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Wood Mackenzie: Current economic downturn will spe...

The cost of U.S. solar power is dropping faster than expected as the coronavirus stifles demand, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie. Residential-system prices will fall 17% over the next five years, the research company said Wednesday. That’s steeper than the 14% it had expected before the coronavirus. Wood Mackenzie also sees prices for commercial systems sliding 16%, and utility-scale installations will decline 20%,...

Inside Clean Energy: Rooftop Solar Could Lose Big ...

Solar panels on a senior housing complex in Boulder, Colorado. Credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL Rooftop solar as we know it is under threat from a case before federal regulators, and a broad array of clean energy advocates and state officials are getting nervous. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering a request from an obscure consumer group that wants to end net metering, which is the compensation mechanism...

Thermoelectric Stoves: Ditch the Solar Panels?

Ed. – An article describing the Thermoelectric effect applied to a domestic cooking stove. Primarily included for reference. Wood stoves can provide a household with thermal energy for cooking and for space and water heating. Wood stoves equipped with thermoelectric generators also produce electricity, which can be more sustainable, more reliable and less costly than power from solar panels. If the 2,000 year old...

If My House Were the World: The Renewable Energy T...

For the past two decades, my wife Janet and I have been trying to transition our home to a post-fossil-fuel future. I say “trying,” because the experiment is incomplete and only somewhat successful. It doesn’t offer an exact model for how the rest of the world might make the shift to renewable energy; nevertheless, there’s quite a bit that we’ve learned that could be illuminating for others as they contemplate what it will...

Amazon to invest in 2 Ohio solar farms

Amazon is investing in five solar farms across the world, including two in Ohio, as part of its goal to use all renewable energy by 2030. Amazon’s latest investment in Ohio is solar farms. The online retailer has announced five new solar projects around the world — two in Ohio and one each in Virginia, China and Australia. The projects are part of Amazon’s goal of relying entirely on renewable energy by 2030. Amazon’s...

FERC Might Rewrite Solar Net Metering. Here’s What...

A recent petition to FERC could trigger nationwide changes to solar net metering, with potentially significant market implications, the authors write. FERC Might Rewrite Solar Net Metering. Here’s What That Could Mean A recent petition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could trigger nationwide changes to solar net metering. On April 14, the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) petitioned FERC to assert...

COBALT IS CRITICAL TO THE RENEWABLE ENERGY TRANSIT...

May 14, 2020 — Its name conjures an image of vivid deep blues. But when cobalt is dug out of the ground in ore form, there’s barely a hint of the rich hue it lends its name to. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which produces more than half of the world’s supply, it takes the form of heterogenite, a dull brownish mineral that could easily be mistaken for small clods of dirt. But people die for this mineral. Children...

Inovateus installs solar projects for six Ohio sch...

Inovateus Solar, a Midwest solar developer, and En-Trust, an energy service and finance company for K-12 education, are collaborating on a portfolio of solar and energy efficiency projects for six Ohio school districts. When completed in 2020, the initial ten solar and energy efficiency improvements will provide an average of 25% annual utility savings for each school with escalated additional savings over 30 years....

When Will Renewables Pass Coal? Sooner Than Anyone...

The 750-megawatt Conesville coal-fired power plant in eastern Ohio closed two weeks ago, one of many signals of the decline of coal power. Credit: Michael Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images A milestone in the clean energy transition may arrive earlier than expected, with renewables overtaking coal as a leading source of electricity by the end of this year, according to a forecast by the Energy Information...

After months of delay, Ohio solar projects gain si...

Martin Abegglen / Flickr / Creative Commons Board Chair Samuel Randazzo, who unexpectedly demanded further review of the projects, says his concerns are now resolved. The Ohio Power Siting Board has approved three utility-scale solar projects following a delay demanded last fall by the board’s chair, Samuel Randazzo. The siting board on Thursday approved the 80-megawatt Nestlewood solar project that will be built on about...

Tesla Virtual Power Plant In Australia Outperforms...

Last year, Tesla, with the cooperation of the South Australian government, installed rooftop solar systems coupled with Powerwall residential storage batteries on over 1,000 low-income homes. The Powerwalls are linked together into what is known as a virtual power plant. (VPP)  It’s just like a grid-scale storage battery except instead of being all at one location, it consists of many small energy storage nodes spread over...

A website about the U.S. electricity grid offers a...

For a voyeuristic view of electricity consumption patterns, look no further than the federal government’s Hourly Electric Grid Monitor. While millions of Americans hunker down, work from home, and try to stay busy and entertained amid a pandemic, much of our infrastructure hums along as normal, unseen and unappreciated. The electric grid is one such behemoth, supplying a steady stream of electrons, on demand for every...

Landfilling Old Solar Panels Likely Safe for Human...

The International Energy Agency will later this year release research showing solar panels could be landfilled safely amid growing concern over the disposal of renewable energy components. Solar panels have a range of recycling options but none are perfect. The challenges for wind turbine blades are even greater. The IEA study will show that disposing of solar panels in landfill is unlikely to have an adverse impact on human...

Coronavirus May Mean Halt to Global Solar Gains—Fo...

Revised forecasts indicate that demand for solar panels will be down this year for the first time since the 1980s. In the middle of a public health emergency, it’s difficult to think about much of anything besides keeping everyone safe. But we also need to look ahead at the potential economic effects of this crisis on the transition to clean energy. With that in mind, we are getting a better idea of what coronavirus...

State, industry leaders break ground on historic s...

State Representative Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) joined Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and other state and energy industry leaders Thursday in breaking ground for what will be the largest solar project in Ohio history. The groundbreaking kicked off construction on the 200 MW Hillcrest Solar facility which, when completed, will power approximately 39,000 homes. It is Ohio’s first utility-scale solar...