Solar roads/pavement implants update – August 2017

A Wattway solar road in Tourouvre, France Cars are getting smarter—can’t the road get smarter, too? That’s the question Harriet Langford is trying to answer along an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in western Georgia. With grassy medians and large metal signage, the interstate looks like any other, but to Langford, the president of a green highway project known as …

Utilities companies won’t let you sell your own solar power. Why not?

By Kate Aronoff in The Guardian, 2 Aug 2017 The electric utility sector is broken – but the transformation we need will be virtually impossible so long as a handful of wealthy elites are calling the shots  Utilities companies have their sights on ending net-metering: your ability to sell excess power at market rates. Photograph: Rex A new report from the US-based Energy …

Solar’s trillion-dollar market, driven by EVs, microgrids and cost parity for storage: Solar is also becoming the preferred source of energy for net energy importing countries

By Giles Parkinson on 21 July 2017  Demand for solar is expected to surge over coming years, but its growth rate could effectively double if there is rapid uptake of electric vehicles, and as more companies turn to the technology to save energy costs, and more countries reach solar and storage “parity” with grid prices. A new report from leading solar analyst …

China adds record solar PV, part of push to install energy near point of use

Bloomberg News July 18, 2017 Distributed solar accounts for almost a third of installations Idled solar capacity falls 5 percentage points in period China, the world’s biggest investor in clean energy, is on pace to install record amounts of new solar this year after adding 24 gigawatts of capacity in the first half amid a push by policy makers to locate electricity production near …

How Do We Get to 100% Renewable Energy? Could be Storage, Storage, Storage

By Mike Jacobs with the Union of Concerned Scientists, 15 June 2017  This post is a part of a series on Clean Energy Momentum As communities, companies, and even entire Midwestern utility companies move to supply 100% of electricity needs from renewable energy, the question presents itself: is this even possible? The answer, it turns out, is yes—and it’s made possible by …

Air pollution and dust can cut solar panel performance by 20-25%

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, 28 June 2017 A new study has now quantified the solar cell energy output loss occurring around the world as a result of air pollution and dust — bringing one of the most serious limitations of solar photovoltaic reliance in the more polluted parts of the world to the forefront, and giving us a better …