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FSU’s futuristic house makes grid connection obsolete

Youmight have installed the world’s largest solar array on your roof, butlike other solar-powered gadgets, the array won’t do any good on anovercast day and after dark, making you suck power from the grid whichisn’t always green. Researchers at Florida State Universitythink that they’ve nailed the problem with a system that generatessolar energy during the

Solar panels + grid alternatives = fun

I had a great weekend volunteering for GRID Alternatives to install solar panels for a low income family in Lynwood, CA. For those of you who don’t know GRID Alternatives,they’re a non-profit who’s on a mission to empower communities in needby providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipmentand training. Since 2001, GRID Alternativeshas been

AltairNano Looking To Supply Batteries For Hawaii Solar Project (ALTI)

As part of its push into grid-scale electricity storage, Altair Nanotechnologies is looking to supply its lithium-ion batteries to support a 1.4-megawatt solar project on the Hawaiian island of Lanai. That’s according to Joe Heinzmann, senior director of energy storagesolutions for the Reno, Nev.-based battery maker, who was in San Jose,Calif. on Thursday at a

India mainly an off-grid solar PV market thus far

Research and Markets has announced the addition of GlobalData’s new report "Indian Solar Sector: Dawn of a New Era" to its offering. Thefuture of solar PV development in India looks encouraging and isexpected to be driven by the government incentives and PV supportprograms. India is mainly an off-grid solar PV market with only 2.12 MWof

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Fixing The Grid Must Be Priority For America

As America gets serious about the twin crises of oil dependency andclimate change, many analysts believe that wind power — and eventuallysolar power — will make the largest carbon-free contributions to a newenergy supply. But America’s aging electrical transmission system isrenewable energy’s Achilles heel, and unless a broad policy consensusto upgrade our electrical grid is

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Alternative Energy Investing Has A ‘Missing Link’

In Great Britain, more than 60 gigawatts (GW) of power, a quarter ofthat from renewable sources, reportedly is waiting to be connected tothe nation’s power grid. In California, electric utilities say theyhave little hope of meeting the state’s mandate of achieving 20% oftheir generation from green sources by 2010 largely because of delaysin getting transmission

Indian government, solar industry interact on MNRE’s solar PV program

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had recentlyannounced a unified solar photovoltaic (SPV) program to promote the useof decentralised SPV systems for various applications in rural/ urbanareas and SPV roof top systems for diesel saving in urban areas. Topromote this program, the MNRE organized a one-day seminar today, inNew Delhi, along with the

Solar and Wind enable ‘green’ cell base station market

In the last few years, the number of worldwide cellular base stationshas exploded from the hundreds of thousands to the many millions,creating greenhouse gases and pollution from the power required to runthem, reports In-Stat. Base stations on an electric gridaren’t the real problem, but as cellular spreads to billions of peoplein emerging countries, off-grid base

Solar Electricity Basics

The three most common types of solar-electric systems aregrid-intertied, grid-intertied with battery backup, and off-grid(stand-alone). Each has distinct applications and component needs. Grid Intertied Solar-Electric Systems Alsoknown as on-grid, grid-tied, or utilityinteractive (UI), grid-intertiedsolar-electric systems generate solar electricity and route it to theelectric utility grid, offsetting a home’s or business’electrical consumption and, in some instances,

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World Solar PV Industry Projected To Grow At 28% CAGR

The global PV industry has seen considerable development over the pastfew years due to various factors, such as government incentives forsolar energy, international efforts to boost research and developmentactivities, increasing environmental concern and looming emissionsregulations. With the same trends expected to continue in thenear future, the cumulative installed PV capacity worldwide will growat a compound

China solar industry leadership summit in Qinghai, Oct. 22-23

According to the European JRC forecasts, solar power will supply morethan 10 percent of electricity in the world by 2030, and it willaccount for 20 percent of total energy consumption by 2050; solar powerenergy is playing a leading role in the structure. Theapplication of PV technology is expecting a great developmentopportunity as the price of

California Considers Measures to Support Solar Energy

Recently, the California State Legislature has been considering two bills that would make solar energy systems more affordable and desirable to residents. The Surplus Solar Billpassed the California State Assembly and is being considered by theState Senate. The bill would allow owners of solar energy systems torecoup more money from their utility providers. Through a

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