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Ten 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 Ten 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.

Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan
2 Jun 2017 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. Phase 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 Master Plan for […] The post Elon Musk’s Complete Master Plan appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Your Summer Guide to Solar Fairs
29 May 2017 at 4:48pm
by Rich Dana
Solar fairs and sustainable living expos are great places to learn more about solar. For consumers, sustainable living events are a place to meet face-to-face with installers from around the region, see new products and compare services. For professionals, solar fairs are a great way to advertise, meet distributors and check out the competition. They […] The post Your Summer Guide to Solar Fairs appeared first on Solar Tribune.

The Past and Future of Battery Storage
22 May 2017 at 5:23pm
by Kate Dougherty
With the cost of batteries dropping and a bevy of solar companies now offering residential backup systems, it may seem like the “solar with storage” revolution is just getting started. In reality, batteries helped launch rooftop solar decades ago. When it comes to solar with storage, everything old is new again. Primitive Batteries Jumpstart the […] The post The Past and Future of Battery Storage appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Around the Globe, Solar Policies Are Changing
15 May 2017 at 5:18pm
by Rich Dana
Feed-in tariffs, tax incentives, rebates, net metering, voluntary goals, portfolio standards and market-based solutions…what works, and what’s next? In nearly every region of the globe, electricity generation from solar PV (photovoltaic) is experiencing exponential growth. Between 1995 and 2016, global PV generating capacity grew from 600 megawatts (MW) to 256,000 megawatts. This incredible rate of […] The post Around the Globe, Solar Policies Are Changing appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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