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DOE announces $3.4 Billion upgrade for Smart Grid

The Department of Energy is announcing today a $3.5 billion investmentin grants to “spur the nation’s transition to a smarter, stronger, moreefficient and reliable electric system,” according to a press releaseby the DOE. The funds will come from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act,and will be matched by industry for a total of approximately $8billion,

MINILUX Concept Car Serves the Grid When Parked

.Designed by Jukka Rautiainen,MINILUX is a concept vehicle targeted for urban dwellers who, use theirown car mainly for leisure purposes and rely on other forms oftransport in their daily mobility. Due to its nature as a leisurevehicle it spends long periods of time unused. When parked outside, thevehicle uses high-efficiency photovoltaic panels to harvest solarenergy.

DOE Earmarks $5 Million for ComEd Smart Grid Solar Pilot

Last week, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that ComEd couldreceive up to $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act(ARRA) funding for the utility’s Smart Grid solar pilot. Thisone-year project would examine customer responses to pricing signals,the impact of renewable distributed energy system, and how they canbest be integrated into a future Smart


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


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


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,


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