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Commentary from Industry Pros
I was pretty certain that Texas would be encountering severe problems because of the fluctuations in their wind energy generation.
Massachusetts' Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC) are an unquestioned success, creating green jobs and clean energy while protecting taxpayers. As the program enters its second phase, it's time for Governor Baker to reaffirm the state's commitment to a sustainable economic future.
The idea of "Cooperative Federalism" began with the New Deal in the 1930's, when it came to include a division of responsibilities among the states and the federal government agencies of electric power and distribution.
The solar industry, like any other, is continually motivated to push its technologies forward. However, our industry has unique demands that catalyze innovation, particularly with regard to inverters. It is both the type of demands and the sheer number of them that make the solar industry unique in this regard.
Today, solar energy is synonymous with photoelectric cells. But there is a much simpler and cheaper way to use the sun's energy. Typically, three times as much energy falls on a building's surface as is used inside it. Molecularly designing the roof's surface to capture and control solar heat can supply one-sixth of the world's energy, as was shown in field tests by the European Union.
Celebrities and major corporations, like Leonardo DiCaprio and Walt Disney Co. for example, have helped spearhead the charge for a carbon neutral planet . They recognize the need for a future where our planet is exposed to less carbon, and hope to see others commit to carbon neutral initiatives.
The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is arguably America's most important solar policy. This 30 percent tax credit spurred 1,600 percent annual growth since implementation began in 2007 and turned solar into an economic engine.
Another chapter of the global climate effort recently concluded in Lima, Peru, as a warm-up for a more-targeted meeting in Paris, June, 2015. Climate action advocates show subdued optimism for Paris: although political goals are more visible, no action plan is on the table, that would buffer rising global carbon and launch a critical downward trend.
Built environment improvement projects represent valuable opportunities for integrating innovative energy collection technologies. How valuable?
With 3.9 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaics installed across America through September and over 16GW cumulative capacity, the industry enters 2015 with incredible momentum.