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New Year’s resolutions for the U.S. solar industry

With 2015 right around the corner, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year and think about how we as the solar industry can improve. Since 2014 was a good year for the industry, here are three New Year’s resolutions for the U.S. solar community to keep in mind for a happy and […]

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Millions of residential solar rooftops

Before the speeches by Sen. Harry Reid and DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz bookended the industry executive panel during the second general session at this year’s Solar Power International in Las Vegas, a slick aspirational video kept the audience’s attention and caught my eye. Rather than hitting the viewer over the head with a heavy commercial […]

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Solar trouble Down Under

In recent weeks there have been various examples of just how much impact politics continues to have on the solar industry. In the U.K., the fallout from the government’s enforced incentive switch from the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme to Contracts for Difference (CFD) and resultant legal battle rumbles on. In India, what would be the […]

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Riding the U.K. solarcoaster with Solarcentury

LONDON—Few companies have experienced the twists and turns of the U.K. solarcoaster as much as Solarcentury. Established in 1998, at a time when solar was light years from being considered the viable energy resource it is today, Solarcentury has grown to become the largest solar company in what, by the end of the year, will […]

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Mainstreaming solar energy

Four years ago, Yingli Green Energy broke the mold by becoming the first Chinese company and the first renewable energy company to become a global sponsor of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. With one tournament under its belt and another currently taking place in Brazil, we asked Judy Tzeng Lee, the company’s VP of […]

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Concentrator photovoltaics tipping point?

Some 250 academics and technologists from 23 countries gathered in Albuquerque, NM, at the recent 10th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems (CPV-10) to discuss the state of CPV technology and deployment. Since its inception in 2002, the “CPV-x” conference series has operated as a nonprofit, with the aim of maintaining an intimate, collegial feel […]

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Where solar soft costs rule

ANAHEIM, CA–The upbeat mood at this week’s SunShot Grand Challenge Summit was not a big surprise to those who’ve been tracking the U.S. Department of Energy’s solar initiative to drive costs down by 75% to 6 cents or less per kilowatt-hour by 2020. Although the aspirationally titled, innovation-focused program can’t take full credit for the […]

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Climate change silver lining?

The recent series of reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, better known as IPCC, reached a crescendo over the weekend with the issuance of the latest working group study. Coverage of the report received top billing on websites and publications such as the BBC, New York Times, the Guardian, and even […]

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Record-shattering solar

Another day, another solar power generation record shattered on the California grid. As Herman Trabish notes at Greentech Media, during the early afternoon of March 16, the use of solar as measured by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) reached 4.14GW—breaking the previous record set the day before, which broke the record set the day […]

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Soggy solar, successful solar

Although the winter weather in most of the U.S. has been brutal or nonexistent (in my droughty California), over in Great Britain, the amount of precipitation has been “worst in 200 years” epic, with much of the land of my ancestors either seriously soggy or under water. Considering the boom in gigawatt levels of solar […]

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