Tag: Solar

Corporate global solar funding $7.1 billion in first 9 months of 2017

Corporate global solar funding $7.1 billion in first 9 months of 2017

Large-scale project corporate funding crosses $10 billion in 2017 Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in the third quarter (Q3) of 2017 and the first nine months of 2017. Total corporate funding (including venture capital funding, public market […]

By October 11, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Solar PV grew faster than any other power generation fuel in 2016 – IEA

Solar PV grew faster than any other power generation fuel in 2016 – IEA

United States remains second-largest growth market for renewables New solar PV capacity grew by 50 per cent last year, with China accounting for almost half of the global expansion, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest renewables market analysis and forecast. For the first time, solar PV additions rose faster than any other fuel, surpassing […]

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Renovating your home to net-zero (generating as much energy as house uses)

Renovating your home to net-zero (generating as much energy as house uses)

Bring typical home close to net zero with overall investment of roughly $95,000 By David Dodge and Scott Rollans Have you ever dreamed of living in a net-zero home? According to Peter Darlington, that dream may be closer than you think. In fact, you might already be living in your future net-zero home. Darlington runs Solar Homes […]

By September 26, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Utility-scale solar power generation costs fell nearly 30% in 2016, says new US govt report

Utility-scale solar power generation costs fell nearly 30% in 2016, says new US govt report

Record-low costs enabled by decline in module and inverter prices The installed cost of solar power fell to record lows in the first quarter of 2017 because of the continuing decline in photovoltaic module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency, and lower labour costs, according to a new US government analysis. While utility-scale solar costs […]

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Gordon Howell installed first grid-connected solar system in Western Canada

Gordon Howell installed first grid-connected solar system in Western Canada

Solar capacity has doubled in Alberta since 2015 By David Dodge Gordon Howell is a solar pioneer. He installed the first grid-connected solar system in Western Canada on his home in Edmonton, Alberta in 1995. Today Gordon is at the heart of a growing community of people getting involved with solar energy. He foresees a […]

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US news brief July 26: Residential electricity sales have fallen since 2010

US news brief July 26: Residential electricity sales have fallen since 2010

Also in this brief: New York District court dismisses lawsuit challenging Zero Emissions Credit Program, TPG Growth closes acquisition of Discovery Midstream Following sustained growth through 2010, U.S. residential electricity sales have declined in both absolute and per capita terms, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Although changes in the weather are a key driver of […]

Clean energy news brief July 24: Canada funding next-gen clean energy projects

Clean energy news brief July 24: Canada funding next-gen clean energy projects

Also in this brief:  US Energy Dept. gives $46.2 million for 48 solar tech projects, US fuel ethanol production continues to grow in 2017 Canadian government looking to fund next-generation clean energy infrastructure projects Investing in next generation clean energy infrastructure and technologies will advance Canada’s efforts to build a clean economy, create well-paying jobs for middle-class Canadians […]

New solar tech produces 50% more energy than standard silicon PV cells

New solar tech produces 50% more energy than standard silicon PV cells

New solar energy tech can produce over 50 per cent more energy per day By A’ndrea Elyse Messer UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 per cent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who […]

Clean energy brief July 18: Renewables do not harm power grid reliability – draft US report

Clean energy brief July 18: Renewables do not harm power grid reliability – draft US report

Also in this brief: 1) Smart street lights transforming local utilities 2) Virtual power plants, “trans-active energy” platforms putting consumers in charge Draft study not yet vetted by political staff, renewable energy industry fears political interference from Trump Administration A draft of a study by the US Department of Energy shows the expansion of renewable […]

Corporate solar sector funding hits $4.6 billion in first half of 2017

Corporate solar sector funding hits $4.6 billion in first half of 2017

Solar public market funding in first half of 2017 increased to $934M versus $276M in 2016 Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and merger and acquisition activity for the solar sector in the first half and second quarter of 2017, according to a press release. Total […]