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Solar Modeling & Monitoring Granularity Boost Efficiency

August 6th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

The days of over-designing and over-building solar power plants to make up for unforeseen generation losses are gone. This is largely thanks to the emerging solar strategy of pursuing every tenth of a percent of system performance by better understanding the impact of equipment specifications, plant monitoring, and maintenance on the Performance Ratio, and therefore on the bottom line


Electric Vehicles, Renewables, & The Changing World Dynamic

June 22nd, 2019 | by Robert Dee

Every time someone buys or leases an EV, fossil fuel's stranglehold lessens. That's the cost differentiation between EVs and ICEs. The individual benefit, as I am enjoying, is autonomy and the opportunity to have free electricity for cars and homes. EVs are thinking people's cars, yes, and it takes planning and work, but we'll have a better life and planet for it


Could New Mexico’s Proposed Community Solar Program Raise the Bar?

June 17th, 2019 | by John Farrell

The legislative session is over and the bill was tabled, so New Mexico will be better known for its Energy Transition Act (and its liabilities) for now. But the community solar language that passed the state House in February could set a new standard for community solar program design


Value Of Solar Debate Accelerates In Minnesota

June 5th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

The cumulative value of residential solar installations for utilities is comprised of two different parts: the generation of electricity to the grid, and the avoided cost of building new generation. While the former is fairly straightforward and owners are compensated through net metering or other rate schemes, the latter is difficult to assess and thus far homeowners have received little compensation


Energy Resilience In The Roaring Fork Valley

May 21st, 2019 | by Rocky Mountain Institute

On the evening of July 3, 2018, a wildfire broke out a half mile from the Rocky Mountain Institute office in Basalt, Colorado, in the heart of the Roaring Fork Valley. This fire—dubbed the Lake Christine Fire—spread to engulf more than 12,500 acres and came within minutes of shutting down power to the upper Roaring Fork Valley


California Readies Clean Energy Financing Clearinghouse

April 29th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

California state funding has created a harvest cornucopia of clean energy programs ranging from solar energy for low income housing to familiarization test drives of electric vehicles. But each state agency has its own set of rules about who can get funding, what kind of matched private funding may be necessary, and how to go about getting access to the funds


Off-Grid Solar In Kenya

April 27th, 2019 | by David Zarembka

CleanTechnica has had numerous articles on companies and organizations that are supplying off-grid electricity to consumers in Africa. Since I live in western Kenya where many people I know have these systems, this article is to report on these developments from the Kenyan consumer’s point of view


Member-Owned Community Solar Poised For National Adoption

April 11th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

Community solar projects are sweeping the nation, enabling individuals to benefit from solar energy even if they don’t have panels on their house or apartment building. The financial design of a community solar project may vary widely, however, which can make or break any savings that a system could yield for the consumer. 


First Individually Owned Community Solar Project Opens In Oakland

April 8th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

Oakland’s People Power Solar Cooperative has completed its first solar project in Oakland, piloting a new model for community-owned energy in California. The residential-sized 7 kilowatt project is financed entirely by investments up to $1,000 each from more than 50 local community members and leaders among the cooperative’s members, the group says


These Lawyers Are Creating An ALEC For Climate Change

April 5th, 2019 | by Nexus Media

For the last forty-odd years, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been a mainstay of the conservative movement and major force in shaping state laws. The organization brings together state lawmakers and corporate leaders to draft business-friendly policies that are then ferried to statehouses around the country


Solar EV Charging Options For Renters

March 30th, 2019 | by Jennifer Sensiba

Home charging can be challenging enough alone for renters, but the idea of solar driving appears nearly impossible. Or is it? I decided to do some research and throw a little of my own experience on top to see what options exist for renters to drive on nothing but sunshine. Here’s what I found


Tesla Model 3 Lands With A Bang In France — CleanTechnica EV Sales Report

March 12th, 2019 | by Jose Pontes

The French plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) passenger car market had 4,178 registrations in February, up 32% year over year (YoY), with all-electric models growing faster than plug-in hybrids (+46% vs +16%). A big portion of this growth came from the landing of the Tesla Model 3, which had 401 deliveries last month, but even discounting the "Model 3 effect," full-electrics grew 26%, a positive sign that the Model 3 isn't stealing sales from other electric cars but from its gas/diesel competitors



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