Perovskite Solar Cell Fever Reaches Fever Pitch

May 18th, 2019 by Tina Casey Clean Technica File this one under W for What’s taking so long? Researchers began pitching perovskite solar cells as the next big thing in clean power like ten years ago, but bringing the tricky little devils to the mass market is another kettle of fish. Well, it looks like the wait is over — that is, if …

Children Of The Sun Solar Initiative Rises Out Of Devastating Fire

Tribal councils are developing and have the responsibility to develop long-term energy plans to adequately address climate change issues in and near their communities. The TSAF aims to provide resources to tribes who do not have an existing energy plan/sustainability plan. The TSAF encourages all tribes to research and assess their energy needs so that they can effectively utilize TSAF …

Midwest utilities embrace big solar, push back on rooftops

E&E News | Jeffrey Tomich, May 13, 2019 Midwest utilities embrace big solar, push back on rooftops Once written off as too undependable and expensive for a region where coal was still king, solar energy is being embraced by Midwest utilities at a pace once unthinkable. Consider a map of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) interconnection queue, where there’s …

Progress in Mid-Level Positions, but US Solar Industry’s Top Jobs Remain Dominated by White Men

Senior executives at U.S. solar companies are 80 percent male and nearly 90 percent white, according to a new analysis of the industry from nonprofit advocate the Solar Foundation and the industry’s top trade group, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  As the solar industry grows, those it employs remain unrepresentative of the U.S. at large, particularly at the upper levels, according to a 2019 …

Energy is the second-largest expenditure for schools, and with flat roofs, they’re ideal for converting to solar energy: More schools could go solar under proposed grant program

“Schools have a lot of energy usage and this bill would help them offset that usage. They have flat roofs; they’re usually not shaded. … On top of that, it’s a great education opportunity. Schools that do have solar on their roofs bring students up there to learn about converting sunlight to energy. It’s a great STEM curriculum activity.”  Schools …

The State(s) of Distributed Solar + Should Utilities Be Buying New Gas Plants?

The State(s) of Distributed Solar — 2018 Update BY MARIE DONAHUE | DATE: 12 MAR 2019  2018 Year-End Update Renewable energy continued to expand across the country in 2018. This expansion in renewable energy complements a growing number of states, utilities, and cities that have set ambitious goals to transition to 100 percent renewable and carbon-free power generation. New solar photovoltaic capacity, including from small-scale distributed solar …

Solar and wind supply more than 10% of electricity in 18 US states, from 53% in ND and 47% in KS to 43% in OK & IA, down to 21% in CA

LAST UPDATED ON MARCH 12TH, 2019 AT 4:07 PM BY TIBI PUIU  Although the United States is lagging behind China and the EU in terms of adding new renewable energy capacity, some states are already growing at a very rapid pace. According to data for 2018 from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), solar and wind accounted for at least 10% of electricity sales in …

Californian solar output met 59% of demand last Saturday

On Saturday afternoon, utility-scale solar output on California’s grid peaked at 10,745 MW – its highest level since last summer. More importantly, California is wringing greater flexibility out of its imports, meaning more renewables with less curtailment. MARCH 19, 2019 CHRISTIAN ROSELUND.  The figures exclude behind-the-meter PV production and the cities of LA and Sacramento.  From pv magazine USA. California continues to break …