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Micro to macro and everything in-between

One of the most perennially celebratory aspects of solar power is its inherent modularity and scalability. No other energy-conversion platform can be made as small as something you hold in your hand or as humongous as the multi-multi megawatt farms being deployed in arid climes on every continent except Antarctica. From micro to macro and […]

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Coal in the solar stocking

When holiday music starts to wear out its repetitious welcome, you know that year-in-review and forecast season has begun. On the forward-looking side, IHS iSuppli has issued its top 10 solar market predictions for next year. The research firm didn’t go out on any prognosticational limbs, with most of the picks reflecting comfortable consensus positions. […]

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Off and running

Much of the attention in the solar space this week has been focused on SolarCity’s on-again, off-again, on-again initial public offering on NASDAQ. Greentech Media, Earth2Tech and others did a good job keeping up with the latest developments in the unfolding SCTY melodrama. The solar installer and residential lease innovator did indeed ring the opening […]

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Panel surfing

The Curator is always in search of practical resources for the solar community, be they instructional guides, technical and market reports, radiation and meteorological databases, or other informational tools of the trade. In some cases, especially on the research side, the published materials aren’t gratis, as the likes of Greentech, Lux, Navigant, IHS, and NPD […]

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Residential PV love letter

The residential rooftop PV movement gets a love letter in a feature titled “Is solar right for your home?” recently posted on Focusing on how the leasing/”solar service” option has revolutionized the sector, the article relates the stories of a couple of satisfied consumers (including one who’s OK with paying a little more on […]

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‘We need to be moving to a low-carbon economy’

When you look at the rapid growth of First Solar since the late 2000s and its transformation into one of the top dogs in the solar industry, you have to give a tip of the hat to Bruce Sohn for his leadership during his four-year stint as president from March 2007 through April 2011. Although […]

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Solar gold in Ghana

South Africa’s nascent solar energy boom has garnered the lion’s share of attention in sub-Saharan Africa, but a major PV project gaining traction several thousand kilometers up the coast in Ghana will grab top honors for single-system installed capacity on the continent once it’s completed. The 155MWp Nzema power plant, located near Aiwiaso in the […]

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Not another plain-vanilla Larry Hagman eulogy

Larry Hagman was part of my early decades, first as Major Tony Nelson, the astronaut “master” to Barbara Eden’s genie on “I Dream of Jeannie,” then as J.R. Ewing in the epic prime-time soap, “Dallas.” Admittedly, I was not a big fan of the Southfork Ranch serial drama, as its first seasons intersected with my […]

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‘Major U.S. markets are chock full of developers with projects’

The Curator sat down with GTM Research‘s Shayle Kann at the recent U.S. Solar Market Insight conference to talk about project development and system installation deployment, the so-called downstream portion of the domestic solar power industry. The conversation ranged from unexpected trends in the commercial market, the emergence of leases and other third-party financing as the […]

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What did they get wrong this time?

Every time another installment of the Los Angeles Times’ “The Solar Desert” series has been published over the past several months, solar-informed readers have girded themselves for those inevitable “what did they get wrong this time” moments. The latest article, which came out in the Sunday, Nov. 25, edition of the Times, continues in head-shakingly […]

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