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Solar & The Grid

By Casey Moothart Many people (including myself) have probably wondered something like the following: with solar panels becoming so cheap, why can’t we all put panels on our roofs and go 100% renewable? The obvious answer is that nobody would have any electricity at nighttime. But the issues involving the integration of photovoltaic solar into […]

April 12th

NREL Analysis: Extending Tax Credits Impacts Renewable Energy Deployment

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has issued a new analysis exploring the potential impact of recently extended federal tax credits concerning the deployment of renewable generation technologies and related CO2 emissions from the US electric sector. The report, Impacts of Federal Tax Credit Extensions on Renewable Deployment and Power Sector Emissions, details the use of state-of-the-art […]

March 2nd

NREL Signs Memorandum Of Understanding With China On Grid Research

The US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has signed a first-ever memorandum of understanding with China’s State Grid Energy Research Institute. The two organisations last week signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU), which lays out a general framework for cooperation, including research project coordination, energy systems integration, power market design, site visits, and personnel exchanges. The […]

September 22nd

Japanese Paper Art Inspired Design Can Increase Solar PV Output By 36%

It is common knowledge that if your solar panels can track the sun, their energy output can increase by as much as 30–40%. In spite of this, only a small number of solar PV installations use trackers. Mostly, the problem is that sun trackers are bulky and can also be costly when it comes to residential […]

September 12th

Obama’s New Solar Program For Low- & Moderate-Income People (In Depth)

Solar power costs have come down so much in recent years that going solar is a no-brainer money-maker for millions of people. That increasingly includes low- and moderate-income people as well as rich people. Affordable solar power seems as abundant and as popular as ice cream these days. However, there’s no denying it: rich people have […]

July 10th

Solar Panels Quality Assurance Rating System in Progress

With utility-scale solar projects multiplying across the US, the quality assurance of solar panels has become a major subject of owners’ and investors’ focus. The success of multi-million dollar systems hangs in the balance and stakeholders have vested interests in the reliability of the products being installed. Co-leading an international program, the Department of Energy’s […]

April 29th

2013 Renewable Energy Data Book Exploring US + Global Statistics Released By NREL

A new report was just released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), on behalf of the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, exploring and illustrating US + global energy statistics over the 2013 calendar year period. The report — the 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book — provides data on renewable electricity generation + development, […]

January 29th

Solar Is Most Worth It In These States

State by state, the worth of going solar is influenced by much more than how much the state naturally enjoys sunshine throughout the year. Going solar, according to new research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, might be a more beneficial economic energy choice in states one does not expect to see at the top of the list. Hawaii and California […]

December 22nd