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Global Photovoltaic Market Set to Take Off

The global photovoltaic, or PV, industry has been continuously growing at a rapid pace over the recent years. In 2008, the annual global installed PV capacity reached around 5.6 GW, taking the total installed capacity to around 15 GW by the end of that year.

Various factors including government incentives for solar energy, narrowing cost differentials between solar and conventional sources of energy, increasing environmental concern and emission regulations remain major growth drivers for the PV industry worldwide, according to the report “Global Photovoltaic Market Forecast to 2013”. This report gives an overview of the market forces that are currently driving the global demand for the PV industry.

The global PV industry is highly dependent on government initiatives and this shows that the industry is yet to achieve self-sufficiency. The impact of government initiatives can be easily understood considering the US market, which lags behind Germany and Japan due to lack of government initiatives. The report anticipates that the future of PV market will largely depend on government’s enforcement of existing or new support mechanisms across the world. Besides this, competition among the major manufacturers is expected to intensify, with new players entering the market as the potential for PV opens up.

This report “Global Photovoltaic Market Forecast to 2013” focuses on the growing marketplace for the PV industry at global as well as at the country level and analyzes the current market trends along with future growth prospects of the industry. It contains extensive data on cumulative PV capacity, annual installed PV capacity, and the future market potential of the key countries. The report also features the leading-edge opportunities critical to the success of the PV industry. It will help clients to discover the forces backing the growth of the PV industry, thus enabling them to outline their market strategies accordingly. From the future perspective, PV market EPIA scenario has been taken into consideration under the set of certain assumptions.

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About RNCOS: RNCOS, incorporated in the year 2002, is an industry research firm. We are a team of industry experts who analyze data collected from credible sources. We provide industry insights and analysis that helps corporations to take timely and accurate business decision in today’s globally competitive environment.

Wind Power in Emerging Markets‏

Wind Power Power is the backbone of any economy in today’s world. But the high price of fossil fuel is forcing countries to focus on renewable energy sources. As a result, more technologically-developed countries have replaced a considerable portion of their fossil fuel power with renewable sources to sustain concrete growth. But, according to “Wind Power: Opportunities in Emerging Markets”, emerging countries, who have just started their journeys, also need to maintain a robust power supply for a number of reasons: most of the emerging economies are preferred destinations for industrial and manufacturing plants set up by developed countries, development of power grid connectivity has boosted up the power consumption, and increasing population has fueled the power requirement in developing economies. However, rising fossil fuel prices are challenging the growth potential of these countries. Therefore, like developed countries, these nations too are adding renewable sources in their power mix.

For many of these emerging countries, wind power seems to be the best choice as it is relatively low cost than other renewable sources and is a cleaner source of energy. With technological development, wind will become a highly competitive source for power generation, creating business opportunities for manufacturing and material innovations. This, in turn, will boost the manufacturing sector of the emerging countries.




To analyze the market potential for wind industry in the emerging economies, we have selected countries based on various aspects, like market performance and power generation sources. This report also provides a brief description on key turbine manufacturing companies present in the emerging economies.

Key Findings of the Report:

– Total wind power installation in People’s Republic of China is projected to cross 100 GW by the end of 2020.

– Wind power industry will be the major focus area in India during its 11th Five Year Plan. – By the end of 2009, wind power installation in Turkey is anticipated to reach slightly less than 1 GW.

– In 2009, Brazil’s cumulative wind power installation is likely to exceed 1 GW mark. – It is expected that the wind power generation in Poland will go beyond 26 TWH by the end of 2020. – Egypt’s wind power installation is projected to cross 1 GW mark in 2009.

Key Issues and Facts Analyzed in the Report:

– Analysis of the power industry at country level to find out the prospects of industry growth. – Identification of factors that are infusing growth in wind industry at country level.

– Evaluation of growth trends of wind power installation.

– Quantifying the future growth of wind power installation in each country.

Research Methodology Used in the Report Information Sources: The information has been compiled from various authentic and reliable sources like books, newspapers, trade journals, white papers, industry portals, government agencies, trade associations, monitoring industry news and developments, and access to more than 3000 paid databases.

