Solar Working for America Today

WASHINGTON – The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) has unveiled a new campaign to educate the public on the benefits of clean solar energy and to demonstrate how the technology is working reliably across the nation and saving clients money on their utility bills. The online and broadcast segments also show that the growing solar… Read more »

Top States for Solar Power: Missouri #4

As the movement toward using more sustainable energy continues, many states look to build their renewable energy portfolios. However, too often, the focus is placed only on states that are optimal renewable-energy generation states. That would only be appropriate if the infrastructure were designed for self-sufficiency conditions. Instead, a combination of factors tied to both… Read more »

Boeing to Mass-Produce Most Efficient Terrestrial Solar Cell

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that Spectrolab, a wholly owned subsidiary, has started mass production of its newest terrestrial solar cell, the C3MJ+. With an average conversion efficiency of 39.2 percent, C3MJ+ will be the industry’s highest-efficiency cell. The concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) cells — used for renewable energy — draw on Spectrolab’s 50-year… Read more »

Explaining Metrics in a Solar Financial Analysis Table

Return On Investment (ROI) Analysis Few solar customers justify the purchase of a PV system solely on the good feeling of owning a renewable energy system. Most enjoy the thought of producing and consuming clean energy, but they require a certain financial gain to approve the initial investment. Those leasing a PV system might feel… Read more »

The Solar Universe Tower from Dayco Holding Corporation

Dayco Holding Corporation will soon develop a one-of-its-kind structure in Miami which will generate renewable energy for itself and other nearby structures. Christened the Solar Universe, the structure will have a total height of over 1000 feet and is intended for tourism, recreation, education and entertainment. The skyscraper will utilize a variety of renewable energy… Read more »

Wells Fargo to Fund $100M in U.S. Solar Projects

Re-posted from Environmental Leader Wells Fargo will invest more than $100 million by the end of 2011 to fund the development of solar photovoltaic power projects throughout the U.S. by GCL-Poly, a subsidiary GCL Solar Energy. These solar projects will target a variety of organizations from schools and municipalities to corporations and utilities. Wells Fargo is… Read more »

The Value of Working with NABCEP Certified Installers

As the Solar and Wind industries continue to grow in the Midwest, there are an increasing number of companies entering the industry. It can often be difficult to know how to determine who the most qualified installers are. Fortunately, there is a certification standard which has gained national acceptance as the “gold standard” for Solar… Read more »

Boeing and NREL collaborate on RE technology

Major airplane technology developer Boeing and the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will collaborate on developing new renewable energy technology with an eye to enhancing energy security after signing a memorandum of understanding this week. They also plan to develop microgrid technology as well as energy management and storage systems in a… Read more »

Solar Homes Sold Faster and Better

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published an extensive report studying several California subdivisions before the housing crash. Entitled “A New Market Paradigm for Zero-energy Homes: The Comparative San Diego Case Study”, the study focused on the builder experience, the market response, home values and cost of electricity in the solar study group and adjacent… Read more »

Illinois DCEO Solar & Wind Energy Rebate Program OPEN

The window of opportunity is expected to be narrow as in past years. Details are available on the IL DCEO website. A few changes to be aware of: 1.      Rebates will be limited to no more than $2.70/watt for solar photovoltaic systems and $2.40/watt for wind energy systems purchased by residential and business entities, and… Read more »