Category: Solar

Obama: Energy effort to help environment, military veterans

The Energy and Defense departments are extending to a total of 10 military bases nationwide a pilot program that teaches exiting service members how to install solar panels.  More »

Commentary: Excess across the Energy Complex

FuelFix Voices contributor Matt Smith looks at “six slices of excess” in the energy landscape.  More »

Citigroup says renewables will continue upward trajectory, even as crude tumbles

Oil generates about 5 percent of global electricity and doesn’t generally compete directly with wind and solar power, Citigroup researchers said.  More »

A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

During the preceding decade, adoption of renewable technologies experienced rapid growth. This advancement is in response to new technologies, available energy storage, policy changes, and greater investment in renewable sources. Renewables, solar and wind power especially, have far surpassed coal and natural gas in industry growth. According to an article in the Washington Post, energy […]  More »

Industry study ranks Texas 10th in solar capacity

Texas is the 10th-ranked state for U.S. solar capacity, according to a study published Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group.  More »

Commentary: Progress seen on solar front

Here are some signs of solar progress being made across the globe.  More »

Solar-power plane airborne on historic round-the-world trip

Some legs of the trip, such as over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, will mean five days and five nights of flying solo.  More »

Changing Seasons in Energyland™

As the seemingly permanent blanket of snow in my yard lifted this week to reveal the green, green grass below (albeit briefly), I am reminded that seasons change. But it is not just clocks and landscapes that are undergoing a shift, but also a veritable variety of elements in energyland™. So here are some such […]  More »

Texas solar jobs increasing

The number of Texans working in the solar industry increased last year by more than 2,800, a sign that the industry is making headwinds in the Lone Star State.  More »

California formally opens large solar plant

California has been steadily expanding its use of solar power to meet the state’s renewable energy standards, while testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of green energy.  More »

He helps keep the lights on for Texas

H.B. “Trip” Doggett, who heads the agency that manages most of the Texas power grid, sees growth in demand response measures that offer incentives for power conservation during peak demand periods.  More »

States work to meet new renewable energy standards

From New Mexico and Texas to Montana and New York, PNM and other investor-owned utilities are facing higher renewable energy standards starting this year as numerous states and the federal government push for a reduction in the use of fossil fuels for generating electricity.  More »

Can Renewables Power the Future?

Bridging the gap between fossil energy sources and renewables is perhaps the greatest technological challenge facing Americans this century. Global awareness, health and environmental concerns, geo-political instability, and raw entrepreneurism are all driving U.S. efforts to build a new, cleaner, and more diversified energy economy. Such challenges are being addressed in a collaborative fashion as […]  More »

Dutch to test solar panels on bicycle path

The path is built of massive, Lego-like modules of solar panels embedded in concrete.  More »

Commentary: Solar to be leading source of electricity by 2050?

Schneider Electric’s CMO, Chris Hummel, pondered whether the IEA’s claim that solar energy could be the leading source of electricity by 2050 was achievable. Matt Smith’s initial reaction was hum-dee-dum…not a chance! Then he thought about it and grabbed his research shovel and started digging.  More »
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