CA Storage bill + MN Community Solar 10x larger than the next state

September 10th, 2018 by John Farrell  Originally published at ilsr.org. Updated monthly around the 15th Updates Minnesota’s community solar program hit a record 401 megawatts of operational capacity in August 2018. The chart above shows the progress of projects through the program since August 2015, and the nearly two-year lag between the program launch in December 2014 and the successful ignition of multiple megawatts of …

“Golden Sandwich” Solar Cell Converts 85% Of Sunlight To Electricity

September 13th, 2018 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica Scientists at the Research Institute for Electronic Science at Hokkaido University have created what they call a “golden sandwich,” a photoelectrode that converts 85% of sunlight to electricity. Yes, this is experimental stuff and no, it has not yet reached commercial production. But stop and think for a minute what that could mean to …

Low-cost, printable solar panels offer ray of hope amid energy gridlock

Australian physicist says technology could make signing up for energy accounts as easy as a mobile phone subscription by Michael McGowan, The Guardian, Thu 30 Aug 2018 The commercial installation was completed in a day by five employees, and a lab-size printer can produce hundreds of meters of the product in one day.  The panels are similar in texture to a potato chip …

Solar all up in your buildings with “Building-integrated PV” (BIPV), designed into materials so that it is part of initial building construction (or big retrofits)

Excerpt from David Roberts, vox.com, Aug 2018 “Building-integrated PV” (BIPV) is designed into materials so that it is part of initial building construction (or big retrofits). Theoretically, that covers all kinds of materials that people are trying to put PV into, from windows to awnings to concrete itself, some of which have small markets going. But GTM mainly focuses on solar roofing. Solar roofing uses …

Solar now makes up more than 10% of electricity in five states and 2.4% across the US during the first half of 2018

Massachusetts has joined California, Hawaii, Nevada and Vermont in the club of states where solar represents 10% or more of in-state generation. Solar made up 2.4% of total generation in the United States during the first half of 2018, with solar and wind together making up slightly less than 10%. AUGUST 24, 2018 CHRISTIAN ROSELUND in PV Magazine  Image: Pixabay Data released …

German solar-powered car in pre-sale, to be in customers’ hands next year: Sono Motor’s Sion uses PV to generate clean electricity while the car is driving

By Jonny Bairstow, Wednesday 22 August 2018 Image: Sono Motors A German start-up has launched a series of trials to test its new solar-powered car. Sono Motors’ Sion is an electric vehicle (EV) with one important difference – 330 solar cells built into its doors, bonnet and roof aim to do away with the range anxiety often associated with battery-powered transport. Once fully charged it …

Surprise: putting up a solar parking canopy is of equal cost or less than putting on a smaller rooftop solar system. 400 California Solar School Projects Completed By Solar Installer MBL Energy

July 2nd, 2018 by Jake Richardson on Clean Technica MBL Energy has completed solar installations at hundreds of California school sites, and recently announced certification of its solar module attachment, the Beacon Clip. The San Jose-based solar power company answered some questions for CleanTechnica about its work. 1. What is this attachment and why is it important? MBL-Energy’s patented UL-certified Beacon™ Clip is a best-in-class enhanced solar …

11% of Colorado residents spend 10 to 15 percent of their income on energy, but energy retrofits and PV panels could help a lot

By Dan Gearino, InsideClimateNews The state’s energy assistance programs are solving two challenges at once: help people save money on electricity bills while expanding renewable energy. JUL 2, 2018 Low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question during visits from energy assistance agencies: Have you considered solar panels?  It’s an innovative approach to solving two challenges at once: reducing greenhouse gas …

Solar PV shows a record learning rate: 28.5% reduction in cost per Watt for every doubling of cumulative capacity

Kees van der Leun‏ @Sustainable2050 Latest learning curve for solar PV modules, by @BloombergNEF, shows a record learning rate: 28.5% reduction in cost per Watt for every doubling of cumulative capacity, 1976-2018e! Includes the spectacular 35% drop, forecast for this year. 2:38 PM – 20 Jun 2018Kees van der Leun‏ @Sustainable205024h24 hours ago The sustained dramatic improvement in solar PV costs, already …

Hawaii legislature backs microgrids for enhancing community and grid resilience after lava mangles utility equipment

June 1, 2018 By Lisa Cohn Microgrid Knowledge Following the volcanic eruptions on Hawaii’s Big Island — where poles and equipment have been damaged or destroyed by lava — both Hawaii Electric Light (HELCO) and the state are moving toward boosting microgrid development. The eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano began May 3 on the Big Island and continue, with lava mangling utility-owned electrical …