Posts Tagged ‘solar’

Residential Solar Threatens Utilities - Thursday, September 25, 2014

Utilities throughout the country have been fighting the growth of solar under the presumption that increased solar adoption will hurt profits and grid reliability. Some utilities have taken the initiative to embrace solar and find methods to work with it, but they are currently in the minority. While many utilities fear a decline in their …Read More

Solar Photovoltaic Up 21 Percent - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The United States installed a total of 1.133GW of solar photovoltaics in the second quarter (calendar) – down 16% on the first quarter, but up 21% year-on-year – the country’s Solar Energy Industries’ Association has found.
The result has the US on track for 6.5GW of PV installs for the year – a 36 per cent …Read More

China’s renewable energy capacity increased from 27.8 GW (gigawatts) in 2001 to 183 GW in 2013, and alternative sources are expected to account for more than 20 percent of the country’s total electricity generation by 2020, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.
The country’s emergence as a major player in the global renewable energy industry, …Read More

Driven by strong year-over-year growth in the utility and residential markets, the United States installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in the first quarter of 2014. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Association’s (SEIA) Q1 2014 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report, the U.S. installed 232 megawatts of residential PV, exceeding the …Read More

Renewable Electricity Continues to Rise - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Utility-scale renewable electricity generation grew by 23 percent between 2009 and 2012, led by wind and solar as renewables became a bigger part of the U.S. generation.
“Wind comprised the majority of the net generation increase supplied by renewables, adding 74%, or 66,717 GWh, of the increase, while solar saw tremendous percentage growth over the period,” …Read More

New Year Brings Texas Wind Power - Friday, January 3, 2014

On New Year’s Day, the network of transmission lines that comprise Texas’ “Competitive Renewable Energy Zone” (CREZ) became fully operational, bringing electricity from wind turbines in West Texas and the Panhandle to points east.
Many of the lines have been active (and have contributed to record-breaking percentages of Texas electricity coming from wind), but the January …Read More

Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach and state Rep. Greg Vitali, unveiled a new bill that hopes to increase the state’s amount of renewable energy capability. An increase to Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard (AEPS) will help power homes and businesses within the state.
Pennsylvania’s current AEPS, which was enacted in 2004, currently requires 8 percent of the …Read More

Africa has tremendous potential to utilize renewable energy sources.  More than half of the continent’s billion residents live without access to power and now that has the potential to change.
The 48 sub-Saharan countries have a combined installed power capacity of only 68 gigawatts (GW), roughly equal to the capacity of Spain, whose population is less …Read More

According to the most recent issue of the “Monthly Energy Review” by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through June 30 2013, renewable energy sources – i.e., biofuels, biomass, hydropower, geothermal, solar, and wind – provided 9.8% of U.S. energy consumption and 11.8% of domestic energy production for the first half of the …Read More

Top 5 States for Solar Energy - Friday, September 20, 2013

As solar energy becomes increasing more popular within the United States, many residents are becoming more eager to jump on the bandwagon. But how does one know if solar energy is truly right for their home or business?
The cost of manufacturing photovoltaic, or PV, panels continues to decrease. In addition, many states offer generous tax …Read More