Falling PV Cost

Here’s some positive news that verifies the growing trend towards localized power.  After WWII, the world built large regional coal or nuclear powered electrical generation plants.  Besides their needs for maintenance, the trend for decades has been towards smaller, decentralized power plants, many fueled by natural gas.  Just extend the trend a bit further and you have a completely decentralized PV power system – right on our rooftops.  It’s now also become less expensive!

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Cost of Solar Power Still

Falling, Falling, Falling

Tina Casey

Monday February 17th, 2014

Barely three years ago, the Obama administration launched the SunShot Initiative, an ambitious effort to transform solar power from an exotic, expensive form of energy into a mainstream fuel that can compete on price with petroleum, coal, and natural gas.… Keep reading

PV Jobs

Here’s a positive sign that what was perhaps a cutting edge way of providing power for sustainability fanatics is now becoming mainstream.  Our Garden Atrium homes were virtually the only ones with photovoltaic power in this region of about 2.5 million people when we began our project.  Now, people ask us regularly how they can convert their home to PV power, solar hot water, and more.  This may be one of the most positive signs I’ve seen for some time.

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E-Cars “Have Arrived”!

In recent years, many venture capitalists and IPOs center on the creation of better batteries.  The only two major uses they’d have would be for electric cars and for PV-powered homes that want to go off-grid.  Here are two recent articles related to e-cars.

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A Revolution in Batteries?

September 11, 2013

 

For all the buzz, Tesla’s electric cars still rely on lithium-ion batteries, a technology that was commercialized by Sony over twenty years ago.… Keep reading

Renewables’ Growth

Here’s a brief article indicating that renewable energy has grown to the degree it now concerns the traditional utilities.  There’s also a second article indicating why this trend will continue.

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Combination Of Solar

And On-Site Storage An

Emerging Threat To Utilities

 

Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Contributor

Forbes

 

Two more recent reports suggest that the electricity energy world may change very rapidly, and in ways that may look very different indeed.

Research group HIS predicts that residential PV storage systems will increase from 12 megawatts (MW) in 2012 to 2,500 MW by 2017 – in large part stimulated by Germany’s energy storage subsidy.

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Renewable Energy Costs

We know that at some point, we’ll need to learn to live with what comes to our earth naturally, as opposed to depleting our natural resources and contaminating our planet until it’s essentially uninhabitable.  2013 may be unique as a time in which we’re beginning to hit the tipping point of changes that have been growing, though slowly.

Nissan sold more Leafs in the first five months of 2013 than in all of 2012.  SMART is limiting the number of dealerships to which they send their electric models, because they’re selling faster than they can make them, so they limit sales to their hottest dealerships.… Keep reading