A goal of mine in writing for Forbes.com on energy issues is to point out intriguing business models, trends, and new concepts that may change the way we think about energy-related issues. Lately, I’ve been focused on dramatic changes in solar models and economics. Things have really changed in a very short timeframe, as the following story illustrates.
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David Crane, CEO and president, NRG Energy (NRG)
“With the cost of solar panels now just 10 percent of what they were five years ago, how do we streamline the local approval process and reduce the friction costs so that U.S. homeowners can realize the solar value of their property while paying less for their electricity?”
Utility power plants are many things—sprawling, expensive, often polluting—but one thing they are not is beautiful. Power plants are the engines of modern society, but we’d rather they stay out of the way.
GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association released numbers this morning suggesting that the solar juggernaut is not slowing down. Consider this: in the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 723 MW, just under half of all new generation capacity installed across the country, and the best first quarter yet for solar.
WASHINGTON, D.C. AND BOSTON, MA — GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today release U.S. Solar Market Insight: 1st Quarter 2013, the definitive analysis of solar power markets in the U.S., with strategic state-specific data for 28 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) and GTM Research today released the most comprehensive study to date analyzing trade flow and domestic value creation in the U.S. solar industry. “U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2010” found the U.S. solar industry is a significant net exporter of solar energy products, with net exports totaling $723 million in 2009. Additionally, U.S. solar installations created $2.6 billion in direct value to support the U.S. economy.
The global solar industry, as part of the industry's efforts at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP16) in Cancun, today released its 2010 edition of "Seizing the Solar Solution: Combating Climate Change through accelerated deployment."
SEIA Statement on FERC's Proposed Rulemaking to Accelerate Integration of Renewable Energy Resources Into the Nation's Power Grid
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement commending FERC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to remove barriers to integration of renewables into the nation’s power grid.
SEIA Statement on Interior Department Approval of Seventh Utility-scale Solar Project on U.S. Public Lands
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) president and CEO Rhone Resch today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Interior announced its "Record of Decision" for NextEra's Genesis Solar Project, the final of seven solar projects to be approved through the fast-track review process.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) today highlighted the strength of the U.S. solar job market in the face of high nationwide unemployment. The announcement was made at Solar Power International 2010, North America's largest business-to-business solar conference and exhibition.
A few area schools are taking advantage of the Texas sun and seeing significant savings from the use of solar panels.
Supporters of dirty fossil fuels would have you believe that developing renewable energy in Nevada doesn’t create jobs, is bad for the environment, and will cause your utility bill to skyrocket. This could not be further from the truth and their real objective is to shift the attention away from clean energy to maintain the status quo.
Why don’t power-thirsty smartphones incorporate solar cells, to reduce the reliance on batteries? Because in general, the kind of solar cell that can be fabricated in a lightweight, flexible and durable form does not capture enough energy per square inch to make it worthwhile.
Someday, solar panels could be just as common as wind turbines in West Texas and the two renewable energy sources would use the same infrastructure.
If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve global warming, how might you go about it? For years, the main approach in the environmental movement has been to sound the alarm bell and implore people to consume less, switch to green products, recycle, and speak up to companies and politicians.