Solar Policy

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Florida PACE Funding Agency Gets $500 Million Boost

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding (or financing) is one of the most attractive solar policies in the world (imho). Very basically, instead of receiving a loan to pay the upfront cost of a solar power system, you have the amount of the system added to your property taxes. You pay off the cost of […]

February 16th

Solar & Wind Energy Overview

Here are parts 1 and 2 of a presentation I recently gave to a class of renewable energy graduate students (reposted from CleanTechnica): Renewable Energy Big Pic: Part 1 (Including 34 Charts & Graphs) As I mentioned in my article covering the latest US Solar Market Insight report (which I just published a few hours ago), I was “out […]

January 12th

Africa’s Largest Solar Power Plant To Be In Ghana

155 MW is big. That’s a huge power plant. And that’s the size of the power plant planned for construction in Ghana. It will be the largest solar power plant in Africa when completed, which should be in October 2015. It will also be one of the largest in the world. The UK’s Blue Energy […]

December 6th

82 MW Of Solar Power Plants On 17 Sites In Japan (FTW!)

Japan is the next Germany (when it comes to solar). Its generous feed-in tariff for solar power is sparking a solar boom, and we can only hope that will inspire more countries to follow suit (just wish there was a way Americans could somehow visit, study, and follow the lead of the Japanese and Germans). […]

December 1st

China Solar Thermal Targeted For 3,000 MW By 2015

  China has been quite ambitious with its solar power goals — and it has a tendency to double those goals every 6 months or so. Of course, the country’s electricity goals, in general, are quite dramatic (and concerning, from a global warming perspective). It’s looking to put a population of over a couple billion […]

November 28th

10 New SunShot Winners Announced

A total of fifty-four startups have participated in the SunShot Incubator program since it began back in 2007, and 10 new startups have joined the seventh incubator program launched this month. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, who funds the program, “the Incubator program provides early-stage assistance to help startup companies cross technological barriers to […]

November 27th

Saudi Arabia: $109 Billion For Solar, Wants 33% Solar By 2032

Saudi Arabia is planning to invest $109 billion into solar energy, looking to develop a solar industry that can provide 1/3 of its electricity by 2032. Doing so will free up larger quantities of its reserves for international sales rather than for use domestically. With the price of oil expected to rise significantly in the […]

November 25th

US Solar Job Growth Booming, Up 13.2%

During the last few days of the election, when politicians scramble to make promises about jobs and the economy, only a fool would ignore this statistic: employment in the solar industry has grown 13.2 percent over the last year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy grew 2.3 percent during the same period. […]

November 2nd