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.
GuildQuality’s 2019 Guildmaster Award Honors Premier Solar NW
Portland , Oregon- Premier Solar NW received a 2019 Guildmaster Award from GuildQuality for demonstrating exceptional customer service within the residential construction industry.
Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction software surveying company, has powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling, and contracting professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the U.S. and Canada.
Out of 700+ eligible applicants, Premier Solar NW is one of 300+ businesses within the residential construction industry recognized by GuildQuality for consistently delivering superior customer care.
In determining which businesses received the 2019 Guildmaster Award, GuildQuality reviewed thousands of survey responses submitted by customers of Guildmaster candidates, and considered two primary metrics for each candidate: the percentage of customers stating they would recommend the business to friend and the percentage of customers who responded.
Premier Solar NW achieved a recommendation rate of 90% or above from their customers surveyed by GuildQuality. View Premier Solar NW's profile on GuildQuality here.
According to the US Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration, solar and wind power combined met nearly 9% of the country's energy demands in 2018. Solar electricity generation grew 25% from the previous year, with more than 12 states more than doubling their solar output, and three states increasing their solar energy consumption by 250% or more.
Read more at: https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2019/02/28/solar-wind-met-over-9-of-u-s-power-demand-in-2018/