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Commentary from Industry Pros
The thin film solar cell industry in transition: knockout phase is over - profitability and vertical integration nextPrices of solar cells and solar panels have fallen dramatically over the last few years. This (and state subsidies) has been good for the advancement of this amazing renewable energy source, and solar energy can today be seen as an established energy source, reliable and well distributed, cost competitive with traditional non-renewable energy sources and with a very healthy annual growth in installed solar panels.
Solar energy is a booming business across North America. Installations grew 30 percent across the United States in 2014 for the industry’s biggest year yet, but industry expansion also brings consolidation – Ernst & Young reports industry deal values hit a four-year high of $177.1 billion in 2014, with investment and acquisitions both predicted to keep rising in 2015.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has been saying repeatedly that the EPA's Clean Power Plan to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants give states flexibility.
In the current Supreme Court case known as State of Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Michigan and 22 other states have sued the EPA over new regulations that were designed to further reduce the level of mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by power plants.
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.