Author Archives: John Farrell

1.21 Gigawatts!

June 18th, 2012 | by John Farrell

New Local Solar Policy, Not DeLorean, Moving U.S. to Cleaner Future In the past five years, a new U.S. renewable [&hellip


Mapping Solar Grid Parity

March 6th, 2012 | by John Farrell

Within a decade, 100 million Americans could get cheaper electricity from rooftop solar — without subsidies — than is provided [&hellip


Hourly Electricity Pricing Boosts Value of Distributed Solar by 33%

January 30th, 2012 | by John Farrell

What if electricity cost more when the sun was shining? Many utilities are using new electronic "smart meters" to adjust the price of electricity as often as every hour, to reflect supply and demand. And charging more when electricity is in short supply can be good news, increasing the value of solar by 33% or more


Some Skepticism on Solar Thermal Power’s Storage Potential

January 24th, 2012 | by John Farrell

Earlier this month, New York Times reporter Matt Wald had a piece on the role of energy storage in supporting the expansion of renewable energy. However, his specific focus on solar thermal power generation overlooks the potentially high costs of relying on solar thermal power and also overlooks the potential for distributed “storehousing” of renewable energy.



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