What a concept: The U.S. government has finally recognized how important bringing down manufacturing costs is to moving the solar industry forward — and they’re putting their money where their mouths are. Building on the Energy Department’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation, the Department today announced over $13 million for
We may be 21st worldwide in science education, but the United States has regained its rightful place as the No. 1 installer of solar in the world (at least for 2013). GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released U.S. Solar Market Insight: 3rd Quarter 2013, the definitive analysis of solar power markets in the U.S., with
We believe in the mission of educating consumers about how they can afford a solar installation. Kelcy Pegler Jr., co-founder/CEO of Roof Diagnostics Solar, does a great job of explaining the complicated issue of what an SREC is. You can see other blog posts from the Roof Diagnostics Solar at their blog here. Thinking about installing
David Crane, president and chief executive officer for NRG Energy, reached out to Solar Power World and asked if we would be interested in getting his thoughts on the future of distributed generation in the United States — and why utilities are going to have to live with it. We, as you might imagine, said yes.
SolarCity unveiled a smart energy storage system to address two major pain points for business: rising utility demand charges and increasing grid outages. SolarCity DemandLogic can allow businesses to reduce energy costs by using stored electricity to reduce peak demand, and can also provide backup power during grid outages. Developed with advanced battery technology from Tesla, DemandLogic storage
Yann Brandt, solar entrepreneur and proprietor of SolarWakeup.com (if you’re not receiving his daily wrap-up of news from around the solar industry in your inbox, shame on you) did a little first-hand investigation on the array being installed on the White House, including some exclusive photos of the array he took from an adjacent hotel roof. The
This piece is an excerpt from “Let It Shine: The 6,000 Story Of Solar Energy,” by historian John Perlin, in bookstores now. Listen to our interview with Perlin here. The great scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell wrote in 1874 to a colleague: “I saw conductivity of Selenium as affected by light. It is most sudden.
This commentary is reposted courtesy of Randy Zechman of Clean Solar, a San Jose, Calif., based solar installer. It first appeared on the company’s blog and is cross-posted with permission. By Randy Zechman New solar panel restrictions will limit your roof-space options in California. Effective Jan. 1, 2014, all California cities and counties will mandate
What’s your Solar Mojo? That’s the question Geostellar is answering for homeowners across the country with the introduction of the new online marketplace, Solar Mojo mobile app and referral program. The program allows U.S. consumers to compare solar installation and financing plans from industry leaders and then go solar with the push of a button.
Another victory for consolidation in the solar industry occurred today — and that is good news for the overall health of solar worldwide. The European solar technology manufacturer SolarWorld AG announced the acquisition of the cell and module production of Bosch Solar Energy in Arnstadt in the German federal state of Thuringia. This means that around