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The Race is on to Make Longer-Lasting Solar Modules

Material innovation is ramping up in solar as the industry aims to address the widespread decrease in performance over time that affects photovoltaic (PV) modules, according to a new report from Lux Research. The report says solar modules degrade over the years due to environmental factors, causing performance drops and even failures. Such degradation is […]

U.S. Solar Poised for ‘Unprecedented’ Growth Spurt this Year

Growing 43 percent year-over-year, the U.S. saw 2,051 MW of solar photovoltaic power installed in the second quarter of this year – marking the 11th consecutive quarter in which more than 1 GW of PV was installed, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report. The […]

U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples

Solar power capacity in the U.S. will have nearly tripled in size in less than three years by 2017 amid an energy shakeup that has seen natural gas solidify its position as the country’s chief source of electricity and coal power continue to fade, according to monthly data published by the U.S. Department of Energy. […]

EIA: U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Are Lowest Since 1991

to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which says this marks the lowest emissions level for the first six months of a year since 1991. According to EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook, mild weather and changes in the fuels used to generate electricity (i.e., more renewable energy consumption) contributed to the decline […]

More Major Companies Commit to 100 Percent Renewables

Bank of America, Apple, Wells Fargo & Co., and General Motors (GM) are some of the latest big-name companies to join RE100, a global collaborative initiative of businesses committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity. Most of the new members officially announced their commitments during Climate Week NYC. During the event’s opening ceremony on Monday, […]

NREL Verifies the Eastern Grid Can Handle More Solar and Wind

In a new study, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model how the power grid of the eastern U.S. – one of the largest power systems in the world – could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. […]

NC Solar Now Makes Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop Even Greener

Raleigh business goes solar with a 124.74 kW array installed by North Carolina’s top rooftop solar contractor RALEIGH, NC – August 30, 2016 –NC Solar Now installed a 124.74 kW solar array for Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop, a family-owned business in downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station. Atop of the garden supply store’s 1,000 foot-long outdoor […]

Report: U.S. Renewables Set Records During First Half Of 2016

U.S. renewable energy sources have set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first half of this year, according to nonprofit SUN DAY Campaign. Citing statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest “Electric Power Monthly” report, which includes data for the first six months of 2016, the SUN DAY Campaign […]

How PURPA Helped Boost Utility-Scale Solar In North Carolina

North Carolina surpassed states with more favorable solar resources to become the state with the second-highest amount of installed utility-scale solar PV capacity owned by independent power producers in 2015, behind only California, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA says the growth of utility-scale solar projects – […]

U.S. Study Tracks ‘Tremendous Amount’ of Solar Policy Activity

Forty-two U.S. states and the District of Columbia took some form of action related to distributed solar policy and rate design during the second quarter of this year (Q2’16), according to a new report from the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC). Of the 121 actions catalogued, the most common were related to residential fixed […]

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