Growing 43 percent year over year, the U.S. saw 2,051 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed in the second quarter of 2016. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report, this marks the eleventh consecutive quarter in which more than a gigawatt (GW) of PV was installed.
ARNOLD GUNDERSEN for Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: My own experience near solar arrays in Fukushima Prefecture indicates that the problems of building and maintaining solar installations in a contaminated nuclear wasteland are over-simplified, and worse, totally ignored. One of the greatest burdens of maintaining operating atomic reactors is the cost of working in a Radiologically Controlled Area. (The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory defines a Radiologically Controlled Area as: “Any area to which access is managed to protect individuals from exposure to radiation or radioactive materials. Individuals who enter Controlled Areas without entering Radiological Areas are not expected to receive a total effective dose equivalent of more than 0.1 rem (0.001 Sievert) in a year.”) Each nuclear power plant operates with specific instructions and constraints, with Radiation Work Permits tailored for each specific maintenance activity. Because special clothing, special respiratory equipment, and special radiation monitoring equipment are routinely required to perform even minimum maintenance activities inside a nuclear power plant, every activity takes longer, costs more, and requires more people inside each reactor than necessary in any other industrial setting. Consequently, the question becomes: Does building solar panels on land contaminated with nuclear waste resemble work in a normal industrial setting, or is it more similar to work inside a radiologically contaminated atomic reactor—at significantly higher cost? Full Article:
Global renewable energy developer DP Energy has appointed Catherine Way Business Development Manager, DP Energy Australia.
German firm KACO new energy Inc. launches breakthrough MLPE solution to a newly expanded distribution network
The path to a thriving American offshore wind power industry became clearer today following the release of the National Offshore Wind Strategy by the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of the Interior.
SPI 2016 - Sentinel Solar Announces the Wave ESS: Complete Energy Storage System with Integrated Power Electronics for Plug and Play Solar + Storage Applications.
The System Features Industry Leading Inverter Technology and the Safest, Cleanest and Most Reliable Battery Chemistry Ever.
The main difference between solar trackers and fixed-tilt PV systems is that the modules of solar trackers can change their tilt angles at different times of the day to maximize power generation.
SPI 2016 - Unirac, Inc. to Unveil 3 New Products at the 2016 Solar Power International (SPI) Trade Show
Unirac will showcase our latest enhancements at the 2016 Solar Power International (SPI) Trade Show. Our products are supported by cutting-edge digital design tools and industry-best customer support delivering value from beginning to end for your solar project.
JinkoSolar's all black, high efficiency modules will power the Arc House, allowing the smart home to function completely off the grid. This net-zero carbon footprint home will automatically adjust and optimize energy use with an integrated smart home technology and solar system which will also manage the production, storage, and monitoring of energy use. SPI attendees will be able to tour the Arc House's 432 square foot highly efficient living space.
SPI 2016 - Hanwha Q CELLS Completes Strong Q.ANTUM Portfolio with Monocrystalline Solar Module Series "Q.PEAK"
- Q.PEAK Q.ANTUM modules reaching up to 370 Wp (72 cell) and 305Wp (60 cell) will be available starting from Q3 2017 and Q1 2017 respectively - Half-Cell and Double Glass prototypes take Q.ANTUM to the next level - Q CELLS' Q.ANTUM technology for higher yields and lower LCOE matured through more than 440 million or 2 GW of solar cells produced since 2012
GEOSmart SolPower Program with Electric & Gas Industries Association is the first 20-year financing option for solar-plus-storage systems
September 6, 2016 San Francisco: Whitham Group, the leading executive search firm in the renewable energy industries, has been named a Kilowatt Sponsor of the annual Solar Power International conference, held this year in Las Vegas, NV on September 12 - 15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
SPI 2016 - Continental Control Systems to Highlight Solar Solutions at Solar Power International - Las Vegas 2016
SPI, Las Vegas, booth W1133, September 8 - Continental Control Systems announced today that it will preview a variety of solar solutions including high accuracy production and consumption metering, net metering and zero export metering at SPI 2016, September 13-15.
Jason Overdorf for SMITHSONIAN.COM: For a little more than a year, the family has been supplementing the sporadic electricity the village gets from the grid with solar energy, thanks to a new pay-as-you-go business model pioneered by Canadian entrepreneur Paul Needham and his company, Simpa Networks. Call it “rent-to-own solar.” Needham is a serial tech entrepreneur whose online advertising company BidClix made its way into the portfolio of Microsoft. As a doctoral student in economics at Cambridge, he was obsessed with the reasons customers will shell out for certain products and not others. One of the questions that always bugged him was, “Why don’t I own solar panels?” The reason, he determined, was the high up-front costs. Imagine if mobile phone service was sold like solar energy. From an operator’s perspective, it would have made great sense to try to sell customers 10 years of phone calls in advance, so as to quickly earn back the money invested in building cell towers. But the person who suggested such a strategy would have been fired immediately, Needham says. “You want to charge people for what they value, not the technology that’s providing it,” he says in a telephone interview. Cont'd...
A look at how wildfire air pollution can affect the power output of solar panels.
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