Thursday, June 20th, 2013
The city of Palo Alto (CA) has set a goal of 100% carbon-free power for its municipal utility. To achieve this goal, they are going solar in a big way…and with some mindblowing results.
The utility just signed 80 MW worth of contracts with 3 solar plants (40 MW, 20 MW, and 20 MW) at a (more…)
Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
When it comes to evaluating our energy options, policymakers typically perform cost-benefit analyses. That seems pretty uncontroversial, right? Where it gets squirrelly is in the selection of ingredients. What costs to include? Short term costs, or long-term? Include externalities? If a particular technology emits pollutants that threaten life on earth as we know it, (more…)
Friday, June 14th, 2013
Great news from New York. No – it’s not that lawmakers have successfully delivered massive solar legislation to the Governor’s desk (YET!). But almost as great. In anticipation of an explosion of solar growth from Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun Initiative, the New York Public Service Commission just approved a decision to triple the state’s net metering cap. More details and the decision (more…)
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Solar power is a renewable source of energy but still can be expensive to use so any cost reduction is good. Solar engineers from UNSW have developed an innovative method to dramatically improve the quality of low-grade silicon, promising to significantly improve electrical efficiency and reduce the cost of solar panels. The UNSW team has discovered a (more…)
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013
The solar PV growth curves illustrate the rapid expansion in the deployment of this form for distributed generation (DG). The only conclusion one can draw from looking at these graphs is that, after decades of customers’ putting their toes in the water, they’ve begun to take the plunge. Solar has arrived as a mainstream force, dramatically reshaping the way we (more…)
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
With the year nearly half done, here’s the solar scoreboard–updates from things we’ve been working on, and a selection of other notable solar victories.
New state solar programs
New York is our biggest market-building campaign in the East. Last month the Senate unanimously (more…)
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
LED lighting remains the hottest area of green patent litigation, with several complaints filed in the last several weeks. Green patent complaints were recently filed in the areas of advanced batteries and solar powered lighting as well. (more…)
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
The first solar projects from California’s Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) are now online. This is some of the world’s lowest-cost solar, now up and running.
For those that need a primer, the RAM is a 1.3 gigawatt program to procure renewable projects (more…)
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
Hawaii is one of the American states cracking ahead to make a switch to clean, solar power. We have reported several achievements Hawaiian Electric Co. reaching 20 megawatts of solar photovoltaic energy on the island of Oahu.
As usual, government incentives play a key part in (more…)
Friday, April 19th, 2013
After spending $1 billion on renewable energy projects in the last few years, Google is no stranger to reducing their carbon footprint.
It’s common knowledge in the fuel industry that renewable energy sources are becoming more and more popular, thanks to their cost and energy efficiency. As more and more consumers choose to (more…)