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Why Solar Panel Efficiency Matters More Than You Think

The residential solar market is the fastest growing in the U.S. and most in need of high-efficiency panels. Image source: SunPower. As consumers, utilities, and commercial businesses begin to seriously consider the benefits of going solar, there are a few decisions they need to make. You have to choose an installer and a financing option. Then, of course, you have to choose which solar panels you install. One factor to consider is whether or not you want to go with commodity solar panels or a mo...

MillerCoors unveils largest solar array of any U.S. brewery at

MillerCoors’ 10-acre, 3.2 megawatt solar array in Irwindale will produce enough energy to brew more than 7 million cases of beer annually. Photo by Walt Mancini/Pasadena Star-News

Florida To Add 220 MW Of New Solar Power Capacity

January 31st, 2015 by Jake Richardson  Originally published on Solar Love. If you have been following solar power in America, this is a huge story. Historically, the state of Florida has been something of a solar power laggard, even though it receives a great deal of sunshine that could be used many days of every year to generate clean electricity. Politics has been the main barrier. It certainly isnt a lack of rooftop space or money. Generally, Florida has been a Republican stronghold and ...

MillerCoors Adds Solar Power to the Brew

MillerCoors has been working to reduce the impact of its operations from the start. Formed six years ago as a joint venture between SABMiller and Molson Coors, the company focuses on critical areas like water, energy consumption and emissions.In its 2014 sustainability report, MillerCoors shows a greenhouse gas reduction of 15 percent over the previous year, and a reduction in energy consumption of 15.6 percent. Since 2009, the company has reduced the energy required to produce beer from 162 meg...

Electric cooperative considering solar projects

Umatilla Electric Cooperative is looking into developing “one or more” future solar projects as the utility anticipates shouldering greater investment in new renewable energy.Under the state of Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, utilities that provide at least 3 percent of total retail electric sales must generate 25 percent of their electricity from qualifying renewable sources. With the rise in energy-hungry data centers in Umatilla and Morrow counties, UEC is expecte...

South Africa aims to power half of country with solar energy

Pretoria is promoting its growing solar industry, with predictions the sun will soon contribute about half of all South Africa’s new power generation. The ambitious approach is leading to major opportunities for solar power companies, including those attending an investor summit called “Powering Africa.” CCTV America’s Daniel Ryntjes reported the story from Washington.

Researchers may have found the most ingenious way yet to

Solar energy is definitely taking off and now researchers may have come up with the absolute best way to generate cheap solar power by installing solar panels in public parking lots. [pmc-related-link href=”http://bgr.com/2014/07/09/solar-vs-coal-power/” type=”RELATED:” target=”_blank”]Rooftop solar power is making coal obsolete in Australia[/pmc-related-link] The Washington Post reports that solar power proponents are increasingly turning their eyes tow...

10 Solar Energy Proposals in Virginia to Watch During its Short

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar energy throughout much of the Commonwealth of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but ignoring the opportunity to diversify its economy with cleaner energy sources, led by solar and energy efficiency.But more so than ever before, Virginia can catch up. Companies making solar work for homeowners and businesses in nearby states want to make i...

Russia Imposing Fines On Solar Developers Behind Schedule?

January 30th, 2015 by James Ayre  It seems that the recent delays in commissioning various new solar photovoltaic PV power plants in Russia won’t go unpunished, according to recent reports. The Russian state will apparently be imposing large fines on a number of large developers that have failed to meet their deadlines. The move is following on the fact that — as noted recently by a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade — out of the many investors who we...

Will Solar Cause A 'Death Spiral' For Utilities?

By Jean-Marc Ollagnier, Accenture Accenture Solar panels are sprouting up fast and getting cheaper everyday. Soon some of the homes and businesses that own or lease these solar systems could cut the cord and unplug entirely from the power grids operated by their regional power utilities. But lets start by dispelling a myth. What has popularly become known in the industry as the utilities death spiral is extremely unlikely to occur. Distributed generation like solar will hurt, but power...