Technical reviews of solar+storage news

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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Electric school bus paying bills, DOE loves Perovskites, & more! #38

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | April 2, 2021

Today from the Clean Power Hour, we discuss an electric school bus making money by stabilizing the grid, the DOE’s infatuation with Perovskite, and more! This excessive commentary is brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First of course, here’s the podcast – Episode 38! North America’s First-Ever…

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Picture shows close-up of solar panels partially installed

America installs 100 gigawatts of solar power

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | March 30, 2021

Sometime in the month of January, the United States installed its 100th gigawatt of solar panels. While it took roughly 20 years for the US to built the first 100 GW, it will take only a little over 3 years to build the next 100 GW.

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Man installs commercial solar panels on a roof with sun setting in background

Solar up 22.5% year-over-year in January

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | March 29, 2021

The US Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released the March Electric Power Monthly, providing data through the end of January 2021. The report notes that photovoltaic (solar) generation grew by 22.5% this January versus last January, accounting for ~2.4% of total US electricity generated for the month versus 2.0% last year. Total…

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Farmer stands in front of healthy plants, in what could one day be a solar greenhouse

Solar greenhouse, solar + rabbits, $140B wind, more! #37

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | March 26, 2021

Today from the Clean Power Hour, we discuss a solar cell greenhouse, retrofitting plants and livestock into existing solar fields, and more! This excessive commentary is brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First of course, here’s the podcast – Episode 37! Plants Would Grow Well in Solar…

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Germany 100% renewable for a moment, oil loves floating wind, more! #36

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | March 19, 2021

The Clean Power Hour is a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First of course, here’s the podcast – Episode 36! Germany’s renewable energy generation exceeded the country’s total electricity demand …the fine print is that it was only…

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Most efficient solar panels available in 2021

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | March 19, 2021

This list of the most efficient solar panels is based upon Taiyangnews‘ report from January 2021 – Advanced Module Technologies. While the list put together here isn’t all encompassing, and it will date itself quickly as the industry evolves, it covers a lot of the what’s out there. We would recommend getting deeper into the…

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Flying panels, floating batteries, big bada boom, more! #35

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | March 12, 2021

The Clean Power Hour is a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First of course, here’s the podcast – Episode 35! Now, to the news!

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Photograph of Blue Power's battery storage - installed in shipping containers sitting on foundations

24 hour solar power plant: a financial analysis

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | March 10, 2021

Japanese solar developer, Blue Power, has built a 24 hour solar plus energy storage power plant that can run for 24 hours a day at 143-1 Hinode, Akaigawa Village, Yoichi District, Hokkaido, Japan. While smaller solar plus storage facilities have been around for a couple of decades, a utility scale project at this large size…

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A picture of an apartment building in the Netherlands is covered with solar siding

Space solar panel specs, solar siding in the Netherlands, and more! Episode #34

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | March 5, 2021

The Clean Power Hour is a weekly clean energy headline review and commentary podcast brought to you by Tim Montague and yours truly – the CommercialSolarGuy – John Fitzgerald Weaver. First of course, here’s the podcast – Episode 34! Now, to the news! Scientists working for the Pentagon have successfully tested a solar panel the size of…

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