Today’s topics an update on the growth of the global solar market, the future of energy storage and how utilities learned from and prepared for the solar eclipse. Plus an update on the trade case. [...]
Turns out the solar eclipse, set to plunge parts of the U.S. into total darkness on Monday, will offer exactly what the power sector’s been looking for: a completely predictable stage for experiments. [...]
It’s becoming more common to find solar panels on rooftops, but that’s just one of thousands of places where they are generating power. As costs drop and energy production rises, we expect to see many more places where solar technologies are put to work—providing unleashed, inexpensive electricity.
In recent years, perovskites have taken the solar cell industry by storm. They are cheap, easy to produce and very flexible in their applications. Their efficiency at converting light into electricity has grown faster than that of any other material — from under four percent in 2009 to over 20 percent in 2017 — and some experts believe that perovskites could eventually outperform the most common solar cell material, silicon. [...]
Engineer, entrepreneur, builder, leader: who are you picturing right now? Actually, these titles are held by several incredible collegiate women who have leadership roles on the Solar Decathlon 2017 teams. [...]
As with advice, conjecture is easy to give as typically the conjecturers, as with advice givers, have little at stake and sometimes much to gain. First and foremost, conjecturers gain attention, second but not necessarily second-most, if the eventual outcome falls anywhere in the vicinity of the initial conjecture, the giver gains credibility. [...]
AES Corp. and Alberta Investment Management Co. completed the $853 million joint acquisition of sPower from Fir Tree Partners Inc., in one of the largest clean-energy deals to date. [...]
Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics an update on 201, aka the fast-tracked trade case against China, Green Mountain Power's innovative off-grid program and how smart inverters could change the game for residential and commercial solar + battery owners. Check it out! [...]
A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power. But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range of metals and minerals to build. Nineteen, to be exact, including silica, indium, silver, selenium and lead. Most can be found or produced in Canada. [...]
Energy-focused blockchain investment fund Solar DAO yesterday started the preliminary initial coin offering (ICO) for its two-stage crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the construction of new solar PV plants.
A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. [...]
With the potential to reduce inspection times from weeks to hours, it’s no wonder drones are becoming an integral part of the solar asset manager’s toolkit. [...]
Intersolar and ees North America 2017 concluded its 10th annual event in San Francisco last week. The event organizer said attendees and exhibitors were optimistic, as they engaged in meaningful conversations about the best approaches for sustained market success, despite a year of industry consolidation and trade policy uncertainty. [...]
The market for solar PV design software has opened up significantly in the past five years. New offerings have taken off in that time, and they range from fully integrated systems offering one-stop functionality, to niche services that are hyper-focused on one segment of the design process.
On Wednesday July 12 in San Francisco, U.S. clean energy organizations including American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Wind Energy Foundation (WEF) and NEXTracker gathered to launch Renewable Energy Jobs Communications Campaign.
This campaign steering committee, working in partnership with The Solar Foundation, Advanced Energy Economy and VoteSolar, will organize a series of approximately two dozen events over 18 months in targeted locations across [...]
This year’s somewhat smaller, but seemingly more intense Intersolar North America trade show held in San Francisco this week featured a wide array of innovative solar tracking, racking and mounting solutions. While offerings by new and old players from around the world include many fresh design and feature developments, here are a few of the standouts. [...]
The stars are aligned for a breakthrough of small-scale solar energy in urban areas. This could completely change the world, the planet's source of energy generation and save the environment. [...]
With hundreds of solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) providers in the world, deciding who is going to build their multi-million-dollar solar farm, is not something developers take lightly. [...]
As the private sector increasingly takes on the task of installing solar PV in China, growth is happening quickly. Last year China installed more solar capacity than any other country in the world at 34 GW, beating the US's 14 GW and Europe's 6.9 GW. [...]
As pressure to decrease photovoltaic solar power plant operating expenses, solar asset owners are looking for the best ways to find savings while avoiding risks to equipment performance and longevity. [...]
BlackRock Inc. exceeded a $1 billion fundraising target for wind and solar investments for its latest global clean energy fund, underscoring investor interest in renewable energy amid policy uncertainty in key markets. [...]
In late June, solar energy stakeholders in New Hampshire rejoiced when the public utilities commission (PUC) released new order effectively removing the solar net-metering cap in the state.
The new order allows all customers with systems of <100kW to receive a monthly excess export bill credit up to 100 percent of the energy and transmission costs and 25 percent of the distribution services. Customers will still be required to pay non-bypassable charges such as the system benefits char [...]
Summit Ridge Energy, a new solar company led by former employees of bankrupt SunEdison Inc., obtained funding to build, finance and acquire solar power plants across the U.S. [...]
Researchers have developed a solar paint that can absorb water vapour and split it to generate hydrogen — the cleanest source of energy. [...]