Solar

Earlier this month, Q CELLS marked the grand opening of its Dalton, GA facility, which it says is the largest solar panel manufacturing factory in the Western Hemisphere. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Jeffrey Kessler, local officials, regional economic development groups and company leaders including Q CELLS CEO Hee Cheul (Charles) Kim...
Offshore

By Christopher Martin and David R. Baker, Bloomberg Dominion Energy Inc.’s customers have been pressing the Virginia utility giant for years to source more clean energy. On Thursday, the company heeded their call — with a $7.8 billion, ratepayer-backed plan to build the largest offshore wind farm in America. The proposal is unprecedented. Never has...
Solar

There were early days in solar when news of secured financing for a commercial project yielded an exuberant round of high-fives in the office, and maybe you’d quit early for a round of beers.  In 2008, PPA’s opened-up possibilities, and multiple variances on leases showed promise in what was still a slower-paced market with higher...
Solar

Combatting climate change will become increasingly difficult as the globe warms Last month, MIT researchers Ian Peters and Tonio Buonassisi presented a study forecasting that global warming will negatively impact the effectiveness of solar photovoltaic (PV) cells. The power output generated by PV, according to the scientists, drops by 0.45% for every degree of increased temperature....
DER

One evening last year, David Burek noticed charred wood and a burning smell in his attic, near his young sons’ bedroom. He climbed a ladder and saw a melted connector wire from the solar panels installed on the roof of his North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, home. Firefighters rushed over and discovered that flames had burned through the shingles, the roof and a support beam. Luckily, a recent rain had doused it.
DER

A pale orange-and-gold sunset bathes the macadamia plantations and avocado orchards that sweep down to Australia’s Byron Bay. The coming dusk is a cue for two sleek Tesla battery packs in the garage at Amileka, a secluded holiday villa nearby. They stir silently into action—powering the appliances in the five-bedroom home’s twin kitchens, recharging a $100,000-plus Model X SUV, driving a filter pump for an 18-meter swimming pool sparkling in the shade of a century-old native black bean tree.