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Why Owning Your Own Power Plant Might Not Be Crazy


Could a “personal power plant” be your next major home appliance?
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The (Personal) Power Plants of the Future 

When many people think of power plants they think of large industrial facilities with heavy machinery—hot, loud, and dirty. While this is an accurate description of many existing power plants, including those that I once operated, the personal power plants of the future will be much different.

Quiet, clean, and contained, your solar-plus-battery home energy system will be nearly indistinguishable from the refrigerator, chest freezer, or furnace in your basement—an essentially silent “box” that does something for you and your home, except this one will be connected to solar panels on your roof. In fact, as property developers and energy service companies become more familiar with these systems, they will most likely become integrated with the other systems in your home, leveraging the waste heat produced by your battery to help heat your home and provide other services.

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To wit, personal power plants might be ready for consumer primetime   , just like a wave of other examples where consumers switched from a centralized and/or outsourced service to providing it for themselves with appliances:

•The switch from ice block delivery service to refrigerators and freezers

•The rise of the swanky home theater system while large movie theaters have seen flat or even slowly declining ticket sales

•The shift from delivery of firewood or district heating systems to the in-home furnace

•The similar shift later in the 20th century to common in-home air conditioning units

•The television’s “promotion” from a one-per-household appliance around which the whole family gathered to a point today where Americans on average have as many TVs as people per household, with a third of homes boasting four or more TVs.

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sPower Buys Bosch Solar Energy North America Entities — Now Owns More Than 130 Solar Energy Projects Across Countryhttp://cleantechnica.com/2014/05/27/spower-buys-bosch-solar-energy-north-america-entities-now-owns-130-solar-energy-projects-across-country/
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Chinese Solar Manufacturer Wants To Become Solar Power Plant Developer, Too

Formerly known as Suntech, Shunfeng Photovoltaic International is looking to move into project development.

 Iain Wilson and Ehren Goossens, Bloomberg 
 May 28, 2014

TOKYO --  Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd., the new owner of what was once the world’s biggest solar manufacturer, is seeking to issue HK$6 billion ($774 million) of shares to buildsolar-power plants.

Shunfeng plans to sell as many as 600 million new shares at not less than HK$10 apiece, according to a statement to the Hong Kong stock exchange. The company is also planning to change its name to Sunfu International Ltd.

The new name and the share offering reflect the company’s expansion from a manufacturer to a power producer. It acquired Wuxi Suntech Power in April for 3 billion yuan ($480 million), the biggest panel maker in 2012, and this month agreed to buy an inverter company. A sister company owns a stake in the wafer supplier LDK Solar Co. Shunfeng Chairman Zhang Yi said in January that the company would install 3 gigawatts of solar systems this year.


“The expansion has successfully transformed the group from, previously, an upstream solar products manufacturer into a fully integrated solar company with downstream solar-power generation assets,” according to a filing yesterday. “The group has future plans to expand into the business of integration of solar energy storage and photovoltaics, and other forms of renewable or clean energy.”

‘Largest’ Supplier

The goal is to “become the world’s largest integrated clean-energy supplier,” Chief Executive Officer Eric Luo said in a video on Shunfeng’s website. The company is controlled by real estate tycoon Zheng Jianming, who took a 30 percent stake in 2012.

The proposed share offering represents 28 percent of the company’s existing share capital, and the HK$10 price is an 8.9 percent discount to the stock’s close yesterday. Shunfeng’s shares were down 4.9 percent at HK$10.44 as of 2:04 p.m. local time today.

Chairman Zhang said Shunfeng expects to install 10 gigawatts of solar power in the three years through 2016. That would require investing 25 billion yuan this year.

That strategy may be difficult to pull off, Stephen Simko, analyst for Morningstar Investment Services Inc. in Chicago said in an interview. “Their idea of throwing more money in their operations doesn’t seem particularly intelligent.”

LDK is “structurally uncompetitive compared with their best peers,” said Simko, who dropped coverage of the wafer producer because it “effectively bankrupted operations of the company.”

