Solar

Prior to launching a nationwide Feed-in tariff (FIT) program in 2019, Japan implemented various solar incentive schemes, including a Surplus PV generation Purchase program from residential solar photovoltaic (PV) owners. The Japanese government launched this program in fall 2009 and required the nation’s large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to purchase excess electricity from PV systems (below...
Solar

In the past few years, the large-scale deployment of solar power has faced a range of challenges.  Ambitious price targets set a high bar, with rapid technological advances needed to meet these expectations. However, the industry has excelled, with installations of solar panels set to reach a record high this year. According to recent research...
Solar

There’s nothing like seeing it for yourself. Can we get a witness? In fact, you can witness it for yourself at POWERGEN International. POWERGEN, happening November 19-21 in New Orleans, will offer more than 80 sessions of indoor content at the Morial Convention Center. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to get outside and see power generation at...
Solar

According to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of the latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through August 31, 2019), both wind and solar are accounting for more and more of the total electrical generation in the United States. Renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 18.49% of net...
Solar

State-owned buildings and facilities in Virginia will soon be powered with solar and wind energy under a new agreement between the Commonwealth and Dominion Energy. The agreement represents the largest procurement of renewable energy by a state to meet its own renewable energy needs, a significant step in accepting Governor Ralph Northam’s challenge to power state government with clean...
DER

The world’s total renewables-based power capacity will grow by 50 percent in the next five years – and solar PV will account for 60 percent of this increase. That’s the headline finding of a new report released today into renewables from the International Energy Agency. The IEA says that the 50 percent rise between now and...
Blogs

Renewable resources dropped back below 50% of new power generation in the second quarter of 2019. Although the proportion of distributed solar has grown in the last two quarters, losses in the growth of utility solar and wind allowed the majority share to be gas, once again. Despite this setback in percentage, renewables are making...
DER

Julia Hamm reflects on 20 years with SEPA and the ways in which the sector and organization have changed. When I started in 1999, SEPA wasn’t the Smart Electric Power Alliance: it was the Utility PhotoVoltaic Group (UPVG) before becoming the Solar Electric Power Association (version 1.0 of the SEPA acronym) in 2000. At the...