Despite the buzz surrounding natural gas and its increased role in electricity generation, solar seems to be increasingly stealing the spotlight from the newly famous fossil fuel.
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Solar energy accounted for 100% of new power generation built in the U.S. in the month of March.
Each year, the industry has been growing -- not hard when you're so small, but still.
WASHINGTON, DC – For the first time, solar energy accounted for all new utility electricity generation capacity added to the U.S. grid last month, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) March 2013 “Energy Infrastructure Update.” More than 44 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity was brought online from seven projects in California, Nevada, New Jersey, Hawaii, Arizona, and North Carolina. All other energy sources combined added no new generation.
"Despite some bumps in the road," said Brewer, "the future for solar in Arizona is bright."
Renewable energy needs help. Technological innovation has significantly reduced the cost of solar panels, wind turbines and other equipment, but renewable energy still needs serious subsidies to compete with conventional energy. Today, help comes mostly in the form of federal tax breaks.
Westinghouse Solar Inc. (WEST) and Zep Solar Inc. said they have settled a patent dispute over designs to reduce the cost of attaching solar panels to roofs.
Financial terms weren't disclosed. The settlement, which covers civil suits and a case pending before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, extends to all customers, suppliers and licensees of the companies, they said in a joint statement.
New York's fledgling solar power industry is flexing its muscle, touting polls showing that people favor the concept and pointing to a bill that is making its way through committee that would encourage more solar energy.
Massachusetts is no California when it comes to sun. But that isn't stopping the solar energy industry from flourishing here.
California is poised to more than double its targeted electricity output from rooftop solar panels.