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 …

Selling solar to the grid when demand is high provides farmer with another source of income, investment in battery pays for itself in 4+ years

Cross-posted from The New York Times – see link for full article A new cash crop has sprung up on Nicholas Beatty’s enchanting farm near here. Rows of gray solar panels range over about 25 acres, turning sunlight into electricity, as dog-size muntjac deer hop by. The panels themselves, trouble-free money earners that feed into the electric grid, are no …

Utility planners are beginning to think about how distributed solar can serve system needs

Excerpt Cross-posted from Utility Dive, Sept 2018 “Utilities are starting to plan for customers adding distributed solar and for procuring it themselves,” Andrew Mills, lead author of the study, told Utility Dive. “We wanted to know how they are doing it.” The report also assesses planning by five system operators, along with distribution system analysis in California, New York, Hawaii, and …

Blade coat, thin film solar strategy pays off for NIST team

Cross-posted from Clean Technica, by Tina Casey  A research team based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has determined that an economical process for cranking out thin film solar cells can get this close to hitting the “sweet spot” of 10% conversion efficiency. The process yields thin film solar cells that clock in at just over 9.5% and …

The demand for electricity is going to increase dramatically as we electrify transportation, transition heating, and more – a view from Elon Musk and Peter Rive

During the Q2 earnings call for SolarCity, Elon Musk and Peter Rive laid out their vision for the future as Tesla and SolarCity combine forces. In his remarks, Musk told the analysts and investors on hand that demand for electrical power will double or triple, as the world transitions away from fossil fuels to renewables. “Electricity usage is going to …

Multilateral Development Banks’ climate financing – $81 billion in 2015: where is it all going?

August 17th, 2016 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica A total of $81 billion in climate financing was mobilised for projects being funded by the world’s six largest multilateral development banks, according to a new report. According to the new report, the 2015 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks’ Climate Finance, the total $81 billion dedicated to financing climate change mitigation …

Key graphs for the energy transition – solar

1. The price of a solar panel in 1975 was ~227 times higher than it is today — $101.5/watt versus $0.447/watt. 2. The price of a solar panel today is ~30% what it was in 2010 — $0.447/watt versus $1.50/watt. That’s a 70% discount! 3. The lowest wholesale solar price bid from a solar project developer (unsubsidized) is2.99¢/kWh. That’s cheaper than what new …

With solar gardens expanding, are solar parking lots on the horizon?

By Chris Mooney January 28, 2015 , excerpt cross-posted from The Washington Post.  See August 2016 Bloomberg article further down. With solar gardens expanding, are ready areas of paved spaces — PV-covered parking lots — on the horizon? One vast solar carport installation at Rutgers University is 28 acres in size and produces 8 megawatts of power, or about enough energy to power …

5 key principles for guiding the rules of the 21st century electricity system: Changing legacy systems and choices within the monopoly grid model present in 35 states, EVs paid for grid regulation services

Video: Choices Within Monopoly – A Grid of the Future Conversation with Jon Wellinghoff Written by John Farrell | Updated on Jul 28, 2016, originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/video-choices-within-monopoly-a-grid-of-the-future-conversation-with-jon-wellinghoff/ In November 2015, Jon Wellinghoff, former chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, spoke to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission about the grid of the future. In particular, …

Solar window film estimated to pay off in less than a year and provide 30-50% of electricity for new skyscrapers

By Jocelyn Timperley 12 August 2016 Cross-posted from Business Green In these highly scrutinised days of climate risk task forces and green policy obstruction rankings, firms of all shades are under growing pressure to show they are making efforts to boost their environmental transparency.  But some green companies are challenging themselves to deliver transparency of a rather more literal kind – namely through …