Wind and solar cheaper, employ more – see where and how

We already published a great article from Nexus Media regarding Lazard’s new report showing the extremely low (and falling) costs of solar power and wind power. However, I’ve been wanting to highlight these awesome new findings since Larmion shared the updated report with us earlier this month, and I want to break out the amazing news in 5 specific ways. These are …

MoDOT tests solar sidewalk at rest area as an innovative way to save create heat, save electricity, cut down on pollution from gas-powered snow blowers and plows

CONWAY, MO – Visitors to the Historic Route 66 Welcome Center at Conway, Missouri will see the installation of solar panels in late September. The Missouri Department of Transportation has partnered with Solar Roadways of Sandpoint, Idaho, to install and help test the company’s solar panels on a 12-foot-by-20-foot area of the main sidewalk at the westbound Welcome Center. The …

World’s first solar panel road (1 km) opens in France, in Normandy – test will see if it can power road lights for village of 3,600 residents in a cloudy area

Route in Tourouvre-au-Perche cost €5m to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during two-year test period.  The area has just 44 days of strong sunshine a year compared with 170 in Marseilles but will test functioning in conditions that are often cloudy or wet and can involve snow and ice. The company says it hopes to reduce …

Wind & solar go together, and adding wind to solar is still cheaper than storage

Adding wind can help cut battery costs, since the wind can (and often does) blow when the sun doesn’t shine. “If you’re in a location where the wind does blow, and especially where the wind complements solar, until the batteries get cheaper than the wind power itself, you’re going to be better off adding wind [than batteries],” Kurtz says.  A microgrid …

Look Fast: Solar Is Blowing Past Coal…And Gas…And Wind

December 16th, 2016 by Tina Casey, cross-posted from Clean Technica …unsubsidized solar is beginning to outcompete coal and natural gas on a larger scale, and notably, new solar projects in emerging markets are costing less to build than wind projects, according to fresh data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Now, here’s a surprise. Wind power has been growing at a …

Solar power raising income levels in Kenya

December 17th, 2016 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on SolarLove Solar powered lights are changing the way people do business in Kenya. In the town of Embu, which is located in central Kenya northeast of Nairobi, Violet Karimi is a farmer who can now take advantage of the evening hours to sell her produce, thanks to the arrival of solar lights …

Solar-panel roads to be built on four continents next year

Electric roads and sidewalks that can transmit the sun’s energy onto power grids may be coming to a city near you.  Rugged solar panels, capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, are now being built into road surfaces, after nearly five years of research and laboratory tests.  A unit of Colas SA  is constructing 100 outdoor test sites …

Solar ramp up looking bright

Originally published on The Climate Reality Project. Watts going on with the price of solar? In short, the future is very bright – and affordable. Today, solar power is everywhere. It’s on your neighbor’s roof and in tiny portable cellphone chargers. There are even solar powered roads. And as solar power heats up, prices are going down. In fact, over …

Wind and solar can save 20% when deployed together

By Ben Jervey, Originally published on Nexus Media. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together? “Wind resource tends to complement solar resource,” …

Rooftop solar users and installers are givers, not takers, when it comes to the value they provide to society and the electric system

Tuesday, October 18, 2016, Anna Hofmann Baltimore, MD – Solar panels provide pollution free energy that delivers far reaching benefits to the environment, the electric grid and all ratepayers, said a new report released today by Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center. The report outlines how solar panels on homes, schools and businesses often provide more benefits than they receive through …