Solar

GREEN ENERGY IS GRASSROOTS ENERGY IN GERMANY

By | Monday, November 18, 2013||

Originally published on RenewEconomy. (Note: This is part of a series of interviews and stories that will run over the next few weeks looking at Germany’s Energiewende, and the transition of Germany’s energy grid to one dominated by renewable energy. You can find them all in RenewEconomy's Insight section). One of the most misunderstood aspects of Germany’s energy [...]

ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION IMPOSES “COMPROMISE” SOLAR FEE

By | Thursday, November 14, 2013|, |

They started gathering outside of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) building, in Phoenix, at 6 am, on Wednesday morning. There were reputedly close to 1,000 and by noon 107 had testified to the Commission. Some wore the green shirts that marked them out as employees of SolarCity, America’s leading rooftop solar company. Others were connected to [...]

EXTRA FUNDING APPROVED FOR RESIDENTIAL SOLAR IN SAN DIEGO

By | Saturday, November 9, 2013||

Under the San Diego California Solar Initiative (CSI), two-thirds of the program’s budget was initially allocated to non-residential solar projects with a corresponding target of 180 MW, amounting to $202 million. Now, $5 million of that is being shifted to solar for homeowners by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). This shift to residential/distributed solar makes [...]

ARE ARIZONA RATEPAYERS PAYING +9 MILLION FOR ATTACK ADS?

By | Wednesday, November 6, 2013|, |

Shouldn’t they be asked first?  What does EEI have to do with this?  In the wake of a widening misinformation scandal in Arizona, the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) is calling on utility trade organization Edison Electric Institute (EEI), “... to disavow APS' underhanded behavior and state whether or not they have also used dark [...]

CALIFORNIA NATIVE AMERICANS GAMBLE ON SOLAR WITH WIRSOL SOLAR

By | Tuesday, November 5, 2013||

The California National Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) partnered with Wirsol Solar, which joined the group as an associate member recently. The company is working with Native American gaming facilities in California to see how solar power can help reduce the cost of energy for these gaming facilities and rural reservations that aren’t served by the conventional electric [...]

TODAY, LOCAL POWER IS ON THE LINE IN COLORADO

By | Tuesday, November 5, 2013||

(Editor's Note: Instead of opposing rooftop solar, corporate utilities need to focus on the new opportunities that rooftop solar offers. This may call for critical self examination and restructuring, but could be of great benefit in the years to come. Corporate utilities need to focus on what their role will be a decade from now [...]

GOOGLE INVESTS $103 MILLION IN SOLAR PLANT

By | Monday, November 4, 2013||

  Google has announced that it will be investing $103 million into the Mount Signal Solar project, located in California. The project is being developed by Silver Ridge Power and boasts of a capacity of 265 megawatts. The investment represents Google’s continued support of solar energy and the company’s endeavor to promote projects that aim to make this [...]

VANDERBILT PROPOSES BUILDING ENERGY STORAGE INTO SOLAR CELLS

By | Wednesday, October 30, 2013|, |

Imagine a photovoltaic cell or module that actually stores as well as produces energy, acting as a battery and producing power even after dark. New research into silicon-based supercapacitors at Vanderbilt University shows that it’s possible. Supercapacitors have long been looked at as a potential alternative to batteries for energy storage, but they remain bulky and expensive [...]

GEORGIA POWER’S PROPOSED SOLAR TARIFF DRAWS IRE OF SOLAR ADVOCATES

By | Saturday, October 26, 2013||

Normally when talking about a solar tariff, the discussion refers to a feed-in tariff, which benefits consumers who go solar by reimbursing them a higher rate for the electricity they sell to the utility than they otherwise get. That’s not the case with the new tariff proposal from Georgia’s utility, Georgia Power. The utility introduced [...]

SECOND SOLAR GROUP SEEKS PROBES AFTER ARIZONA REPUBLIC REVEALS LIES

By | Friday, October 25, 2013||

Lies May Have Violated State Statute (PHOENIX) On Sunday, an Arizona Republic investigation revealed the utility monopoly APS repeatedly lied about funneling money to political organizations to attack solar customers.  On Tuesday, AriSEIA, a leading Arizona solar organization, called for the Arizona Corporation Commission to investigate whether ratepayer funds were funneled in this political scheme. Today, [...]