Solar Energy Opinion & Commentary

Kate Sinding - 3 hours ago

New Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Fracking Moratorium — And Clean Energy

Last month, NRDC engaged a nationally recognized opinion research firm to conduct polling in New York State to evaluate public attitudes about fracking and clean energy. Importantly,...

Gary Thompson - October 21, 2014

The Key to Harnessing the Power of the Sun: Minimize Risk, Maximize Return

Roofing systems are valuable assets designed to perform a critical function — protect the top of a building. A building’s roof may not have been designed to become the permanent platform...

Steven Corneli - October 21, 2014

EPA Carbon Rules: Create Gliding Paths Instead of Cliffs

The EPA’s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide from existing power plants emphasizes the ample flexibility it provides to states. However, careful analysis of the rule shows that...

Bhupesh Trivedi - October 16, 2014

Action in India: Government Announces 15-GW Solar Power Purchase Program

Solar energy action in India just got more exciting. The federal government of India announced the largest of its National Solar Mission (NSM) programmes to date — 15,000 MW over the...

Steven Letendre - October 14, 2014

Grab the Low-hanging Fruit: Use Solar Forecasting Before Storage to Stabilize the Grid

Okay, so we all know that the output of solar photovoltaic systems vary with the available resource by the season, month, day, and hour. This so-called variability of solar, like wind,...

Listen Up: Let's Talk Solar Chips and How They Can Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiency

Solar modules started out as fairly simple moisture-proof sandwiches of glass, silicon cells, glue and backsheets — with a junction box that contains a few diodes to bypass defective...

Laurie Guevara-Stone - October 10, 2014

Lessons from the Cell Phone Phenomenon: How Microgrids Can Power Developing Countries

Buying vegetables in a small town in Ecuador from a woman who had trekked from her farm miles away, barefoot, in traditional indigenous garb, made me feel I was back in time. As we...

Tom Konrad - October 07, 2014

Ten Clean Energy Stocks for 2014: September Swoon

Worries including the conflict with ISIL, Ebola, and economic slow-down in Europe, sent the stock market down in the month to October 3rd, with small cap stocks and clean energy stocks...

- October 03, 2014

A Deeper Look into Yieldco Structuring

Yieldcos seem to be the renewable energy financing mechanism in vogue lately. As the newest 2014 headliners, TerraForm Power and NextEra Energy attract media attention, and NRG Yield...

Rick Gillam - October 02, 2014

The Six Principles of Distributed Solar Policy and Rate Design

With distributed solar generation (DSG) and energy efficiency applications becoming more accessible and affordable, we are seeing an increased adoption of technologies that manage and...

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