Rooftop Solar to be the future, says National Grid CEO
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Rooftop Solar to be the future, says National Grid CEO

Steve Holliday, CEO National Grid: “The idea of large power stations for baseload is outdated” Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, the company that operates the gas and power transmission networks in the UK and in the northeastern US, believes the idea of large coal-fired or nuclear power stations to be used for baseload power is “outdated”. “From a consumer’s point of view, the solar on the rooftop is going to be the baseload. Centralised power stations will be increasingly used to provide peak demand”, he says, in an exclusive interview for World Energy Focus, a publication of the World Energy…
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Community Solar – Why Massachusetts is ahead of the curve, and needs to stay there
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Community Solar – Why Massachusetts is ahead of the curve, and needs to stay there

We are in the midst of an energy revolution. Massachusetts, the rest of America, and the rest of the world are building out a clean energy infrastructure. This infrastructure will be made of community solar projects, wind turbines and other renewable sources of power. We have a challenge with how we’re doing it in the United States. In certain places the poor are missing out, and the rich, as the adage goes, are getting richer. This isn’t what we had in mind when we say we want to democratize energy. It’s gotten to the point where certain groups are using this economic divide to…
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Indian Government Calls for Utilising Rooftop Space for Solar Projects
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Indian Government Calls for Utilising Rooftop Space for Solar Projects

NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked its ministries, States and all educational institutions across the country to utilise the space available with them to install grid connected solar rooftop systems. The government has set a target of 40,000 MW of grid connected rooftop solar power generation capacity by 2022 under the National Solar Mission. In a recent letter to all central ministries, States, public sector organisation, educational institutions, schools and colleges, New and Renewable Energy Ministry has urged to install grid connected solar rooftop systems/projects in their buildings. "Huge rooftop space is available in government buildings..even if a part of…
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Community solar farms growing around Maine
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Community solar farms growing around Maine

A planned community solar farm near Androscoggin Lake in Wayne is one of about 10 similar projects that are under development around the state. The projects are unlike traditional residential solar installation in that the households benefiting from the solar-generated power aren’t actually located on the sites of the solar arrays. Instead, the power goes to Central Maine Power Co.’s grid, and the customers get credit for the power to pay for their own electricity bills. The first community solar farm in Maine was built last fall in South Paris, and the proposed project in Wayne would become the third…
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The Case for Net Metering
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The Case for Net Metering

Residential solar power systems are usually designed so that the owner produces more energy in the daytime than they use in the daytime in order to balance out the electricity used during non-sunlight hours at night. This is the fundamental benefit of net metering - a homeowner generates extra in the daytime, which is delivered to other nearby users (typically commercial users), while getting a credit for that electricity that is then applied to their nighttime usage. [caption id="attachment_262" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Image Source: FPL.com[/caption] The electricity grid is one of the most under-appreciated resources in modern life. People plug in their device,…
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Commercial rooftop solar could be the key to preventing business black-outs
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Commercial rooftop solar could be the key to preventing business black-outs

From SolarPowerPortal.Co.UK The National Grid is set to quadruple the amount of electricity available in order to balance the network this winter. Earlier this year, the grid operator had predicted a 10-year low of spare energy capacity levels of just 1.2% this winter, meaning the risk of black-outs across the UK would have been a real possibility. Three years ago the margin of spare electricity capacity was 17%. In light of the warnings, short-term measures have been taken to safeguard the UK’s supply. The nation’s buffer of spare capacity will be boosted to 5.1% in the six months until March…
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Global Power Grid – it’s always sunny on half of the Earth
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Global Power Grid – it’s always sunny on half of the Earth

Imagine you are sometime in the early 1800's and you wanted to send a letter to the United States from England - well - with the newest technology built into ships, the best maps and experienced captains would take you only two weeks. That's a heck of a lot better than Marco Polo taking a decade to get back from China. Now, let's jump to 1858 - the first TransAtlantic Telegraph Cable led to the first near instant communication across a great ocean. It was an amazing creation! Through the existence of human beings - communication of information was dangerous,…
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