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Today’s topics include why Indian villagers would take hammers to a large-scale solar array; what happens when developers cut corners in order to install solar at the lowest price possible and what are the unintended consequences of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 which is currently being considered as a reason to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the United States.
Until recently, solar energy was an expensive energy source. The big upfront cost of installing solar panels meant that many homeowners felt forced to take shortcuts. The good news is that solar panel cost has seen a big drop and panel efficiency has increased over time.
Amidst harsh price wars in the solar module maker space, Germany-based SolarWorld AG said in a statement that the company is bankrupt. The company statement said that “ongoing price erosion” and mounting debts have resulted in a negative prognosis for the company and that the board members will immediately file for insolvency. It is unclear what will happen to the company’s affiliates, including the US-based operation based in Oregon.
The solar industry has historically applied its technical resources, research dollars and time to increasing the efficiency, driving down the cost and improving the reliability of modules and inverters. The infrastructure that supports these solar modules, however, has largely been ignored probably because it does not generate any revenue for investors, businesses or homeowners.
Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman kicked off the "Energizing America for Energy Security" Tour with a visit to Habitat for Humanity's first "true net-zero energy home" to highlight the need to improve energy efficiency, a key component of President Bush's National Energy Policy (NEP). The NEP calls for using energy wisely by increasing energy conservation and efficiency.
Has the pressure to compete in a world market beset by an equipment glut and plummeting prices over the past two years led to an increase in poor quality solar panels?
According to speakers at a Renewable Energy World Conference session on Successful Solar Development, developers and financiers of solar projects would benefit from greater transparency into manufacturing lines. In addition, as utilities add increasing amounts of solar power into their power mixes, independent system operators will need more sophisticated tools to accurately forecast how much solar power their systems will be able to use at any given moment.
Green and reusable energy are a major focus in today’s society, but have you ever considered whether or not the buildings you occupy are good for the environment? That’s the question being raised by companies, governments, and organizations that have a need for sustainable and portable buildings. Why portable buildings? Fabric structures, especially high-end ones, are becoming more and more […]
Australia boasts solar installations on at least 1.2 million homes and has on of the highest amount of installed residential solar per-capita in the world. According to recent figures, a new household PV system was installed every 2.8 minutes in 2014.
In its 75-year history, modern ground source geothermal energy (GSGE) has flown so far under the radar, it might as well lie in your granddad's root cellar. But unlike root cellars, built as crude geothermal systems to preserve perishables in a static environment, a ground source geothermal heat pump (GSGHP) can deliver a dynamic and effective heating or cooling system.