Shunfeng needs additional financing to expand, it said on May 7 after the China Business News reported that the company would seek to obtain 100 billion yuan in credit lines from China Development Bank Corp.

China had almost 20 gigawatts of installed solar capacity in 2013, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. ;D

The National Development and Reform Commission earlier this month said China plans to speed up solar power development, targeting a more than tripling of installed capacity to 70 gigawatts by 2017 to cut reliance on coal.  ;D
Copyright 2014 Bloomberg.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/05/chinese-solar-manufacturer-wants-to-become-solar-power-plant-developer-too
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Ho hum... Another day, another 100 plus dollars.  ;D
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Porfolio (Slight Pull Back  ;)) Progress Report!  ;D

Slow Friday...but I'm glad I DIDN'T  - see April 30, 2014 balance "Go Away in May!"    $53,856.85


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Offshore wind power to grow six-fold, boosting turbine makers, HSBC says                :o  ;D


Offshore wind power is set to grow six-fold by 2020, benefiting turbine makers including Vestas Wind Systems (VWDRY, VWSYF) and Gamesa Tecnologica (GCTAF), HSBC says.

Total global installed capacity of wind turbines at sea is forecast to rise to 43 gw by 2020 from 6.5 gw at the end of 2013, with the U.K., China and Germany the biggest offshore wind markets, according to HSBC.

The opportunity for manufacturers justifies a strategic long-term focus on the offshore segment, the firm advises; after 2015, “the rapid growth in offshore installations becomes a key to driving growth in wind technology."

http://seekingalpha.com/news/1720763-offshore-wind-power-to-grow-six-fold-boosting-turbine-makers-hsbc-says

Agelbert NOTE: I've already made quite a bundle on THIS ONE:

Symbol    Last price   Shares        Cost basis       Mkt value       Gain             Gain
VWDRY      17.79      1,000.00     10,417.00        17,790.00    +7,373.00    +70.78%
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Agelbert NOTE: GEVO has a VERY depressed, down in the basement, stock price. If you like to bottom feed for high risk, high potential Renewable Energy stocks, this one is for you!  ;) ;D
Toray to Convert Gevo's Para-Xylene to Bio-Polyester (PET)


ENGLEWOOD, Colo., May 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq:GEVO) announced that it is selling para-xylene (PX) derived from its renewable isobutanol to Toray, one of the world's leading producers of fibers, plastics, films, and chemicals. PX is a primary raw material for the manufacture of bio-polyester (PET). PET has the largest global market share of all synthetic fibers and is also used in plastic bottles, films, and as a polymer for many other applications. The ability to produce PX as a building block for PET creates large market opportunities for Gevo and partners who desire bio-based plastic bottles, bio-based polyester fiber for apparel and textiles, and for many other products.    


The PX was sold under a previously announced offtake agreement with Toray. Toray also provided funding assistance for the construction of Gevo's PX demo plant at its biorefinery at South Hampton Resources, where Gevo also produces other hydrocarbon products such as renewable jet fuel and renewable iso-octane. Toray expects to produce fibers, yarns, and films from Gevo's PX, for scale-up evaluation and market development purposes.

As a result of the shipment, Gevo will recognize revenue associated with both the sale of the PX, as well as the initial funding assistance provided by Toray for the project.

Gevo has also received support from The Coca-Cola Company for the development of its renewable PX technology.
  :o Research and development support was provided by The Coca-Cola Company under a previously announced Joint Development Agreement.

"We greatly appreciate the support that Toray and The Coca-Cola Company have provided Gevo in developing bio-PX. This is a groundbreaking achievement that we are very proud to have accomplished. This demonstrates that bio-isobutanol is truly a building block for the renewable chemicals industry," said Patrick Gruber, Gevo's Chief Executive Officer.

