Monday, December 23rd, 2013
In a recent report, The World Bank said that solar power is one of the key elements of its Country Partnership Strategy with India. The organization said it will circulate the findings of the study to central and state governments to spread an understanding of the issues and analysis presented.
The Bank said in a statement that in just three years (more…)
Friday, December 20th, 2013
At today’s New York Public Service Commission meeting, the Commission voted to approve a petition from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to fund the state’s transformative NY-Sun program through 2015. The Commission’s approval of $216 million will support roughly 260 megawatts (MW) of (more…)
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Businesses and homes around the country are making a valiant effort to use solar power where possible but Japan feels it is time to step up the game. They aim to create a 400km-wide and 11,000 km-long solar panel on the moon which would transfer the energy back to earth via lasers. So is this plan a viable solution for the future of solar power, or is (more…)
Monday, December 16th, 2013
The history of mankind’s technological use of solar power is thoroughly chronicled in a new book penned by John Perlin. With Let it Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy, solar and forest conservation expert Perlin takes the reader on a journey that stretches back to ancient times, around 2,500 years ago, when Greek architects (more…)
Monday, December 9th, 2013
The California Public Utilities Commission prepares quarterly reports on the status of the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. The latest was released in November. You can read the whole thing here (pdf).
Some of the highlights include: (more…)
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
According to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), soft costs accounted for 63.5% of total costs of residential solar installations, 56.7% for small commercial systems ( < 250kW) and 52% for large commercial systems ( ≥ 250kW) in 2012. The report, entitled, Benchmarking Non-Hardware (more…)
Friday, November 29th, 2013
Another win for team solar! Georgia consumers and solar businesses won a big victory last week with the state’s major utility, Georgia Power, stripping a proposed solar fee from its current rate case.
This new charge would have amounted to a 45-55% tax on solar energy systems. Local (more…)
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) recently released its Second Quarter 2013 Results. Researched and published by the Heslin Rothenberg law firm, CEPGI is a quarterly report on green patents issued in the United States.
CEPGI has been tracking green patent trends by (more…)
Thursday, November 21st, 2013
An Australia-based solar start-up company was recognized at the U.N. climate change talks in Warsaw for its work replacing highly polluting kerosene lamps with solar lighting in low-income regions of India. The company, Pollinate Energy, trains members of local communities to install household solar-powered lights in India’s slums, where families (more…)
Monday, November 18th, 2013
In a victory of David vs Goliath proportions, policymakers in Arizona stood up for its citizens by rejecting an attempt from the state’s largest utility to squash rooftop solar. Five months after Arizona Public Service (APS) sought approval to slap hefty new fees on its customers that go solar, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) voted last week to (more…)