domestic solar power Articles

  • Delivering on the Clean Energy Economy: The role of policy in developing successful domestic solar and wind industries

    The renewable energy industry is expanding to meet the needs of a large and growing global market for clean and secure energy. This growth is likely to continue, with electricity production from non-hydro renewable energy sources expected to grow more than eight-fold from 2009 to 2035, if countries implement their existing commitments, and draw nearly US$3 trillion in investment. In this ...

  • 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 ...


  • Revolutionary Education: PV Powered

    Travel around rural Latin America and you’re sure to see schools without basic educational tools, let alone electricity. Not in Cuba. More than 34,000 children in rural areas of this small Caribbean island are reading, writing, and watching educational videos using the power of the sun. Cuba’s commitment to education is astounding. Although many countries have obligatory schooling, Cubans take ...


    By Solar Energy International

  • Two scenarios for a solar world economy

    Solar energy using Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology will become the most abundant source of renewable energy. The technology and the economics of CSP are explained. An overview is given for the deployed CSP capacity, the CSP capacity which is currently being built, and the planned capacity. We make the following assumptions: (1) The learning curve for CSP technology will finally lead to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Are solar farms threatening feed-in-tariffs?

    A Government review is expected to clarify how feed-in-tariff will proceed without undermining confidence in the PV industry. A government announcement is expected this week on the fate of the feed-in-tariff (FIT) scheme, with a review of the policy, originally planned for 2012. This has been brought forward in response to an increasing number of solar farms being granted planning permission. ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Hybrid Solar/Wind plant in Madagascar

    Distinguished among the winners of the Sunidarity initiative, the World Energy Foundation announced Thursday that it had installed in the extreme south of Madagascar a concentration photovoltaic equipment (CPV) provided by Soitec, one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of global CPV systems. Called Plug & Sun, this equipment allows an autonomous solar-electric generation in areas ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Solar Cell Production Jumps 50 Percent in 2007

    Production of photovoltaics (PV) jumped to 3,800 megawatts worldwide in 2007, up an estimated 50 percent over 2006. At the end of the year, according to preliminary data, cumulative global production stood at 12,400 megawatts, enough to power 2.4 million U.S. homes. Growing by an impressive average of 48 percent each year since 2002, PV production has been doubling every two years, making it the ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Renewable Heat Incentive to Boost Solar Installations in the UK

    The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which was initially launched in November 2011 for industrial, business and public-sector organizations, is now open to homeowners, private landlords, social landlords, and self-builders. The scheme pays participants to use renewable energy to heat their homes and is expected to boost revenue in the household solar panel installation market while at the same ...


  • Chinese Solar Energy Market Analysis to 2014

    This  latest market research report titled Solar Energy in China 2014 states that the market is expected to witness rapid growth owing to favorable policy environment in the country. With the country facing a continuous shortfall in the supply of conventional sources required to meet the increasing demand for energy in recent years, the focus is gradually shifting from conventional to ...


  • 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

  • Water vapour permeation measurement for PV Solar Cell packaging

    With fears of carbon dioxide causing global warming and diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, a looming energy crisis is affecting all countries.  As a consequence, a great deal of world-wide effort is going into the development of alternative energy technologies.  At present, wind, hydro and geothermal are becoming well established with more niche roles for tidal and solar. The latter ...


    By Systech Instruments Ltd

  • Why is China investing so much in U.S. Solar and Wind?

    The world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters—the United States and China—have been forging a growing bond in combating climate change. Just last week, President Obama and President Xi made a landmark agreement to work towards reducing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a ...

  • 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

  • Closing the door on building new coal-fired power plants in America

    Community opposition, legal challenges, and financial uncertainty over future carbon costs are prompting companies to rethink their plans for coal. Since the beginning of 2007, 95 proposed coal-fired power plants have been cancelled or postponed in the United States--59 in 2007, 24 in 2008, and at least 12 in the first three months of 2009. This covers nearly half of the 200 or so U.S. coal-fired ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • What’s geothermal again?

    Some green energy sources seem to have charisma; others struggle for public attention with little success. Solar energy is an “it” technology, as evidenced once again by the tremendous participation in the annual Solar Power International conference in Anaheim, California this week (Oct. 27-29). Twice as many companies (945) are displaying their wares in the Expo Hall this year, despite the still ...

  • Renewables account for 11%+ of U.S. electricity production

    Renewable energy, including wind, solar, biomass, biofuel, geothermal, and hydroelectric sources, accounted for 11.14% of U.S. electricity production during the first six months of 2010, according to the most recent issue of Monthly Energy Review by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The 11.14% figure marks continued growth for U.S. renewable energy, which accounted for 10.71% of ...

  • Supply chain roadblocks problematic for Indian CSP

    CSP Today explore the difficulties that the Indian CSP industry have faced in treading the fine line between reliance on foreign expertise and building a local manufacturing base, as solar power ramps up in the country. Developing an indigenous supply chain for solar thermal power projects in India was a fundamental goal of the National Solar Mission (NSM), launched by the Indian Government in ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Asia–Pacific Analysis: The slow road to green energy

    More Asia–Pacific countries need to embrace renewable energy and follow the first tentative steps of some governments, says Crispin Maslog. The South-East Asia and Pacific region is blessed with abundant sources of 'green' energy ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Saudi Arabia examines photovoltaic and oil integration models

    With a huge opportunity now open for PV in Saudi Arabia, efforts are underway to analyse the potential for integration between the technology and oil. It was noted in PV Insider’s recent PV Guide to the MENA Region that the Government of Saudi Arabia has set an ambitious target of 41GW (16GW of which allocated to PV) by 2032.  This translates to 10% of domestic use ...

  • PV developer and Investor joint-ventures: A strategy for commercial success in Chile

    Recently Mainstream Renewable Power announced a joint venture with Actis Investment meaning its financing needs for a large pipeline of projects will now be assured. With little experience in Chile for renewables, this rare form of partnership could be the most viable but difficult means of getting projects into production. Earlier in the month Mainstream Renewable Power announced a joint ...


    By FCBI Energy

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