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.
Solar Industry Praises Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Study of Solar PV's Impact on California Home Sale Price
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Vote Solar released the following statement today applauding findings in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s new study on the positive effect that photovoltaic systems have on home value in California.
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement on the preservation of funding for the Department of Energy’s Section 1705 Loan Guarantee Program (LGP) in the bipartisan continuing resolution.
SEIA President Rhone Resch Highlights Solar Industry's Tremendous Growth at PV America Conference and Expo
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (R) (SEIA(R)) today addressed the Opening General Session at the PV America Conference 2011 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia to welcome small business owners, entrepreneurs, global corporate executives and energy leaders from around the country to the only conference focused solely on the fastest growing segment of the solar industry - photovoltaic solar (PV), the technology that converts sunlight to electricity.
The U.S. solar energy industry had a banner year in 2010 with the industry’s total market value growing 67 percent from $3.6 billion in 2009 to $6.0 billion in 2010, according to the U.S. Solar Market InsightTM: Year-in-Review 2010 released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) and GTM Research. Solar was a bright spot in the U.S. economy last year as the fastest growing energy sector, contrasting overall U.S. GDP growth of less than 3 percent.
SEIA President Rhone Resch's Testimony before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA), today testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade's hearing entitled, "Made in America: Innovations in Job Creation and Economic Growth."
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.
Home furniture retailer Ikea has activated what it says is the largest rooftop solar array in Maryland at its distribution center in Perryville.
The Colorado Senate — over the strong objections of rural Republican lawmakers — passed a bill Monday increasing the amount of renewable energy that rural electricity cooperatives must use.
The stats are electrifying: On a recent sunny day, this bulky unit churned out 21,033.7 kilowatt hours, nearly enough to power two average homes for a year.