Stand alone prices for installed battery storage (20 mw with 4 hr storage)dropped 40% from the previous year. Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy

Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy, by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, January 13th, 2019  S&P Global reports the cost of solar with battery backup dropped precipitously in 2018. In a few cases in the sunny Southwest region of the United States, several tenders for solar plus storage came in at under $30 per megawatt-hour last year. Stand …

San Diego begins to tap city’s vast solar parking lot potential

January 18th, 2019 by Charles W. Thurston on Clean Technica San Diego has an untapped 500 megawatt solar potential at commercial sites within the city, with parking lots representing three-quarters of the total, according to a new survey by the Clean Coalition. The San Diego Solar Siting Survey identified 120 sites that could host 1 megawatt (MW) of solar, and suggested the number of host …

Stanford Maps 1.47 Million Solar Roofs in America, Develops Accessible Tool for Further Analysis

December 19th, 2018 by Charles W. Thurston on Clean Technica Researchers at Stanford University have managed to create a map of almost every solar rooftop in America, pulling together satellite images and extracting the information. The DeepSolar data, based on Google’s Inception V3, is the first publicly available, high-fidelity solar installation database in the contiguous United States, the researchers say. A total of 1.47 million …

New Home Solar Laws Could Triple US Solar Base By 2045, Save Homeowners $19K over 30 years

A 2018 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study found that these advancements in the relationship between homebuilders and solar system manufacturers could collectively reduce the price of solar systems by 59%. “In states with pro-solar policies, homeowners with solar energy can save between $10,000 to $30,000 over a 20-year period,” the report suggests. Installing solar panels during construction lowers solar …

Powerhouse solar shingles are cheaper than Tesla’s and have $127 million in preorders

December 28th, 2018 by Charles W. Thurston on Clean Technica The snail-slow solar shingle race is moving once again, as Real Goods Solar accepts the first of its $127 million worth of Powerhouse preorders on December 27. The company also announced plans to ramp up production every quarter during 2019 toward a 5 megawatt annual capacity guarantee from its manufacturing partners. The announcement coincides …

PV Installer Listed as Fastest Growing Occupation through 2026, with median pay ~$40K. Solar Power Jobs Program Developed For At-Risk Youth

Solar PV installer is listed as the fastest growing occupation for the period 2016-2026 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For 2017, the media pay was $39,490, according to the same source. December 31st, 2018 by Jake Richardson on Clean Technica A program has been created by HBI and IREC to help at-risk youth get jobs in the solar power industry. Solar power job training …

Energy Dept. Tackles Challenge Of Rooftop Solar & Income Inequality

Research released this past week on the racial dimension supplements last month’s report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, under the title, “Design and Implementation of Community Solar Programs for Low- and Moderate- Income Customers,” which found: Subscription models may need to be adjusted from the standard community solar offer. Programs may need to provide subsidies to LMI community solar subscribers to …

New York Clean Energy Mandate (RPS standard) to be 70% in 2030

Excerpt from Clean Technica, Cuomo Announces Mammoth Offshore Wind & Distributed Solar Increases, January 16th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill Focusing specifically on the renewable energy aspects of his policy promises, Governor Cuomo unveiled a plan to mandate 100% clean energy by 2040 — the most aggressive such goal in the United States which, if approved, would set a target five years …

Floating PV systems on US reservoirs could supply 10% of nation’s electricity

Source:  DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory, January 8, 2019.  Researchers estimate that installing floating solar photovoltaics on the more than 24,000 human-made US reservoirs could generate about 10 percent of the nation’s annual electricity production. Their findings reveal for the first time the potential for floating PV to produce electricity in the United States. Floating PV being installed in Walden, Colorado. Credit: …

How Flexible, Dispatchable Solar Works

On this week’s Interchange podcast: Can solar rival gas plants in providing grid services? STEPHEN LACEY JANUARY 07, 2019 How Flexible, Dispatchable Solar Works Link here Forget everything you think you know about solar. A growing body of research and real-world experience shows that solar can be a flexible, dispatchable resource. And it can potentially rival gas plants in providing grid …