Analysis Method RNCOS industry forecast and analysis is based on various macro- and microeconomic factors, sector and industry specific databases, and our in-house statistical and analytical model. This model takes into account the past and current trends in an economy, and more specifically in an industry, to bring out an objective market analysis. Our industry experts study the relationship between various industry and economic variables to ensure the required accuracy and desired check on the quality of data and information given in the report.

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About RNCOS: RNCOS, incorporated in the year 2002, is an industry research firm. We are a team of industry experts who analyze data collected from credible sources. We provide industry insights and analysis that helps corporations to take timely and accurate business decision in today’s globally competitive environment.

Rapid Development Seen in Photovoltaic Installation Worldwide

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Highly volatile oil prices and depleting conventional sources of energy across the world have highlighted the need for renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic (PV) to rebalance the energy mix. Consequently, the installation of PV has been growing at rapid pace, leading to reduction in PV module costs with rising capacity, says our new research report “Global Photovoltaic Market Forecast to 2013”. (more…)

How realistic is the plan to create five million new ‘green collar’ jobs?

President Obama’s plan to turn around the US economy includes $150bn of investment in green energy over the next ten years, driving America towards energy independence whilst creating 5 million ‘green collar’ jobs.

Nobody could question the need for the new US president to take action to resurrect the US economy or our need for the US to take a prominent role in the battle against climate change. However, is creating five million renewable energy jobs in the US realistic currently? And if not why not? (more…)

LA Biodiesel Station Saved by E-Mail Campaign

Happy Solstice from Holy Solar! This year has seen an amazing growth of alternative energy, real action from Washington and credible promises of much more to come from what may prove to be the administration which solves the energy crisis.

We’ve been away for a couple of months performing seasonal agricultural work on the Coast, and just now completed our regular migration to the Southwest. The price of biodiesel has not been as fast to fall as it was to rise, and remains up to twice the retail of petro-diesel.

Fortunately, we were able to navigate the 1000 miles of highway without resorting to dinosaur diesel, thanks largely to the four fueling stations we depended on, and several contributing riders. By pooling fuel costs, were able to complete the trip at a personal cost of $.15.mile.

We made our usual stops at the Biofuel Station in Laytonville and the Real Goods pump at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland (map). The BioFuel Oasis in Berkeley (map) saved our schedule by staying open late (8pm) and by selling easy-to-use 5-gallon jugs. This extended our range to cover the distance to Los Angeles non-stop, where ConservFuel provided the best price and hours of the entire journey.

The bad news came a few days later-ConservFuel in West LA, where we had just purchased 47 gallons, was discontinuing biodiesel. For those who travel long distances on biodiesel as well as local consumers, this essential oasis has been the only 24-hour provider of B99 in Southern California.

This was the e-mail we received from Kent at Socalbug.com:

The owner of the ConservFuel Station in West LA/Brentwood has decided to stop selling biodiesel !!!
See the explanation on the http://www.conservfuel.com/
website.

Write Dansk a letter and or email them @ biodiesel@danskinvestments.com include info@conservfuel.com ( Kris Moller ) as a cc: in your email.

However don’t be too harsh, we do not want them to get sour on biodiesel as Dansk also owns the Palisades Gas-N-Wash which is still selling biodiesel.

Do your part to keep biodiesel for sale at ConservFuel.
Write your letter, spread the word and take action.

Kent

Here is what we had to say about it:

Dear Biodiesel Providers:

We were most saddened to hear of the closure of the biodiesel pump at Conserv fuel, especially after our recent fill-up just last week, when we purchased what will apparently be our final tank of hard-to-find biodiesel there.

On our seasonal trips from Arizona to Oregon, Conserv is a critical stop. We usually arrive at odd hours and the end of our tank. I honestly do not know how we will manage our next trip, as there is a huge void of biodiesel throughout that stretch of 1-10.

