E-Features – Page 7

The Top Five Job Sectors To Benefit From The EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan

Written by Camille H. Davis on July 16, 2014

On June 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, proposed an initial set of rules to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by as much as 30% by 2030. Because [Read More]

Solar Thin Film Finding Fat Stacks In Niche Markets

Written by Nora Caley on July 09, 2014

Thin-film manufacturers had to come up with a Plan B a few years ago, and many are adapting and succeeding with unusual products. According to a new report from Lux Research, businesses are leveraging thin film's flexibility, light weight, and [Read More]

Solar Tariffs Seem Certain To Hurt U.S. Installation Market

Written by Christie McCarthy on June 25, 2014

The U.S. solar sector, which has seen its share of ups and downs, is bracing for yet another swell – more tariffs levied on Chinese solar panel manufacturers. The recent June 3 ruling by the U.S. Department of Commerce was [Read More]

New U.S. Codes And Standards Reflect Solar’s Rising Importance

Written by Nora Caley on June 18, 2014

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) last August. The 2014 edition, which will go into effect as states adopt it, has several changes that affect photovoltaic installations. ‘It was the first time where [Read More]

Greenwood Energy Looks For Solar Growth In Chile’s High Desert

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Written by Michael Puttre on June 11, 2014

Greenwood Biosar, a joint partnership of Greenwood Energy and Biosar, has started construction on a 40 MW solar project for Enrel Green Power, an independent power producer (IPP). The solar array is mounted on a single-axis tracking system near the [Read More]

Distributed Solar Thrives Online In Deregulated Electricity Markets

Written by Nora Caley on June 04, 2014

Consumers can comparison shop online for everything from flights and hotels to clothing and books. In some states, people can also compare prices among electricity providers. In these deregulated markets, ratepayers' ability to shop and compare energy companies might help [Read More]

Community Colleges Answer Obama’s Call To Build A Skilled Solar Workforce

Written by Nora Caley on May 21, 2014

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama announced commitments and executive actions to advance solar deployment in the U.S. One of the key areas he covered was ‘building a skilled solar workforce.’ In the speech and supporting White House documents, the [Read More]

Supersize CSP – On The World Stage, It Pays To Go Big

Written by Beatriz Gonzalez on May 14, 2014

The Spanish influence on the concentrated solar power (CSP) market is clear to see. Spanish names appear in all the consortiums of most of the international bids – and they win them, too. However, while the U.S. impact on the [Read More]

Look Upstream To Stabilize The PV Supply Chain

Written by Theresa Jester on May 07, 2014

The U.S. solar sector is currently experiencing a period of immense growth. Just last year, the market set another record with 4.75 GW of new photovoltaic capacity installed, representing a 42% increase over 2012. This rapid expansion can be attributed [Read More]

Utility-Scale Solar By Subscription

Written by Nora Caley on April 30, 2014

In April, Xcel Energy filed a proposal with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to offer ratepayers short-term solar subscriptions through its Public Service Co. of Colorado subsidiary to obtain solar energy from a yet-to-be-built 50 MW photovoltaic facility. According [Read More]