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UK Onshore Wind Power Will Lose Subsidies, Conservatives Say
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The U.K. Conservative Party will end all subsidies to onshore wind power if they win the next election, a move that the industry said would end deployment of the country’s cheapest form of renewable energy.

GE Reportedly in Talks to Buy France’s Alstom for $13 Billion
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General Electric Co. is in talks to buy Alstom SA, the French builder of trains and power plants, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be GE’s biggest acquisition ever.

Unlocking Solar Energy's Value as an Asset Class
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Not all options are ready to step into the spotlight, though. Master limited partnerships (MLP) and real estate investment trusts (REIT) promise more attractive tax treatment than securitizations or yieldcos, but they require some heavy lifting and difficult decisions at the highest levels: MLPs need an act of Congress even for an infinitesimal language tweak to remove a legislative exclusion to solar and wind, while REITs involve a touchy reclassification of assets from the IRS that could have broader and undesirable tax consequences. Yet another model gaining traction is a more institutionalized version of crowdfunding, led by Mosaic (technically they call it "crowdsourcing"), but crowdfunding is awaiting more clarity from the Securities and Exchange Commission about what rules must apply.

UK Awards First Guaranteed Power Price Contracts to Biomass, Offshore Wind Projects
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Drax Group Plc, Dong Energy A/S and SSE Plc will get guaranteed power prices for U.K. biomass and offshore wind plants, the first renewable energy projects to benefit from a new aid program.

Tesla Makes Smooth Drive Into China
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I have to give my congratulations to new energy car maker*Tesla*(Nasdaq: TSLA) for creating the kind of buzz and excitement this week that only names like*Apple*(Nasdaq: AAPL) and smartphone sensation*Xiaomi*have typically been able to muster. In the last 2 days, the company and its charismatic founder Elon Musk were all over the Chinese headlines

China Wind Turbine Makers Face Consolidation as Glut Lingers
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Consolidation may cut the number of wind turbine makers in China, the world’s largest wind market, by two thirds in the next five years as oversupply pressures grow, according to an industry association.

Financing Lessons Residential Solar Can Teach the Commercial and Industrial Sector
- by News Desk
As new and old*solar investors*seek investment opportunities in distributed generation (DG) solar, there are a number of parallels that*can be drawn between the residential and commercial sectors. While residential*solar developers*have had significant success in obtaining*financing for their solar projects, growth has been more sluggish in the com

New York to Install Battery Storage for Subway and Bus System Operator
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American Vanadium Corp., owner of the only known U.S. deposit of the metal, agreed to install an energy storage system designed to reduce power costs for the agency that operates New York’s subways and buses.

Three New Finance Models for Non-Profits to Go Solar
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* There have generally been two main financial challenges for non-profits interested in going solar. First is the lack of funds or credit availability for purchasing a solar system. The second issue is taxes—or rather their tax-exempt status. Because non-profits don’t pay income and property taxes, they’re often barred by legislation from taking ad

The Solar Battlefield: How the US DOD Will Bring Solar Technology Mainstream
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When it comes to driving the development of renewable energy technology, no greater facilitating force exists than the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Acting on a mandate to achieve 25 percent reliability on renewable energy by the year 2025, the DOD has been busy in its aggressive pursuit of that goal — proving that more often than not, great things can result from unlikely alliances.

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