French town begins solar ‘Nice Grid’ tests
A test project in southeast France, aims to demonstrate the capabilities of a “smart solar district.” Led by the French electricity distribution utility ERDF (part of EDF), the Nice Grid project in Carros near the French Riviera is testing how solar-powered microgrids can be managed to better control power... Read more
What parts of the world have the best potential for solar energy developments? Desert regions like the Sahara and Death Valley seem like obvious locales, but they’re not the only places on Earth to receive a wealth of sunlight. Scientists and engineers use a measure of “direct normal irradiation”... Read more
What do we know about solar energy? We know that, despite the popular criticisms leveled against government loans to the occasional failed enterprise (yes, Solyndra), incentives work and price wars can benefit users, even if they’re not always good for solar-energy companies. These factors, among others, help explain why... Read more
Seeing solar panels on the roofs of homes and business buildings isn’t such a big deal anymore … which is certainly a good thing. But seeing them at the top of a 50-story building? That’s not only unusual, but — for now — unique to Deutsche Bank’s Americas’ headquarters... Read more
The company name Eight19 doesn’t seem to suggest anything … until you hear the reason its founders called it that: “It takes 8 minutes and 19 seconds for light to reach the earth from the sun.” Aha, solar energy. Not just any kind of solar energy, though, but solar... Read more
Nuke-abandoning Germany is rapidly expanding its already large base of renewable energy, putting it on track to get 10 percent of its power from the sun by 2020. Solar-generated electricity skyrocketed by 60 percent to more than 18 billion kilowatt-hours in 2011, according to the latest figures from the... Read more
Cash-strapped water utilities in California are turning to solar energy to keep operating in the face of ever-tighter public budgets. Four new solar-power systems with a total capacity of 3.8 megawatts have recently come online in Santa Clarita, Riverside County and the city of Galt. In every case, the... Read more
Our thoughts today are with the family, friends and co-workers of Amonix CEO Brian Robertson, who passed away Dec. 22 in a plane crash in York County, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife and three children. “We are devastated by this tragic accident,” said Vahan Garboushian, Amonix founder,... Read more
If the US wants to promote the much-vaunted “job creators,” it should do more to help the solar-energy industry grow. That’s the takeaway from The Solar Foundation’s second annual Solar Jobs Census, which finds that, from 2010 to 2011, employment in the US solar industry grew at a much faster... Read more
Think about the uses solar energy can be put to, and what comes to mind? Solar panels for making electricity, certainly. Solar thermal for heating water. Solar chargers for powering up cellphone and laptop batteries, maybe. But what about using solar energy to help pull more crude out of... Read more