How the Military is (Indirectly) Fueling the Solar Industry

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:28
Posted in category Energy Efficiency

Obama Solar MilitaryIf ever there was a champion of efficiency, the military would be it. Energy efficiency is no exception to this generalization. As The Solar Foundation (TSF) and Operation Free tell us in a recent Veterans in Solar report, the U.S. military has scaled up its use of distributed renewable energy technologies, at home and in combat zones, to strengthen energy security and improve operational costs and capabilities.

Always occupying a certain crest on the waves of technological innovation, the American military has made efforts toward energy independence, bolstered by a Department of Defense (DoD) mandate to use renewable power for 25% of total facility energy consumption by 2025. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Expert Series: Avoiding Shade in Solar PV Installs

    Monday, March 3, 2014 12:30

    Another Expert Series video from CleanEdison. Solar expert Michael Cafiero gives a detailed example of how a little shade can do a lot of damage to the output of your solar PV system installation.

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      Are solar thermal power farms still relevant?

      Monday, February 24, 2014 14:00
      Posted in category Clean Energy News

      392 megawatts, 173,000 heliostats, 347,000 mirrors, $2.2 billion investment and a $1.6 billion federal loan. These are the tremendous numbers surrounding the development and construction of the Ivanpah solar thermal power facility in the Mojave Desert, 40 miles south of Las Vegas. Such a plant, who can energizes up to 140,000 houses, is a massive solar energy provider, but with the decrease of governmental incentives and the collapse of some rival technologies’ prices, are giant solar plants still a viable option? Read the rest of this entry »

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        The 7 Successes of Solar

        Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:37
        Posted in category Renewables

        How the solar energy industry is becoming one of the most widely beneficial sectors in the country

        New York Solar

        Things are looking up for the solar energy industry. Its growth has skyrocketed over the past few years and is projected to endure. If current trends continue, solar will account for 10% of American electricity by 2022.
        A diverse array of stakeholders is largely affected by this booming industry, from veterans to homeowners to that all-pervading stakeholder, the environment. To help understand the state of the industry and what’s on the horizon, here’s a list of the ways in which the solar energy industry is fast becoming one of the most valuable sectors in the nation. Read the rest of this entry »
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          Future positive prospects for solar should boost the public interest, but how easy is it to get and survive into solar?

          Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:43
          Posted in category Clean Energy News

          2013 was the year of the resurgence for the solar industry; more than 35 gigawatts of photovoltaic worldwide were installed last year. In the U.S it reached a 4.2 GW record, a 15% growth in a year. According to experts this bounce will continue in 2014 and they are expecting between 43 GW (Mercom Capital) and 49 GW (NPD Solar Buzz) of PV installations within the next 10 months. This represents a double-digit growth and a remarkable level for an industry that installed less than half this number four years ago.  Markets such as China, the U.S or even Japan, that had to compensate for the closure of its nuclear power plants, have pulled the demand and as a direct effect many PV constructors, SunPower for example, became profitable during Q2 or Q3 last year after months and sometime years of losses. Read the rest of this entry »

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            The Era of Solar Energy

            Friday, January 24, 2014 9:14
            Posted in category Clean Energy Training, Renewables

            solar energyIn honor of “National Shout Out for Solar Day,” we couldn’t help but share our excitement about the burgeoning solar energy industry. Arguably the most limitless source of energy, solar has been used for everything from desalination of seawater to providing heat and electricity; and its future is looking bright. Read the rest of this entry »

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              Training and Getting a Job in the Solar Energy Industry

              Wednesday, January 15, 2014 12:08

              Find a job in solar energyWith steady advances in technology, solar energy has at last become an economically viable option to integrate into our economic infrastructure. The industry not only promotes environmental responsibility, but also creates domestic investment, job growth and global influence. Impressively, the Solar Industry has steadily increased since 2009, while many other forms of industry were burdened by the Great Recession. This “niche” market, as it has been dully called, has become a great underdog of economic stabilization although it is looking to take its rightful place as a suitable candidate. With solar installations increasing in value by approximately $3 billion a year since 2010, this industry is one of the last limited education vocations in need of skilled hands. Read the rest of this entry »

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                Will alternative energy remain “alternative” for long?

                Wednesday, October 2, 2013 13:32
                Posted in category Clean Energy News

                What the picture is of

                Grid parity is when the cost of alternative energy from renewable resources is equal or lower than cost of conventional power from the grid, even without subsidies. At grid parity, putting solar panels on the roof will be a better investment than buying electricity from the grid. Alternative energy will no longer be alternative.

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                  Largest Solar Power Plant in the World Opens in California’s Mojave Desert

                  Thursday, July 25, 2013 11:28
                  Posted in category Clean Energy News

                  By Raquel Sghiatti

                  Solar is booming in the sunshine state. Installations grew by 76% in 2012 and in the next few weeks, the largest solar power plant in the world will open in California’s Mojave Desert. The electricity generated by this mirror-intensified solar complex is enough to serve more than 140,000 homes during the peak hours of the day.

                  Stretching across 3,500 acres, the Ivanpah solar power plant is unique. Unlike other photovoltaic systems, this solar thermal plant utilizes CSP technology. 170,000 mirrors set on trackers capture and direct sunlight toward three towers filled with water, raising temperatures to more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The water turns to steam, spinning turbines that generate electricity. The electrical power produced is delivered to utility companies that then distribute the electricity throughout the state. Read the rest of this entry »

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                    Solar Energy: Considerations Beyond Eco-friendliness

                    Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:05
                    Posted in category Clean Energy News

                    Solar EnergyAs one of the planets only sources of truly renewable energy, solar power has been under scrutiny for decades. It is a principle that turns the UV light from the Sun into usable electricity. Without the Sun to power these photovoltaic devices, our concerns for power would be moot. While those who are Earth-conscious praise the cleanliness of solar arrays versus the emissions produced by coal-based plants and others, there is more to this form of power than many may not realize.

                    1. Cost Efficiency - One of the biggest downfalls solar power generation has had to face in the past is the cost of implementing such structures. For residential areas, the cost could range between $45,000 to $65,000 before subsidies and/or tax credits. If you finance the project, the monthly payments usually surpass your current electric bill savings and could take you up to 10 years to pay it off. Essentially, you would have to live in your home for more than 10 years before you begin to feel the benefits of the installation.

                    However, technologies are being developed regularly in order to reduce the cost of these installations. The goal is to drive the cost down so that photovoltaic power can become a reality for everyone and not just the upper-class citizens who can afford the installation. If people could see the immediate benefits of building a solar alternative, they would be more inclined to invest in the project.

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