Out of Date Monopoly Utility Models Still Treat Rooftop Solar As Unexpected: There’s a better way

The result is monopoly utility plans have two shortcomings. First, they underestimate solar adoption. Second, they ignore the financial truth that customer-owned solar can compete with utility-scale solar on price, because customers pay the capital costs and distributed solar provides more value to the grid than centralized solar power plants. When utilities model new power plant acquisition, they price utility-scale …

Solar thermal

March 2021 CO: Laurent Meillon has been working on a 2021 law that would grow utility incentive programs for all sorts of positive alternatives to fracked gas heating, and, at long last, possibly include solar thermal in one of our sunny state’s clean energy programs. We’ll discuss the forthcoming legislation and ways you can support.  Why solar heating? Solar thermal collectors capture …

Batteries double CO2 savings of households with PV systems: PV reduces electricity CO2 emissions by 45% and by up to 85% with batteries

FEBRUARY 26, 2021 PETRA HANNEN from pv magazine Germany Photovoltaic systems for single-family homes reduce electricity-related CO2 emissions of the households by 45%, according to EUPD Research. When a battery is added the CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 85%. RESIDENTIAL PV GERMANY https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/02/26/batteries-double-co2-savings-of-households-with-pv-systems/ Good for the climate: a photovoltaic system. Even better for the climate: a photovoltaic system linked …

Colorado’s Community Solar Program

BY LILLI AMBORT AND MARIA MCCOY | DATE: 17 FEB 2021 |  In 2010, Colorado passed the Community Solar Gardens Act (HB 1342), which enabled the statewide shared renewables pilot program. Colorado expanded the program through legislation (HB 1284) and a 2016 settlement deal with Xcel Energy, but it is still capped at 105 megawatts. The Community Solar Gardens Act encourages creation of community solar gardens by investor owned utilities (IOUs), with …

California’s Plan: Crowdsource Distributed Energy to Replace Grid Upgrades

The Partnership Pilot could start to enroll solar, batteries, EVs and other behind-the-meter assets as non-wires alternatives later this year. By Jeff St. John, GreenTechMedia, Feb 5, 2021 California regulators are planning a new approach to enlisting behind-the-meter batteries, solar, electric vehicles and other assets to replace grid upgrades. 1 California’s investor-owned utilities have argued against this approach. In comments …

PV costs just 11% of what it did a decade ago. Installing solar utility generation has been cheaper than wind or natural gas-fired plants, and far cheaper than new coal generation

Plummeting prices for solar panels in the past decade mean the cost of generating by the sun is now only 11% of what it was 10 years ago, and with various tax credits, significantly cheaper than building fossil fuel plants.  By 2018, installing solar utility generation was cheaper than wind or natural gas-fired plants, and far cheaper than new coal generation.  …

How big utilities are impeding clean energy and what we can do about it

Let’s Talk About Solar, Equity, and Monopoly Power in 2021, by JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 22 DEC 2020 |  Since ILSR wrote about the Dawning of Solar Cells (pdf) in 1975, we’ve been fans of the potential to integrate energy production with the local economy. We provided early forecasts of the rooftop solar revolution and support for the first statewide value of solar policy. Recently, we analyzed how distributed solar …

‘Sweet spot’ where modules produced the most energy and provided optimal growth conditions for the crop

Adaptive solar shade system means horticulturalists can smell the roses DECEMBER 8, 2020 MARIAN WILLUHN, PV Mag Researchers have modelled the effects of various PV module arrangements on a greenhouse used for rose growing in Iran’s Shiraz region. The team determined a ‘sweet spot’ where modules produced the most energy and provided optimal growth conditions for the crop. Researchers claim to …