About GEVO

Gevo is a leading renewable technology, chemical products, and next generation biofuels company. Gevo's underlying technology uses a combination of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, chemistry and chemical engineering to focus primarily on the production and sale of isobutanol, as well as related products from renewable feedstocks. Gevo's strategy is to commercialize biobased alternatives to petroleum-based products to allow for the optimization of fermentation facilities' assets, with the ultimate goal of maximizing cash flows from the operation of those assets.

Gevo produces isobutanol, ethanol and high-value animal feed at its first fermentation plant in Luverne, MN.Gevo has also developed technology to produce hydrocarbon products from renewable alcohols. Gevo currently operates its first biorefinery in Silsbee, TX, in collaboration with South Hampton Resources Inc., to produce renewable jet fuel, octane, and ingredients for plastics like polyester. Gevo has a marquee list of partners including The Coca-Cola Company, Total SA, Sasol Chemical Industries, and LANXESS, Inc., an affiliate of LANXESS Corporation, among others. Gevo is committed to a sustainable bio-based economy that meets society's needs for plentiful food and clean air and water. For more information, visit www.gevo.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include statements that are not purely statements of historical fact, and can sometimes be identified by our use of terms such as "intend," "expect," "plan," "estimate," "future," "strive" and similar words. These forward-looking statements are made on the basis of the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of Gevo and are subject to significant risks and uncertainty. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. All such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements involve many risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from what may be expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. For a further discussion of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the business of Gevo in general, see the risk disclosures in the Annual Report on Form 10-K of Gevo for the year ended December 31, 2013, and in subsequent reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K and other filings made with the SEC by Gevo.

CONTACT: Media Contact:
         Robin PeakGevo, Inc.
         T: (720) 267-8632
         rpeak@gevo.com

         Investor Contact:
         Mike WillisGevo, Inc.
         T: (720) 267-8636
         mwillis@gevo.com

 
Source: Gevo, Inc.

Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/gevo-ships-renewable-paraxylene-to-toray-20140529-00518#ixzz33n5XOZuM
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What Are Yieldcos?
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2014, 11:52:08 pm »
What Are Yieldcos?

In case, you haven't been following our articles on Yieldco's, they are an exciting, popular new option on the stock market.

They provide liquid, easily accessible capital to build new renewable energy projects, while giving investors dividends.

They draw a line between the side of a company that develops projects and the Yield Co, which owns and operates them long-term. Investors benefit from long-term, stable dividends that come from selling electricity to utilities under 20-25-year power purchase agreements. For income investors, they offer one of the few ways to make reliable dividends from high quality, very low risk projects. Any cash that's not paid out in dividends is reinvested in new projects.   

These are the other YieldCos:

•Hannon Armstrong (NYSE: HASI): unique in that it invests mostly in energy efficiency upgrades for big buildings, also renewable energy;
•Pattern Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI): wind farms
•TransAlta Renewables (TSE:RNW): wind and hydro
•Greencoat UK Wind (LON: UKW): UK wind farms
•Renewables Infrastructure Group (LON: TRIG): solar and wind projects in Europe
•Bluefield Solar Income Fund (LON: BSIF): buy or finance large-scale solar plants in the UK 

Soon to go public:
•Abengoa Yield and SunEdison Yield: solar plants

Read our article, Clean Energy IPO Boom As Investors Seek Predictable Dividends.

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Today was another day...     ;D $52,882.49

I'm holding my own but the GEVO stock has been hammered. I expect it to pop next month. I won't dump it while it is in the basement. I hope I'm not caught in endowment bias.

GEVO is a good stock! Next month will prove me right! (famous last words.... ;D).

Symbol  Last price Change              Shares▲ Cost basis Mkt value     Gain         Gain % Day's gain 
 GEVO      0.869   +0.025 (2.93%) 12,000.00 15,675.20 10,428.00 -5,247.20 -33.47% +296.40

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Buffett To Double Down on Renewable Energy Investments


The billionaire plans to plow an additional $15 billion  :o  ;D into wind and solar in the future.


