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.
The Start-Up Alley booth at Solar Power International provided attendees a chance to see several new companies with innovative products all in one place. Among the companies was SolarZentrum North America, an Indiana-based company that makes a PV-Thermal module. Managing Director Sean Furlow took some time to tell Solar Power World about his company.
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
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
Solar thermal energy, or solar water heating, is a cost-effective, eco-friendly way of generating your own hot water through solar panels, working in conjunction with your existing heating system. The concept isn’t new – Solar hot water Systems have been around since the 1970’s – but recent technological advances have led to a far greater
Based on a study by the by the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association and Greenpeace International (Concentrating Solar Power: Outlook 2009), it would only take 2% of the solar energy from the Sahara Desert to supply the world’s electricity needs. Unfortunately, current solar technologies are too expensive and slow to produce — and lack the efficiency
Washington D.C.’s city council members and representatives from the District Department of Regulatory Affairs and the District Department of the Environment were on hand for the ribbon cutting of a new solar hot water system developed by the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU) and Skyline Innovations. The system installed at One Hawaii Avenue N.E. is expected to
With U.S. residential electricity costs increasing this year at their fastest rate since 2009, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released a new report outlining ways to create 50,250 new American jobs and save more than $61 billion in future energy costs by expanding the use of innovative and cost-effective solar heating and cooling (SHC)
By Frank Andorka, Editorial Director In May, The New York Times wrote an article headlined “Solar Industry Anxious Over Defective Panels,” and alarm bells sounded throughout the industry. From panels to racking-and-mounting systems to inverters (and everything in between), the industry felt under attack. But the conversations the article sparked frequently avoided the central question:
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System produced its first output of energy when the Unit 1 station was synchronized to the power grid for the first time. Achieving this critical “first sync” is a major milestone for the project, which is jointly-owned by NRG Energy, BrightSource Energy and Google. Located in California’s Mojave Desert, Ivanpah