Italian firm wants to be global player in solar energy

The Italian utility Enel is taking on the challenge to be a major player in manufacturing solar panels by betting on an advanced, commercially untested system.  Stanley Reed and Keith Bradsher explain in an article in the New York Times.   In Shadow of Mt. Etna, Europe Makes a Last Stand for Solar The enormous … Continue reading Italian firm wants to be global player in solar energy

Silicon-based solar cells close to their maximum theoretical efficiency

Sam Davis writes on the Power Electronics website about the use of silicon-perovskite to boost solar-cell efficiency. After decades of research and investment, silicon-based solar cells are close to their maximum theoretical efficiency. Will perovskite be the go-to material solution?   Scientists Use Silicon-Perovskite to Boost Solar-Cell Efficiency Scientists on both sides of the Atlantic … Continue reading Silicon-based solar cells close to their maximum theoretical efficiency

China testing feasibility of solar panels integrated in their roads

Keith Bradsher explains in an article on the New York Times website about efforts in China to embed solar panels in highways. He also explains why it is less likely to work in the United States Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels On a smoggy afternoon, huge log carriers … Continue reading China testing feasibility of solar panels integrated in their roads

Giant step by California to require solar power systems on all new homes

We need more jurisdictions to show the leadership that we are seeing in California. It is encouraging to see how the state plans to significantly increase the use of solar power. Ivan Penn explains in an article in the New York Times.   California Will Require Solar Power for New Homes Long a leader and … Continue reading Giant step by California to require solar power systems on all new homes

Solar industry needs to take broader perspective for long-term success

Varun Sivaram writes a good article on the Washington Post website arguing that solar power could be the star of a clean power revolution, rising to become the world’s largest source of electricity but only if it realises that it might not push for the policies needed for solar and other clean power sources to … Continue reading Solar industry needs to take broader perspective for long-term success

Canadian companies react to tariffs imposed by USA on solar panels

There have been lots of concerns about the tariffs on solar panels that the Trump Administration imposed recently. Dan McCue writes on the Renewable Energy Magazine website on the reaction of some solar companies in Canada.   Canadian Solar Companies Sue Trump Administration Over Tariffs The White House slapped steep tariffs on imported solar panels … Continue reading Canadian companies react to tariffs imposed by USA on solar panels

Smarter subsidies and not tariffs are a better way to sustain the US solar industry

There are many concerns about current policies from the Trump Administration on almost all aspects of the low-carbon energy transition. Edward Barbier, Professor of Economics and Terry Iverson, Associate Professor of Economics at Colorado State University provide their own alternatives to the tariffs imposed on imported solar panels.   There are better ways to foster … Continue reading Smarter subsidies and not tariffs are a better way to sustain the US solar industry

Solar and storage new competing with coal and other fossil fuels

We know that the costs for various renewable energy technologies have been coming down significantly in recent years. Travis Hoium writes on the Motley Fool website about some of the progress that has been made. Importantly, solar together with storage can now compete with coal and other fossil fuels on its own.   The Energy … Continue reading Solar and storage new competing with coal and other fossil fuels

Windows will provide more than a room with a view

We are reading about important technology developments practically every day. Niamh Mcintyre writes in The Independent about using solar windows and what their potential impact will be.   Solar windows could meet 'nearly all' of America's electricity demand Solar cell technology could soon tap into the massive energy potential of windows and other transparent objects, … Continue reading Windows will provide more than a room with a view

There is a need to better understand the solar industry

According to Chelsea Harvey, writing in the Washington Post, there has been an on-going underestimation of the expansion of solar energy and that could have serious policy implications. What do you think?   We’ve been underestimating the solar industry’s momentum. That could be a big problem. Analysts have been underestimating the expansion of solar energy … Continue reading There is a need to better understand the solar industry