The solar industry has done a spectacular job lowering costs in the past three years, slashing per-watt costs in half. But that price freefall, driven by the massive scale-up of Chinese manufacturers, has put dozens, if not hundreds, of solar companies on the endangered list.
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This week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a law meant to reinvigorate the solar industry in the Garden State by requiring utilities to buy more solar energy.
Solar power, which makes up a tiny part of California's overall energy mix, will account for the biggest piece of the state's renewable energy pie by the end of the decade, according to the state's largest utilities.
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power voted 14-6 to pass the so-called “No More Solyndras Act” aimed at curtailing the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) loan guarantee program.
Today, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power Subcommittee approved the No More Solyndras Act by a vote of 14-6. Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®), issued the following statement on the discussion draft:
Tennessee's Solar Sector: The Latest Numbers In A Thriving Value Chain
The country's top solar industry trade association announced Tuesday it is merging with an organization that advocates for solar energy at the state level.
These technologies save homes and businesses money by offsetting the use of electricity, natural gas and home heating fuels.
Concentrating photovoltaic technology is attracting buyers, and that’s going to spark competition between CPV and CSP for optimal project sites.
MIT Technology Review
The most efficient solar cells typically have several layers of semiconductor materials, each tuned to convert different colors of light into electricity. Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab have now made a single semiconductor that performs almost the same job. More importantly, they made the material using a common manufacturing technique, suggesting it could be made relatively inexpensively.