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Posts Tagged ‘Solar’

Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute

“Fossil fuels, which provide 85% of our current energy, suffer from two fatal drawbacks. One of which is the fact that they produce greenhouse gasses that are undermining the viability of our climate and therefore our future of industrial society…The other drawback of fossil fuels is that fact that these are depleting, non-renewable resources…So one way or another we will be moving away from fossil fuels as time goes on, it’s just a question of whether we do it in a planned and organized way, or just wait until we can no longer afford to extract the stuff that’s left.”

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Rooftop solar: Net metering is a net benefit

Monday, May 30th, 2016
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BROOKINGS INSTITUTION
METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM

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GOOD Magazine: What Would it Take to Power the United States with Solar Energy?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
GOOD Magazine: What Would it Take to Power the United States with Solar Energy?

We calculated the land area needed to supply the entire United States with solar power.

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Low-Income Solar Policy Guide

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
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GRID ALTERNATIVES
VOTE SOLAR
CENTER FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION
There are many effective policy tools for supporting solar adoption among consumers at large, and nearly all of them help expand low-income access to solar power to some extent. However, fully enabling low-income solar participation requires policies and programs that are specifically designed to address the unique barriers faced by these communities. This guide provides an overview of those barriers, as well as underlying principles for successful programs, existing policy tools that can be used to create programs, and examples of state and local models that have successfully improved access.

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NYC’s Underground Park: Touring the Lowline Test Lab

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
NYC’s Underground Park: Touring the Lowline Test Lab

A test lab for the Lowline – the world’s first underground park – opens its doors to visitors in New York tomorrow. Here, founder James Ramsey leads us on an exclusive tour of the 1,200 sq m garden, which brings his vision to turn a disused trolley terminal beneath Delancey Street into a public green space closer to reality.

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Shared Solar: Current Landscape, Market Potential, and the Impact of Federal Securities Regulation

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Figure ES-1. Estimated PV market potential of onsite and shared solar distributed PV capacity

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY
This report provides a high-level overview of the current U.S. shared solar landscape and the impact that a given shared solar program’s structure has on requiring federal securities oversight, as well as an estimate of market potential for U.S. shared solar deployment. Shared solar models allocate the electricity of a jointly owned or leased system to offset individual consumers’ electricity bills, allowing multiple energy consumers to share the benefits of a single solar array. Despite tremendous growth in the U.S. solar market over the last decade, existing business models and regulatory environments have not been designed to provide access to a significant portion of potential PV system customers.

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Wilsonville, OR: Aerial Inspection of the Baldock Solar Station

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Wilsonville, OR: Aerial Inspection of the Baldock Solar Station

Earlier this summer, the Oregon Department of Transportation participated in an aerial inspection of the solar panels at the Baldock Solar Station Array. The inspection was performed by Aerial Inspection Resources, who flew a drone equipped with a high resolution infrared camera that can detect malfunctioning solar cells by the extra heat they emit. PGE owns the nearly 7,000 panel array that is located at the French Prairie Rest Area, south of Wilsonville, and was interested in seeing how they could save time and manpower by inspecting the panels with this type of system.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Tom Kimbis, Vice President of Executive Affairs, Solar Energy Industries Association

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Tom Kimbis, SEIA

Tom has been working in renewable energy since 2000, when he began supporting research, analysis, legislative, and planning efforts across all energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

“I’ve seen efficiencies for solar increase over time, and for many years efficiency was talked about as the Holy Grail…what we need right now is not for panels to double their efficiency; what we really need is to have access to cheaper capital, and to eliminate some of the barriers that exist in states and jurisdictions across the country that make it difficult for people to choose solar.”

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Solar Paneled Roadways Vindicated

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Last year I wrote a piece discussing the possible use of solar panels as road surfaces. In it I discussed a project by engineer Scott Brusaw intended to take our decaying roadways, contributors to climate change, and repurpose them to become part of the solution. Solar power generating roadways, he argued, could virtually eliminate dependence on carbon emitting fossil fuels for decades to come.

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Bridges to New Solar Business Models

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Rocky Mountain Institute: Solar Business

ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE
Over the past decade, distributed solar photovoltaics (DPV) have experienced unprecedented growth. DPV is now on track to achieve significant scale in many segments of the U.S. market…Supportive federal, state, and local policies have to date spurred DPV’s development in many U.S. markets. However, many of these policies were designed for early market support of an emerging technology, not as long-term solutions. Thus as the DPV market has grown, so too has conflict around early-market policies. In many states, regulators and policy makers are now reexamining the policy environment as solar adoption reaches net energy metering (NEM) market caps or incentive program funding is exhausted.

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