Solar corporate espionage – solar road segment stolen by Chinese competition?

Solar corporate espionage – solar road segment stolen by Chinese competition?

China, Installations, investment, Solar Power
A new type solar road built in China has had a segment stolen. On January 2nd, a single solar panel was removed, and seven around the unit were damaged.  The cuts into the transparent concrete were 'clean and professional' looking. Since a standard solar panel costs approximately $75, and the equipment to cut the concrete and remove the unit probably costs much more - it has been suggested this theft was done by a corporate competitor. The installation cost was $42/ft2 - and a solar panel is about 6ft2, suggesting damage of around $250. (more…)
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Solar petal powered stadium proposed in Austin – $1.3m/year of electricity production

Solar petal powered stadium proposed in Austin – $1.3m/year of electricity production

Solar Power
  A stadium - designed like a flower for the desert, with red solar panels covering all upwards facing surfaces - has been proposed by an architectural design house for Austin, Texas. The development group gives no data on the solar energy production of the site, just that the 'panels' will be red. A rough calculation using a few estimations, suggests the project could potentially hold 6-8MW of solar panels, generate 9.5-11.3GWh electricity per year and $1.14-1.35M in revenue. (more…)
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Saudi corporate entities set sights on sun and solar power

Saudi corporate entities set sights on sun and solar power

Commercial Solar, Solar Power, World News
Facing rising energy consumption, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is getting serious about wind and solar power to offset domestic oil use. Corporate entities - reading the political tea leaves - are beginning to see solar power specifically as an actionable hedge against projected rises in energy costs. A most telling recent announcement hit on October 18, 2017, when news broke that the The Saudi Public investment fund (PIF) has established the new energy services company - ‘Super ESCO.’ This new energy services company has been funded a healthy $507M, and is intended to work with the Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources; Ministry of Finance; and the Saudi Energy Efficiency Centre. The goal is to reduce government spending on the energy sector by 2030, as laid out by…
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City of Chicago buying 1.8 billion clean kWh per year, mostly from wind

Solar Power
Despite President Trump’s 'cold feet' about clean, renewable energy, the city of Chicago is poised to do jump in the deep end: the city has concluded plans to join other green American cities by announcing that by 2025, all city buildings will be powered by renewable energy – the equivalent of 300 wind turbines. In January, Mayor Emanuel made it public that Chicago had reduced its carbon emissions by 7% from the year 2010 to 2015. In the city's 2017 budget, they 'allocate $98.6 million for utility expenses, including electricity and natural gas, and $26 million for vehicle fuel costs, including diesel.' In this plan they're going to eventually buy 1.8 billion clean kWh - probably from relatively local wind sources. Noted in the PR document - Collectively the City, CPS, the…
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Which solar panels should you choose?

Which solar panels should you choose?

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John wrote an excellent article over at Electrek today, discussing the virtues different types of solar panels could have for their owners. What's missing from it is "how does it apply to me?" For instance, homeowners (and business owners) who are building PV systems strictly to offset their power use through the generation, the overriding concern should be what system provides the best "bang for the buck", i.e. best potential generation per dollar spent. Overbuilding a PV system does no benefit to the owner of such an installation, as the net metering agreement they execute with their utility generally only allows for the application of net metering credits against their power bill, with no clause to receive separate payment for any excess generation. In that case, the benefit of using the…
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