For years solar was too darn expensive. Companies like One Block Off the Grid emerged and introduced a new way to purchase solar power using a cooperative model to lower the price. They have a tiered pricing structure . The more people who sin up the better the price of the system. Recently, In Connecticut, SmartPower, using […]
According to the latest edition of NPD Solarbuzz North America PV Markets Quarterly, the demand of solar PV power (photovoltaics) in the U.S. will increase with about 20% compared to 2012. Much of the growth is thanks to California, Arizona, New Jersey and North Carolina – where 70% of the growth has taken place.
Welcome guest poster, Mathias Aarre Maehlum, with part 2 of his recent community solar garden post: The idea of community-owned solar farms has been around for quite some time. Homeowners who aren’t eligible for solar panels because they don’t own their own roof or live in an apartment building, still have the chance to invest […]
Welcome guest poster, Mathias: According to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), only 1/5 households in America are suitable for residential solar panel installations. 4/5 households do either not have sufficient space or have shading issues, which simply means that solar panels are not feasible. Luckily things are about to change. In just a few years, community-owned […]
NJ Oak Solar in Fairfield Township, New Jersey is the biggest non-utility owned solar farm of its kind east of the Mississippi with over 53,000 solar modules. The farm is owned by Chicago-based Lincoln Renewable Energy. Currently, the Company is developing several other projects and recently announced their joint venture with Samsung C&T Corporation. The $50 million, 12.5 MW […]
One of the problems I often heard discussed about solar and wind energy is there isn’t reliable cost effective storage options. What happens when the sun isn’t shining that day or the wind isn’t blowing? Torresol Energy’s Gemasolar in Spain is a concentrated solar power plant that was built to solve this problem. The Gemasolar […]
Can solar paint power up your house? The Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) research team unveiled “Sun-Believable,” which may change the face of solar someday. Before you start thinking about repainting your house, the paint is a work in progress. According to the team, the research showed the paint only had a […]
Attending the 2011 collegiate Solar Decathlon in Washington DC this year was a dream come true. Nineteen domestic and international college teams competed to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that were cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The solar decathlon goal was to build a home under 1000 square feet and $350,000. At $350 a square foot, the cost to go […]