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.
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.
Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®), today addressed the Opening General Session of Solar Power International 2010 (SPI), the largest business-to-business solar energy conference and expo in North America.
SEIA/GTM Research U.S. Solar Market Insight Report: Strong US Solar Industry Growth for First Half of 2010
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) and GTM Research today released the inaugural U.S. Solar Market Insight™ report with data for the first half of 2010 showing significant growth in the U.S. solar industry despite the continuing struggles of the overall economy.
94% of Americans think it is important for the nation to develop and use solar energy. This was consistent across all political party affiliations.
80% of Americans agree that Congress should consider reallocating federal subsidies from fossil fuels to solar.
Over half (51%) the country would choose to work in the solar industry if they were to start working in renewable energy
Nearly half (49%) of Americans considering solar for their home or business plan to make a decision to adopt solar in less than one year
Nearly half (49%) of Americans are willing to pay more for clean, reliable solar energy
SEIA Statement on First Permits for Utility Scale-Solar on Public Lands: DOI Clears Way for Construction of Imperial Valley and Lucerne Valley Solar Projects
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) president and CEO Rhone Resch today released the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Interior gave its "Record of Decision" and "Notice to Proceed" for Tessera Solar's Imperial Valley Solar Project (709 megawatt dish-engine) and Chevron Energy Solutions' Lucerne Valley Solar Project (45 megawatt PV) to begin construction.
The planned 20-megawatt solar farm at Fort Bliss will comprise nearly 94,000 solar panels and could be ready by 2015, officials announced Friday.
The biggest news in solar power is the mainstreaming of distributed generation.
Nothing brings a surge of solar energy in Florida like the mild, sunny days of April.
Arizona Public Service Co. set a record last year for the amount of solar power installed throughout its service territory, accounting for about 21 percent of the total installed across the state.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR), a rocket-engine manufacturer based in Los Angeles, Calif., has marked a major milestone in technology that will provide reliable solar energy on demand – even when the sun isn't shining.