$1 Million In Annual Electricity Savings For KB Home & SunPower Solar Customers

Published on March 6th, 2013 | by

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KB Home and SunPower just celebrated their 1,000th solar home customer. In combination with that, they are also celebrating an estimated $1 million or so a year in annual electricity savings amongst their 1,000 customers. Incidentally, KB Home and SunPower came together for this milestone announcement at an event in Lancaster, California — a city […]

Alta Devices Lands 30.8% Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Published on March 6th, 2013 | by

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No, this is not a record for all types of solar cells. As you can see in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) chart below, multi-junction solar cells take top spot in when it comes to solar cell efficiency records. However, when it comes to two-junction (aka dual junction) solar cells, Alta Devices is now […]

Germany’s January Solar Installations Totalled 275 MW

Published on March 5th, 2013 | by

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The German Federal Network Agency (aka Bundesnetzagentur) has released official solar power installation data for January 2013. The total for the month came to 274.673 MWp. That’s about half of what was installed in January 2013 (but still a good amount compared to what most countries are installing). As reported previously here on Solar Love, the cost of […]

Shell Bullish On Solar Despite Dropping Solar (But Much More In Its New Scenarios Than That)

Published on March 3rd, 2013 | by

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The solar manufacturing industry is now a highly competitive industry. Solar module companies that can’t compete are dropping like  icicles on a warm spring day. Shell dropped out of the solar module race in 2006, giving its solar business to SolarWorld. Nonetheless, Shell is still quite bullish on solar energy in the long term. In […]

Graphene: A Jaw-Dropping Material That Can Improve Solar Cells

Published on March 2nd, 2013 | by

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When I heard about this, I was delighted because of my fascination with graphene, which is a terribly impressive material in many ways. When I say that a material is “jaw-dropping,” I will not let you down, it will surprise you: it has demonstrated 10 times the strength of steel; it has tremendous malleability and […]

$5.6 Million In Electricity Savings At California Schools In 2012 Thanks To Solar Power

Published on March 1st, 2013 | by

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World-leading solar panel manufacturer SunPower has installed solar power systems at 92 California public schools (K-12). In 2012, the total savings from these solar power systems came to $5.6 million, SunPower announced this week at the California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing  (C.A.S.H.) annual conference in Sacramento. “Over the next 25 years, SunPower solar power systems are […]

Solar-Powered Mobile Phone Charging Stations & Solar Candles Offer Big Savings

Published on March 1st, 2013 | by

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Solar power is now cheaper than power from fossil fuels in most of the developed world. It is especially competitive in off-grid markets. There are still huge barriers to deployment — financing, common expectations to “soon be connected to the grid,” and bureaucracy — but several firms are finding a way to connect people with cheap and […]

Solar Power Feed-In Tariff For Poland In March?

Published on February 26th, 2013 | by

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Poland is about ready to put into place a solar feed-in tariff policy similar to that used to propel solar power growth in Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Japan, and other leading solar power countries. I recently gave a guest lecture to a group of renewable energy graduate students here in Poland and happened […]

Improving Solar Power Forecasts

Published on February 25th, 2013 | by

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“Applying its atmospheric expertise to solar energy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is spearheading a three-year, nationwide project to create unprecedented, 36-hour forecasts of incoming energy from the Sun for solar energy power plants,” NCAR writes. “The research team is designing a prototype system to forecast sunlight and resulting power every 15 minutes […]