Many people do not understand why we use biodiesel, even when petro-diesel is cheaper. There are many reasons, from socio-political, to environmental, but the at the bottom of it all is a belief that biodiesel is a superior alternative which must be supported even at a higher cost. We are not wealthy people, but there is no compromising on this for us. We resort to petro-diesel only in the gravest emergencies, when there is literally no possibility of obtaining biodiesel.

We are cognizant of the difficulty of maintaining an unprofitable product, but urge your reconsideration of this move. The year has been a turbulant one for fuel prices, and next year may become more so. Biodiesel may again become a strong and profitable product as breakthroughs in algae and jatropha feedstocks swell supplies.

Please be aware that this closure is a major inconvenience, not merely to the local population of committed biodiesel users, but to travelers on the nation’s highways who lack other oases of supply. This issue is quite serious; we are quite literally stranded without a 24-hour station.

We may not have been contributing to your company’s coffers as well as consumers of cheaper fuels, but biodiesel users are dependant on the West Hollywood B100 pumps, and without them, the journey toward a greener future is  detoured.

We urge your reconsideration.

Holy Solar Alternative Energy Bus
www.holysolar.com

And we were pleasantly surprised to see this response:

After careful reconsideration and deliberation, Dansk Investment Group has decided that the loss our valuable biodiesel customers is not worth the potential increase in profits that would be gained by  switching to the lower cost diesel #2.  In large part, due to the numerous, well articulated emails we have received regarding our customers reaction to our removal of biodiesel, Dansk has decided to bring back biodiesel (B99) to Conserv Fuel in West Los Angeles!

Your emails are testament to the exceptional loyalty that Conserv Fuel biodiesel patrons have demonstrated regarding your commitment to purchase biodiesel.  Conserv Fuel will once again continue to be the sole retail supplier of biodiesel (B99) in the greater Los Angeles area.   Please note that our higher biodiesel sales price relative to diesel #2 is due to our higher wholesale supply costs.  There is currently a lack of biodiesel supply in California which has resulted in biodiesel selling at a premium price to diesel #2.

We appreciate you taking the time to express your sentiments and would like to inform you that your voices have been heard.  We understand that your loyalty to Conserv Fuel is linked to our supply of biodiesel, so we will be switching back to selling biodiesel (B99) hopefully by December 20th, 2008.  We will keep you updated on our return to biodiesel at www.conservfuel.com

We appreciate you for your continued support

Dansk Investment Group, Inc.

Ours was merely one of many letters that surely led to this reversal, and this demonstrates the importance of expressing the importance that alternative energy makes in our lives to those deciding whether to provide it.

If you use biodiesel in LA, or expect to ever need to, please send a brief letter of thanks to the folks at Dansk Investments…and stop by the ConservFuel station to fill up often once biodiesel is restored there on December 20.

Dansk Investments & SoCal Bug jointly share this weeks “Green Leap of Faith Award” for believing in biodiesel through these rocky times.

ConservFuel can be contacted through email at biodiesel@danskinvestments.com
They are open 24 hours a day, located at
11699 San Vicente Blvd
West Los Angeles, Ca 90049
(Click for directions to ConservFuel)

To find directions and more information about biofuel stations and availability in your area, Holy Solar recommends consulting NearBio – www.nearbio.com

Federal Tax Credit Increase Brings Solar Within Reach

The recent stock market collapse and subsequent Congressional bailout have brought a collective groan to pocketbooks across America and financial markets around the world. Afraid for their savings and jobs, and worried for the future of their homes and college funds, this may not seem like the time for homeowners to invest in expensive improvements.

The $700B corporate welfare package was passed through Congress, much as previous legislation overreached the bounds of government on the pretext of crisis. Stuffed with pork and served with theater, this move will haunt the world economy for years to come.

There is a silver lining to the dark storm cloud rising, however: the alternative energy tax credit cap has been quadrupled to $8000, bringing the effective cost of PV installations down by 1/3-1/2. The credit applies to 30% of the total installed cost of new residential systems.

Solar InstallationFor California residents, this can be added to the $2.50 credit to make solar a truly affordable alternative to the grid. Other states have different rebate programs. Depending on where you live and how much tax you typically pay, the cost of a grid-tie solar system might be offset up to 50%.

