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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."
Some of the most vulnerable places in the world to live in the face of climate change are islands. Rising sea levels, contaminated ground water, and increasing severity of storms are just some of the many threats to island communities. Many island residents also pay extremely high energy prices, due to limited domestic resources and the need to import fuel long distances. Switching to renewable energy can not only decrease fuel expenditures for many island populations, but can also show the world what can be done in the face of climate change.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark energy legislation AB 327 into law:
Capitol Hill veteran Christopher Mansour, who has nearly three decades of experience in the legislative and executive branches of government, has joined the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) as vice president of federal affairs.
In celebration of the 43rd annual Earth Day, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Calling job creation in America a “shared goal,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today joined other trade associations, labor unions, environmental groups and business and community advocates in pushing for new efforts to address climate change, rebuild America’s aging infrastructure and foster innovation.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after an announcement by Walmart that it is dramatically increasing its use of renewable energy:
WASHINGTON, DC -- Calling for “stable, reliable, well-structured tax policy,” the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has weighed into the tax reform debate by offering extensive insight and comments to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is tasked with overhauling the federal tax code.
Solar energy could supply one-third of all electricity demand in the Western US by 2050 while massively cutting emissions – if the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Initiative succeeds.
Harlem residents are finding a way to make dollars and sense out of solar panels — forming an energy co-op.
The revenue earned from distributed solar power sales is expected to hit $112 billion annually by 2018, according to a new report from cleantech market research firm Navigant Research.
Solar power is gaining ground around the world at "record pace," and a growing number of Iowans are also looking to convert their homes and businesses to the alternative energy, according to Bill Haman, industrial program manager for the Iowa Energy Center.
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar mopped his brow as he strolled past a line of upturned solar cells baking in the afternoon sun. The Republican congressman, a proponent of shrinking government spending, was nonetheless touting the benefits of federal tax incentives for renewable energy.