Something Better?
There?s finally been some good news for a change: According to a recent analysis performed by market research company IHS, the market for photovoltaic storage systems is about to boom. In Germany alone, the total capacity is set to increase from eight to 4,900 megawatts (MW) between now and 2017. The success of storage systems is dependent on one condition, however: They must be able to pay for themselves within the estimated 20-year lifetime of a solar plant, as well as operate reliably in basements throughout the year.
Streamlined Permitting Can Significantly Reduce Costs, Time for Installing Re...
A recent report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL) looks at how the permitting process can impact the costs and time it takes to install solar. The report, ?The Impact of City-level Permitting Processes on Residential Photovoltaic Installation Prices and Development Times: An Empirical Analysis of Solar Systems in California Citie
Re-Igniting America's Solar Impulse
First came the Wright Brothers. Then it was Charles Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis. In 1990, Eric Raymond made aviation history to much less fanfare with the first solar airplane crossing of the United States. Now it is Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg making history by flying across America in SOLAR IMPULSE, a 100
Rumors of US-China Trade Settlement Talks Fuel Solar Stocks
If short-term traders really have hijacked the sector, which seems probable, it would mark a relatively big setback for stocks that were once popular among aggressive longer-term investors who liked the strong prospects of solar energy. Of course that doesn?t mean that serious investors will never return to the sector if it ever manages to stabiliz
Warning Scotland Against Independence: Renewables Will Suffer, Says Ed Davey
UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey has warned that Scotland will damage its standing as a prime mover in renewable energy if it votes to become independent.
Despite Fears, New Renewables Are Not Bankrupting California
Until recently, the potential rate impact of all the new contracts for renewable energy being added to meet California's Renewable Portfolio Standard since 2006 has been a matter of some concern. According to the Division of Ratepayer Advocates in early 2012, an estimated $20.8 billion will have been spent in California on contracts for new renewable generation by 2020, and the rate impact was a big unknown.
US Said to Be in Talks With China, EU to Settle Solar Energy Trade Dispute
The Obama administration is engaged in preliminary talks with the European Union and China to settle a dispute over trade in solar-energy equipment and avoid a conflict among the world?s largest economies, according to people familiar with the discussions.
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