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First Solar Now Officially in the Silicon PV Production Business

January 21, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

First Solar PV Production

First Solar’s TetraSun silicon solar photovoltaic production line is officially in service. The line, located at their Malaysian manufacturing facility, has capacity for 100 megawatts of annual module production. First Solar is a long-time thin-film solar manufacturer and vertically integrated solar project developer.[read more]

Solar Energy Versus the Grid: This Map Shows Where PV Makes the Most Sense

May 20, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Best PV Placement

Large corporations are turning into the biggest solar consumers. With solar costs continuing to fall, the technology is a no-brainer for companies looking to do something for the environment, right? Well, it all depends on where they're located.[read more]

Property Taxes Could Be the Next Obstacle for PV

August 3, 2013 by Herman Trabish

PV and Property Taxes

Property taxes can be an ongoing cost for PV system owners and a determining factor in whether a solar system gets installed. Where there is no specific policy in place, the system is likely to be assessed according to whatever the local standard practice is.[read more]

New Technology Creates Solar-Powered Landfills

November 7, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

Landfills are a constant reminder of all the waste we produce, but a new innovation could throw out the notion of a “dump” by turning them into solar power dynamos. energyNOW! visited Conley, Georgia to see how one company is generating renewable energy while safely covering nine million cubic yards of municipal solid waste.[read more]

Art Wharton - What about external costs of energy technologies? Part 3

December 30, 2010 by Joseph Koblich

Can renewables rescue us? Part 2 of this article, which appeared here on December 29, made the point (in part) that the nuclear power industry sequesters its nuclear “waste,” while other power producing industries do not. This capturing of waste products matters when calculating the external costs of energy technologies....[read more]

Solar Power to Cut Colossal Cruise Ship Emissions

December 21, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

Good news out of Los Angeles, where the completion of a 1-megawatt (MW) solar power system covering 71,500 square feet will now allow ships docked between cruises to access some 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable solar power instead of using their diesel generators for shore-side energy needs. Few people realize it, and...[read more]

Impact of PV Solar Feed-In Tariffs in Germany

October 26, 2010 by Willem Post

The purpose of this study is to show the impact of the ">PV Solar feed-in-tariffs, FITs, in Germany. It has the largest installed base of grid-connected PV solar systems in the world, and much data is available about it.  Prior to 2000 PV solar FITs did not exist and there...[read more]