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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:
Washington, D.C. – With momentum now building in the Senate, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) says it’s time to finally pass energy efficiency legislation in Congress. Today, SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement:
“Improved energy efficiency should be a national priority. Today, there’s a never-ending list of low-cost, off-the-shelf technologies which can improve energy efficiency and pay for themselves over a short period time.
Reacting to Arizona Public Service’s (APS’) recommendations to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) on net energy metering, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs for the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement:
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released the following statement in response to yesterday’s decision by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to add 525 megawatts (MW) of new solar energy development through the state:
SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch congratulates President Obama on his selection of Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn (USN, ret.) to serve as the Navy’s new assistant secretary for energy, installations and the environment.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today announced it has elected Nat Kreamer, president and CEO of Clean Power Finance, to serve on SEIA's board of directors’ executive committee as vice-chairman.
Old ideas die hard. The country has been debating renewable energy for decades—how much we should support it, what place it should have in our energy policy, how big an impact it actually has.
If you ask Solar Decathlon director Richard King why the average person might want to swing by the U.S. Department of Energy's biennial competition when it opens in 12 days, he answers with a question of his own:
"Where else can you see 20 houses so inspiring, side by side?"
The company behind Solar Impulse, the first solar airplane capable of flying day and night without using any fuel, is partnering with Google to help promote its goal of circumnavigating the globe in 2015 using only solar energy.
Advocates say California program will be larger than all other states' efforts combined
A massive new solar plant near Gila Bend that has the unique ability to produce power long after the sun sets has begun sending power to the grid.