Solar Photovoltaic

  • Lawmakers on Tuesday directed state utilities regulators to study and create a new way to reimburse homeowners or businesses that generate a portion of their own electricity.
  • A bill to study a new way to compensate electricity customers for the power they generate and return into the grid was vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage on Monday.
  • As utilities operators look to a future with greater power generation coming from renewable resources, they face a challenge described in what's known as the "duck curve".
  • OCI has set out to secure a core technology to target the solar power energy storage systems (ESS) integrated market, which combines microgrid-based distributed solar power and ESS.
  • The benefits of solar panels- to owners and to non-owners alike, as well as to the electric grid, are greater than the compensation owners receive through net metering, which gives a credit for any unused energy they provide to the grid, according to a new report.
  • The benefits of solar panels- to owners and to non-owners alike, as well as to the electric grid, are greater than the compensation owners receive through net metering, which gives a credit for any unused energy they provide to the grid, according to a new report.
  • As can be gleaned from recent reports in the popular and trade press, activity is swirling around energy storage systems, highlighted by Tesla's April 30 announcement of its "Powerwall" residential energy backup system.
  • SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), the world's largest renewable energy development company, and Green Charge Networks, the largest provider of commercial energy storage in the U.S., today announced that they have teamed up to deliver a solar plus storage system to the municipal utility Silicon Valley Power. This project is part of an ongoing strategic partnership between SunEdison and Green Charge Networks to deliver additional electricity savings to commercial and municipal customers throughout Calif.
  • Courtesy of New York’s REV

    Jun 23, 2015 | Richard Kauffman

    While companies like Facebook, Amazon and Uber have embraced connectivity and distributed technologies to transform the ways we socialize, shop and travel, our energy system has changed little since the time of Thomas Edison.

  • A case study in renewable energy for colleges and universities

    May 28, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    To attract environmentally-conscious students, educational institutions have to collaborate with renewable energy providers and utility professionals to implement green solutions on campus, demonstrating their leadership on the issue of sustainability. 

  • Looking at grid-connected solar-plus-battery systems

    Apr 12, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Bodhi Rader, a senior associate in the electricity practice at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and a former energy industry analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, gives us a look inside RMI's recent "Economics of Load Defection" study. 

  • Apr 05, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    California has become the first state with more than 5 percent of its annual utility-scale electricity generation from utility-scale solar power, according to EIA's Electric Power Monthly.

  • Mar 05, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Utilities continue to provide reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean electricity around the clock to customers, all the while tackling new disruptions such as integrating new renewable power resources and optimizing the power grid for operational efficiency with an evolving distribution grid. 

  • Feb 10, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    You’ll notice in this issue a common theme---namely that no one is super sure what a smart city is, nor what a smart city will become. We’re feeling that out, as is perfectly understandable for people trying to both grasp and build the future at the same time. So, we've gathered insights to help from MIT, EPRI, Con Edison, SEPA, ComEd, AMP, a few cities, some academics, Harley Davidson and one data scientist to tell you if your utility needs someone just like him. 

  • Case studies in renewables integration and the evolving grid
  • Traditional utilities meet a new solar wave
  • part of the women-in-energy article series

    Aug 20, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Julia Hamm, president and CEO of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), opens up the utility industry to the sun—both literally and figuratively. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.