Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and residential markets, the United States installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Association’s (SEIA) Q1 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 232 megawatts of residential PV, exceeding the non-residential (commercial) market’s 225 megawatts for the first time in the history of the report.
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First Solar Inc. said Friday it sold the 50-megawatt Macho Springs solar power plant to Southern Power Electric Power Co., a subsidiary of Southern Co., and Turner Renewable Energy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Power from the plant, which is located in New Mexico, will be sold to El Paso Electric under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
One of the world’s leading developers of solar energy says that solar tower technology with storage will be competitive with baseload gas generation by 2020, and able to perform similar functions without the emissions.
Abengoa, the Spanish owned developer of a range of concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies, as well as solar PV, says the dramatic falls in capital costs, and rising efficiency levels, means that large scale CSP will be competing with combined cycle gas turbines on cost, efficiency, and utility by the end of the decade.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a comprehensive report, “Cutting carbon emissions: The case for expanding solar energy in America.” The report offers a detailed, point-by-by point case as to why states should take advantage of clean solar energy as part of their efforts to comply with Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
Even in the digital age, boots on the ground still matter.
Pure Energies Group has been mining the digital realm for years to find homeowners who might want rooftop solar and then pairing them with solar developers.
Now, with a new dealer program, Pure Energies is getting leads the old-fashioned way: from dealers that are already in someone’s home selling something else.
A few area schools are taking advantage of the Texas sun and seeing significant savings from the use of solar panels.
Supporters of dirty fossil fuels would have you believe that developing renewable energy in Nevada doesn’t create jobs, is bad for the environment, and will cause your utility bill to skyrocket. This could not be further from the truth and their real objective is to shift the attention away from clean energy to maintain the status quo.
Why don’t power-thirsty smartphones incorporate solar cells, to reduce the reliance on batteries? Because in general, the kind of solar cell that can be fabricated in a lightweight, flexible and durable form does not capture enough energy per square inch to make it worthwhile.
Someday, solar panels could be just as common as wind turbines in West Texas and the two renewable energy sources would use the same infrastructure.
If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve global warming, how might you go about it? For years, the main approach in the environmental movement has been to sound the alarm bell and implore people to consume less, switch to green products, recycle, and speak up to companies and politicians.