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2013 a record year for U.S. solar industry

April 7th, 2014 at 1:04 pm » Comments Off

The solar industry in the U.S. had a record-breaking year in 2013 and it is continuing its explosive growth. Continuing its explosive growth, the U.S. solar industry had a record-shattering year in 2013. Photovoltaic (PV) installations continued to proliferate, increasing 41% over 2012 to reach 4,751MW, According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries […]



Microgrids will soon make large electrical grids obsolete

March 4th, 2014 at 12:21 pm » Comments Off

Workers install solar electric panels on a residential rooftop. The head of America’s second-largest power company, David Crane, said microgrids will soon phase out large centralized electrical grids making the industry’s current business model obsolete.  



World’s largest solar plant is now creating electricity

February 18th, 2014 at 11:52 am » Comments Off

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest solar power plant, takes 300,000 computer-controlled mirrors, each 7 feet high and 10 feet wide and controls them with computers to focus the Sun’s light to the top of 459-foot towers where water is turned into steam to power turbines. (Photos)



Why the days are numbered for traditional utility companies

February 6th, 2014 at 9:34 am » Comments Off

Utilities are under fire from technologies such as rooftop solar. Duke Energy is the biggest utility in the U.S.  The recently retired head of the utility company, Jim Rogers, has had some interesting things to say about the fate of the traditional utility, particularly with the proliferation of rooftop solar.    



Top 5 facts about the solar jobs market

January 30th, 2014 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

In the United States a solar system is installed every four minutes. The solar industry is adding a lot of new jobs in the process. There are 142,698 jobs throughout the industry, according to the Solar Foundation. That’s a 20 percent increase since 2012 — a jump driven both by growth in installations and new […]



China installed more solar power than any other country in 2013

January 28th, 2014 at 12:21 pm » Comments Off

China has “outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts” to install a record 12 GW of photovoltaic projects. There were predictions all through 2013 that suggested Japan would walk away the dominant solar PV market. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has revealed that despite those predictions China has “outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts” to install a […]



New battery material could make storing hours of power from wind and solar sources less expensive

January 13th, 2014 at 5:33 pm » Comments Off

Novel energy storage materials flow from the white containers into a fuel-cell like device in the foreground, where they generate electricity. It would be great if utilities would be able to store the power that wind farms generate at night when no one wants and then be able to use it when the demand is […]



Ascent Solar debuts solar powered battery for smartphones

January 8th, 2014 at 10:14 am » Comments Off

Ascent Solar Technologies EnerPlex solar charging products. Ascent Solar Technologies Inc is a developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules integrated into off-grid applications as well as the EnerPlex(TM) series of consumer products. The company has debuted new additions to their EnerPlex product lineup, including the Surfr battery and solar case for the […]



Hawaii’s solar boom is so successful it’s been blocked from further expansion

December 24th, 2013 at 8:57 am » Comments Off

Rooftop solar on a house in Hawaii. William Walker and his wife, Mi Chong, wanted to join what’s seen as a solar revolution in Hawaii. Shortly after buying their Oahu home earlier this year, they plunked down $35,000 for a rooftop photovoltaic system. The couple looked forward to joining neighbors who had added panels, to […]



2013 has been a record breaking year for solar power in the U.S.

December 13th, 2013 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

America is on track to install more solar capacity this year than world leader Germany. In the U.S., the outlook for solar power is bright and sunny. The solar industry in America has recorded its second largest quarter ever in the third quarter of 2013, and the largest quarter ever for residential installations. (Infographic)   […]



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