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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.

The Tesla Network: The Future of Fully Autonomous Ride Sharing
31 Jul 2017 at 9:04pm
by Ryan Regan
The autonomous vehicle will revolutionize society in profound ways. Elon Musk is positioning Tesla to lead the way. The Autonomous Vehicle Revolution is Happening Make no mistake about it; autonomous vehicles are no longer a hard to conceptualize fantasy. They are in fact a near-term certainty whose wholesale integration into global transportation networks is just […] The post The Tesla Network: The Future of Fully Autonomous Ride Sharing appeared first on Solar Tribune.

As China’s Solar Ambitions Grow, U.S. Plots Next Move
18 Jul 2017 at 12:43am
by Ryan Regan
China’s solar energy capabilities are unrivaled by any other nation, but much of their success has come at the expense of U.S. solar manufacturers, and the Trump Administration may be readying to step into the fray. China Revolves Around the Sun In the 1990s, China was nursing a nascent rural-oriented solar program that showed little […] The post As China’s Solar Ambitions Grow, U.S. Plots Next Move appeared first on Solar Tribune.

America’s Farmers are Turning to Solar
4 Jul 2017 at 4:53pm
by Ryan Regan
Farmers have always relied on the sun to support their enterprises, but more and more farmers nowadays are harnessing the sun’s energy in a different way, giving a whole new meaning to the term ‘solar farms.’ 21st-Century Farmers Face Tough Challenges Farming is tough and laborious work, and in many respects, modern-day farmers face more […] The post America’s Farmers are Turning to Solar appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Where Does Trump Stand on Solar?
19 Jun 2017 at 11:17pm
by Rich Dana
Six months into his administration, President Trump has yet to take on energy policy. Meanwhile, the solar industry continues to grow despite uncertainty about federal support. In a report from the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), the first quarter of 2017 showed continued and impressive forward motion, with the installation of more than 2,000 Megawatts […] The post Where Does Trump Stand on Solar? appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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