2012 was a big year for solar, both domestically and globally, with some unlikely players throwing their hats into the ring and upping the ante on achievable power generating capacity. Here's a wrap-up of some of the year's most impactful events in the solar industry, with a little added perspective from some experts in the field.
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Michael Peck still finds it amazing that a tiny area smack in the middle of rural northwest Ohio can have such a large solar footprint.
Granted, since last February, the city of Napoleon has been home to a solar panel-making operation headed by Mr. Peck, chairman of Isofoton North America Inc., an offspring of Spanish solar panel Isofoton.
NAPOLEON, OHIO – With a backdrop of the Isofoton factory floor, the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today presented a plaque of recognition to Mayor Ronald Behm and the City of Napoleon as American Solar Champions.
With two major solar installations and a growing solar manufacturing facility embedded in a city of less than 10,000 people, Napoleon, Ohio is a hub for solar energy and job creation across the Buckeye State.
[RELATED: Solar Policy in Ohio]
The United States installed more solar panels in 2012 than in any previous year, according to a new report, with residential use of solar power up 70 percent over 2011.
Quick question. Your state has good sunshine, lots of open rooftops, and the cost of solar energy has been falling by 10% per year. Do you think it will take 13 years to double the 10 megawatts (MW) of installed solar power?
In the second phase of its ambitious SolarStrong project – the country’s single largest effort to cover roofs with solar panels – installation company SolarCity will put more than 18,000 panels on military homes in California and Colorado.
As we watch chronic inaction in our nation’s capital on seemingly every issue, we in Massachusetts are fortunate to have leadership that recognizes both the need for and the economic benefits of developing a strong, comprehensive energy policy that expands the use of clean energy and energy efficiency in the state, and assures that new forms of renewable energy are cost-competitive with traditional fuel sources.
PHOENIX--Maricopa County is close to finishing two of three solar panel installations on county buildings that doubles the original renewable energy goal.
The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will hear an appeal tomorrow to part of Xcel Energy’s 2012-2013 Compliance Plan they approved in May. That plan sets forth how Xcel Energy (Public Service Co) would comply with Colorado’s renewable energy standard of 30% by 2020.
Solar power is providing the energy needed to charge 10 electric vehicles, or EVs, on the campus of Auburn University. Facilities Management, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, has funded a pilot project for the installation of 24 solar panels on top of the northeast and southeast stairwells of the stadium parking deck.