Tesla provides transparent and easy commercial solar at $1 per watt

Sept 2019, Clean Technica excerpt Many will focus on how this makes it so easy to buy commercial sizes of solar. They are banking on you trusting the Tesla brand name to give you good pricing, quality, and reliability — enough so that you will just fill out the 12 fields and put the $100 on your corporate credit card. …

If this car is driven four days a week for a maximum of 31 miles a day, there’s no need to plug into an outlet (or ever gas up)

Toyota is trying to build a vehicle powered by the sun. “The solar car’s advantage is that — while it can’t drive for a long range — it’s really independent of charging facilities,” said Koji Makino, a project manager at Toyota. Put together the best solar panels money can buy, super-efficient batteries and decades of car-making know-how and, theoretically, a …

Virtual power plant: Sunrun and OATI will provide grid stability, earn compensation from Hawaiian Electric for managing and dispatching networked home solar and battery-stored energy to the grid

Clean Technica, Sept 2019 Sunrun, the United States’ leading home solar, battery storage, and energy services company, announced last week that it intends to participate in Hawaiian Electric Company’s emerging grid services market by delivering electricity from a virtual power plant made up of home solar and batteries. Sunrun Brightbox setupImage Credit: Sunrun The virtual power plant will deliver electricity to …

Researchers Propose Floating Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants Made up of Electric Boats

September 6, 2019 By Lisa Cohn, Microgrid Knowledge.com Electric boats may enable floating microgrids that could serve islands that have historically been powered by fossil fuels, according to a report from researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. By Igor Karasi/Shutterstock.com “Powering small islands with reliable, affordable and green electricity is a big challenge due to their dispersed …

Agriculture and solar panels go together, improving each

“Many of us want more renewable energy, but where do you put all of those panels? As solar installations grow, they tend to be out on the edges of cities, and this is historically where we have already been growing our food,” said Greg Barron-Gafford, an associate professor in the School of Geography and Development and lead author on the paper that …

Rooftop solar energy brings a wide variety of benefits to the grid and to society

Frontier Group, Aug 2019, excerpt Many value-of-solar studies, however – especially those conducted by electric utilities – have left out key benefits of solar energy. Policymakers and members of the public who consult these studies may be left with a false impression of solar energy’s value to the grid and society, with damaging results for public policy. To make decisions …

Maryland wants to expedite placement of up to 10,000 acres of solar farms, while protecting farmland. Where will they go?

Note that California has found that bulk purchases of solar on canopies over parking lots can be cheaper than rooftop solar. Maryland announced $4 million in grants to encourage solar and wind arrays on roofs, parking lots, contaminated brownfield sites and other existing infrastructure, with an eye toward erecting panels on state- and university-owned property. By Erin CoxAugust 14 Maryland’s ambitious …

Solar now ‘cheaper than grid electricity’ in every Chinese city, study finds. Still, long-term thinking is required for investment to be seen as worthwhile

12 August 2019  by Josh Gabbatiss, Carbon Brief Solar power has become cheaper than grid electricity across China, a development that could boost the prospects of industrial and commercial solar, according to a new study. The new paper published in Nature Energy concludes a combination of technological advances, cost declines and government support has helped make grid parity a reality in Chinese today. Projects in …

Shout It From the Rooftops: Solar Delivers Far More Than Renewable Energy

Contrary to what many utilities would have you believe, rooftop solar users are givers, not takers, the author writes. GreenTechMedia, by Emma Searson, 5 Aug 2019 26 Thinking beyond the payback period. We often define the value of something, including our clean energy investments, through a very limited cost-benefit analysis: What are my expenses related to this new thing, and …