By Sandra Enkhardt, Senior Editor of PV Magazine Deutschland
The annual expansion of photovoltaics throughout the world surpassed the 100 GW mark last year. The multi-terawatt market is looming on the horizon and PV is becoming a “game changer” in the global energy system in five specific areas, according to a consortium of research institutes. Read more here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Colorado Gov Polis unveils roadmap to 100% carbon free by 2040, signs 11 clean energy bills, Utility Dive
- Pennsylvania’s State College Adopts 100% Renewable Energy Goal, North American Windpower
State College is the 17th community in Pennsylvania to commit to 100% clean, renewable energy and the first outside of southeastern Pennsylvania. It is also the 126th municipality to adopt this goal nationally, says the Sierra Club.
- Anheuser-Busch Embraces Solar to Power Past Its 100% Renewables Target, Greentech Media
The brewing giant announced a 222-megawatt solar project with Recurrent Energy in Texas, a fast-growing hot spot for corporate solar deals.
- Wisconsin Sees Growing Interest In Wind Production: Declining Costs, Federal Incentives Driving Factors, Wisconsin Public Radio
- North Dakota’s First All-Electric School Bus Unveiled, School Transportation News
- Energy storage deployments double *and* triple in first quarter, PV Magazine
Wood Mac reports that in the first quarter of 2019 energy storage power deployed grew 232% year over year to 149 megawatts, while capacity increased 110% to 271 megawatt-hours as Arizona, New Jersey and New York saw strong growth.
- How Microgrid Infrastructure Will Enable the Electrification of Transportation, Microgrid Knowledge. Schneider Electric’s Andy Haun explores the role microgrid infrastructure will have in the electrification of transportation.
- Renewable energy 101: Key terms you need to know, CNBC
Sustainable Energy breaks down some of the most important words and terms in the renewable energy world.
#Solar100’s Nat Kreamer: Clean Energy’s Captain America, PV Magazine Guest Post
Richard Matsui, Founder & CEO of kWh Analytics, speaks with Nat Kreamer, CEO of Advanced Energy Economy: Nat Kreamer served in the Afghan War with special forces in the U.S. Navy, helped found what is now the largest residential solar company in the United States, held the position of board chair at Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), and was recognized by President Obama as a “Champion of Change” for his work as a veteran in clean energy. Now he’s bringing these experiences to his role as CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), where he leverages policy advocacy and inter-industry collaboration to advance clean energy.
By Silvio Marcacci, Forbes
Renewable energy jobs are booming across America, creating stable and high-wage employment for blue-collar workers in some of the country’s most fossil fuel-heavy states, just as the coal industry is poised for another downturn.
Economics are driving both sides of this equation: Building new renewable energy is cheaper than running existing coal plants and prices get cheaper every year. By 2025, almost every existing coal plant in the United States will cost more to operate than building replacement wind and solar within 35 miles of each plant. Multiple states and utilities are setting 100% clean energy goals, creating new demand for workers to build solar panels and wind turbines. Continue reading here.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- California Solar Bill of Rights Promises a Panel for Every Roof, The Bay City Beacon
Introduced on February 13 by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-SF), SB 288, the Solar Bill of Rights, would “enable greater deployment of customer-sited distributed energy resources (DER) by recognizing that all Californians have the right to generate and store their own renewable electricity without undue interference from their local electric utility.”
- California just made more clean energy than it needed, PV Magazine USA
We’re a long way from the land of milk and honey, but on Easter Sunday – for about an hour – we got a taste.
- Nevada passes bill for 50% renewables by 2030, 100% carbon free by 2050, Utility Dive
- Sunrun: 2, paperwork: 0, PV Magazine USA
A federal ruling granting waivers to generator filings for distributed PV systems could open the door for Sunrun and other companies to sell power from rooftop solar into wholesale power markets.
- Solar+storage can outcompete “mid-merit” gas units, not just peakers, PV Magazine USA
Solar plus storage can deliver, at lower cost, the same generation profile as “mid-merit” gas generating units in a number of cases studied, per an analysis published by Fluence.
- Committing to climate: Transformation is underway in the US power sector. Contributed article by Dan Bakal, senior director of electric power at Ceres, Utility Dive
Johns Hopkins Announces Major Solar Power Commitment, Hub
Marking the largest commitment to solar energy in Maryland and one of the most significant pledges to greenhouse gas reduction in higher education, Johns Hopkins University has entered into a long-term agreement to supply its campuses with more than 250,000 megawatt hours of solar power per year.
SOLAR PRODUCT REVIEW
Renogy’s Solar Panels Bring Low Cost, Portable Solar To The Masses, Clean Technica. Renogy has built some impressive portable solar panels that allow consumers to recharge their devices and their portable USB batteries using the power of the sun. It’s a beautiful combination that had me excited when the company reached out to me about a review of its 5 watt and 10 watt portable solar panels.