Utilities In Chaos, Yingli World Cup Sponsorship… (Solar News)

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The solar industry keeps growing fast, which means a lot of fun solar news for us solar fanboys and fangirls. Here’s some of the latest that I think is worth a look:

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Annual percentage change in electricity demand on the mainland sector of the NEM. By financial year. Image by Mike Sandiford. Data from AEMO 30-minute aggregated price and demand datasets.

Utilities in Chaos: There’s no doubt about it: Australian utilities are hurting from solar power producers eating a portion of their monopoly pie. Graph fun for a democratized energy system!

Image Credit: Plazak (CC BY-SA 3.0 license)

Solar Power Growth Chart: Solar power has exploded around the world in the past decade, but some markets have really taken off.

solar aircraft 1934

A Flying Solar Aircraft… from 1934: Think solar aircraft is a new idea? Think again. Though, things have certainly changed a lot.

Ergon Energy Wants to Keep New Solar off the Grid: The utility that covers 90% of Queensland wants new rules implemented that will keep new solar panel installations off the grid. Yeah… that’s the solution….

Prosumers on the Rise: Electricity consumer empowerment is on the rise, but it seems that policymakers and regulators aren’t ready for it. But does anyone really know where the grid and its relationship to customers is going?

Yingli* World Cup Q&A: If you’re a soccer fan, it’s no surprise that Yingli Solar has been sponsoring the largest sporting event in the world. You probably also recall that Yingli Solar sponsored the last World Cup, in South Africa. Nick Richardson chats with Judy Tzeng Lee about the sponsorship.

Yingli Wants to Leave a Lasting Legacy: Yingli Solar also highlights some of its record achievements and the lasting legacy it wants to leave in Brazil in this piece.

Mounting Frameless Thin-Film Modules: If you’re into the details of solar panel mounting equipment, hold onto your seat and check out this “exciting” piece.

*Full Disclosure: I own stock in Yingli Green Energy (aka Yingli Solar).

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