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Solar is the most used word in my vocabulary. For ten years that I have been talking, writing, and promoting solar power. The next year of my life is about solar nation building. I am chronicling the ‘brink’ of solar power from the frontlines as my family and I move around in search of ‘natural’ solar markets — where solar is cheaper than utility p
As the US Department of the Navy (DON) continues to emphasize the need for energy security, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced earlier this month that it will increase its support for Energy Excelerator, a Hawaii-based program that funds development of new and innovative energy ideas.
A new market-shaping decision took place at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Sept. 19. To increase the state’s reliance on private capital for energy efficiency financing, the CPUC allocated $65.9 million for a suite of financing pilot programs for the state’s investor-owned utilities. California’s multipronged approach could lead to original solutions that other states might adopt.
Solar industry backers are rallying support for what could be a crucial change to the language of the solar investment tax credit (ITC), to help pave the way for future solar energy projects large and small.
Joy Hughes was living in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, a place with a “tremendous amount of solar potential,” so good that the valley’s residents were being overwhelmed by proposals for large scale solar power plants. One had a “field of things like radar dishes” and another included a “600 foot tower.” The influx of outside companies seeking so
Recently Renewable Energy World published an article entitled "Solar Hot Water: Which is Better PV or Thermal?" The piece argues that the reduced cost of solar photovoltaics (PV), in combination with certain advantages of air source heat pump water heaters, have made heating water with medium temperature solar collectors obsolete.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Engineer Support Center, based in Huntsville, Ala., this week announced a new contract for use of geothermal technology as part of the Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) series for renewable and alternative energy production work orders at Department of Defense (DOD) installations.
India’s government has unveiled plans to build an “ultra mega” 4 GW solar power plant in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.
As the world’s electricity demand grows, it’s imperative that we cut polluting emissions. Solar electricity is meeting an increasingly-significant percentage of global energy demand. Smart, consistent long-term solar policies, such as the investment tax credit (ITC) and renewable portfolio standards, and industry innovations in technology and financing, have made solar a bright spot in our economy. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) forecasts that 5.2 gigawatts of new solar electric capacity will come online in 2013. Our industry stands ready to accelerate solar deployment, producing many gigawatts of clean, emissions-free electricity.
Solar PV technologies based on crystalline silicon are the current leaders in today's solar market, but it's becoming clear they won't achieve the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative's goals of $1 per Watt installed for utility-scale projects by 2020. What's needed is more development work in pushing today's silicon PV into new directions, plus alternative cell architectures and technologies, according to a new analysis by Lux Research.
Just before the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced its encouraging plan to resolve the U.S.-China solar panel trade dispute, two of the few-remaining U.S. solar panel manufacturers released some disheartening news. Helios USA announced that it would halt its operations, and 1SolTech received a lawsuit and temporary restraining order from the Texas Attorney General.
Three utilities have grouped together to purchase more wind energy at a rate averaging less than $0.08 per kWh, which beats most other generation sources.
Trade disputes often have a nasty way of becoming trade wars. With no end in sight to the ongoing solar dispute between the United States and China — and tensions now escalating — the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today offered an industry compromise designed to end the standoff. We believe our proposal could serve as the centerpiece
Game-changing new technologies, consumer demand for cleaner, more efficient energy, an aging and increasingly obsolete grid, dramatic reductions in the cost of renewables — these are among the many forces radically reshaping America’s electricity sector. Analysts agree we are at a pivotal moment in America’s energy history. Decisions and investment
Raising €1.3 million in just thirteen hours, 1700 Dutch households that came together to buy shares in a wind turbine have set a new world record for crowdfunding.
The longevity of hydropower installation infrastructure makes them typically great candidates for refurbishment and repowering. By maximising energy yields and functionality from an existing hydro resource, environmental impacts are minimised while assets can be given a whole new lease of life.
The possibility of producing shale gas in some European countries has triggered a very heated debate about the environmental and social impacts of the technique used to extract gas from shale rocks (today only in the US and Canada); this technique is widely known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
Beijing took an important step towards rejuvenating the global solar panel sector last week when it announced new steps that will strictly limit new plant construction. This kind of government-led approach is a good short-term solution, as it will halt the introduction of new supply, which in turn will allow prices to stabilize after more than 2 ye
A solar-energy group is offering a plan to resolve a trade dispute between the U.S. and China, saying import duties currently in place are crippling the industry in both nations.
Germany’s industry federation has released a proposal for reform of the nation’s renewable energy strategy, calling for it to be enacted in the new government’s first 100 days.