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Utility of the Future: Insights from Colorado’s Energy Transition
13 Nov 2018 at 3:37pm
by Jeremy Bedline
Technocrats, sitting in their colorful offices in Silicon Valley and the hallowed halls of Cambridge institutions, would have us believe that to solve the biggest global energy challenges, we will need to journey down a path of massive, unprecedented disruption.  Ubiquitous presentations promise to digitize the world’s problems away, and assure us that legacy utilities […] The post Utility of the Future: Insights from Colorado’s Energy Transition appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Ensuring Installation Costs Don’t Slow Down Solar Progress with Esdec
5 Nov 2018 at 4:30pm
by Matthew Chester
Most exciting innovations in solar energy relate to improved solar panel efficiencies or software solutions to improve the business case of adopting solar, but Esdec shows that saving time and money on installation of solar systems can provide a huge boon to the solar industry. Installation of rooftop solar panels can require one to three […] The post Ensuring Installation Costs Don’t Slow Down Solar Progress with Esdec appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Duck Curve: Utilities’ Growing Challenge to Solar Adoption
15 Oct 2018 at 11:07pm
by Ryan Austin
Since 2008, the U.S. has seen a veritable explosion of not just residential solar, but commercial and utility-scale installations as well, enjoying a ridiculously high annual growth rate of 54% over the last 10 years. As of September 2018, there is now 58.3 GW of solar installed in the U.S., with the vast majority –23GW […] The post The Duck Curve: Utilities’ Growing Challenge to Solar Adoption appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Off-Grid Solar and the Path to Universal Access
8 Oct 2018 at 8:28pm
by Jeremy Bedline
One in seven people around the world live without access to electricity, and that is leaving a devastating human toll. In Sub-Saharan Africa, where over 60% of these affected populations live, people are dying from basic ailments because vaccines cannot be refrigerated; lack of lighting for school-work leaves the region with the lowest literacy rate […] The post Off-Grid Solar and the Path to Universal Access appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The 5 States Making Solar Mainstream
4 Oct 2018 at 4:38pm
by Ryan Regan
Solar energy is more mainstream now than ever before thanks to rapid innovations in the industry that have slashed prices of solar panels over the past several years. The rapid maturation of the solar market in the U.S. has been fueled primarily by a handful of states who have made the sector’s growth a top […] The post The 5 States Making Solar Mainstream appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Identifying Signs of the Solar Revolution Using Maps and Graphs
1 Oct 2018 at 6:50pm
by Matthew Chester
Utility-scale solar has experienced explosive growth in the U.S. in recent years, and the best years may yet still be on the horizon. While improvements to solar technologies have been among the most exciting renewable energy developments in recent years, solar energy is not without its naysayers who point out that “solar energy barely moves […] The post Identifying Signs of the Solar Revolution Using Maps and Graphs appeared first on Solar Tribune.

SolFilm Technology from Sol Voltaics: An Interview with CEO Erik Smith About this Disruptive Solar Panel Technology
24 Sep 2018 at 10:06pm
by Matthew Chester
Sol Voltaics is looking to apply their breakthrough nanotechnology to improve the efficiency of solar panels across the world. Boasting a 50% efficiency improvement when the lightweight nanowire SolFilm is applied to panels, this Sweden-based company is positioned to revolutionize the potential of solar installations everywhere. This interview with the company’s CEO taps into his thinking […] The post SolFilm Technology from Sol Voltaics: An Interview with CEO Erik Smith About this Disruptive Solar Panel Technology appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Head of State: An Interview with Director and Co-Founder James Ellsmoor
10 Sep 2018 at 8:54pm
by Matthew Chester
Seeking to harness the untapped resources in communities that could most benefit from rooftop solar installations, James Ellsmoor co-founded and serves as Director of Solar Head of State (SHOS), a nonprofit working to promote renewable energy worldwide through iconic and high-profile rooftop solar installations and coordinated public education programs. SHOS currently has a focus on […] The post Solar Head of State: An Interview with Director and Co-Founder James Ellsmoor appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Small Modular Reactors: Launching in 2018
14 Aug 2018 at 8:13pm
by Drea Burbank
Small modular reactors (SMRs) are an innovation on nuclear plant design that could replace coal-fired steam turbines with zero or near-zero carbon emissions.  While there are approximately 50 SMR designs around the world, only NuScale, an SMR-startup based in Portland, Oregon, has sought US licensing.   NuScale cleared stage one of the US Nuclear Regulatory […] The post Small Modular Reactors: Launching in 2018 appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Political Climate Change and the Path to Clean Energy
30 Jul 2018 at 1:18pm
by Jeremy Bedline
Could a change in the US political climate spark rapid growth in renewable energy? A group of progressive Democratic candidates believe that it can and voters are listening. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old New York Bartender turned Bernie Sanders campaign organizer, achieved a stunning political upset last month when she beat incumbent 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley […] The post Political Climate Change and the Path to Clean Energy appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Challenge 2018: Pushing the EV envelope
23 Jul 2018 at 11:18pm
by Rich Dana
Since 1990, young engineers and aspiring auto designers from universities across the world have been gathering every other summer to compete in one of the world’s premier solar vehicle races. This year, the field was brighter than ever. The American Solar Challenge alternates years with the World Solar Challenge (held in Australia) and takes place […] The post Solar Challenge 2018: Pushing the EV envelope appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan
8 Jul 2018 at 12:58am
by Kate Dougherty
Sustainable energy and transport, shared autonomy, and saving the world. Here’s how Elon Musk’s vision is becoming reality. Tesla Master Plan, Part 1 From 0 to Mainstream: Hot off the heels of his PayPal victory and determined to change the status quo, Musk launched Tesla in 2003, at the same time he was building SpaceX. His […] The post Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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