Published on December 13th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan2
Solar News — Future Of Solar PV, Integrated Grid Is Better, New Clean Economy…
December 13th, 2015 by Zachary Shahan
Check out this solar news if you need more of a “solar news fix” post COP21. Also, there’s a token wind energy stpry at the very end (and a few stories are broad solar + wind stories).
Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission recently approved two new tariffs to cover future rooftop solar installations, including an option that’s gaining favor with consumers: Solar “Self-Supply.” Also known as “PV self-consumption”, it’s an option where a home consumes all the solar energy produced by its PV system, rather than pushing a portion of that power out to the grid.
In recent years, Clean Power Research created a solar forecast method to accurately predict power production of “invisible,” behind-the-meter PV systems — typically, those found on homes and commercial buildings. In our approach, forecasts are generated by simulating the power output of an individual system based on its defined specification and the predicted solar radiation at its specific location, and then aggregating the power output of all the systems within a particular service territory.
The holiday season can bring out the best in all of us, as we try to give our friends and loved ones gifts that can lighten their lives, brighten their smiles, or tickle their funny bones, and for the next month or so, many of us will be on the constant lookout for that perfect present. Of course, if we’re to be completely honest, it’s also a great time to shop for ourselves, thanks to the huge discounts, seasonal sales, and other incentives that are often available this time of year.
As the UN climate talks in Paris are nearing completion, the implications for the energy sector are becoming clear. The 186 national action plans that will form the basis of an agreement really amount to clean energy investment plans, observers say. “A whole new economy will be created.”
Around Australia, communities are gathering to create community energy projects which deliver triple bottom line benefits to regional and urban communities. However, only a handful of projects have succeeded so far – thanks largely to the compliance cost of current investment regulations. In this article we explain how equity crowdfunding reform – if done appropriately — could open the floodgates to the community energy sector.
Canadian Solar and Sunrun have signed an agreement that Canadian Solar will supply 112 MW of solar panels to Sunrun in 2016. They will be CS6P-260|265P panels, which are 260 or 265 watts, with a module efficiency up to 16.47%. They also have a product warranty of 10 years and a linear power output warranty of 25 years.
PG&E is a utility operating in Northern California that serves 15–16 million people. It recently announced contracts for 75 MW of energy storage projects employing lithium-ion batteries, zinc/air batteries, and flywheel technology. The lithium-ion batteries are for 42 MW, the flywheel tech is for 20 MW, and the zinc/air batteries for 13 MW.
Tesla owners on the lookout for a bed & breakfast with an electric vehicle charger in Vermont may be interested to hear that the West Hill House B&B in Warren, Vermont, has gone 100% solar and also possesses a Tesla charging station (not a supercharger of course, but rather a destination charger).
I’ve managed to distill good energy communication down to six basic rules, which hopefully can provide our industry with some inspiration to make energy as magical as a hit song.
On the surface, you would think renewable energy companies that can grow quickly and exploit the industry’s massive potential should be the kind of companies investors will want to buy and hold for the long term. But time after time, the companies that grow the fastest have been abysmal investments. Suntech Power, LDK Solar, Yingli Green Energy, and SunEdison are just a few of the former industry highfliers that have gone from darling status to bankruptcy, or that teeter on the verge of financial insolvency. They also provide a similar story of growth, debt, and massive losses that couldn’t be overcome by even more growth.
Germany produces more power from renewable energies than ever, yet pushing dirty lignite out of the power market has proven to be a contentious issue. Steve Baragona summarizes the social, political and economic hurdles currently delaying a coal phase-out.
Record wind power production put German wind farms in the pole position last month, though critics will still complain that two types of coal counted separately should be counted together.
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