 Noah Buhayar and Jim Polson, Bloomberg 
 June 10, 2014  |  2 Comments 

Warren Buffett briefly lost track of how many billions of dollars his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is spending to build wind and solar power in the U.S. That didn’t stop him from vowing to double the outlay.

Describing the company’s increasing investment in renewable energy at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention in Las Vegas yesterday, Buffett had to rely on a deputy, Greg Abel, to remind him just how much they’d committed: $15 billion.

Without missing a beat, Buffett responded: “There’s another $15 billion ready to go, as far as I’m concerned.”

Such bold remarks are common for the Berkshire chairman and chief executive officer. He frequently talks about hunting for “elephant”-size acquisitions and making multibillion-dollar stock purchases.

Still, the comment speaks to the kinds of investments that are increasingly appealing to the billionaire now that his Omaha, Nebraska-based company is the fifth-largest in the world by market value. With dozens of units spinning off cash, Buffett has been allocating funds to regulated, capital-intensive businesses such as railroad BNSF and power companies.

“Buffett has always steered Berkshire toward the future,” said Lawrence Cunningham, a professor at George Washington University and author of the forthcoming book “Berkshire Beyond Buffett.” “Lately, that has meant intensifying the company’s focus on rudimentary, long-lasting businesses.”

‘Keep Moving’

While utilities don’t offer the sort of outsize returns of businesses that Buffett, 83, favored earlier in his career, he has said he likes the industry because it provides opportunities for reinvestment and further acquisitions. He bought control of an energy holding company in Iowa in 2000 and helped bankroll its expansion.

The unit, now called Berkshire Hathaway Energy, operates electric grids in the U.K., natural gas pipelines that stretch from the Great Lakes to Texas and electric utilities in states including Oregon and Nevada. Its renewable investments include wind farms in Iowa and Wyoming, as well as solar farms in California and Arizona.

Unlike other utility-holding companies, Berkshire Hathaway Energy retains all of its earnings. That probably will continue, Buffett said yesterday, estimating that the unit could reinvest about $30 billion into its business in the next decade.

“We’re going to keep doing that as far as the eye can see,” he said. “We’ll just keep moving.”

‘Strong Need’


Berkshire has been able to plow so much into renewable energy because it can use tax credits to offset profit at other businesses, Abel, the 52-year-old CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, said yesterday. Units at Buffett’s company include auto insurer Geico, Dairy Queen, Shaw carpet and T-shirt maker Fruit of the Loom.

Investments in renewable energy will be needed as the U.S. seeks to reduce its reliance on fossil-fuel generation. Electric utilities face cuts of 30 percent in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 compared with 2005, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates of a proposed rule issued June 2.

“It’s encouraging that he wants to invest because as an industry we have a strong need for capital,” Nick Akins, CEO of American Electric Power Co., said of Buffett’s remarks on renewables.

AEP is a partner with Berkshire in Electric Transmission Texas, a joint venture that’s building and operating power lines carrying electricity from the state’s windy plains to cities.

While spending $30 billion on renewable-energy projects would have been unheard of two decades ago at Berkshire, Buffett is signaling that the returns are attractive, said Jeff Matthews, a shareholder and author of books about the company. The comment may turn out to be more than an off-hand remark.

“If he says it, he means it,” said Matthews. “The whole complexion of the company has changed.”


http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/06/buffet-to-double-down-on-renewable-energy-investments
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 ;D $53,176.37

I'm holding my own but the GEVO stock has been hammered. I expect it to pop next month. I won't dump it while it is in the basement. I hope I'm not caught in endowment bias.

GEVO is improving slowly but surely...
;D

Symbol  Last price Change              Shares▲ Cost basis  Mkt value     Gain         Gain % Day's gain 
GEVO    0.925     +0.035 (3.93%)  12,000.00 15,675.20 11,100.00 -4,575.20 -29.19% +420.00   ;D
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-33.47%  -29.19%

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