The media has recently been full of stories about electric utilities being nervous and down right reactionary to adding solar (and wind) on the electric grid. On October 15th, The Huffington Post’s story on the Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) reported, “hundreds of Oahu customers have gotten burned in their transition to solar. They have gotten caught in limbo since September 6 when HECO changed the rules for connecting solar systems.”
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In northern New Mexico the sun shines nearly every day of the year. If solar energy is going to be viable anywhere, it will be here—and a small electric cooperative in historic Taos is taking advantage of it. In addition to supporting new solar projects in its service area, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is offering its customers the opportunity to buy solar energy from “plots” in a “garden” of solar power generation.
WASHINGTON, DC – A study released today shows ratepayers in North Carolina could see $26 million in energy savings annually if the state were to add 400 megawatts (MW) of wholesale solar and 100 MW of distributed solar generation.
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.
A new report shows that the U.S. is central to the global solar supply chain. In 2010, U.S. solar firms achieved a positive trade flow of $1.9 billion globally according to SEIA® and GTM Research’s U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2011. Photovoltaic (PV) components accounted for more than 99 percent of the year’s exports, with solar heating and cooling (SHC) claiming the remainder of the positive balance.
ne Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today commending the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) approval of a final rule on transmission cost allocation.
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) praised Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for his leadership that resulted in the groundbreaking today for the 1,000 megawatt (MW) Blythe Solar Power Project in Blythe, Calif., which will be the world's largest solar energy facility. The completed project is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 200,000 households.
The U.S. solar energy industry continued to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy in Q1 2011 according to the U.S. Solar Market InsightTM: Q1 2011 released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) and GTM Research.
SEIA Commends Secretary Salazar, Obama Administration for Continued Commitment to Developing Solar Energy Projects on Public Land
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today on efforts by the Obama Administration, and particularly Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, to develop utility-scale solar energy projects on public lands.
You could view a National Football League stadium as a hulk of concrete and steel, where video boards and bright lights eat up electricity, refrigeration is needed to keep the beer cold, halftimes are flush-fests and cars idle before and after games.
California ranks first in the United States with 43,700 solar energy-related jobs, or nearly 37 percent of the national total, according to a new report by the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar research and education organization.
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.
Every state in the union has benefited from solar power’s remarkable growth over the last few years. In an actual headcount of employees, DC-based The Solar Foundation has found 119,000 employees in solar companies across the country.
Arizona’s solar industry has 9,800 direct jobs, ranking it second in the country behind only California, according to one of the first nationwide surveys on the industry’s employment creation.