Is Energy Storage the Silver Bullet for Distributed Solar Generation?

A major selling point for residential solar generation is the advantages it brings of distributed generation. More precise load delivery, fewer losses in transmission and fewer costs in grid infrastructure and maintenance are just a few of the efficiencies provided by distributed electricity networks. However, many of these grid benefits, particularly when considering solar power generation, […]

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Efficient Inverters to Hit US Market in 2012

As we’ve discussed in the past on this blog, there are a number of ways in which the US solar market is changing- declining panel prices, volatile state SREC markets, and innovative incentive programs are just a few examples. However,a recent announcement from REFU Solar Electronics, or REFUsol, a German manufacturer that specializes in solar inverter technology, […]

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Solar Decathlon Features Affordable, Innovative Home Design

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The 2011 Solar Decathlon hosted by the Department of Energy ended last weekend in Washington, DC. The event featured 19 solar-powered homes designed and built by students and faculty from universities across the country and abroad. In addition to home energy performance, competing entries were also judged across 10 categories measuring affordability, livability, and marketability. To achieve a perfect […]

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Solar Panel Recycling: Let’s Close The Loop

At this year’s West Coast Green conference in San Francisco, Bill McDonough gave a rousing call–to-action keynote speech in which he proclaimed that we do not have an energy problem, but what we do have is a materials problem. He went on to say that the carbon in the environment is in the wrong place. Instead of leaving it […]

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Solar panel life – Is 25 Years Too Conservative?

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A recent article by Martin Holladay on Green Building Advisor highlighted an interesting question. How long will solar panels continue to produce electricity once installed? Holladay recently took a 30-year old solar panel off of his roof in Vermont to test how it performs after all those years of service. The results were surprising. After 30 years of being […]

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Solar Energy Monitoring Systems – The Next Big Thing in Solar?

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If micro-inverters are the current craze in the solar industry, then solar energy monitoring systems will be the next big thing. Micro-inverters (and other parallel technology) were given lots of attention because they can increase the efficiency of a system by up to as much as 10%-20%. Similarly, solar electricity systems that are hooked up to monitoring systems have a […]

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Recycling Solar Panels

This piece is made possible by the reporter Erica Gies, the editing of the SF Public Press and funding from Spot.Us. This piece is free to be republished but must give credit to all parties.  We have reprinted it from The Daily Green. In recent years the electronics industry has gained notoriety for creating an endless stream of disposable products that […]

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Solar Powered Electric Tesla Roadster Sportscar

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I recently attended a talk at Tesla Motors about the state of the electric car industry and the history of Tesla. Wow was I impressed.  Driving an electric car fueled entirely by solar power no longer is a dream of the future. It’s here today, it’s happening around the country, and I can’t wait to […]

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Solar Panel Innovation: Companies Searching For Sustainable Solutions

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While it is true that solar panels produce clean renewable energy, as with most technology production, the manufacturing process is energy-intensive, powered by fossil fuels like oil and natural gas, and many of the components are petroleum-based. However, if renewable energy generation systems are to be truly sustainable, companies need to seek out alternatives. BioSolar has developed a […]

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Solar Power and the Smart Grid

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Perhaps as you’ve done your research into going solar, you’ve heard mention of the so-called “Smart Grid” and the challenges and opportunities it presents. Such a broad term can be confusing, however (and perhaps even bring to mind visions of a Terminator-esque future). So we’ll give you the low down on the Smart Grid, and how an investment in a […]

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