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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

Solar


Arizona's Utility-Owned Solar Programs: The New Business Models Utilities Are Looking For?

Utility Dive, Jan. 7, 2014, by Herman K. Trabish.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/arizonas-utility-owned-solar-programs-the-new-business-models-utilities-a/348331/

"Two innovative utility-owned solar programs were finalized by Arizona regulators at the close of 2014, programs that could change the net energy metering controversy. More importantly, they could change the utility business model and the solar business."

Low-Income Housing a Rich Market for Commercial-Scale Solar

Solar Industry, Nov. 2014, by Mike Healy.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1411/FEAT_05_Low-Income-Housing-A-Rich-Market-For-Commercial-Scale-Solar.html

"Policymakers and community-based incentives are extending solar thermal benefits to new customers."

'Storage is Here': Solar-Plus-Storage Market will Surpass $1B by 2018

Utility Dive, Dec. 17, 2014, by Robert Walton.
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/storage-is-here-solar-plus-storage-market-will-surpass-1b-by-2018/345117/

"10% of new commercial solar customers will pair their installations with storage by 2018, according to research published Thursday morning by GTM Research. Spurred by falling battery prices, the solar-plus-storage market will surpass $1 billion that year, but analysts warn that there are potential challenges ahead."

German PV Recycling Law Likely to Set a Global Standard

Solar Industry, Nov. 2014, by Oliver Friedrichs.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1411/FEAT_02_German-PV-Recycling-Law-Likely-To-Set-A-Global-Standard.html

"Requirements aimed at recovering end-of-life PV [photovoltaic] products are intended to make a green industry even greener."

The Effect of State Policy Suites on the Development of Solar Markets

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Nov. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy15osti/62506.pdf

"Many states and local governments have undertaken a variety of policy initiatives with the goal of encouraging private investment and building robust solar photovoltaic (PV) markets. While some states have seen many-fold increases in solar PV installations over the last decade, many other states, some with similar policies, have been less successful. The perceived lack of a clear relationship between implementation of specific policies and increases in solar installations has been challenging to policymakers seeking to support solar markets within their jurisdictions."

Solar Photovoltaic Output Depends on Orientation, Tilt, and Tracking

Energy Information Administration, Nov. 19, 2014.
http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=18871

"Financial incentives, renewable portfolio standards, cost declines, and system performance improvements have led to more customer-sited solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, especially in states such as California. Because PV panels are able to capture more solar energy when they are pointed directly at the sun, installers may configure systems to optimize output by adjusting the orientation and tilt of a system, or by using mechanisms that track the sun as it traverses the sky."

Community Shared Solar: Policy and Regulatory Considerations

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sep. 2014.
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy14osti/62367.pdf

"This paper explores the ways in which the shared solar business model interacts with existing policy and regulations, including net metering, tax credits, and securities regulation. It presents some of the barriers that shared solar projects may face, and provides options for creating a supportive policy environment."

Future Solar Cost Reductions Hinge on Raising Solar Cell Efficiencies

Solar Industry, Oct. 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1410/FEAT_01_Future-Solar-Cost-Reductions-Hinge-On-Raising-Solar-Cell-Efficiencies.html

"Lowering the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of solar photovoltaic power is probably the No. 1 issue facing the industry. For most of the last decade, the focus of that effort has been reducing the costs of solar panels."

Prepare Your Renewable Plant for Cold Weather Operations

Power Magazine, Oct. 2014, by Sonal Patel and Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/prepare-your-renewable-plant-for-cold-weather-operations/

"Although renewable generation is typically less affected by winter weather than gas- and coal-fired plants, it is far from weatherproof. Understanding the risks and preparing properly for them can avoid most problems."

An Untapped Solar Market: The Renewable Potential of Multi-family Housing

North American Clean Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by Zach Axelrod.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/18582/an-untapped-solar-market-the-renewable-potential-of-multi-family-housing

"Solar energy is rapidly becoming a popular option for homeowners as a way to save money. But, what about folks who live in apartments or condos? Multi-family dwellings, as they are known, are providing the next potential growth opportunity for the residential solar industry. Now, innovative financing mechanisms allow even low-income families to take part in the benefits of solar power."

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