It is no coincidence that companies like Innovative Solar Systems have expanded and are now primarily only developing and building solar farm projects that are over 20MW in size. By increasing the size of these solar farm projects in the U.S many things happen: the cost to lease the land goes down, the cost of the equipment is less and of course the labor to construct and build these massive solar farm projects are much less. Softer costs like legal, environmental studies and engineering can also be less if spread over the entire size of the project.
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Give or take a few hazy mornings or dust storm-influenced afternoons, the sun shines in Phoenix more than 300 days a year. That’s been one of the consistent selling points on why the Valley — and the state of Arizona overall — should be the center of the universe of the solar industry.
Reality, though, indicates something a lot different.
We spoke to Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association.
PV is set to become the second most important source of power in the US after natural gas by 2040, according to the US government's Energy Information Administration (EIS).
The EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2014 predicts the overall rate of new electric generation capacity between now and 2040 will slow compared to recent years, but that solar will become an increasingly important part of the picture.
Today, the National Hockey League (NHL) released a new sustainability report, saying, in part, “We believe it’s important to invest in clean, renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and hydro in North America. Supporting clean energy will help achieve long-term benefits for our business, such as price stability.”
A new report issued today by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that most new electric generation capacity in the United States through 2040 will come from natural gas and renewable energy. Of the 83 gigawatts (GW) of renewable capacity additions being forecast, nearly half is expected to come from photovoltaic (PV) systems. After reviewing the report, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement:
The Solar Energy Industries Association has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and other leading business groups to protest discriminatory trade policies by India.
After a decision today by the European Commission (EC) to impose provisional duties on Chinese solar exports, John Smirnow, SEIA vice president of trade and competitiveness, issued the following statement:
SEIA President & CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement today following the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey:
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today applauded two decisions by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that will help to expand solar energy development within the state. The BPU voted to expand two existing solar programs by Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) – the Solar Loan III program and the Solar 4 All Extension program.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association for the U.S. solar energy industry, and the Electricity Storage Association (ESA), the international trade association promoting the commercialization and deployment of energy storage systems, today announced a new partnership to help grow solar energy markets and accelerate the deployment of grid-scale energy storage systems across the country, which will help modernize the electricity grid and make it more efficient, balanced and cost-effective.
Within the next year, British shoppers will be able to waltz into an Ikea Corp. store, home to Malm beds and Dinera plates, and buy solar panels.
Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA will start selling residential solar panels at its stores in Britain, the first step in its plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.
A bright future for the U.S. as more and more households adopt solar power.
When I visited the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which sits in the Mojave Desert on the border between California and Nevada, I had to be careful where I looked. The engineers warned me not to look directly at the receivers arrayed on top of the centralized solar towers, which collected the desert sunlight concentrated by thousands of mirrors on the desert floor. The solar receiver was as bright as the heart of the sun, glowing with a retina-melting white. I had to force myself to look away.
Joy Hughes was living in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, a place with a “tremendous amount of solar potential,” so good that the valley’s residents were being overwhelmed by proposals for large-scale solar power plants. One had a “field of things like radar dishes” and another included a “600 foot tower.” The influx of outside companies seeking solar profit led Joy to ask, “Why not just set up solar arrays that can provide power for people in the local community and offset their electric bills?”