Technical reviews of solar+storage news

Half of US electricity CO2-free in May?

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | June 19, 2021

At the end of May, the US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its most recent Electric Power Monthly, which provides data through the end of March 2021. The report notes that for the month, solar photovoltaic generation (solar) has grown 35% over March 2020. Solar accounted for ~4.19% of total US electricity…

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Commercial offshore wind farm

First US commercial offshore wind, 630 GW/year of solar, & more! #45

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | May 21, 2021

Today from the Clean Power Hour, we discuss the first commercial offshore wind plant for the United States, a whole bunch of stuff on space, the International Energy Agency suddenly coming out HUGE for wind+solar, and more! This excessive commentary is brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald…

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Low emission electricity down as solar up 14%

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | May 13, 2021

The US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released April’s Electric Power Monthly, which showed that low emission electricity production declined despite a solar production increase of 14%, and despite newly installed capacity being 99% clean. The report provides data through the end of February 2021, and notes that in that month, photovoltaic…

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Meyer Burger Solar Panel to reach 27.8% efficiency, pricing per watt to fall

Meyer Burger solar panel pricing, 1st permanent Chinese space station, & more! #44

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | May 7, 2021

Today from the Clean Power Hour, we discuss the Meyer Burger solar panel pricing, refreshing versus recyling lithium ion batteries, the new Chinese space station, and more! This excessive commentary is brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First, here’s the podcast – now on to the…

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Pennsylvania energy storage battery bank

Pennsylvania Energy storage returns up to 841%

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | May 5, 2021

Solar power and energy storage are coming to Pennsylvania in a massive way. As of February 2021, the PJM transmission interconnection queue showed 64 solar-plus-storage projects across 26 Pennsylvania counties, totaling over 2.3 GW/~9.2 GWh. However, in its current form, the local electricity market’s structure will not support the economics of energy storage. A new…

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Hydrogen space rockets, world’s largest water turbine looks like an X-Wing, more! #42

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | April 30, 2021

Today from the Clean Power Hour, we discuss the world’s largest water turbine, renewable hydrogen rockets for satellites, a submarine cable connecting Morocco’s renewable energy to Great Britain, and more! This excessive commentary is brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First, here’s the podcast – now…

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Wind pricing beat expectations, 3.1GWh asparagus, & more! #41

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | April 23, 2021

Today from the Clean Power Hour, we discuss the development of a global power grid, wind pricing that beat expectations, an asparagus farm that generates electricity, a new whitest white, and more! This excessive commentary is brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First, here’s the podcast…

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California sets solar peak production record, 1¢/kWh Solar in Saudi Arabia, & more! #40

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | April 16, 2021

Today from the Clean Power Hour, we discuss how California sets a solar peak production record, Canadian Solar has begun making enormous 665W panels, Saudi Arabia is heading towards 1¢/kWh solar electricity, and more! This excessive commentary is brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First, a…

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Picture of HelioSclope, a modeling tool that fits solar panel installations onto satellite images of Earth.

Pennsylvania solar farm land lease rates: Q&A

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | April 9, 2021

The Keystone State is gearing up for an explosion in solar construction. As a result, Pennsylvania solar farm land lease rates have risen. Community solar projects, of approximately 15 acres, are now generating land lease payments of $20,000 per year for 25 years. The most recent example of this potential boom is the submission of…

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Tesla targets 1 million in sales, 200 gigafactories, a moron Senator in Pennsylvania, & more! #39

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | April 9, 2021

Today from the Clean Power Hour, we discuss how Tesla is targeting a million in vehicle sales, the gigafactory battery manufacturing race with 200 lithium battery plants scheduled before 2030, a moron in Pennsylvania moonlighting as a Senator, and more! This excessive commentary is brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy…

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