commercial solar system Articles

  • Near Term Lower Cost Solar Electric Power for US Commercial Customers

    Market Opportunities The first market for PV electric power panels was for space satellites. While the single crystal cells used in these panels made these panels very expensive, this was unimportant for that market. That market emphasized reliability, not cost. As these panels came down to earth for off-grid remote applications, again the emphasis was on reliability and low maintenance, not ...


    By JX Crystals

  • 7 Theses on Storage Systems in Commercial Applications

    Solar storage systems are now the focus of attention more than ever before. The application areas are as different as the requirements. While private PV system operators work toward optimizing self-consumption, storage systems in industry are mainly used to provide control reserve and thus ensure grid stability. In commercial storage ...


    By SMA Solar

  • For cheaper solar photovoltaic systems

    It is known for several decades, photovoltaic devices that exploit the sun's energy to convert into electricity used to provide a sustainable alternative - and potentially unlimited - the use of fossil fuels. So why these solar technologies have they not been adopted more widely? Simply “because they are too expensive," said Ji-Seon Kim, professor of Solid Physics at Imperial College of ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar Photovoltaic Linear Concentrator Systems

    The aim of this research and development project is to develop improved solar photovoltaic linear concentrators that are commercially competitive in a wide variety of markets including reducing the cost and increasing efficiency associated with this technology. The project will be led by Australian cooperation with India. The key objective of this project is to resolve the remaining barriers to ...

  • A brighter future for solar in Texas

    I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that. - Thomas Edison, in conversation with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, 1931 According to the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO), Texas has the greatest solar energy potential of any state in the country. “If photovoltaic (PV) systems operating ...

  • UAE’s MISP center accelerates pre-commercial tech development

    Almost three years after launching the Middle East’s first CSP plant, Masdar joined with Masdar Institute to launch late last year the region’s first CSP research and demonstration centre. Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP) builds around a set of unique facilities including a 100kW beam-down concentrating tower and its solar field, a hot-oil loop and thermal energy system (TES), ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • The Effectiveness of Combined heat and Power Solar Water Heating Systems

    Abstract: Solar water heating in residential and commercial buildings is often provided by integrating a large number of domestic thermosyphon solar water heaters. The economic effectiveness of solar Domestic hot water heating systems depends mainly on its types and configurations. Thereupon in this paper, simulation models have been presented for the modeling of thermal and electrical ...


  • In the World: Small Mexican village produces clean water with solar-powered system

    MIT-developed system runs autonomously, producing 1,000 liters per day. In a small village deep in the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula — a day’s drive from any source of clean, drinkable water — researchers from MIT are testing a system that purifies water with the help of the sun. The relatively inexpensive system consists of several modest photovoltaic panels, a large ...

  • Solar thermal power coming to a boil

    After emerging in 2006 from 15 years of hibernation, the solar thermal power industry experienced a surge in 2007, with 100 megawatts of new capacity coming online worldwide. During the 1990s, cheap fossil fuels, combined with a loss of state and federal incentives, put a damper on solar thermal power development. However, recent increases in energy prices, escalating concerns about global ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Implications And Challenges Of US Solar Power

    The US government and the private sector businesses are converting to solar and other forms of renewable energy to meet their sky-high and ever-increasing energy demand. Rapid reduction of construction cost, maintenance cost, remote off-grid solutions, tax payback, no harmful impacts on nature—are some reasons why this conversion is fast paced. Questions now ignite as to how profitable it ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar Energy – Proving Advantageous for Your Business

    Energy costs constitute a sizeable part of operational costs for any commercial establishment, whether it is a public or a private enterprise. If a firm invests in solar energy, it not only contributes towards decreasing carbon footprint, but also helps create a better world for forthcoming generations. Though, in the initial years, an investment in setting up a solar power plant would seem an ...


    By Vista Solar

  • Solar Energy Costs and the Struggle for Grid Parity

    The price of manufacturing solar panels has dropped significantly in the past decade, and installation has risen as dramatically as prices have fallen. Yet the cost of solar energy varies from state to state and country to country, why? Even though solar panels are cheap to manufacture, the cost of financing, installing and maintaining a system add to the overall price of the product. ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar-powered `water ATMs` deliver at the last mile

    Starting by redefining success, machines that vend clean water at low cost can solve India's drinking water problem, says entrepreneur Anand Shah. Despite decades of success at providing clean, safe water in developed countries, we have failed to ensure that people globally can ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • NREL Report Shows U.S. Solar Photovoltaic Costs Continuing to Fall in 2016

    NREL U.S. PV system cost benchmarks, from the fourth quarter of 2009 to the first quarter of 2016 The modeled costs to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems continued to decline in the first quarter of 2016 in the U.S. residential, commercial, and utility-scale sectors, according to updated benchmarks from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Driving the cost ...

  • Performances of natural dye–sensitised solar cells - a brief review

    Dye–sensitised solar cells (DSCs), also called as photoelectrochemical cells, have the potential of commercial viability and are the most promising photovoltaic devices among the new generation of renewable energy systems. The dye used is responsible for the light harvesting efficiency and electron injection efficiency of the DSC. Vast amount of work has been done on the performance of DSCs with ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Energy Storage 301: Solar + Storage Economics - Case Study

    In this post we examine the economics of solar + storage. Specifically, we calculate the value of solar and storage for two commercial buildings in each of three markets: California, New York, and Hawaii. We find solar and storage are strongly synergistic in all three markets. The NPVs of solar + storage investments are greater than the sum of the NPVs of solar investments and storage investments ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Community Solar Garden Powers Ontario Homes & Businesses - Case Study

    Overview: A new analysis from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory finds that shared photovoltaic (PV) solar systems — also called community solar gar- dens — could account for one-third to one-half of all solar PV power in the United States by 2020. These shared community solar systems greatly benefit the many business- es and homes (especially rental properties) ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Offshore Wind Versus Solar in the Eastern US: An Unexpected Rivalry

    Less than a decade ago, offshore wind energy and solar PV were similarly priced energy sources. Unsubsidized installed costs for both exceeded $5 per watt, or more than double that for land-based wind. Despite their cost, both technologies were seen as the best hopes for supplying urban centers with green power, especially in the BOSNYWASH (Boston-New York-Washington, DC) corridor of the eastern ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • Solar fuels: how planes and cars could be powered by the sun

    Solar energy is the world’s most plentiful and ubiquitous energy source, and researchers around the world are pursuing ways to convert sunlight into a useful form. Most people are aware of solar photovoltaics that generate electricity and solar panels that produce hot water. But there is another thrust of solar research: turning sunlight into liquid fuels. Research in solar-derived liquid ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • CSP Today speaks with SASIA about the future of Solar Energy in the Middle East

    With the lead-up to MENASOL 2013, Browning Rockwell Founder and Director of SASIA (Saudi Arabia Solar Industries Association) shares his views on both CSP and PV in the MENA region. Now that the industry has had time to consider the 54GW renewable energy strategy in place for Saudi Arabia for 2032, what are your conclusions? I still believe its early days as it’s been ...


    By FCBI Energy

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