TVA Reconsiders Solar's Role And Value In New Resource Plan And Grid Study

Critics point to wide variations in caps and premiums paid for solar under the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) current plan. The utility agency says it will incorporate more solar stakeholders in future programs.

After Massachusetts' 'Godfather Of Solar' Exits, Will The New Gov. Step Up?

Bay State solar developers and suppliers look back on the legacy of Gov. Deval Patrick while awaiting Massachusetts’ incoming chief executive.

Do PV Customers Benefit From Incentive Programs In California?

Government incentives, such as the California Solar Initiative, have been instrumental in the growth of the photovoltaic industry over the past decade. Researchers have studied the degree to which these incentives have been passed on to PV customers.

Volatility Creeping Into Mass. Solar Sector Shakes Up Larger Developers

Players in the so-called "managed growth" sector of the commonwealth - 6 MW and larger - are concerned that the field keeps shifting under their feet.

New UL Energy Storage Standard Aims For Better, Safer Renewable Power

As the Talking Heads said, "Things fall apart. It's scientific." UL is turning its scientific study of how and why things fail to produce a testing and certification regime for building better renewable energy grids.


The Trend Continues: U.S. Solar Prices See Double-Digit Drops

U.S. distributed solar photovoltaic system prices dropped by 12-19% nationwide in 2013, according to a joint report from two of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) national labs. In addition, the report says [Read More]


Hanwha SolarOne has officially introduced its new S Series PV modules at the Solar Power International show, which is being held in Las Vegas this week. The new modules are available immediately to [Read More]

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October 2014 - Volume 7, Number 10

Marketplace: High-Efficiency Modules

Future Solar Cost Reductions Hinge On Raising Solar Cell Efficiencies

With panel prices about as low as they can go, the industry turns to new R&D and production techniques.


Industry At Large: Installation Safety

Solar Safety By The Book: Spelling Out Expectations

Given the dangers of working with electrical equipment, everyone on a solar job site must work from one set of safety protocols.

Industry At Large: Reit Rules

Can REITs Do A Good Turn For Renewables Investments?

New rules supposedly make REITs more attractive, but they mostly signal capital interest.

Marketplace: Solar Thermal Systems

For Solar Thermal Installs, Project Management Trumps Technology

L.A.’s ReGreen handles multiple large projects by letting the clients set the agendas.

Industry At Large: California RPS

California’s Flirtation With 50% RPS Could Jilt Solar Generators

Renewables penetration could result in curtailment in the interest of grid management.

Industry At Large: Grid Interconnection

Hawaiian Electric’s Solar Plans Put New Focus On DG Interconnection

The island utility struggles to reconcile PV demand with sharp grid quality constraints.

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There is a real sense that solar policymaking in the U.S. is at a crossroads. While a large number of states have adopted renewable portfolio standards, net-energy [Read More]

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It can be argued that understanding trends in the efficiency of photovoltaic cells is instrumental to understanding the future economics of solar energy. While unequivocally true, this [Read More]


Some large companies that are heavy users of electricity may be interested in using renewable energy but are unable or unwilling to install their own distributed generation [Read More]


The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate has dropped a landmark report on its investigation into the effects of climate change and calls for nothing less [Read More]





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