Brooklyn-based solar company Pvilion is leading the charge to put solar everywhere. Their projects range from building covers to small consumer items. “We’re looking at solar as a building material that can be used in a lot of different contexts,” says CEO Colin Touhey.
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LG Chem, the South Korean battery storage maker that has so far claimed the biggest share of the nascent Australian market, says that solar and battery storage is already beating grid power in most states.
HST Solar uses sophisticated artificial intelligence tools to scan millions of possibilities for any proposed solar installation in minutes instead of days or even weeks, thereby reducing development costs and reducing risk for investors.
The deal, called “Sonnen flat,” offers free power to households using the company’s integrated solar and storage system, including for any electricity drawn from the grid when the sun goes down and stored energy is used up.
Europe installed a total of 6.9 gigawatts of new solar power in 2016, a 20% decrease over the previous year’s figures, a decrease which flies in the face of a global increase in installations of more than 50%, according to new figures from SolarPower Europe.
Wanting to save the world is a laudable goal, but economics is where the case for solar power and other renewable energy is being won. BNEF says solar now cost less than any other source of electricity in 60 countries around the world.
Spurred by a negative rating from Greenpeace compared to other tech companies, Amazon has begun a campaign to add rooftop solar to all 50 of its worldwide sorting, shipping and data centers by 2020.
Georgia residents can quickly and easily in Georgia Power’s Smart Solar program. By agreeing to pay one cent per kilowatt-hour more than the standard rate, they can promote solar energy without installing a rooftop solar system on their homes.
A partnership between a Nigerian and an American company will bring solar power microgrids to 25 communities in Nigeria this year. Most have had no electricity for at least 10 years.
Lancaster, California has been a leader in renewable energy since 2011. Now the city council has voted in favor of a new policy that requires all new homes to have a rooftop solar system large enough to provide all the electricity needed to operate the home.