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 …

Cheaper, safer, sounder parking lot PV, which could host half the clean electricity needed in the US

Australian design and manufacturing company PVDymanics has unveiled a solar canopy technology which can be used with both framed and frameless solar modules. The company believes its system can revolutionize the micro-grid market. Nov 23, 2020 DAVID CARROLL, PV Mag PVDynamics has unveiled its Series 100 solar roofing system featuring ‘slide in’ panels. PVDynamics’ Series 100 solar roofing system incorporates PV …

Solar is now the cheapest source of bulk electricity in most sunny countries. We don’t need a technology breakthrough or subsidies to achieve massive adoption — just a grid connection and/or permission to sell electricity

Oct 2020: We’ll see solar & wind farms with capacity much larger than the grid connection, some with batteries…Solar curtailment is a feature not a bug. Solar’s probably the easiest source of generation to curtail quickly, so can really contribute to grid stability. And sometimes curtailment is a price worth paying for using a grid connection more fully. Hydrogen is …

Solar park built on rough wooden structures in France

French cooperative Céléwatt and engineering company Mécojit are building a new, 250 kW solar park in southwestern France. The solar panels are installed on a raw wood structure, sourced from the surrounding forests, to promote local employment and a regional natural resource. NOVEMBER 16, 2020 GWÉNAËLLE DEBOUTTE Some 600 oak wooden structures were used in the solar plant. Image: CéléWatt Share …

Combining solar and agriculture can increase the productivity of arable land by up to 60%: Enel Green Power is doing it in the US

November 20th, 2020 by Steve Hanley  Often, solar installations compete with agriculture for arable land, which has led many researchers and energy developers to seek ways to combine the two so land can remain in productive use while also providing solar energy. Germany’s Frauhofer ISE has been a leader in this area and determined that combining solar and agriculture can increase the productivity of …

Road to lowest cost grid is paved with distributed solar+storage: 247 GW of local rooftop and community solar and 160 GW of local energy storage is most cost-effective path. Local solar can power 25% of US homes

What would the grid look like, and cost, if we stopped ignoring the benefits of DERs and optimized the integration of these resources through a better modeling process? We found that when you use better planning models and scale both local solar and storage, as well as utility-scale solar and wind, you maximize cost savings and unlock the path to …

Faster, more affordable rooftop solar

Town homes and condos were treated as commercial property with a higher level of review and a permitting process which took “two-and-a-half years on average.” Low- and moderate-income residents are being inordinately hit by this “difficult and cumbersome” permit process. The new ordinance establishes an online permitting process for all clean energy projects with permits acted upon within 14 days, …

Cost of solar panels has fallen 89 percent in past decade and clean energy will be 95% of all new power generation. Global research team sets up database for emerging PV tech

Amazing stats from Al Gore – December 2020, NYTimes The cost of solar panels has fallen 89 percent in the past decade, and the cost of wind turbines has dropped 59 percent. The International Energy Agency projects that 90 percent of all new electricity capacity worldwide in 2020 will be from clean energy — up from 80 percent in 2019, when total global investment in wind …