solar deployment Articles

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Mobile systems provide solar energy in northern climates

    The Department of Transportation for Alberta, Canada, is examining innovative strategies to resolve environmental issues in remote areas of the province. Portable units for harnessing solar energy have been demonstrated over the past five years as a viable method for generating the electricity needed to drive remediation systems at several sites in western Canada. The typical mobile system ...

  • Want to improve wind and solar power? Bring them together

    By combining intermittent renewable energy sources through hybrid projects, developers are taking advantage of the strengths of each. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is ...


    By Ensia

  • 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 ...

  • Alternative Energy Meets Business: How Creative Business Models are Bringing Solar to the Average Joe

    As the solar industry matures, particularly photovoltaic (PV) technology, the cost of solar panels has plummeted. PV module prices have dropped from $1.78/W in Q1 2011 to $0.94/W in Q1 2012, spurring a record amount of PV installations for Q1 2012 at 506 MW.  This ...


    By Connexion

  • Bankable Data and Interoperability Standards

    Solar generation looks to be a promising energy sector for the future. However, prior to fully embracing solar production utility companies, independent power producers and developers are confronting several critical concerns regarding the reliability and economy of this technology that will shape the stability of widespread solar deployment. Decisions influencing investors will be based on ...


    By RainWise Inc.

  • Closing The California Clean Energy Divide

    Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage Executive Summary BATTERY STORAGE IS EMERGING AS AN effective new strategy for reducing electricity costs for affordable multifamily rental housing in California. Battery storage systems not only provide economic returns today, they can also preserve the value of solar in an ...


    By Growing Energy Labs, Inc.

  • Tracking clean energy progress

    Each year, the IEA’s Tracking Clean Energy Progress (TCEP) report examines developments across a range of clean energy sectors and technologies. The TCEP uses benchmarks for 2025 as modelled in Energy Technology Perspectives 2017, as well as the milestones identified in the IEA Technology Roadmaps. Measuring against these benchmarks provides an assessment of whether technologies, energy ...


    By International Energy Agency

  • Determining performance characteristics crucial for CSP

    Why is the performance testing of newly developed plants important for the future of large scale projects in the US? As the development of large-scale CSP projects begins in the United States, the ability to accurately determine the performance characteristics in the efficiency, heat losses and overall power output of plants under operation is essential for generating widespread confidence in CSP ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • How well is clean energy weathering the recession?

    The clean energy industry may not be popping the champagne cork, but it is at least holding the bottle in hand. While not unscathed by the recession, the industry sees growth in several sectors, according to recent reports. For example, use of smart meters—a key technology for better energy management and efficiency – is increasing at a rapid clip. A study by ABI Research, “Advanced Metering ...

  • Haiti Sustainable Energy Roadmap. Harnessing Domestic Energy Resources to Build a Reliable, Affordable, and Climate - Compatible Electricity System

    Haiti’s electricity sector stands at a crossroads. Haiti depends on imported petroleum for 85% of its electricity generation, diverting 7 percent of its annual gross domestic product to importing fuel. Still, only 25% of the Haitian population has regular access to electricity, bringing barriers to advances in economic opportunity, health, education, and social equality. Yet, according to ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • CSP technology advances crucial for cutting costs in South Africa

    With some of the highest levels of Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI) in the world, CSP is positioned to play an immense role in South Africa’s energy landscape. Currently, four CSP technologies are being promoted internationally, parabolic trough, power tower, fresnel and dish stirling, but with the lack of operational data in South Africa the industry is still evaluating the suitability of ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • On clean energy, time to follow where Google, GE, Buffett lead

    Google is backing it. So is Warren Buffett, America’s most-watched investor. GE, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers, is too. Each of these corporate icons is placing big bets and hundreds of millions of dollars on a future powered by wind and solar power. Apple just joined them, announcing plans to power its ...

  • Beyond the Tesla Powerwall: How energy storage is shaping up in Ontario - How energy storage changes everything

    There are not many entrepreneurs who can command a room like Elon Musk. When he stepped onto a stage in May to unveil the Powerwall the audience oohed and ahhed and dutifully pre-ordered more than 38,000 of Tesla’s new home battery systems. And while Tesla gets the headlines other energy storage ...


    By Green Energy Futures

  • Developing Decentralised Distributed Generation in Africa

    Many countries in the developed world created power generation networks based upon large centralised power generation stations with significant investment in power transmission and distribution networks. From the African context this has not happened yet there is a huge need to increase power generation capacity. The thought of addressing this through a small number of large gas, ...


    By Clarke Energy

  • Twelve principles for introducing sustainable energy storage to the electrical grid

    Researchers have provided a set of guidelines to help policymakers, designers and operators develop sustainable solutions for energy-storage systems for electricity grids. The guidelines cover a range of energy-storage technologies and grid-integration options. As societies move towards decarbonising the world’s energy supply and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, energy storage is ...

  • The Age of Renewable Power – New IRENA Guide to the Future of Energy

    A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) aims to assist countries in their transition to renewable energy-based power systems. The Age of Renewable Power, released today on the sidelines of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum ...

  • What the heck is a smart grid anyway?

    You know the old adage, ‘Never talk about politics or religion in polite company’? I’m beginning to think we need to add a third restraint, one against debate over the meaning of smart grid.Okay, it’s not exactly a dinnertime topic. But I’ve discovered in gatherings of energy nerds (I’m one), discussion can become fairly heated over what constitutes “smart grid.”On the one side are the ...

  • Smarter grids, appliances, and consumers

    More and more utilities are beginning to realize that building large power plants just to handle peak daily and seasonal demand is a very costly way of managing an electricity system. Existing electricity grids are typically a patchwork of local grids that are simultaneously inefficient, wasteful, and dysfunctional in that they often are unable, for example, to move electricity surpluses to areas ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

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