Italy’s feed-in tariff program for solar energy will be ceasing on July 6 — a month after having reached the country’s solar energy subsidy limit of €6.7 billion. The ceasing of the program will make Italy the third member of the European Union to completely end its incentive programs for solar energy development.
Update: I just received a note from Clean Power Finance (CPF) that corrects and clarifies some important points I was not previously aware of. Here’s the full note from CPF: We are working jointly with ProjectPermit.org, as they are pulling a subset of our data to do their rankings. The same data that is found […]
We’ve already published some excellent, detailed articles on the basics of solar power and how solar cells work here on Solar Love. Those were written for us by an engineer studying solar energy in a master’s degree renewable energy program. But they were somewhat technical, and you still might be asking, “How does solar energy work?” […]
In February, EnergySage, which has adopted the title of “the Expedia of solar power,” publicly launched its online comparison solar shopping site. I wrote a quick rundown of the website at the time. Luckily, not long after that, I got the chance to walk through the site and how it works with a member of EnergySage’s […]
3 GW of new solar photovoltaic power plants are now in the works in the Yunnan province of Southern China — thanks to an agreement between solar manufacturing giant Yingli, the Qujing city government, and the Honghe state government. During the recent announcement of the project, Yingli noted that the region possesses excellent potential for […]
A new report from research group IHS has found that the EU’s anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar products, if implemented, will result in over 1.3 GW less solar power capacity being installed in the EU in 2013. Overall, combined with solar incentive cuts, IHS projects that the EU will install 6 GW or 33% less solar […]
The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) recently released its latest SEPA Utility Solar Rankings. Of course, there are different ways to rank a utility on its solar merits, so we’re including SEPA’s main two lists/rankings below. First, however, a note from our sponsors…. Our sponsors, in all honesty, are you, common citizens and clean energy advocates. […]
Solar permitting, obsessively onerous, is one of the biggest obstacles holding back even faster solar energy growth across the United States. Several studies have identified this, and have identified permitting as one reason why solar power is about twice as expensive in the US as in Germany. So, it’s great to hear that Palo Alto, […]
Germany’s economy has recovered from the economic recession of the past few years much faster than any of its peers in Europe — unemployment rates for both old and young workers are now lower than they were when the US went into recession in 2007, now resting at less than 8%. To a notable degree, […]
A new 30 MW solar photovoltaic power plant is currently being constructed in Mexico — in La Paz, Baja California Sur. Once completed, the plant will be Latin America’s largest photovoltaic solar power plant, providing enough electricity to power an estimated 160,000 households.