Solar Energy Opinion & Commentary

Joe Desmond - November 21, 2014

Top Five Things People Can't Seem to Remember about the Ivanpah CSP Plant

It’s been nine months since Ivanpah celebrated its grand opening in February, 2014. Since that time, the world’s largest concentrating solar power plant has continued to receive accolades...

Listen Up: Improving Solar Panel Output with Optimizers

Solar panels keep getting more efficient. That's a great thing. But they can't communicate, can't adjust to environmental circumstances, and don't have automatic shutdown capabilities....

Rosalind Jackson - November 20, 2014

Green Benefits: Companies Now Offer Solar Energy Programs for Employees

Vote Solar may be best known for our work advocating for state-level policy, but we've also been hard at work helping tackle solar soft costs head on through our GroupEnergy program....

Laurie Guevara-Stone - November 19, 2014

A Small Town in Germany Becomes a Testing Ground for a Smart Grid

A small German town in southern Bavaria is participating in an interesting experiment proving that a high-renewables future is viable. Wildpoldsried (pop. 2,600) currently produces...

Paula Mints - November 14, 2014

Levelized Cost of Electricity Models: The Good, The Bad and the Potential for Bias

LCOE — levelized cost of electricity — is an unstandardized model used by governments, companies, consultants and others to make an economic assessment of the cost of generating electricity...

Conor Trujillo - November 13, 2014

Winter Is Coming! Five Ways the Changing Seasons Impact Renewable Energy

In many parts of the northern hemisphere, the leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and winter is just around the corner. Many people pay attention to the turning of the seasons...

Philip Hall - November 12, 2014

Calling All US Solar Warriors: We Need to Stand Up for the Industry

We’ve all heard the solar statistics. Like how our industry has grown from $800 million in 2006 to $15 billion today. Or the fact that we’re now installing 20 gigawatts globally in...

Ron Pernick - November 11, 2014

The Rise of Retail Clean Energy Investing

In recent years at Clean Edge, we’ve been tracking and reporting on three major shifts in clean-tech investing: 1) the shift to expansion-stage corporate and institutional investing...

Listen Up: Geothermal Heat Pumps and Rooftop Solar Are a Perfect Match

Solar PV customers understand that they can generate cheap electricity with rooftop solar. That electricity is good for lighting, appliances, air conditioning and other household uses....

Scott Sklar - November 06, 2014

US Midyear Elections Offer Opportunities and Challenges for Renewable Energy

Every time the U.S. holds midyear elections, the country almost always goes against the incumbent President’s party, which is always sobering to whomever holds The White House. And...

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