California Public Utility Commission says non-utility suppliers could serve 85% of load by mid-2020s

by Robert Walton, Utility Dive Dive Brief: A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission predicts the “unprecedented change” taking place on the state’s electric grid could leave traditional utilities supplying retail electric service to a scant few customers by middle of the next decade. Rooftop solar, community choice […]

Pike County solar farm site (Photo: Berkeley Energy Group)

Coal company plans huge solar farm on strip mine

by James Bruggers , Courier Journal Former state auditor Adam Edelen says project taps into power narrative of a coal company bringing solar jobs to out-of-work miners on a reclaimed mountaintop removal site. An Eastern Kentucky coal mining company on Tuesday announced its plans to build what could become the state’s largest solar farm on a […]

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Sonoma County solar industry ranks 13th in nation for job numbers

by Robert Digitale, Press Democrat Sonoma County shared in the U.S. solar industry’s boom times last year, with strong job growth reported here, a jump partly attributed to increased customer demand and a rush to take advantage of federal tax credits. The county ranked 13th for 2016 among the nation’s metropolitan areas based on the […]

20,000 schools to be converted to solar power in Pakistan

by Staff Reporter, Pakistan Observer Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif presiding over a meeting here on Wednesday to review progress on Khadam-e-Punjab Ujala Programme expressed an aim at converting schools on solar power. Addressing the meeting, the chief minister said mega programme had been made to convert 20,000 schools of the province on solar […]

My Electrifying Journey — Or, how solar panels and an electric car is a feeling of empowerment

by Toby Cowan In 1980 I worked on a proposal for Residential Photovoltaic Applications for the Low-Cost Solar Array Project for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Putting principles outlined in the project to work were at the core of the design of our home completed in 1985. We designed the house to take advantage […]

Leandro Leviste, Solar Philippines president and chief executive

Construction begins at 150 Megawatts solar project In Philippines

by SAURABH, Clean Techies Construction has begun at the largest solar power project in Philippines, and perhaps south-east Asia. Solar Philippines recently announced that it began construction at 150 megawatts solar PV project at Concepcion. The project will consist of nearly half a million solar panels spread across 150 hectares. The project shall use locally […]

Indian solar capacity triples in three years to push past 10 GW

by Ian Clover, PV Magazine Tweet by Indian power minister Piyush Goyal confirms that cumulative solar PV capacity in India has now risen beyond 10 GW, with a further 14 GW pipeline knocking at the door, and an additional 6 GW to be auctioned soon. Death, taxes, and Indian solar reaching and surpassing 10 GW: the […]

Solar power now least expensive source of electricity in 58 emerging economies

by Steve Hanley, Solar Love Solar power is now the least expensive source of electricity on average in 58 emerging economies around the world, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Why is that important? Many of those countries are part of the developing world, places where, until recently, people have been living in conditions barely […]

US Solar Market Grows 95% in 2016, Smashes Records

by Mike Munsell, Greentech Media GTM Research and SEIA present data from the upcoming U.S. Solar Market Insight report. In its biggest year to date, the United States solar market nearly doubled its annual record, topping out at 14,626 megawatts of solar PV installed in 2016. This represents a 95 percent increase over the previous […]

American Consumers Spending Less Than Ever On Energy

by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica A new report has revealed that American consumers spent less than 4% of their total annual household spending on energy in 2016 — heating, transport, and electricity — the smallest share ever recorded by the US Government. The findings are part of the fifth edition of the Sustainable Energy […]