For some innovations, such as calculators and computers, the key to success was in finding a way to make things smaller. The future of concentrated solar power, on the other hand, depends on making the product deliverable on a grand scale.
When Bob Wian opened a 10-seat hamburger stand in Glendale, Calif., in 1936, he couldn’t have predicted how famous the logo of the smiling little boy in the checkered overalls would become. But Big Boy has become part of American fast-food culture.
A plan proposed by Souther California Edison (SCE) for the largest U.S. installation of advanced solar panels on otherwise unused large commercial rooftops across Southern California was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.
New flexible solar cell technology developed by a group of engineering researchers at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, has been installed at a bus shelter on campus to power lighting for nighttime transit users.
An array of 213 solar panels will soon provide electricity to homes served by Duke Energy’s McAlpine Creek substation in south Charlotte, N.C. The substation’s new solar panels will provide approximately 50 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power five homes when the panels are operating.
Despite the hype, renewable power still faces hurdles to becoming a mainstream source of energy. Along with the need to bring down prices, renewables also need to perform on a mass scale. A new real estate development appears to have addressed that issue.
In one of the nation's most ambitious projects of distributed generation, Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy recently announced it will build between 100 and 400 electricity-generating mini solar power plants throughout the state over the next two years.
Texas is known for doing things big. In this case, a first-of-its-kind application for generating solar electricity by covering a solid waste landfill with a flexible membrane containing photovoltaic (PV) cells.
New York City certainly has one of the densest arrays of rooftops in the country. This opportunity did not escape Cooper Square Realty and Solar Energy Systems LLC when they decided to install a photovoltaic array atop the Kips Bay Towers, which is home to approximately 4,000 people.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) president and CEO Rhone Resch touted the vast potential for solar-energy development in the southeastern United States, particularly the untapped state of Georgia.
A new study on the installed costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States shows that the average cost of these systems declined significantly from 1998 to 2007, but remained relatively flat during the last two years of this period.
Overeaters aren't the only ones who want to slim down. Renewable power is about doing more with less. With that in mind, the Tempe, Ariz.-based solar technology manufacturer First Solar Inc. is touting the construction of what it calls the largest thin-film solar power plant in North America.