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The Challenge of Unlocking Solar Capacity in the Pacific Islands

March 21, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Pacific Island and Solar

It’s no secret that most islands pay a high price for electricity. From Bermuda to Fiji, the cost of electricity would shock even Europeans. But for most island economies, it’s not as simple as just swapping imported fossil fuels for renewable generation, even if the high-level economics seem promising.[read more]

A Snapshot of Germany's Electricity Mix: Solar Capacity Reigns, but Coal Generation Sustains

December 26, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Germany Energy Sources

Germany was one of the few countries in the world to take a no-excuses approach to developing renewable energy by creating a highly ambitious set of policies to promote localized, distributed generation. In many ways, the policies were a resounding success. But Germany is also facing some hard realities.[read more]

Time for Solar Resource-Rich India to Capitalize on Financing Solutions

December 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India Solar Finance Solutions


These are exciting times for India’s solar market. The solar resource-rich country just crossed the 3 gigawatt mark for total installed solar capacity. The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency and the United States Export-Import Bank just signed an MOU for cooperation on clean energy investments.[read more]

SunPower Is Tripling Solar Capacity, Boosting Cell Efficiency, Adding Energy Management and Storage

November 21, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

SunPower acquired SolarBridge, an Austin, Texas-based VC-funded integrated microinverter startup. SolarBridge has a high-performance, premium-priced inverter that is a good match for the industry's highest-efficiency solar module from SunPower.[read more]

Did Solar Capacity Beat Natural Gas in the First Half of 2014?

September 15, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Capacity and Natural Gas

Last year, solar photovoltaics and concentrating solar power were the second-largest source of new generating capacity in the U.S. That trend continued through the first half of 2014, with solar coming in behind natural gas in terms of new power plant additions. Or did it?[read more]

Solar Energy Usage Shattering Records in California as New Capacity Comes On-Line

March 22, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Solar and California

California is setting records for solar energy usage so fast that the state’s grid operator has had to change its protocol for announcing them. The instantaneous use of solar by the California Independent System Operator (the ISO) reached a record peak of 4,143 megawatts at 2:28 p.m. on March 16.[read more]

Which Country Has More Solar Energy Capacity than the Rest of the World Combined?

February 26, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Solar Energy Expansion in China

In 2013 China installed a record 12GW of solar power capacity, considerably more than Germany ever has in one year. I read stories about it all over the place. What I didn’t read in any of those stories was that in the same year China installed about 40 GW of solar water heating capacity.[read more]