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Posted By: Roy Palk - Pres./CEO, East KY Power Coo-op
On: February 9, 2016
The trend toward an idealistic, even starry-eyed, fixation on renewable energy is a source of annoyance and threat for many utility executives. Activists and dreamers can let emotion rule as they pin their hopes on solar and wind. Utility executives must face the hard facts of economics. They have no  more...
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Posted By: Sven Lindstrom - CEO, Midsummer
On: December 24, 2015
2016 is soon here and it promises to be another exciting and eventful year for the solar and renewable energy industry. Sven Lindström, CEO of thin film solar cell manufacturing equipment supplier Midsummer, outlines his predictions for the four strongest solar energy trends in 2016: China will strengthen its position  more...
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Posted By: Jerry Jackson - Leader and Research Director, Smart Grid Research Consortium
On: December 11, 2015
Many utility executives consider PV-related power quality and other PV-related issues as something of a “back-burner” item given the number of current PV installations on their systems.  However, new Smart Grid Research Consortium forecasting models and analysis indicate that these planning issues should be considered with some urgency to inform  more...
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Posted By: Emma White - Auvisa.org
On: December 9, 2015
One hour of solar energy is enough to meet the energy demand of entire Earth’s population for one year. When the solar radiation reaches earth’s top atmosphere it is relatively constant everywhere but the radiation near earth’s surface may vary considerably due to following reasons:  - Atmospheric effects, such as  more...
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Posted By: Day Chahroudi
On: December 1, 2015
Today, solar energy is synonymous with solar electric panels.  But outside this box, there is a simpler, more efficient, and much cheaper solar technology.  Designing the molecules and electrons in a roof to capture and control solar heat can supply one-sixth of the world’s energy.  Field tests by the European  more...
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Posted By: Darshan Goswami - Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
On: November 2, 2015
There is a “Green Energy Revolution” underway in India that can increase prosperity for millions of poor families by harnessing the abundant and clean energy of the sun.  With the right policies in place India can easily become a world leader in solar energy.  This solar endeavor could also help  more...
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Posted By: Davis Swan - President, Debarel Systems Ltd.
On: October 28, 2015
I am not a big fan of roof-top solar. Roof-top solar panels are expensive and inefficient to install. These systems also cause major issues for utility grids because of the need to handle the bi-directional flow of electricity to and from the customer. This additional complexity unfairly imposes additional costs  more...
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Posted By: Jesse Grossman
On: October 21, 2015
Solar energy is an economic boom for North Carolina. Only California installed more solar in 2014, pushing the Tar Heel State to fourth overall in America with 953 megawatts installed capacity - roughly the electricity demand of 90,500 homes. Jobs and investment have followed. Duke University reports 450 solar companies  more...
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Posted By: Sven Lindstrom - CEO, Midsummer
On: October 1, 2015
In an earlier article, Midsummer’s CEO Sven Lindström outlined some of the most common myths about solar power. Here are five more of the most common solar energy myths – coupled with the real facts: Myth 1: Cheap coal and the current energy mix (often dirty fossil fuel or nuclear)  more...
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Posted By: Kimberly Klemm
On: September 11, 2015
Currently there is a lot of interest in exploring the possibilities created in solar energy hybrid systems.  Interest is more common in solar energy hybrid systems that rely on battery-induced operations.  Hybrid solar energy systems exist in solar/thermal, solar/natural gas, and solar/steam combinations. There are several components to any energy  more...
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