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The Search For Solar Cost Reduction Turns To Racking And Mounting
Vol. 2 | Issue 28 | October 30, 2014
on 29 Oct 2014 by Aaron Faust & Terence C. Seikel email the content item print the content item
The North American solar sector's overarching goal is to make solar energy a practical, affordable, alternative energy source for commercial and residential applications. To achieve this, prices for balance of [read more]
Renewable Energy Supporters Take To The Ballots To Make Solar Power A Hometown Issue
Vol. 2 | Issue 27 | October 23, 2014
on 22 Oct 2014 by Nora Caley email the content item print the content item
People want renewable energy, and they are willing to pay an excise tax to fund it. At least, that's what advocates for the Lafayette Clean Energy Initiative say about an [read more]
Despite Setbacks, Solar Developers Look For Legislatures To Take Up Solar Rate Design
Vol. 2 | Issue 26 | October 16, 2014
on 15 Oct 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
There is a real sense that solar policymaking in the U.S. is at a crossroads. While a large number of states have adopted renewable portfolio standards, net-energy metering, solarize programs [read more]
Technology Forecasting Offers A Window Into PV Technology Trends
Vol. 2 | Issue 25 | October 9, 2014
on 09 Oct 2014 by Richard P. Mignogna email the content item print the content item
It can be argued that understanding trends in the efficiency of photovoltaic cells is instrumental to understanding the future economics of solar energy. While unequivocally true, this view often carries [read more]
Special Tariffs Help Large Companies Benefit From Solar Without Hosting Capacity
Vol. 2 | Issue 24 | September 25, 2014
on 24 Sep 2014 by Nora Caley email the content item print the content item
Some large companies that are heavy users of electricity may be interested in using renewable energy but are unable or unwilling to install their own distributed generation on-site. Instead, some [read more]
International Climate Change Report Invites Private Capital To Lead On Renewable Energy
Vol. 2 | Issue 23 | September 18, 2014
on 17 Sep 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate has dropped a landmark report on its investigation into the effects of climate change and calls for nothing less than a radical [read more]
GlassPoint Seeks To Make CSP Economical By Bringing It Inside
Vol. 2 | Issue 22 | September 11, 2014
on 10 Sep 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
There was a time not too long ago when concentrating solar power (CSP) technology was cheaper than solar photovoltaic systems. Back in 2006, when PV installed was $8/W to $12/W, [read more]
As Coal Dims, Solar Will Catch Fire... Eventually
Vol. 2 | Issue 21 | September 4, 2014
on 03 Sep 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
U.S. clean air regulations seem to be building toward the decline and fall of the coal-fired electricity industry in the U.S. The Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which became effective [read more]
Massachusetts Pushes Solar Ownership With Loan Program
Vol. 2 | Issue 20 | August 28, 2014
on 27 Aug 2014 by Nora Caley email the content item print the content item
Homeowners who wish to install solar on their rooftops need money, so they should be able to borrow those funds from their local banks. That's the general idea behind a [read more]
Open-Source PVMapper Tool A Cure For The Not-In-My-Backyard Blues
Vol. 2 | Issue 19 | August 21, 2014
on 20 Aug 2014 by Michael Puttre email the content item print the content item
Wouldn't it be nice to have a map of all the backyards people don't want your proposed solar project in? Working under a $2.8 million grant from the U.S. Department [read more]
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