In the drama of renewable energy, no power source has performed better in recent years than solar. Despite improvements in efficiency and lower costs, the future of solar power is still uncertain, and as one researcher suggests, its growth could be its own worst enemy.
In January, The Solar Foundation, in concert with the GW Solar Institute and BW Research Partnership, released the sixth annual National Solar Jobs Census Report, providing details on current employment, trends and projected growth in the U.S. solar industry.
In September, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), announced the introduction of a newer and much more highly interactive Solar Career Map (SCM) tool. IREC is the national administrator of the Solar Instructor Training Network (SITN).
Solar power continues to suffer from the obstacle of high upfront costs. Although the electricity it generates is free, that is still not enough to make up for the hefty cost of purchasing and installing the equipment for many consumers.
The solar power industry, like much commerce today, thrives on innovation and the drive to do more with less. Recently, one industry leader set a new standard when it announced a solar-panel technology with unprecedented levels of efficiency.
Basic economics suggests that, when prices go down, more people make purchases. As such, recent declines in the installed costs associated with residential and nonresidential solar photovoltaics (PVs) bode well for electrical contractors.
It is no coincidence that renewable industries have evolved in tandem with the digital economy. They share many qualities that have helped define their success, including an innovative and socially conscious form of inclusiveness that empowers even the most marginalized among us.
Austin, Texas, has an aggressive plan for alternative energy. The “Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan to 2025” sets the city’s goal of sourcing 55 percent of its energy from renewables by the end of the plan’s term.
Electrical contractors interested in getting involved in customer solar installations and maintenance (residential, retail, commercial, governmental and industrial) may look at the “official” numbers on solar generation and conclude that, while some opportunities may exist, they are not appealing en
San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) microgrid supplied electricity to 2,800 customers in Borrego Springs in San Diego County, Calif., on May 21, 2015, during planned grid maintenance. This marked the first time a U.S.
It stands to reason that, in a desert state such as Arizona, solar power would be something of a no-brainer. But in Arizona, the issue of harnessing one of the most plentiful and valuable resources has caused a controversy.
Historically, if a problem occurs with a traditional string power inverter that links several solar panels together in series, or even simple shade, that issue can bring down an entire solar photovoltaic (PV) array.
The outlook for solar-power project deployment continues to brighten, creating opportunities for electrical contractors. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Washington, D.C., 2014 was a banner year for U.S. photovoltaic (PV) projects.