Bifacial solar is the next big thing. Solar energy installations are growing tenfold, and with high renewable energy goals across the world, innovations like this are what will drive the solar industry. Read more from this article at Green Tech Media.
Implementing large-scale storage has always been a challenge for solar advocates. However, researches in Sweden say they may have found a solution in a energy-trapping molecule that can store the sun's energy for decades. Read more in this article from Bloomberg.
The market has spoken- renewables are cheap and plentiful. As of April 2019, renewables accounted for 23% of the electricity produced in the United States and coal only accounted for 20%. Read more from this article by The Guardian here.
Oregonians who have invested in solar are paying next to nothing for their electricity bill- just taxes and fees. Residential homes account for more than a quarter of the power used in Oregon, but with installed solar on single-family and multi-family residences, some people are investing net-zero solutions. Read more here.
“Solar got cheap,” said Jenny Chase, an analyst at BNEF. “It’s really that simple.”
Incentives have supported the renewable energy industry for years. However, solar and wind have become cheaper than any other energy source in many parts of the world. Read more from the Bloomberg article here.
Solar panels and crops can live harmoniously and even help each other thrive, found researchers at the University of Arizona. Just another example of how solar can be beneficial to us and the planet! View the article from ARS Technica here.
The symbiotic relationship between the panels and an essential water source have boosted energy and water efficiency for this Chilean mining company. “Any location on the planet now that has water issues should look into putting FPV on basically any body of water that they’re using for agriculture or for human consumption... it's a no brainer." Read more from the article by The Weather Channel here.
Due to Climate Change, as temperatures rise solar panel efficiency will decrease, according to a new study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Panel efficiency rate is heavily influenced by temperature, with higher temperatures causing less efficient conduction of electricity. Read more from the Forbes article here.
Smart grid technology is the future of renewable energy. Learn more about the evolution of the smart grid and how the responsibility of expansion has been will be passed onto consumers in this article from Solar Power World.
Navigant Research reports that the cost of solar-storage batteries are falling, with lithium-ion batteries being the main driver of growth for the utility-scale energy storage market.
The expansion and significant reduction in the cost of this technology means that battery storage combined with wind and solar projects are now competitive with traditional coal and gas electricity generation. Click here to read more.