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 […] Read more


In Focus: Rooftop Solar System Obstacles

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 […] Read more


FUTUREWATCH: The Ultrathin Tungsten Diselenide Solar Cell

Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have succeeded for the first time in creating a diode made of tungsten diselenide. Experiments show that this material may be used to create ultrathin flexible solar cells. Even flexible displays could become possible. At least since the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded in 2010 for creating graphene, […] Read more


Tesla Dissed by New Jersey

Well, score one against the free market. In the Garden State, where Governor Chris Christie rules over hurricane clean-ups and bridge closures, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is no longer allowed to sell its vehicles. Why? Because apparently, doing so is in direct violation to a law that requires all vehicles to be sold through middle men. The law, which […] Read more


Money: The Reason We Aren’t 100% Solar YET

Solar energy from our Sun is constantly bombarding us, even at night – we just can’t see it because of our planet’s orbit and rotation. So how come we don’t have solar panels on every rooftop harnessing the natural renewable energy of the Sun? Money. Not the cost to you, those costs have dropped significantly […] Read more


House Passes Building Energy Efficiency Bill

In a surprise move, the US House passed an important energy efficiency bill, the first bipartisan bill on energy policy since 2007 - the Better Buildings Act of 2014. Sponsored by Reps. David McKinley (R-WVA) and Peter Welch (D-VT), it establishes voluntary certification for commercial leased spaces, “Tenant Star”; requires the federal government to set efficiency targets for its data centers; and leased buildings by […] Read more


5 Reasons Clean Energy Technology is Booming

You may have heard about the recent 60 Minutes segment that inexplicably reported the cleantech sector was in steep decline. There are quite a few reports out there breaking down the many fallacies of that segment, with most correctly concluding the sector is not dead, it is in fact booming and evidence of that surging momentum is everywhere you look. Consider these […] Read more


Wearable Electronics and The Internet of Things (IoT)

As part of its growth focus for Applied Materials, the Office of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) aims to do the following: Identify, incubate and commercialize growth opportunities in new and adjacent markets Build a culture of open innovation at Applied Materials Address market inflections and high value problems through differentiated solutions Shape the future […] Read more


In Focus: Rechargable Battery Technology

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, about 70% of American carbon dioxide emissions are generated from two sectors, transportation and power production. The other 30% or so comes from industry, commercial, residential, and agriculture. US President Obama suggests that, to clean up carbon dioxide emissions and assure energy independence, the US needs to […] Read more


U.S. Solar Market Grows 41% in 2013

Continuing its explosive growth, the U.S. solar market had a record-shattering year in 2013. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, photovoltaic (PV) installations continued to proliferate, increasing 41% over 2012 to reach 4,751 megawatts (MW). In addition, 410 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) came […] Read more


Investors Flock to Commercial Solar Projects

Good news for commercial solar projects: According to a new report by Mercatus, an enterprise-level investment analysis and decision-making platform serving as the core “operating system” for solar energy investors, investor interest in commercial solar projects has more than doubled in the last 12 months.  The Mercatus Year-End Solar Investment Analysis is based on data from over 1,400 […] Read more


The Problem With Solar Permitting

Experience any roadblocks while trying to pull a permit for a photovoltaic (PV) system in your city?   Paying too much?  You’re not alone.  Getting your PV system a permit can be a daunting task for both customers and installers. According to report by Clean Power Finance, about 23% of PV installations cost more than expected.   More […] Read more


Why Facebook Wants A Solar Drone Company

A rumor’s been swirling around the Internet this week that Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are interested in acquiring solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace. The social media giant is rumored to be interested in the drone company to make the Internet truly mobile. Such a purchase could be part of the Internet.org initiative, which seeks to […] Read more


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 […] Read more