Contact a representative at Real Goods Solar for more information on solar installation and tax rebate credit incentives available where you live.

Residential Solar Rooftop photo from the Sierra Club, Solar Installation photo from bkusler. Both images provided courtesy of Creative Commons.

Green Leap Award-For Leadership in the Green Revolution

Green Leap AwardThis distinction is conferred upon alternative energy and environmental organizations and businesses who have caught the attention of the Holy Solar team as especially deserving of recognition. Each week or so, a different group will be profiled in connection with this award.

If you feel your group qualifies for to be a Green Leap recipient, please submit your webiste details and why this effort is noteworthy in the form below.


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We would like to thank all of the countless innovative individuals and organizations dedicated to the sustainable revolution.

the Power of the Sun

Alternative Energy Financing :
Making Solar Make Sense

Fed up with paying in to a private monopoly which is still holding us hostage with pollution-generating power plants? Tired of talking about the energy crisis and ready to invest in a future off the grid? Good for you.

Now that you’ve decided to go solar, you face some tough choices about finances. The power generated by the Sun is 100% free, but the photovoltaic collectors which convert this energy still represent a substantial investment. A little sticker shock is common among homeowners who have estimated the household electricity use, and found that their planned solar array will cost as much as a new vehicle.

The average home practicing energy-conscious conservation is using 5-7 Kwh/ day. In order to depend entirely on solar power, this home might need about 2 or 3 KW of PV module, at a jaw-dropping cost of at least $5,000 per kilowatt. Grid-tie installation can often cost up to one-third of the total, and a state-of the-art inverter, backup generator, and storage battery cells can bring the total into the stratosphere.

The math may be daunting, but through a little creative conservation, applicable tax credits, and financing from lenders friendly to environmental projects, most residential solar installations become a practical reality. Some homeowners are pleased to discover that their home can be solarized for even less than their current electricity bill.

Most homeowners are aware of Federal alternative energy tax incentives of $2,000 and 0% interest bonds which may offset part of the cost, as well as various state programs. These can bring down the total cost of the project, but most middle-class homeowners will still be tempted to balk at committing a year’s salary to a single purchase.

The answer is the same mechanism which made it possible for you to own your home in the first place: a loan. While the notion of going even further in debt may not appeal at first, it bears pointing out that a solar or wind system begins paying for itself from the moment of installation, by reducing or eliminating the monthly energy bill.

By distributing the cost of PV modules, invetrters, and grid-tie installation across 15-30 years, the monthly cost of home electricity is locked in near the current rates, until the loan is paid and the energy becomes entirely free. Another key consideration is that the investment in a solar or wind electrical syatem adds value to your property-an added 20/watt, according to current assessment guidelines.

In addition to hedging against likely hikes in local energy prices, adding solar power is a wise investment in home improvement. Since solar homes are still reasonably rare on the market, and increasingly in demand, alternative energy amentities may also help a home sell more quickly…an important consideration in a sluggish real estate market.

Of course, your bank may not be cutting-edge enough to recognize this. The lending market is quickly growing conservative in the wake of recent foreclosure fiascoes, and some agents may fear risking the primary mortgage by adding a second one.

Fortunately, the green movement is spreading into all corners of the economy, and by choosing a lender such as Cal Green Lending who specializes in financing environmental projects, you can be sure that your application will be reviewed by lenders who comprehend the viability of alternative energy.

Cal Green Lending arranges loans to qualified alternative energy installation projects for both residential and commercial properties nationwide. Visit them to see if they can help make your solar dream a reality.

Cal Green Lending has been awarded the “Green Leap Award” from Holy Solar for making an innovative leap in the approach to alternative energy.

Photovoltaic Rooftop Solar Array photo by Pink Dispatcher courtesy of Creative Commons

SolFest Alternative Energy Expo-Hopland, CA

Solar Living CenterOnce again, we’re headed down to the Solar Living Institute in Hopland California to take part in the annual Solfest gathering. For those who are not familiar, the Solar Living Institute is one of the most active and established sites using green technologies and earth-friendly land strategies since 1998.

