Renewables

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The Role of Energy Storage in the Rise in Renewables

The Role of Energy Storage in the Rise in Renewables

How Batteries Could Revolutionize Renewable Energy Time, May 1, 2017 All over California, there’s evidence of the state’s goal to lead the country in renewable energy. Enormous farms of shiny solar panels have popped up across southern California, and gigantic wind turbines dot the landscape outside nearly all the major cities. There are less flashy—and

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New Solar System Follows the Sun… and Looks Pretty Doing It

Katie Robinson, ERS, for Zondits Despite the growing solar panel installation rates throughout the country, there are still many factors holding homeowners back from installing solar rooftop panels. Some fear that their roof doesn’t see enough sunlight or that inevitable roof repairs will be much more complicated (and costly) with solar panels sitting on top.

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Australian Town Seeks Stable Energy Transition, Instead Buys a Lemon

Ryan Pollin, ERS, for Zondits Coober Pedy is currently playing out a worst-case scenario for energy transition, and it behooves us all to understand what led them there. The South Australian mining town currently operates a very costly 3.9 MW diesel power plant to supply power to the region. After making the seemingly wise choice

Clean Energy Sector Hits the Big Time

Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits The clean energy sector is fast becoming one of the USA’s big industries. Vox summarizes the findings of a recent Navigant study on global and national sector growth. The advanced energy industry is certainly growing globally, with $1.4 trillion in revenue last year. The report also shows that in 2016

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GreenTech Media’s Solar Energy Year in Review

Daniel Pidgeon, ERS, for Zondits Stephen Lacy, the editor-in-chief of GreenTech Media, sat down with Shayle Kahn, Senior VP of GTM Research for a special podcast on the solar industry’s record-setting 2016. The 36-minute podcast is worth the listen, but we’ve summarized some of the highlights here: America’s solar market nearly doubled in size last

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Hawaii Continues Unprecedented Growth in Energy Efficiency

Daniel Pidgeon, ERS, for Zondits As most of us may guess, Hawaii leads the nation in solar panels per capita. But there is still a substantial percentage of the market that cannot participate in solar programs. To increase participation, the legislature passed a law mandating utilities to create community renewables programs. However, the utilities had

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China’s Rapid Renewable Transition – Too Fast and Furious?

Ethan Forauer, ERS, for Zondits Over the last 2 years, China has proven to be a respectable player in the global renewable energy arena, smashing solar and wind installation targets by several orders of magnitude. In fact, in 2015, China set a world record for the most solar capacity installed in a single year. In

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What is the Best Orientation for a Solar Installation?

Jim Paull, ERS, for Zondits Why in the world would anyone mount a photovoltaic array facing north? Didn’t anyone tell them that in this hemisphere the sun is to the south? What were they thinking? The best orientation for a solar installation – whether it’s thermal or photovoltaic – is facing due south at an

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