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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.

Solar in the States: Midwest Update
20 Mar 2017 at 6:57pm
by Rich Dana
Across the U.S., states governments are struggling to craft laws that are fair for solar owners.At the same time, they are feeling the pressure from powerful utility industry lobbyists. In the first of an ongoing series of articles on state solar legislation, Solar Tribune focuses on solar news from around the American heartland. —- Solar […] The post Solar in the States: Midwest Update appeared first on Solar Tribune.

World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Storage Facility in San Diego County May Help Solar Power
13 Mar 2017 at 6:46pm
by David Baldwin
In Escondido, a city in San Diego County not far from San Diego itself, the utility SDG&E, in partnership with the Virginia-based company AES Energy Storage, recently unveiled a California milestone: the largest lithium-ion energy storage installation in the world. The 30 megawatt (MW) facility contains 400,000 AES Advancion® batteries, similar to ones found in […] The post World’s Largest Lithium-Ion Storage Facility in San Diego County May Help Solar Power appeared first on Solar Tribune.

California Is Becoming the Solar/Storage Test Bed
13 Mar 2017 at 12:41am
by Rich Dana
California utilities are working hard to discourage new indie rooftop solar projects, but their upcoming changes in rate structures will simply accelerate the adoption of new storage technology. San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) are all proposing new rate structures that will move on-peak rates […] The post California Is Becoming the Solar/Storage Test Bed appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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