Technical reviews of solar+storage news

Navy signs largest-ever U.S. solar deal

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 22, 2015

The Navy announced Thursday that it will buy power from a sprawling solar farm in the Arizona desert to help power 14 military installations in California, in the largest renewable energy purchase by the U.S. government to date. San Diego-based Sempra Energy expects to have the Mesquite 3 solar facility online in 2016. The 150…

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Solar Advocates Look For Answers On Net Metering

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 21, 2015

Phil Cavallo surveys a large plot of land off MacArthur Drive in Bourne, not far from the Bourne Bridge. Bulldozers hum in the background, clearing the 7-acre tract, which, by mid-October, will be covered with 4,300 solar panels. This is the future home of the Bourne Community Solar Farm, and Cavallo’s company, Beaumont Solar, is…

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Where Does Trump Stand on Solar?

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 20, 2015

What would a Trump presidency mean to the US solar industry? Since Solar Tribune published the “Solar Scorecard” of 2016 presidential contenders in January, The Republican field has grown even larger, while the field has narrowed on the Democrat’s side of the race. In fact, the Republican side is becoming so crowded that it takes…

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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Own ‘Em—Utilities Muscle in to Rooftop Solar Market

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 19, 2015

In the past five years, rooftop solar has revealed the limitations of the archaic electric utility business model, as customers have found generating their own power more cost effective than taking 100% of their energy from the incumbent monopoly. For years, utilities have fought back by trying to make competition less cost effective, at a…

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Wind and solar surge sends EU emissions tumbling

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 19, 2015

Many countries that promised to cut GHG emissions under the 1997 Kyoto Protocol are now exceeding their targets, bringing new hope for success at the Paris climate talks. Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions are falling fast, mainly because of the rapid spread of the wind turbines and solar panels that are replacing fossil fuels for electricity…

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Global Power Grid – it’s always sunny on half of the Earth

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 18, 2015

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…

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World must add 53GW solar PV a year to address climate change

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 18, 2015

A new report has suggested the world will need to install solar PV at an average rate of 53GW a year from 2013-2020 as it transforms its energy mix to prevent dangerous climate change. As reported here, global investment bank Citigroup has become the latest authoritative source to warn of the high cost – economic…

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China has started building its largest solar installation yet

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 18, 2015

Construction Begins On 200 MW Solar Project In Gobi Desert — China’s Largest Solar Energy Facility To Date Construction has now begun on the 200 megawatt (MW) solar energy project being developed in China’s Gobi Desert, according to recent reports. The facility is currently slated to be the largest solar energy project in the country…

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First Solar Has Sold Out Of PV Module Capacity Through Most Of 2016

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 17, 2015

First Solar has already sold out of solar photovoltaic (PV) module capacity for 2015, and for most of 2016, according to the most recent figures. Overall, the company beat analyst predictions pretty handily — coming in with net sales of $896 million for the second quarter, accompanied by a 1:1 book-to-bill ratio. This amounts to a…

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Hip Hop duo Atmosphere’s “Sunshine” music video

By John Fitzgerald Weaver | August 16, 2015

The latest music video from the hip-hop duo Atmosphere, of Minneapolis, MN, was made completely with solar energy, thanks to the unique new SunPort gadget and its simple process of buying solar power on demand. The group’s music video for its popular song from 20017, Sunshine, was created entirely with 100% solar energy, with the film and…

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