40% of energy storage pipeline is co-located with solar PV

40% of energy storage pipeline is co-located with solar PV

Batteries, Commercial Solar, Construction, Renewable Energy
Since I'm at an energy storage conference in Boston today, this is a great story to lead with today - and its really telling. 40% of large scale solar in the development pipeline - that's a lot. The reason this is so fundamentally important is that we know the sun goes down - but we also really need to be able to take advantage of the cheap, clean energy from solar. And this is starting to happen today. All over the country we're seeing solar power start to get coupled with energy storage. We've seen the largest projects bid in the world, California - left and right - is dropping gas and transmission for solar +storage, and every single large developer that I speak with on a daily basis is…
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New Jersey goes bid on solar+wind+energy storage+nuclear

New Jersey goes bid on solar+wind+energy storage+nuclear

Batteries, Commercial Solar, Environment, Incentives, Politics, Renewable Energy, Solar Power
First off - the State of New Jersey is going in big on solar+wind+energy storage. If you're from this state and don't have solar yet - you'll soon see financial opportunities to invest. More interestingly though is the nuclear bill - giving a chance for nuclear plants to stay online so they're not replaced by fossil fuel plants as renewable energy scales. I support this plan, generally. I'd rather nukes than fossils in this interim period. (more…)
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Solar power uptime greater than 99 percent

Solar power uptime greater than 99 percent

Commercial Solar, Construction, Finance, Installations, Renewable Energy, Solar Power
The dirt: solar power is HIGHLY predictable. The sun freaking rises everyday, and the hardware we use to collect it has been getting built for decades to last for decades. What this means: Big giant piles of money will pour toward owning solar power assets because they love bigger, longer term consistent piles of money. This will turn into solar developers like me getting a phone call a week from those big piles of money asking if I have solar land to sell them. Solar growth will continue. As an aside - if you've got land - 2 to 50 acres, you're in a state that has a lot of solar (Massachusetts or New York I am daily focused on), let me know - info@commercialsolarguy.com - these institutional investors would…
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CGEB: Wind farms net positive on crop yield, big microgrids, local solar, more

CGEB: Wind farms net positive on crop yield, big microgrids, local solar, more

Batteries, Commercial Solar, Community Solar, Construction, Manufacturing, Off Grid, Renewable Energy
A solar power'ed technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Featured image from Nixon Peabody LLP's new installation - beautiful high efficiency vertical solar panel installation there. Iowa State University Research Finds Wind Farms Positively Impact Crops - Turbines take some of the wind energy, slowing it down but increasing its turbulence so it interacts with the crop more, possibly increasing evaporation from the crop or moving carbon dioxide down into the crop. Since fungus and mold like a wet environment, the shorter the wet period makes it less favorable for the growth of those potential pathogens. In the fall, the shorter wet period could speed up harvesting because farmers typically have to wait for soybeans to dry in the morning. Another factor is that turbines bring…
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CGEB: Tesla delivers, US solar cell maker leaving country, China creating Energy Minster, more

CGEB: Tesla delivers, US solar cell maker leaving country, China creating Energy Minster, more

Batteries, Commercial Solar, Community Solar, Finance, Incentives, Installations, Solar Power, Tesla
A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. 1366 abandons plans for New York factory - DOE agreed to fund 1366 Technologies’ first large-scale solar manufacturing facility in upstate New York in 2011, six and a half years later no disbursements have been made, and the company has withdrawn from the loan guarantee process. Seems to me as if we're talking out of one side of the mouth by putting a tariff on all solar power imports, while ignoring directly supporting a company with the revenue from those tariffs. This suggests a failure in thinking through certain variables in this local solar content goal. India reportedly mulling halt to PV anti-dumping measures - If India cancels the anti-dumping investigation and refrain from implementing the provisional safeguards tariffs, global PV…
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Here’s the email I just sent State of Massachusetts Senator Montigny, re: Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

Here’s the email I just sent State of Massachusetts Senator Montigny, re: Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

Commercial Solar, Community Solar, Finance, Incentives, Investment, Politics, Projects, Public Opinion, Renewable Energy, Residential Solar, Solar Panels, Solar Power
Senator Montigny - I'm located at zip code 02748. Professionally, I'm a consultant in the solar industry - but with a lot of project development, management and brokering going on. I try to piece together big puzzle pieces. I'm writing because there is a renewable portfolio standard being talked about right now. (more…)
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CGEB: Massachusetts SMART solar program, solar manufacturing 15X faster, more

CGEB: Massachusetts SMART solar program, solar manufacturing 15X faster, more

Commercial Solar, Incentives, Politics, Projects, Solar Power
A daily technical, financial, and political review/analysis of important green energy news. PV CellTech Talk: Christian Buchner, Vice-President at SCHMID Group - I remember back in 2004, the first lines were 5MW lines, maybe 10MW lines. Today the processes are basically almost the same, but at 15 times higher throughput - production lines today are often as high as 150MW throughput. What they're talking about are the series of machines that are combined together to take a solar panel from solar cell, glass, aluminum, silver and plastic - and output a solar panel. The rating they're giving - 150MW - is volume of solar panels produced per year. If a solar panel is worth $0.30/W - we've got $45 million in solar panels rolling off the line every year. I've read…
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