Clean Energy Collective articles

Solar PV Turns 60!

Solar PV Turns 60!

On April 25, 1954 in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, technicians at AT&T’s legendary Bell Labs publicly demonstrated a solar photovoltaic panel for the first time, capturing light to power the rotation of a miniature Ferris wheel. The New York Times called it “the beginning of a new era, eventually leading to the realization of one of mankind’s

Solar Array Cleaning Robots

Deserts are ideal locations for solar farms – they get a lot of sunshine and the land is relatively inexpensive. On the other hand, their arid nature means that a lot of sand flies around, and sand on a photovoltaic panel blocks valuable sunlight, decreasing its output. Depending on location and weather conditions, dusty panels could

Why Taxing Solar Energy is a Horrible Idea

In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. The measure, which sailed to passage on a near unanimous vote after no debate, is likely to be

America’s Top 10 Solar Metro Areas

You might expect the #1 solar area in America to be a city like San Francisco or San Diego. According to One Block Off the Grid, it isn’t one of the largest metro areas, though—it’s Fresno, CA, with a strong lead at 182 watts per capita. That rate is almost a full 100 watts per capita

Community Solar in the U.S

Presentations about solar energy have a definite rhythm. Initially, the audience is curious about renewable energy and midway through as they receive more information, the feeling turns to palpable excitement. But inevitably, by evening’s end, some of the excitement has dimmed. About 75% of people who want solar can’t get it, according to the National Renewable

Oregon’s Solar Feed-In Tariff: WINNING

We don’t hear a lot of solar news from Oregon, but we have been hearing lately about successful feed-in tariff (FiT) programs. Oregon has one of its own. Though not a top solar state, Oregon ranks at a not-so-shabby #12 in number of solar PV installations, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Open PV rankings. The

Solar Thermal Farms: Popularity Fading?

392 megawatts, 173,000 heliostats, 347,000 mirrors, $2.2 billion investment and a $1.6 billion federal loan. These are the tremendous numbers surrounding the development and construction of the Ivanpah solar thermal power facility in the Mojave Desert, 40 miles south of Las Vegas. Such a plant, who can energizes up to 140,000 houses, is a massive solar energy

Energy Storage and Community Solar Farms

While a number of local residents, businesses and institutions have installed solar panels on their roofs or elsewhere to reduce electrical costs and CO2 emissions, many others do not have the correct roof orientation or size required. In addition, because a number of business and residential properties are rented, the occupants do not have the

More Schools Going Solar

Schools have been eager solar adopters recently, as they find that by going solar they save money and also provide an educational opportunity for their students. Another story came in today about schools going solar, when Washington Gas Energy Systems, Inc. announced the completion of two California solar projects for Western University of Health Sciences in

Solar Enters Retirement Portfolios

Today’s life expectancy in America is eight years longer than it was in 1970. That’s eight more years to enjoy retirement; and eight more years of savings to put away. In a challenging economy, there are various factors that can threaten a comfortable retirement, such as declining property values and interest rates, higher living and health

Top 5 Corporations Going Big on Solar

Don’t think solar can save you or your community money? Guess again.  In today’s cut-throat economy, businesses rarely act without thinking in their bottomline’s best interest.  Solar power was once considered uneconomical and was something championed only by environmentalists or hippies, but those days are long gone; corporate boardrooms around the world have embraced it as

Shouting Out for Solar

Whether it’s shouting from the rooftops in support of solar energy or relaying that passion through cyberspace, solar enthusiasts across the U.S. will generate a collective buzz on Jan. 24. It’s the first National “Shout Out For Solar” Day, organized by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to increase awareness about “one of the fastest-growing industries

Obama Demands 20% of Energy Come from Renewables by 2020

President Barack Obama (D) issued a Presidential Memorandum on Dec. 5, directing the federal government and all its entities to source 20 percent of their energy from renewable energy like solar power, wind and other sources by the end of the decade. The move was hailed by conservation organizations as well as renewable energy advocates. “In

The Barriers of Rooftop Solar

The dramatic decline in the cost of solar energy, combined with a greater understanding of its financial benefits have made rooftop solar more appealing to homeowners across the US. But some clean energy enthusiasts have discovered that installing solar on their property isn’t as easy as it may sound. Trees, skylights, chimneys, roof structures and

Top
/** * event tracking script from http://www.axllent.org/docs/view/track-outbound-links-with-analytics-js/ */