Solar Energy News, Analysis, Education

Trump’s Stand on Solar Continues to Develop
19 Jun 2017 at 7:00am
by Rich Dana
Six months into his administration, President Trump has yet to take on energy policy. Meanwhile, the solar industry continues to grow despite uncertainty about federal support. In a report from the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), the first quarter of 2017 showed continued and impressive forward motion, with the installation of more than 2,000 Megawatts […] The post Trump’s Stand on Solar Continues to Develop appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan
2 Jun 2017 at 12:58am
by Kate Dougherty
Sustainable energy and transport, shared autonomy, and saving the world. Here’s how Elon Musk’s vision is becoming reality. Phase 1: From 0 to Mainstream Hot off the heels of his PayPal victory and determined to change the status quo, Musk launched Tesla in 2003, at the same time he was building SpaceX. His Master Plan for […] The post Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Your Summer Guide to Solar Fairs
29 May 2017 at 4:48pm
by Rich Dana
Solar fairs and sustainable living expos are great places to learn more about solar. For consumers, sustainable living events are a place to meet face-to-face with installers from around the region, see new products and compare services. For professionals, solar fairs are a great way to advertise, meet distributors and check out the competition. They […] The post Your Summer Guide to Solar Fairs appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Past and Future of Battery Storage
22 May 2017 at 5:23pm
by Kate Dougherty
With the cost of batteries dropping and a bevy of solar companies now offering residential backup systems, it may seem like the “solar with storage” revolution is just getting started. In reality, batteries helped launch rooftop solar decades ago. When it comes to solar with storage, everything old is new again. Primitive Batteries Jumpstart the […] The post The Past and Future of Battery Storage appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Around the Globe, Solar Policies Are Changing
15 May 2017 at 5:18pm
by Rich Dana
Feed-in tariffs, tax incentives, rebates, net metering, voluntary goals, portfolio standards and market-based solutions…what works, and what’s next? In nearly every region of the globe, electricity generation from solar PV (photovoltaic) is experiencing exponential growth. Between 1995 and 2016, global PV generating capacity grew from 600 megawatts (MW) to 256,000 megawatts. This incredible rate of […] The post Around the Globe, Solar Policies Are Changing appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Google Rolls Out “Project Sunroof” in Germany
8 May 2017 at 2:12pm
by Rich Dana
Solar mapping by Google has spread across the U.S. and now to select German cities. Google’s solar mapping initiative entitled “Project Sunroof” became available in three U.S. cities–Boston, Fresno and San Francisco– late in 2015. The long-term plan is to expand across the country, and eventually, the globe. The brainchild of Google Engineer Carl Elkin, […] The post Google Rolls Out “Project Sunroof” in Germany appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Suniva Lobbies Trump for Protection From Chinese Solar Imports
30 Apr 2017 at 7:41pm
by Rich Dana
Will President Trump keep his promise to defend US manufacturing, even if it COSTS jobs? A report issued by the Trump administration in March promised a more aggressive approach to unfair international trade practices, including expanded use of  Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974. Under Section 201, the President may impose sanctions to […] The post Suniva Lobbies Trump for Protection From Chinese Solar Imports appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Northern Cities Gaining in Solar Development
23 Apr 2017 at 4:52pm
by Rich Dana
American cities are embracing new, job-creating renewable energy technology, and not all of those cities are in the sunny Southwest. According to an analysis released recently by Environment America Research and Policy Center, solar power is booming nationwide. The top 20 cities for solar installed in America now have as much solar as the entire […] The post Northern Cities Gaining in Solar Development appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Six Cities, Led by San Diego, Make California the Winner in Solar Survey
18 Apr 2017 at 7:32pm
by David Baldwin
A new report, prepared jointly by the nonprofit organizations Frontier Group and Environment America Research & Policy Center, has named six California cities among its Top 20 “Shining Cities.” These are the twenty cities that, according to the report’s survey, have the highest total installed solar PV capacity. Except for Texas – which can claim […] The post Six Cities, Led by San Diego, Make California the Winner in Solar Survey appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Kentucky Coal Museum is Powered by… Solar?!
10 Apr 2017 at 4:07am
by Rich Dana
The irony is not lost on the museum’s administrators, but the thousands of dollars in energy savings from the new solar array were too good pass up. The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum might seem like the last place in America that would go solar but the reality is, people who really understand the energy industry […] The post The Kentucky Coal Museum is Powered by… Solar?! appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Washington Argues Regulations. Meanwhile, Solar Grows.
3 Apr 2017 at 4:04pm
by Rich Dana
Last week, President Trump announced that he will sign an executive order rolling back “job-killing” regulations on “really-clean coal.” Meanwhile, solar jobs are booming. Regardless of your opinion of the President, he is making a serious attempt to make good on each and every one of his campaign promises. However, many of the “Make America […] The post Washington Argues Regulations. Meanwhile, Solar Grows. appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Efficiency Increase: New Record Set
26 Mar 2017 at 8:49pm
by Rich Dana
Japanese researchers have surpassed the 2015 record for silicon solar panel efficiency, inching ever closer to maximum theoretical limits. This advancement will help to bring down the installed cost of solar even more in the near future. Using a technique called thin-film heterojunction (HJ) optimization, researchers at Japan’s Kaneko Corporation have achieved 26.6% efficiency, surpassing […] The post Solar Efficiency Increase: New Record Set appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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