12. November 2017 · Comments Off on Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid? · Categories: News

On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of the cross-island transmission towers. Nine out of 10 back-alley power poles blew down. Every single customer on the island lost power. Amid the wreckage lies an opportunity for Puerto Rico to rebuild stronger and smarter. Tesla chief Elon Musk said his company will power the island with solar and energy storage. “The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world, but the

Source: Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid? | Greentech Media

12. November 2017 · Comments Off on Can Solar Survive Without Subsidies? · Categories: News

In an increasing number of regions in the U.S., solar (and wind) power can produce electricity at the same cost – or lower – than more traditional fuels, like coal or natural gas. We call it reaching “grid parity” here in the business. The catch, however, is what happens when government subsidies are removed from the calculation. That’s why what happened at the end of September in the UK may be a sign of things to come across the pond here in the U.S. See, the British just brought a new solar power proj

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12. November 2017 · Comments Off on Student uses solar energy to power personal devices · Categories: News

Jacob Wilmoth, mechanical and aerospace engineering senior, bought two solar panels and a battery this past summer.“I wanted to play around with solar panels and batteries, so I started off with a solar panel kit off of Amazon,” Wilmoth said.Wilmoth is from Moore and during tornado season, he said it was nice to have a battery backup during storms to keep his room powered and his devices charged.

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12. November 2017 · Comments Off on UK’s biggest solar farm planned for Kent coast · Categories: News

An enormous solar power station is planned for the north Kent coast that would be the UK’s biggest and dwarf existing solar farms, providing a significant boost to an industry that has stalled since ministers halted subsidies 18 months ago. Cleve Hill, a mile from the historic town of Faversham, would have five times the capacity of the UK’s current largest solar farm and provide enough power for around 110,000 households if it comes online in 2020 as proposed.

Source: UK’s biggest solar farm planned for Kent coast | Environment | The Guardian

12. November 2017 · Comments Off on The Truth About Efficiency in Solar Power Generation · Categories: News

If solar energy is inefficient, then how do solar energy organizations sell their products? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Michael Barnard, low-carbon innovation analyst, on Quora: Efficiency is an interesting concept when you talk about renewable energy. Mostly, it’s meaningless except as input to a more useful economic discussion.

Source: The Truth About Efficiency in Solar Power Generation | HuffPost