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  • Photovoltaics Energy Technologies

    Technology Overview    Photovoltaic (or PV) cells are devices that use semiconductor materials—similar to those used in computer chips—to convert sunlight directly into electricity. The electric current can either be used immediately, or it may be stored, as in a battery, for later use. A typical PV or solar cell might be a square that measures about 4 ...

  • Interactive Resources Wins National Renewable Energy Laboratory Contract for Roof Structural Assessments for Installation of Solar Photovoltaic Arrays

    Richmond CA, October 19, 2010   – Richmond architecture and engineering firm Interactive Resources was recently awarded a contract by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to provide solar feasibility studies for 24 California K-12 school buildings in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Sequoia Foundation ...


    By Interactive Resources

  • Hybrid Solar/Wind plant in Madagascar

    Distinguished among the winners of the Sunidarity initiative, the World Energy Foundation announced Thursday that it had installed in the extreme south of Madagascar a concentration photovoltaic equipment (CPV) provided by Soitec, one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of global CPV systems. Called Plug & Sun, this equipment allows an autonomous solar-electric generation in areas ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • How to Choose the Right Solar Panels

    Whether you've decided to live "off the grid" or simply work eco-friendly energy into your current lifestyle, using solar energy is an ideal way to accomplish the goal. Using photovoltaic technology, the heat and light from the sun are converted into electrical energy that you can use to power your home. Solar panels are made up of solar cells that contain both a positive and negative layer ...


    By Infinite Energy

  • Solar Power 2011 - Solar PV Breaks Records in 2010

    Solar photovoltaic (PV) companies manufactured a record 24,000 megawatts of PV cells worldwide in 2010, more than doubling their 2009 output. Annual PV production has grown nearly 100-fold since 2000, when just 277 megawatts of cells were made.  Newly installed PV also set a record in 2010, as 16,600 megawatts were installed in more than 100 countries.  This brought the total worldwide ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • How to grow a solar energy garden

    Getting energy from the sun is a great idea. However, installing solar panels house-by-house is slow, costly and cumbersome, and downright inefficient if the goal is to bring solar to the masses. This problem troubled Paul Spencer after he built his own uber-efficient, custom solar home near Aspen, Colorado in 2004.  The engineer and serial entrepreneur wondered how he could replicate his ...

  • Wind & solar energy and nature conservation

    Climate change and the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity cannot be solved in isolation. Land and marine ecosystems play a crucial role in the climate system, capturing roughly half of carbon dioxide emissions generated by human activities (UNEP, 2009). Protecting biodiversity preserves ecosystem services that are important for regulating the climate and helping us to adapt to the impacts ...

  • Will natural gas dim solar’s shine?

    As natural gas booms, renewable energy proponents ponder whether it will serve as a bridge or roadblock to photovoltaic power On the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, Minn., Xcel Energy’s High Bridge Generating Station offers an iconic view of the current state of electrical generation in the United ...


    By Ensia

  • World Solar Power Topped 100,000 Megawatts in 2012

    The world installed 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012—an all-time annual high that pushed global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. There is now enough PV operating to meet the household electricity needs of nearly 70 million people at the European level of use. While PV production has become increasingly concentrated in one country—China—the number of ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Ontario FIT rules attract local solar manufacturing capacity

    Responding to requirements under Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) system for local content in renewable energy systems, companies are setting up manufacturing operations in the province to support solar energy development there. Solar photovoltaic (PV) system developer Q-Cells SE (Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany) and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (Cambridge, Ont.) have formed a ...

  • Solar panels power up, supplying energy for CSULA’s Engineering & Technology building

    Los Angeles, CA – Cal State L.A. technology students, involved with the University’s Power, Energy and Transportation Lab, are beaming as the sun continues to shine brightly. They are thrilled to observe their solar panel project at work after years of planning and development. On July 27, Cal State L.A. activated a new photovoltaic (PV) system of ...


    By Cal State L.A.

  • Soil CO2 Flux Measurements -- Powering the LI-8100/8150 in a Remote Location: Power Requirements and Solar Panel Solution

    INTRODUCTION Long-term automated simultaneous measurements at multiple locations within the same study site are often required to adequately characterize high spatial and temporal variability of the soil CO2 fluxes. The multiplexed LI-8100/8150 is a fully automated system ...


    By LI-COR

  • Asia-Pacific Solar Energy Panel Market is Expected to Reach $37.8 Billion by 2020

    According to a new report by ApacMarket.com titled, "Asia-Pacific Solar Energy Panel Market - Types, Mounting Systems, End Users, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013 - 2020", the APAC Solar Energy Panel Market would reach $37.8 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 14.8% during 2014 - 2020. Solar Panels function on the process of photovoltaic (PV), ...


  • PV Balance of Systems holds the key to grid parity in the US

    PV Insider reveals the importance of Balance of Systems (BoS) for lowering LCOE and maximizing performance in 2012 In 2011 the solar PV industry in the United States installed 1.86GW of photovoltaic systems and is expected to install a full gigawatt more in 2012, totalling a massive 2.8GW. Simultaneously, prices have also continued to decline since 2009. Average module prices have fallen nearly ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • 7 Theses on Storage Systems in Commercial Applications

    Solar storage systems are now the focus of attention more than ever before. The application areas are as different as the requirements. While private PV system operators work toward optimizing self-consumption, storage systems in industry are mainly used to provide control reserve and thus ensure grid stability. In commercial storage ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

  • Wellesley College – Wellesley, MA - Case Study

    In 2008, college officials set four goals as sustainability priorities on this 500-acre campus, including initiatives to improve landscape, conserve water, reduce waste and energy use. A related project would create a "Green Center" near west campus athletic facilities, serving as a model for students and providing an ongoing educational resource. Classic red brick buildings and new facilities ...

  • Frito-Lay, Arizona Service Center Phoenix, Arizona

    “Frito-Lay's use of PV power systems on their facilities demonstrates solar power is a viable means to meet the energy resources needed to run a large-scale business while addressing environmental issues.” Sean Seitz, American Solar Electric, Inc. Unique Feature: Real-time monitoring on the internet with SMA Web Box. Unique Fact: The Largest ...


    By Kyocera Solar, Inc.

  • Children’s Museum San Diego San Diego, California

    “Kyocera’s photovoltaic system is one of the cornerstones of our environmentally sustainable facility, allowing The New Children’s Museum to live up to its promise as a green Museum for children and families.” Rachel Teagle, Executive Director of Children’s Museum San Diego Unique Feature: In addition to solar, other sustainable design elements include ...


  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Calverton, NY - Case Study

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sought to build renewable energy at public facilities to reduce operating expenses and be more self-reliant. Boreal evaluated locations, recommended appropriate technologies to address energy demand, costs and aesthetic concerns. For Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island, the visitor center and public-area lighting is delivered by a 92-kW photovoltaic ...

  • Harnessing the Sun to Power the Canal Road Treatment Plant NJ American Water Company

    To better control the escalating cost of electric power generation at its Canal Road Treatment Plant, New Jersey American Water decided to implement an environmentally friendly solution. The installation of a 500 kWdc solar photovoltaic energy plant allows NJAW to achieve strong financial results, while providing clean, reliable, and cost saving energy to the benefit of our customers and ...

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