Solar Photovoltaic

  • Chasing the sun

    Jul 31, 2014 | Jack Azagury

    Energiewende has become one of the most talked about topics in the utilities industry and perhaps one of the most notorious. It has also become the example of how not to do energy policy. Here are lessons learned.

  • The upcoming elections this November will be central in deciding the fate of the clean energy industry in New England, according to a new report released today by the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) and NECEC Institute.
  • Jul 29, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    David Mohler, vice president of emerging technology at Duke Energy, gives a few great tidbits on how to plan for a solar rooftop installation.

  • Last week in Denver, Coloradans packed into the Public Utilities Commission meeting rooms to support the cornerstone rooftop solar policy net metering. Meanwhile, a new finding shows that Xcel also knows the true benefits of net metering. A Denver Post article from 2007 says "Xcel officials maintain that all customers benefit because solar systems delay the need to build expensive power plants and reduce prospective future taxes on carbon emissions from fossil-fuel power." Xcel's current attacks on net metering are a flip-flop meant to protect the utility monopoly from competition.
  • In the parking lot outside the food court at the Mall at Robinson, a silver Chevy Volt sat in a space painted with a green and white electric vehicle decal, waiting for a jolt.
  • Jul 24, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Frank Prager, vice president of policy and strategy at Xcel Energy, writes about how a decade of growth in wind energy holds valuable lessons for the future of solar for Xcel and for the industry overall.

  • 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.