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
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.
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Welcome to another edition of Solar Speaks, Solar Power World’s podcast series that gives you the opportunity to hear from the industry’s biggest newsmakers — in their own words. Today we are talking to Ram Akella, managing director for Centrosolar America. The news surrounding the Centrosolar Group in other parts of the world has presented challenges
By Robert Sternthal, Special To Solar Power World On Nov. 16, 2012, I presented a case for Puerto Rico to become one of the United States’ hot markets in 2013. I was clearly mistaken. Nearly a year later, the Puerto Rico renewable energy market has only added 100MW of wind energy and a nominal amount of
The Solarthon is an annual solar installation block party and fundraiser for GRID Alternatives. GRID Alternatives Inland Empire will lead teams of job trainees, community volunteers, and corporate work crews to install solar electric systems featuring SunModo mounting for 7 Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley families in Temecula. SunModo, a solar racking solutions provider, is
As the cost of PV modules stabilized in recent months, the solar industry turned its attention to balance of systems (BOS) costs. Today, it’s estimated that BOS costs — structural and electrical components, labor and soft costs — represent 68% of the total cost of a solar installation. As a result, reducing these costs will
Solar can be the truly disruptive technology that changes the way we look at energy. Here’s how we get there. By Peter Lynch, Special Contributor The photovoltaic (PV) industry needs to aggressively develop truly disruptive PV technologies to dramatically accelerate the industry’s growth. This will enable solar to play a significant role in worldwide
GameChange Racking has received orders for five systems in Rhode Island totaling 2.8 MW. The orders were for 5, 10 and 15 degree GC Roof Systems as well as for a GC Ballasted Ground System. The customer was New England solar installation company Megawatt Energy Solutions. Steve Depina, CEO of Megawatt Energy Solutions said, “GameChange has