Who says government can’t be run more like a business? The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched an initiative that embraces one of the fundamental principles of market economics. It aims to help the solar industry overcome the stubborn obstacle of pricing in a manner that even the most strident critics of big government would appreciate. READ MORE
One of the primary objectives of the design/build philosophy is saving time and money for everyone involved in a project. But those savings won’t be possible if all the parties don’t employ the right construction methods. READ MORE
The need to upgrade the nation’s aging grid infrastructure has become more apparent. Fortunately, utilities and public officials are up to the task.
In the Northeast, one big project cleared a major hurdle, bringing it a step closer to delivering more power efficiently and at lower cost to customers. READ MORE
With efficiency now occupying a top-tier status in the effort to transform energy use, it was only a matter of time before the spotlight trained on waste and building construction. An architectural firm in Brighton, England, has taken that concept to the extreme. READ MORE
As the use of renewable power, electric vehicles (EVs) and the smart grid become more widespread and integrated, one challenge also becomes more apparent: storage. Thankfully, the experts are on it. This summer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding for the development of new technologies in this field. READ MORE
Much of the smart grid’s strength lies in its use of wireless technology to improve monitoring, information flow and efficiency. As powerful as that combination may be, a couple of California utilities have taken it to a new low. That is to say they have taken it underground. READ MORE
Several solar industry training programs and facilities have been developed in various states, the most recent in Utah, to prepare the work force.
In early September, Salt Lake Community College celebrated the opening of its solar training yard located at the college’s Meadowbrook Campus in Salt Lake City. The training yard is the only one of its kind in the state. READ MORE