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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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Become a Solar Professional

Home Power Magazine, Mar./Apr. 2014, by Vaughan Woodruff.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/solar-electricity/design-installation/become-solar-professional

"In 2012, the solar industry saw a 13.2% increase in employment in the United States—nearly six times higher job growth than in the rest of the U.S. economy. And in 2013, the industry experienced a 20% growth in solar jobs—10 times higher than the national employment rate. This trend is expected to continue as increasing demand for solar will require new professionals involved in the installation, design, sales, and manufacturing of solar heating and photovoltaic (PV) systems."

Micro-Inverters are Moving Up to the Big Leagues: Opinions Differ on the Future of AC modules in Large PV Installations

Solar Industry, Feb. 2104, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1402/FEAT_03_Micro-Inverters-Are-Moving-Up-To-The-Big-Leagues.html

"The potential of the micro-inverter segment is drawing interest from established powers in the string and central inverter markets."

The Effectiveness of State-Level Policies on Solar Market Development in Different State Contexts

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Technical Report, NREL/TP-7A40-61029, Feb. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/61029.pdf

"In response to public interest in customer-sited distributed solar photovoltaics (PV), state and local policymakers have implemented policy initiatives with the goal of encouraging private investment and building a robust PV market. Policymakers face challenges, including limited budgets and incomplete information about the effectiveness of the various policy options in their specific situation and in crafting and executing policy that supports market development goals.

This paper builds on [earlier] research to determine the most effective policy strategies for different types of states, as determined by their physical, demographic and macroeconomic context." 


Nearly 143,000 and Counting: Updated State Solar Jobs Numbers for 2013

Solar Foundation, Feb. 11, 2014, by Andrea Luecke, Executive Director and President of The Solar Foundation.
http://thesolarfoundation.org/blog/nearly-143000-and-counting-updated-state-solar-jobs-numbers-2013

"In late January 2014, The Solar Foundation released its National Solar Jobs Census 2013, showing that the U.S. solar industry employs 142,698 solar workers as of November 2013.  In addition to this important piece of national solar labor market research, we have also continued to focus more heavily on employment at the state level."

Arizona Starts Charging Grid-Connection Fees for Solar Rooftops

State & Local Energy Report, Winter 2014.
http://stateenergyreport.com/2014/02/06/news-notes-4/

"In a decision that could have far-reaching impacts on the solar industry, the Arizona Corporate Commission (ACC) voted in November to allow the state’s largest utility to charge a monthly fee to customers who install photovoltaic panels on their roofs."

World Changing Ideas

Green Builder, Jan. 2014.
http://content.yudu.com/A2iil1/GreenBuilderJan2014/resources/index.htm (Scroll to page 11.)

"With help from our friends at Sustainia, here's a list of 25 of the most powerful technologies and ideas that will soon change our world in profound ways. From gravity powered LEDs to wireless car chargers, these are the good ideas that (we believe) won't go away." Close to half are energy related or have energy implications.

Site Assessment for Solar Water Heating Systems

Home Power Magazine, Feb./Mar. 2014, by Vaughan Woodruff.
http://www.homepower.com/articles/solar-water-heating/domestic-hot-water/site-assessment-solar-water-heating-systems?v=print

"Without a proper site assessment, you may be putting your solar thermal system at risk for poor performance."

Solar PV: Commissioning and O&M Tools

SolarPro Magazine, Feb./Mar. 2014, by Brian Mehalic and David Brearley.
http://solarprofessional.com/articles/operations-maintenance/commissioning-and-om-tools?v=disable_pagination

"Do you ever wonder what tools solar professionals carry when they are performing quality control, commissioning, or operations and maintenance activities on commercial and utility-scale PV systems? We did—so we found out."

Distributed Solar Explosion

Public Power, Jan/Feb 2014, by Paul Zummo.
http://www.nxtbook.com/naylor/APPH/APPS0114/index.php#/26

"Rates designed to encourage installation of distributed solar energy resources worked better than expected. Now the utility industry must address safety, operational and customer inequity."

Utility Community Solar Handbook: Understanding and Supporting Utility Program Development

Solar Electric Power Association, Dec. 2013.
http://www.solarelectricpower.org/media/71952/solarops-community-solar-handbook.pdf

"This handbook provides the utility's perspective on utility managed community solar program development and is a resource for government officials, regulators, community organizers, solar energy advocates, non-profits and interested citizens who want to support or educate their local utility in implementing a new or improving an existing community solar project."
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