Solar PV

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The biggest solar farms around the world

Solar panels have become an integral part of many households, as they help bring down electricity bills considerably. However, solar panels are not just a part of household but serve as big contributors for the power companies as well. In recent years, several manufacturing units in different countries have realized the benefits of solar energy

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Big Box Retail’s Latest Bright Idea: Solar Power

Big companies are finally beginning to see the light. Over the past two years, the top 25 corporate solar users in America have more than doubled their capacity, according to a new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association. Cumulatively, these companies produced enough electricity last year to power more than 115,000 homes. Leading the pack by

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Off-Grid Solar is Going to be HUGE

Everywhere you look, the off-grid clean energy market is booming. Sub-Saharan Africa is seeing 300 percent compound annual growth in off-grid lighting; Bangladesh is putting up 30,000 to 40,000 solar home systems every month; and d.light, a for-profit seller of solar lights, recently reached its 1 millionth customer. If these numbers haven’t raised the attention of institutional investors,

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Rooftop solar is just the beginning; utilities must innovate or go extinct

By now, most people are aware that solar power — particularly distributed solar power, in the form of rooftop panels — poses a threat to power utilities. And utilities are fighting back, attempting to impose additional fees and restrictions on solar customers. These skirmishes generally center on “net metering,” whereby utilities (forced by state legislation) pay customers with solar

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The biggest solar farms around the world

Solar panels have become an integral part of many households, as they help bring down electricity bills considerably. However, solar panels are not just a part of household but serve as big contributors for the power companies as well. In recent years, several manufacturing units in different countries have realized the benefits of solar energy

Business

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Community Program SolarPerks Opens Access to All NSTAR and Grid Ratepayers

BOSTON, MASS. – (October 23, 2014) Massachusetts’ favorable renewable energy landscape has set the stage for broad interest in individual solar energy production. Yet, historical solar programs have been available only to residents and businesses that own suitable rooftop space and feature long-term leasing arrangements. Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer, announced today

SolarWorld will conduct crystallization project research at its Hillsboro, Oregon, site as well as at its R&D facility in Germany.

SolarWorld to wins $4 million US grant for next-generation crystallization tech

The Department of Energy award is aimed at the development of crystallization technology for more efficient and affordable solar cells. SolarWorld has received a $4 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to intensify development of a silicon mono-crystallization technology. The proprietary development has demonstrated promise to sharply reduce costs in

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Intersolar names Jim Callihan Director, Sales and Marketing North America

SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2014 – Intersolar North America, the most well attended solar industry exhibition and conference in North America, today announced the addition of Jim Callihan to its team as Director, Sales and Marketing North America. Drawing from nearly two decades of experience in the solar industry, Callihan will serve as a liaison

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Forget Fracking: Solar Power Actually Has a Bright Future in the US

The news: If current trends hold, in just a couple of years, solar power will no longer be a niche market limited to well-off, eco-conscious people: It will become a mainstream method of energy production. That’s the argument made by a new Deutsche Bank report published this week, which projects that the U.S. will reach solar grid parity in

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The Relationship Between SREC Prices and Solar Leasing

Several forums, including this one, covering residential solar developments have commented on the volatility of SREC markets in some states. But few have yet to note the potentially tremendous impact on solar leasing, and residential solar adoption in general, in those SREC states experiencing severe fluctuations in pricing. You may have read how the New

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What Commercial Solar Developers Need to Know about Yieldcos

There have been some basic descriptions of yieldcos in the trade press, but nothing has described what commercial solar installers need to know about this new legal structure or how it could impact their day-to-day business. This article will try to translate some of the buzz and address the questions that commercial solar installers will

Research

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 degrees Celsius and survive many years outdoors in

Policy

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Energy Secretary Moniz Senate Majority Leader Reid Call Solar

Today both Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) spoke up for solar at the Solar Power International (SPI) conference at Las Vegas calling it critical to the US and its energy future. The remarks follow a new effort from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to extend the

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Comprehensive Review of Climate Change Science from the Green Market Oracle

SolarFeeds note: We bumped into this Green Market Oracle post from 2012 and it was too good not to share. Republished (with permission) here in its entirety , the post inspired SolarFeeds to create a new category for not-so-new stuff worth sharing. The category is called “Awesome”! The evidence for anthropogenic global warming is unassailable. In 2009, 18 scientific

Storage/Batteries

Inverters

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New 3-phase microinverter for large scale applications

Microinverter expert APS is now shipping its new 3-phase YC1000 inverter, which can handle 277/480 grid voltages and up to four PV modules per unit. Up to eleven units can then be linked in a single 15 A circuit. The maximum output of one YC1000 lies at 900 W and additionally it has integrated ground

Student Solar

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Who Started the Solar Decathlon? Richard King

Have you thought about how the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon got started? Who was the first person to want to have a student competition that demonstrates the use of solar rooftop systems? According to Solar Decathlon, it began with Richard King. In 1999 he had been working at the Department of Energy for 10 years conducting research

Heating & Cooling

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In Focus: Solar Heating and Cooling

The greatest country on Earth, as it likes to bill itself, America is currently shut down, thanks to political intransigence and public ignorance. You’d think saving over $60 billion and creating thousands of jobs might wake it out of its gridlocked stupor. That’s what the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says the United States could

Hot Water

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Promise Energy: Solar Hot Water Rockstar

Promise Energy is a newcomer to southern California’s solar hot water market, but the company has wasted no time building a strong business. Promise, which is just a year old, has focused on solar hot water installations for multi-family affordable housing complexes in Los Angeles and San Diego, said spokesman Andy Mannle. “Solar hot water

Passive

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Passive Solar in the Home

While solar power has become prevalent in the mainstream construction business in the past decade, passive solar design has been used around the world for thousands of years. Ceramic tiles and stones walls in the Mediterranean made it possible to keep homes cool even under the scorching heat of the summer sun. Likewise, small window

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