Solar Photovoltaic

  • Mar 16, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Other than the reduction of storage cost and the introduction of possible incentive schemes, the maximization of the storage efficiency is a key factor to increase the system profitability, making the investment on solar plus storage actually viable for end-users. 

  • Mar 04, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Brittany Bynum, staff writer for Technician, the official student newspaper of N.C. State University, shares the paper's recent interview with Duke Energy on expanding the utility's solar intake.

  • Feb 17, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    DONG Energy is Denmark’s largest energy company. For this installment of the utility2utility article series, we spoke to Ivan K. Pedersen, head of DONG’s Power Hub about renewables and partnerships.

  • Dec 10, 2013 | Tim Probert

    Our London-based contributing editor goes outside his normal European beat and takes a look at how solar is changing the power landscape in one quite sunny spot--Down Under.

  • Dec 08, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Patrick G. McHugh, vice president of Brooklyn/Queens electric operations, and Margarett L. Jolly, director, research and development, discuss the utility's solar project with Jetro Cash and Carry in the Bronx, including the details to install a behemoth 1.56-megawatt array of 4760 Sunpower E20 panels atop Jetro's store and warehouse.

  • Oct 01, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We spoke with Xcel's Susannah Pedigo, manager of renewable energy products and services about the Solar Rewards Community program history and its connections (especially with the grid).

  • ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced that it has won a contract from Fluor Corporation for the 125-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) Arlington Valley Solar Project (AVSE II).
  • ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America's leading energy consulting firms, recently released The Energy Industry Update. This semi-annual publication features ScottMadden's view of significant events and emerging trends in the industry.
  • Renewable energy experts Heidi Larson and Sean McPherson of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will speak on emerging markets and operations and maintenance (O&M) considerations at the annual SOLAR Power Gen conference to be held at the San Diego Convention Center, Feb. 13-15.
  • Emerson Process Management has been selected to apply its Ovation control and SCADA technology for the Catalina Solar and Pacific Wind renewable energy projects.
  • Nov 15, 2012 | John R. Johnson

    Despite the huge promise that clean renewable energy presents, big challenges remain. Chief among them are the ability to deploy cutting-edge technologies that integrate energy from the sun and wind onto the electric grid.  Thought leadership sponsored by Intel. (Photo by Kathleen Wolf Davis.)

  • Advocates point to drivers: costs fall, innovations rise

    Jun 13, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Falling prices and financing options have propelled solar photovoltaics and concentrating solar power plants to mainstream portfolio elements among utilities, according to solar advocates. While distributed generation continues to pose challenges, there's no turning back, advocates say. 

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  • Readers challenge our coverage, and each other

    Mar 08, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Changing utility customer behavior runs up against "What's in it for me?" Is the military wise to seek energy self-sufficiency, to save lives and money? And whither storage in California? Our readers have their say.

  • Critics point to pilots, advocate cautious steps

    Feb 29, 2012 | Phil Carson

    California regulators are determining how to move forward on energy storage, as mandated by legislation. How much time should it spend on analysis, on determining storage's cost effectiveness? And should it set procurement targets for investor-owned utilities in the state, possibly advancing the market for storage, possibly burdening ratepayers?


  • National security depends on EE & RE, not drilling

    Feb 28, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Navy admiral discusses the connection between energy independence and national security, and the role of energy efficiency and renewable energy in achieving independence and security. This no-nonsense approach is saving lives in the field.