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 […]

Russia To Get 25MW Solar Power Plant

Published on December 6th, 2012 | by

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A new 25MW solar power plant is being planned in the Orenburg region of Russia by Avelar Solar Technology.

 The company, which is a subsidiary of the Swiss Avelar Energy Group, has already begun the process by making an investment agreement with the Ministry of Economic Development, Industrial Policy and Trade in the Orenburg region. […]

Here Comes The Sun (Music Monday)

Published on December 3rd, 2012 | by

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  This was one of my favorite songs in high school. And no, I didn’t have any clue at the time that I’d become a huge solar advocate and blogger. Of course, this is a favorite of many, and for good reason. Take a little break and enjoy “Here Comes The Sun” by the Beatles […]

1st EVSI Solar Tree Installations Will Be At California GM Dealership

Published on December 1st, 2012 | by

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GM hasn’t been hiding it — it has taken a liking to solar power. As yet another indication of that, it’s been announced that Envision Solar International’s “Solar Tree” will see its first installation at a GM dealership in California, the Fremont Cadillac Buick GMC dealership. Reportedly, the installation should be complete in the first quarter of […]

Former Airport To Be Covered In Solar In Japan

Published on December 1st, 2012 | by

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I just wrote about ORIX Corporation’s whopping 82 MW of solar power plants under development in Japan (thanks to Japan’s generous solar feed-in tariff). One notable project (of the 17) is this project on a former airport site. This solar project (or mega-solar project, as ORIX calls it) is to be located on the Japanese island […]