Technical reviews of solar+storage news
CommercialSolarGuy is a solar power developer who builds solar projects. We have a land specialist – Jason Kline – who knows the Pennsylvania market especially well, even developing his own solar power project in Wolf Township. An analysis by the College of Agricultural Studies at Penn State University has found that there’s over 1 gigawatt…Read More >
The Clean Power Hour – a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast run by Tim Montague, and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. To the news: The much revered International Energy Agency (IEA) put out some pretty spicy words in its most recent World Energy Outlook. These words included, ‘solar is becoming the king of electricity’, solar…Read More >
Two solar power development companies ought always have some of your energy attention – 8minute Solar Energy and NextEra. For NextEra, we’d want to look more specifically at their Energy Partners subsidiary. NextEra is one of the world’s most valuable energy companies. Recent headlines had the total value of their stock above Exxon’s. And much…Read More >
The Clean Power Hour – a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast run by Tim Montague, and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. Recently asked if a @Tesla would exit passing lane on cruise control if someone came up behind, answer was 'no'. Well, two days ago, they added a…Read More >
The Clean Power Hour is a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast run by Tim Montague, and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. Here’s a summary of the topics covered and a link to the podcast below. The topics covered in Episode #13 are: Tesla’s battery day. Here’s the slide…Read More >
NV Energy, an electric utility in Nevada, is seeking to build three solar plus energy storage power plants. The solar power plants, in total, are 478 MWac/~600 MWdc – with the energy storage being 338 MW/1.35 GWh. Roughly speaking, a 600 MWdc solar plant will cost about $540 million to build at around or under…Read More >
via SaveTheClimate U.S. utilities could use three technologies to increase the utilization of transmission lines, enabling 500 GW of renewables projects to win interconnection approval, say industry experts Jigar Shah and Rob Gramlich, in an op-ed published by Utility Dive. These three transmission technologies – advanced power flow control, dynamic line ratings, and advanced topology – have…Read More >
Recently, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published a research paper modeling operations and maintenance costs at solar power plants. Embedded in the PDF presentation of that research paper is the spreadsheet model developed on the back of the equations created in the operations and maintenance (O&M) modeling. These equations, and the assumptions that built…Read More >
Riddle me this – if India is the cheapest place to install solar panels globally, why is it that they aren’t at the tippy top of our Top ten list of lowest solar power prices in the world – but instead an honorable mention? Well, it’s complicated how these ‘lowest prices’ come to be. The…Read More >
It seems the world has seen a new record low solar+storage electricity price bid at 1.316¢/kWh, noted by Jenny Chase of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and confirmed by pv magazine. This price happens to be lower than the current lowest solar alone price in the world. I think (if I heard Pedro Amaral Jorge right)…Read More >
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