Associated with the Real Goods Eco-store, the Solar Living Institute is one of our favorite places on Earth. Featuring the largest array of solar panels in Northern California, SLI’s Solar 2000 module grid produces more than 160,000 kilowatt hours of power annually. Since 2003, anyone traveling Highway 101 has been able to top off their biodiesel tank while visiting this historic landmark of the future.

A leader in alternative energy information, SLI sponsors ongoing workshops in the Bay Area and along the North Coast throughout the year, but SolFest brings together speakers on topics from straw bale building construction and permaculture to biofuels and windmills.

And, of course, solar energy. The entire event will be powered by the many solar panels which adorn the venue year round, and experts in grid-tie applications, tax incentives, and off-grid solar photovoltaics will be making presentations, as well as being on hand to answer questions.

Year-round interns care for and eat from the organic farm and permaculture displays, leaving with an intimate knowledge of Earth-friendly techniques to bring into a world in desperate need of solutions. Each year, the volunteer staff joins them to help produce a zero-waste event using all-natural biodegradable plates, bottles, and utensils.

We’ll be volunteering there as well as signing up folks for our new newsletter- which will be launching sometime next week with our experiences and inside view of the event. We’ll also be trying to get a hold of a video recorder so that we can make a brief documentary about SLI, Real Goods, and SolFest, hopefully with interviews and some good shots of one of the most innovative villages on Earth.

Real Goods Solar, Inc.

*The Solar Living Center picture was provided by anotheremily

Drilling & Mounting-RV Solar Panel Installation

Part Two

In the previous post, we covered some of the main reasons why we chose the Unisolar 64 Watt solar panel for supplemental power in our alternative energy bus. We made the purchase at the Real Goods store in Hopland, California, but because our roof had no metal to fix the mounting brackets to, installation was pretty much up to us.

Erik at Real Goods helped us develop a plan, drew a diagram showing the proper way to hook up the wiring between the junction box of the solar panel, the regulator, and batteries, and wished us well. We had his card in the event of emergency; fortunately, we never needed it.

The first issue we confronted was the fiberglass roof. Since Mahayana was not new when we met her, we lacked electrical diagrams of the wiring scheme, although we could make some educated guesses. We decided that the region on either side of the visible wire bundle ought to be safe for drilling, and this turned out to be correct.

Along with the Unisolar Thin Film Panel, we chose the Uni-Rac RV mounting bracket seticon, which brought the total bill to just under $500. The bracket set is simple enough, but to avoid undue stress to the fiberglass, we mounted a T-plate to the roof beneath each bracket and attached the mounts to those.

This works well, but at high speeds there is some vibration noise, which makes us wish that we had insulated the T-plate with felt “washers,” such as battery terminal pads. Live and learn!

Each T-plate was mounted with a pair of fittings to the roof. The holes were drilled with a 5/8″ bit and secured with 1/2″ X 2 1/2″ mechanical bolts.

Since our solar panel is bus-mounted, we didn’t need to worry about connecting the panel to a ground, but those working on residential installations will need to ground the frame of the panel.

We drilled an additional hole through the roof in order to accommodate the positive and negative wires which passthe charge from the panel to the batteries, making a total of nine breaches in our ceiling. Preserving the integrity of the roof being a priority, we were glad to see that we made only as many as were needed. We were quite happy as well to see that the holes were confined to a relatively small area, approximately two feet across and three back. This means that there is room for at least one more panel like this if- and when- we expand our solar collection potential.

After making sure we had all of the wire, connections, splices and fuses we needed- all of which are included in the Global Solar Energy Extra Connectivity Kiticon– we proceeded to connect the SunSaver controller first to the deep-cycle marine batteries, and then to the panel. We made sure to splice the included fuse module to the positive wires on either side of the controller for overload protection.

It’s been a little more than two weeks since we added the Unisolar Thinfilm Panel to our alternative energy houseboat, and the results have exceeded expectations. The little green light, signifying charge, goes on with the first glint of dawn and stays fiercely bright, in shade and beneath cloudy skies, until the last flash of sunset disappears from the horizon.

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