Global Solar PV Power Capacity Rose To 101 GW In 2012

Published on February 15th, 2013 | by

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Solar photovoltaic (PV) power had another great year in 2012, increasing by about 30 GW (about the same as in 2011).  As noted above, the cumulative global solar PV power capacity is now just above 100 GW — 101 GW at the end of 2012, according to preliminary figures from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association […]

Understanding The Technology Behind Solar PV Systems

Published on February 12th, 2013 | by

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A simple solar photovoltaic (PV) system consists of the following basic components: A solar cell: A solar cell is a solid-state electrical device (p-n junction) that converts the energy of light directly into electricity (DC) using the photovoltaic effect. A solar cell is categorized as a multi-junction cell, single-junction cell, crystalline cell, thin-film technology, or some of type […]

Solar & Wind Energy Overview

Published on January 12th, 2013 | by

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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 […]

US Solar Power Growth Strong

Published on December 12th, 2012 | by

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  I just published this article yesterday on CleanTechnica. All in all, it looks like Chinese solar PV duties haven’t had too much effect on the growth of solar power in the US. The 3rd quarter was a record-breaking 3rd quarter for the US, and the 4th quarter looks like it will also be a […]

Renewable Energy Could Power Large Electric Grid 99.9% Of The Time At Costs Comparable To Today’s Electricity Expenses By 2030, New Research Finds

Published on December 11th, 2012 | by

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99.9% of a large electric grid could be powered by renewable energy sources by 2030, while keeping the costs as low as electricity costs of today, new research from the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College has found. By utilizing an efficiently designed mix of solar power, wind power, battery storage, and fuel cells, […]

France Installed Solar Capacity Hits 4,000 MW, Wind Energy Now Cheaper Than Nuclear There!

Published on December 7th, 2012 | by

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  According to French General Commission on Sustainable Development (CGDD) data, France’s solar PV capacity was up to 3,923MW at the end of September (2012). There was a 241 MW increase in solar power capacity in Q3 of 2012, 34% higher than Q3 2011. Over 1,ooo MW of solar were added in the first 9 months of this […]