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Trade War With China? What It Might Mean For Solar
8 Jan 2018 at 5:08am
by Rich Dana
Will solar fall victim to protectionism? Chinese solar panels, along with steel, aluminum and consumer electronics, may soon be subject to tariffs designed to protect US industries from what the Trump administration believes are unfair Chinese trade practices. The question in the minds of many experts is, will responding to the problem with tariffs really […] The post Trade War With China? What It Might Mean For Solar appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Trends: 2017 Year In Review
26 Dec 2017 at 7:00pm
by Rich Dana
Looking back at my New Years Day 2017 solar predictions, the solar stories I missed, and what to watch for in 2018. On January 1st of 2017, I dropped my annual predictions for the coming year in the solar industry. I kicked off Solar Trends to Watch in 2017: The Good, The Bad and The […] The post Solar Trends: 2017 Year In Review appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Update: Solar Recovery in Puerto Rico
11 Dec 2017 at 3:32am
by Rich Dana
Solar power is playing a major role in the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In September, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, one of the most intense tropical storms on record. As of this writing, there are 64 confirmed deaths, over 100 still missing, and FEMA spending has topped $1 Billon. […] The post Update: Solar Recovery in Puerto Rico appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Holiday Guide To Solar Gifts
26 Nov 2017 at 2:09pm
by Rich Dana
We generally stick to serious solar news and analysis, but even we like to take a break to get into the holiday spirit! Does it feel like the holidays are all about consuming? Let solar energy bring a little sustainability to your seasonal celebration! We at Solar Tribune are dreaming of a greener Christmas, so […] The post Holiday Guide To Solar Gifts appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Peer-To-Peer Solar and The Bitcoin Revolution
13 Nov 2017 at 6:00am
by Rich Dana
Can Bitcoin technology create a truly free market for energy? In March, 2016, Solar Tribune began reporting on how blockchain technology is finding its way into the energy industry. Since then, the number of blockchain pilot projects has boomed in the solar sector, and promising developments may soon bring solar users more autonomy than ever. […] The post Peer-To-Peer Solar and The Bitcoin Revolution appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Sun-Powered Schools
30 Oct 2017 at 6:00am
by Rich Dana
America’s K-12 Schools are learning about the advantages of solar. Across the nation, both public and private schools are installing solar panels. For schools with tight budgets, solar is making economic sense, while also providing a unique learning tool. Power-purchase agreements and other financing options are keeping up-front costs low, and imaginative installations are providing […] The post Sun-Powered Schools appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Is Transportation the Next Frontier for Solar?
16 Oct 2017 at 7:06am
by Rich Dana
Solar Impulse, DEMU, and the World Solar Challenge are all cutting-edge examples of how solar is finding it’s place in the future of transportation. With the advent of cheaper large-scale lithium-ion battery technology, integrated solar technology is beginning to be a more feasible addition to nearly every form of human transportation. From the sublime around […] The post Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Is Transportation the Next Frontier for Solar? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Puerto Rico’s Energy Crisis: Trump Tweets While Musk Sends Powerwalls
2 Oct 2017 at 2:35pm
by Rich Dana
Replacing Puerto Rico’s shattered power grid with solar micro-grids is a no-brainer. The collapse of the Puerto Rican electrical grid is a textbook example of what happens when a monopoly utility lets its infrastructure fall apart. In July, even before hurricane Maria struck the island, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) defaulted on a […] The post Puerto Rico’s Energy Crisis: Trump Tweets While Musk Sends Powerwalls appeared first on Solar Tribune.

11 Solar Advocacy Groups You Should Follow
18 Sep 2017 at 7:30am
by Rich Dana
In a time when the President is talking about bringing back coal, who is fighting for policies that assure a fair market for solar?  For years, advocates for the solar industry have battled to open the utility market for individual’s who want to make their own electricity, as well as start-up businesses who want to […] The post 11 Solar Advocacy Groups You Should Follow appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Labor Market, The Energy Market, and America’s Future
4 Sep 2017 at 7:24am
by Rich Dana
Unemployment rose slightly in August, Hurricane Harvey dealt a blow to Texas oil refineries and an international trade dispute threatens to hurt solar jobs. Is there a silver lining to cloudy labor and energy news? A new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the US added only 156,000 jobs in August, missing […] The post The Labor Market, The Energy Market, and America’s Future appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Truth About Solar Subsidies
21 Aug 2017 at 4:03am
by Rich Dana
Critics say solar can’t survive without government handouts, and supporters point to decades of subsidies for fossil fuels. Are subsidies corporate welfare, or do they level the playing field? The simple answer is yes…to both. Lies, damned lies, and statistics “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”   Often attributed to Mark […] The post The Truth About Solar Subsidies appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar in Space: Powering the International Space Station
7 Aug 2017 at 7:20am
by Rich Dana
Since the earliest days of the space program, solar panels have been powering satellites, spacecraft and space stations. Today, the International Space Station relies on one of the most advanced solar arrays ever built to support life and to power research that will take humans to new heights. The International Space Station, or ISS, is […] The post Solar in Space: Powering the International Space Station appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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