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Posted @ 3/22/2017 2:47 PM By Martha Parsons
Solar Industry, Mar. 2017, by Edurne Zoco.
"Total module costs for industry leaders are forecast to continue declining throughout the second half of 2017 to reach around $0.30/W for best-in-class p-type module costs, thereby widening the gap in cost structure between lowest-cost producers and other producers and affecting gross margins and profitability throughout 2017."
Posted @ 1/31/2017 5:40 AM By Martha Parsons
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Jan. 2017, by Galen Barbose.
"Concerns about the potential impacts of net-metered PV on retail electricity prices have led to an array of proposals to reform rate structures and net metering rules for solar customers. These proposals have typically been met with a great deal of contention and often absorb substantial time and administrative resources, potentially at the expense of other issues that may ultimately have greater impact on utility ratepayers. Given those tradeoffs, this paper seeks to help regulators, utilities, and other stakeholders gauge how much attention ought to be given to evaluating and addressing the possible effects of distributed solar on retail electricity prices."
Posted @ 12/28/2016 5:43 AM By Martha Parsons
Solar Industry, Dec. 2016, by Bernard Prouvost.
"As solar power becomes increasingly affordable, accessible and prevalent around the world, new technologies and methods of installation are emerging. Specifically, floating solar PV is becoming a competitive and viable niche in the solar market that offers a water-based alternative to traditional PV installed on the ground, rooftops or carports."
Posted @ 6/2/2016 5:28 AM By Martha Parsons
Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Adam Plesniak.
"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."
Posted @ 5/11/2016 5:20 AM By Martha Parsons
PV Magazine, May 3, 2016, by Christian Roselund.
"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'."
Posted @ 5/4/2016 5:35 AM By Martha Parsons
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Mar. 2015.
"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."
Posted @ 10/14/2015 5:47 AM By Martha Parsons
Home Power, Sep./Oct. 2015, by Justine Sanchez.
"Now that solar technology is cropping up on rooftops across the country, you might be finding your friends and neighbors looking for more information about this “new” industry. Here are some current solar industry statistics and PV module trends for those increasingly common over-the-fence conversations."
Posted @ 9/23/2015 5:50 AM By Martha Parsons
Solar Industry Magazine, Aug. 2015, by Michael Mills-Price.
"Today’s residential and small commercial solar photovoltaic inverter marketplace includes a myriad of solutions and choices... These products are expected to operate in electrically and environmentally harsh environments, with service lifetimes that can approach and exceed 20 years. The PV inverter landscape is also marked by many new entrants and products from established industry players. These dynamic market characteristics increase the importance of thorough due diligence in the inverter selection process. Independent third-party data can be very beneficial in choosing the optimal inverter solution. "
Posted @ 6/29/2015 5:48 AM By Martha Parsons
Solar Industry, June 2015, by Chris Thompson.
"...there are several commonalities between solar and grid-tied storage, and important lessons from the solar industry provide substantial guidance in energy storage application. Performance, pricing and packaging are the 'three Ps' of storage project deployment, derived from our direct experience in both solar and storage project deployment over the last few years."
Posted @ 6/17/2015 5:49 AM By Martha Parsons
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL-181290, June 2015, by Mark Bolinger and Edward Holt.
"High up-front costs and a lack of financing options have historically been the primary barriers to the adoption of photovoltaics (PV) in the residential sector. State clean energy funds, which emerged in a number of states from the restructuring of the electricity industry in the mid-to-late 1990s, have for many years attempted to overcome these barriers through PV incentive and, in some cases, loan programs. While these programs (incentive programs in particular) have been popular, the residential PV market in the United States only started to achieve significant scale in the last five years – driven in large part by an initial wave of financial innovation that led to the rise of third-party ownership."