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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:
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association today released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address to Congress:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®), today released the following statement in support of the U.S. government’s decision to initiate World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement proceedings challenging India:
“We fully support today’s decision by the U.S. government to initiate WTO dispute settlement proceedings challenging the local content provision of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (National Solar Mission) for solar cells and modules.
Statement from SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch on the Notice of the Departure of Energy Secretary Steven Chu
“SEIA applauds Secretary Chu for his outstanding leadership of the Department of Energy and for his work to foster the growth of clean energy technologies to power America. Secretary Chu clearly believes in the power of science and innovation to drive change, which was evident in the way he led the Department. Under Dr.
WASHINGTON, DC – Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement in reaction to the Arizona Corporate Commission (ACC) vote, taken at yesterday’s public hearing, to eliminate all incentives for competitive commercial solar systems.
WASHINGTON, DC – In his State of the State address, California Governor Jerry Brown today discussed California’s ambitious energy goals, aimed at accelerating deployment of solar and other renewable resources. In his speech, the governor underscored that California is on track to reach –and potentially exceed– its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of 33 percent by 2020.
In the past decade since we first launched our business, our economy has endured unprecedented challenges, and at long last, we seem to be recovering from the greatest recession of our time. If consumer confidence were the greatest indicator of fiscal heath, the general sentiment from our customers would serve as “proof positive” that we are moving forward.
Last Friday, July 12 the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) said it wants more solar—a lot more solar for the small island. The island’s electric utility announced its CLEAN Solar Initiative-II (CSI-11), a program that will provide a feed-in tariff for 100 megawatts of solar projects between 100 kilowatts and 2 megawatts. And that’s just for now. The utility also is planning to issue requests for proposal for another 300 megawatts of renewable energy.
The advance of solar power as an economically viable source of energy is a global issue.
But if there is a ground zero for solar’s evolution toward becoming a real alternative to carbon-based energy sources, it is Arizona. This state, by definition, should lead the way.
At first glance, it might seem obvious where the United States should focus on building more renewable energy. Stick the solar panels in sunny Arizona and hoist up the wind turbines on the gusty Great Plains, right?
China has raised its 2015 target for solar-electricity capacity, giving a shot in the arm to its solar companies, many of which are struggling due to industry overcapacity, slow global demand and overseas trade disputes.