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Solar PV Reducing Price of Electricity in Germany

February 9th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

Oh, the solar power haters* are going to love this one---a recent study by Germany's Institute for Future Energy Systems (IZES), conducted on behalf of of the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar), has found that, on average, solar power has reduced the price of electricity 10% in Germany (on the EPEX exchange). It reduces prices up to 40% in the early afternoon, when electricity demand is peaking and electricity typically costs the most

2012 Solar Expectations

January 2nd, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

Expectations cause a lot of problems — without expectations, we couldn’t be disappointed. However, it’s impractical not to have any [&hellip

Top 10 Clean Tech Stories of 2011

December 30th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

  OK, I’m doing my top 10 list now. Following up on AWEA’s top 10 wind energy stories and SEIA’s [&hellip

New Generation Inverters to Drive Down Cost of Solar Power: Interview with Silicon Valley’s ArrayPower

October 21st, 2011 | by Andrew

The use of semiconductors, digital and solid state electronics is reshaping the architecture of solar power systems. Along with other innovations, this holds out the promise that solar power systems will soon be performing more efficiently, at higher levels and at further reduced costs. ArrayPower, a Silicon Valley start-up, launched its Sequenced Inverter - the first of its kind - at SPI in Dallas this week. Senior company executives spoke with Clean Technica about their technology and company while at the show

About Solar Power / Why Solar Power

August 23rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

This isn't an intro on solar power technology. I'm sure you can find that over on Wikipedia. This is a quick intro on some of the top topics of concern to those who want to see us cruise into a bright future, not stumble and crash into some truly dark days

True Value of Solar Power

June 26th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

I wrote recently on the costs of wind power and how they compare to the costs of traditional forms of power like coal and nuclear when you take externalities and other subsidies into account. I was going to wait until I wrapped up our "comprehensive wind power page" to write on this topic for solar power, but a new report out from the Institute for Local Self Reliance pushed me into the topic a little early.

Are You Taking Advantage of the Sun on This Summer Solstice?

June 21st, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

On this 2011 summer solstice (the longest day of the year) in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought I'd break out of my normal, obsessive news coverage and commentary tendency to step back and reflect a little more than usual. Here on CleanTechnica, that means reflecting on the clear benefits of solar energy and the clear question I think anyone not yet hooked up to solar could be asking themselves, reflecting on today

Solar Day 2011 (Tomorrow!)

June 17th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Just a note for all you solar lovers (I think we've got a few on here :D): SolarDay 2011 is tomorrow, June 18 (in Canada, the U.S., and the UK). You have to love the line from the folks behind this great day: "The world's energy future: 50 years of oil reserves, 200 years of coal reserves and at least 5 billion years of solar energy." That puts things into perspective a bit, eh

5 Reasons I Love the Solar Panel Industry

June 17th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

Its funny how a simple thing like a computer virus can make take a step back appreciate your business. This morning a virus shut down my computer and let me have some time to just think about the business I have. (Anyone else notice how useless you are without a computer these days?) And in thinking about my business I was able to break down what I love about this industry and why

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