Increased deployment of solar PV together with energy storage playing important role in energy transition

The increasingly competitive dynamic duo of solar photovoltaic plus battery storage is taking energy markets by storm according to Daniel Rothberg in an article on the Resilience website.   Suddenly, Solar Energy plus Storage is Giving Conventional Fuels a Run for their Money The energy dynamic around renewables is changing so quickly in Colorado that … Continue reading Increased deployment of solar PV together with energy storage playing important role in energy transition

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

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

A vast grid of homes combining to create first virtual power plant

As we well know, Tesla is doing more than firing its cars towards Mars. Thomas Tamblyn writes in the Huffington Post about plans in Australia to create a virtual power plant. Participating homes in South Australia will get free solar panels and a Tesla battery.   Australia And Tesla Are Building The First 'Virtual Power … Continue reading A vast grid of homes combining to create first virtual power plant

Second largest roof-top solar power plant in Europe installed at Turkish flat glass factory

The Daily Sabah website reports about the installation of the second largest solar power plant in both Europe and Turkey. This is an important development for the country.   Turkish glass producer Şişecam founds Europe's second largest roof-top solar power plant With its installed capacity, Şişecam has set up the second largest solar power plant … Continue reading Second largest roof-top solar power plant in Europe installed at Turkish flat glass factory

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

Making greenhouses even greener

Two of my uncles had large greenhouses and one was probably (almost certainly) Canada’s first commercial organic farmer so there has always been a fascination with this industry. It is encouraging to read an article by Sydney Pereira on the Newsweek website how there are now demonstrations to have greenhouses both produce electricity and grow … Continue reading Making greenhouses even greener

Latest developments in lowering costs of photovoltaic systems

Abby Harvey writes on the Power website about the progress made in lowering the cost of utility-scale solar in the United States.   U.S. Utility-Scale PV Meets Subsidy-Free Price Target Three Years Early U.S. utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems have achieved the targets set by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) SunShot Initiative three years early, the … Continue reading Latest developments in lowering costs of photovoltaic systems

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

Cleaning dirty urban water using solar panels

One city in California is planning to save local government money by using solar panels to clean dirty water. Thaddeus Millertmiller explains in an article on the Chowchilla News website.   Solar panels will save Chowchilla money, city says Chowchilla plans to clean its dirty water with help from the sun, which leaders say will … Continue reading Cleaning dirty urban water using solar panels