In northern New Mexico the sun shines nearly every day of the year. If solar energy is going to be viable anywhere, it will be here—and a small electric cooperative in historic Taos is taking advantage of it. In addition to supporting new solar projects in its service area, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is offering its customers the opportunity to buy solar energy from “plots” in a “garden” of solar power generation.
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WASHINGTON, DC – A study released today shows ratepayers in North Carolina could see $26 million in energy savings annually if the state were to add 400 megawatts (MW) of wholesale solar and 100 MW of distributed solar generation.
Farmers in Japan can now generate solar electricity while growing crops on the same farmland. In April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) approved the installation of PV systems on existing crop-producing farmland. Previously solar generation on farmland, productive or idle, was prohibited under the Agricultural Land Act.
This co-existence or double-generation is known as “Solar Sharing” in Japan. The concept was originally developed by Akira Nagashima in 2004, who was a retired agricultural machinery engineer who later studied biology and learned the “light saturation point.” The rate of photosynthesis increases as the irradiance level is increased; however at one point, any further increase in the amount of light that strikes the plant does not cause any increase to the rate of photosynthesis.
We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."
Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®), today addressed the Opening General Session of Solar Power International 2010 (SPI), the largest business-to-business solar energy conference and expo in North America.
SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight Report: Strong US Solar Industry Growth for First Half of 2010
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) and GTM Research today released the inaugural U.S. Solar Market Insight™ report with data for the first half of 2010 showing significant growth in the U.S. solar industry despite the continuing struggles of the overall economy.
94% of Americans think it is important for the nation to develop and use solar energy. This was consistent across all political party affiliations.
80% of Americans agree that Congress should consider reallocating federal subsidies from fossil fuels to solar.
Over half (51%) the country would choose to work in the solar industry if they were to start working in renewable energy
Nearly half (49%) of Americans considering solar for their home or business plan to make a decision to adopt solar in less than one year
Nearly half (49%) of Americans are willing to pay more for clean, reliable solar energy
SEIA Statement on First Permits for Utility Scale-Solar on Public Lands: DOI Clears Way for Construction of Imperial Valley and Lucerne Valley Solar Projects
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) president and CEO Rhone Resch today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Interior gave its "Record of Decision" and "Notice to Proceed" for Tessera Solar's Imperial Valley Solar Project (709 megawatt dish-engine) and Chevron Energy Solutions' Lucerne Valley Solar Project (45 megawatt PV) to begin construction.
Solar Energy Industries Association Statement on Return of Cost-saving Solar Energy to the White House
Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®), released the following statement about today's announcement that the Obama Administration plans to install photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House.
Marrying electric cars with solar panels is a good way of enticing people into buying electric cars, new research shows. Joint efforts from automakers and green energy providers could expand interest in electric cars, Ingram writes.
Aurora, Colorado Mayor Steve Hogan and Congressman Mike Coffman joined executives from Walgreens, XCEL energy, and SolarCity Monday to cut the ribbon on a new solar system installed on a drug store in Aurora, Colorado. This is the first of 22 Colorado stores that will receive solar panels. Walgreens has installed solar systems on 134 stores nation-wide. The Colorado project is being built by SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY), a California based solar company.
Despite the nation's newfound abundance of fossil fuels thanks to the so-called "Shale Gale," Americans still overwhelmingly support more development of alternative energy, according to a new poll.
For some residents, it’s the right thing to do for the environment. For others, it’s the promise of eventual utility-cost savings. Others like having an option for powering their homes.
More than 580 cadets squeezed into Arnold Auditorium March 27, to hear from four senior Army leaders on the subject of developing a more energy-informed culture.