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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Solar

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The Careful Journey of Bryce Canyon National Park to Zero Net Energy

Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Adam Plesniak.
http://solartoday.org/2016/05/the-careful-journey-of-bryce-canyon-national-park-to-zero-net-energy/

"With the National Parks Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016, humility and recognition of stewardship were of primary importance when leaders at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah decided they wanted to take their Visitors Center and main operational offices to zero net energy (ZNE) before the 2016 Centennial celebrations. With over 1.5 million visitors to the park every year, they wanted a solar power solution designed to educate, inspire and above all, be the gold standard for ecologically responsible solar."

United States Reaches 1 Million Solar Installations

PV Magazine, May 3, 2016, by Christian Roselund.
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/united-states-reaches-1-million-solar-installations_100024426/#axzz47d79EAU7

"Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has launched a new awareness campaign on the occasion of the United States reaching an estimated 1 million solar PV installations. Million Solar Strong is a traditional and social media campaign under the message that 'solar is here to stay'."

Maximizing MWh: A Statistical Analysis of the Performance of Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Projects in the United States

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Mar. 2015.
https://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/lbnl-1004374.pdf

"This paper presents the first known use of multi-variate regression techniques to statistically explore empirical variation in utility-scale PV project performance across the United States."

Savings From the Sun: How to Use Solar Energy to Offset Upgrade Costs [Wastewater Treatment Plant]

Treatment Plant Operator, Apr. 2016, by Doug Day.
http://www.tpomag.com/editorial/2016/04/how_to_use_solar_energy_to_offset_upgrade_costs

"Solar energy helps an updated Maryland wastewater treatment plant cut utility power costs. A blower upgrade will soon follow."

Solar Energy Surge In Washington Leads To Reduced Incentives

KPLU, Apr. 14, 2016, by Tom Banse.
http://www.kplu.org/post/solar-energy-surge-washington-leads-reduced-incentives

"People who are interested in solar energy but don't own the perfect roof on which to install solar panels may have the option to buy into a bigger, centrally-located project. These are called shared solar or community solar. There's a boomlet of such projects in Washington state right now, while there are hardly any in sunnier Oregon and Idaho. But Washington's generous solar incentives are coming under scrutiny."

Why Rural Electric Cooperatives Are Opting for Community-Scale Solar

Rocky Mountain Institute Outlet, Mar. 31, 2016, by Kevin Brehm and Joseph Goodman.
http://blog.rmi.org/blog_2016_03_31
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"The successful idea of the moment is community-scale solar. Rural electric cooperatives are spreading the word on how local clean power can save money, support communities, and diversify energy supplies. Community-scale solar is becoming an important tool for rural electric cooperatives as they begin their transition from a centralized fossil-fuel-based energy system to an increasingly distributed and renewable system."

Solar-Panel Installers Face Clouded Future

Wall Street Journal, Mar. 25, 2016, by Cassandra Sweet.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/solar-panel-installers-face-clouded-future-1458926502

"Many U.S. states are considering dialing back solar-power incentives amid growing pressure from local electric utilities, potentially dealing a blow to the companies that install home solar systems around the country."

Consumer Solar Checklist

Interstate Renewable Energy Council, 2016.
http://www.irecusa.org/consumer-protection/consumer-checklist/?utm_source=The+IREC+Report+April+2016&utm_campaign=The+IREC+Report+April+2016&utm_medium=email

"Using this checklist puts important information in your hands that you need to know before entering into a contract to install a solar system. It offers questions, considerations and protective measures that can help you get the answers you need to make informed decisions that can affect your bottom line – the safe and effective installation of a system that meets your expectations."

SEPA Report Details Key Drivers for Cutting Utility-Scale Solar LCOE

Smart Electric Power Alliance, Mar. 2016.
http://www.solarelectricpower.org/about-sepa/sepa-news/press-releases/sepa-report-details-key-drivers-for-cutting-utility-scale-solar-lcoe.aspx

"...a new report from the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) says, not all solar projects are created equal. Utilities looking to procure cost-competitive, high-value solar projects need to evaluate a range of factors, from regional solar resource intensity to local labor and permitting costs to system design issues, such as whether to use a fixed-tilt or single axis tracking system. The report was produced in partnership with solar project developer Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar."

Solar Panels Could Ruin Your Roof

Buildings, Feb. 2016, by Douglas Fishburn.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19851/title/solar-panels-could-ruin-your-roof.aspx

"Your roof is a smart place to install solar panels, but without the right precautions, you can void your warranty, compromise thermal performance and ruin waterproofing. Follow these tips to ensure you get the full benefits of renewable energy without harming your roof."
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