Category Archives: Solar Power

LEED® certification is used as a mark of quality and achievement in green building. Product selection and energyoptimization both play important roles in certification. SunPower® E‐Series and X‐Series solar panels manufactured inMexicali, Mexico provide the best return on your investment when it comes to earning LEED points for your projectbecause they are Cradle to Cradle™ […]

Challenge Golden Empire Shelling (GES) wanted to realize operational efficiencies for itsleading-edge almond shelling facility with a high-performance solar system. SunPower’s Solution Commercial Dealer SunPower by Sun Solar installed a 1.04 MW SunPower®HelixTM system, with 2,400 panels tracking the sun for maximum energyproduction on 4.5 acres.. Customer Benefit The system offsets an estimated 90 percent […]

There’s no question about it, studies have proven most Americans agree that renewable energy is crucial to our future. In addition, while electricity rates across the country continue to increase, solar panels become more affordable and viable than ever. Yet, at a time when green technology is gaining popularity and prices are decreasing, one question […]

A new materials discovery approach puts solar fuels on the fast track to commercial viability   Source: California Institute of Technology Summary: Combining computational with experimental approaches, researchers identify 12 new materials with potential use in solar fuels generators. New materials are created through deposition onto disks, which are then tested to determine their properties. […]

Solar trackers cover a field in South Burlington, Vt., in 2011. (Toby Talbot/The Associated Press)   By  Froma Harrop Syndicated columnist On the average sunny day, Germany’s huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing. Or close to […]

Over the past decade it has plummeted in cost, surged in volume, and, as booming industries do, benefited some investors and burned others. The International Energy Agency has predicted photovoltaic solar could provide up to 16 percent of the world’s electricity by midcentury — an enormous increase from the roughly 1 percent that solar generates today. But […]

Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Summary: A new report surveys utility planning practices from roughly 30 studies across the United States. The rapid growth of rooftop solar has not been distributed equally across U.S. utility territories, and the same is true for projected future growth. When an individual utility customer decides to add rooftop solar […]

Politicians and lobbying groups still regularly dismiss the science of climate change and efforts to increase the use of cleaner forms of energy like wind and solar. However, any opposition to the spirit of renewable energy could be a moot point soon as the cost of energy acquired by modern photovoltaics continues to drop. The […]