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Renewables International: Grid parity still doesn’t matter (but grid defection does)

June 10, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Germany is now focusing on the direct consumption of solar power, which remains prohibitively expensive. But a recent survey found that PV + storage could be competitive with power from the grid by...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Lenz: “Security Concerns” Keep White House Solar at Minimal Size

May 10, 2014,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

In comparison, the German Chancellor’s office (Bundeskanzleramt) has a 150 kW installation. That’s at least by a factor 10 more than what Obama has installed.

Category: News on Solar Energy

SPP: UK to become number one European PV market in 2014

April 22, 2014,   by Finlay Colville

The small feed-in tariff (FiT) markets remain buoyant, with the residential and sub-50kW commercial rooftop markets successfully navigating FiT degression phases.

Category: News on Solar Energy, Great Britain

Amid dipping power reserves, Philippines mulls higher installation cap for solar projects

April 17, 2014,   by Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, InterAksyon

The government may allow a bigger number of solar power facilities to enjoy tariff incentives on account of the large number of proponents of such renewable energy projects.

Category: Philippines FIT, News on Solar Energy

SolarServer: Japan installs 569 MW of solar PV in January 2014

April 17, 2014,  

Japan installed 86 MW of residential and 483 MW of “non-residential” solar photovoltaics (PV) under its feed-in tariff in January 2014, according to statistics released by the nation's Ministry of...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Japan FIT

Renewables International: Statistical overview German PV history 2000-2013

March 3, 2014,   by Bernard Chabot

It's safe to say that Bernard Chabot has just put together the most comprehensive, detailed overview of Germany's PV market – still the largest in the world historically, though it fell to fourth...

Category: Solar Tables & Charts

Renewables International: 3.3 GW of PV in 2013 in Germany

February 3, 2014,   by Craig Morris

Germany's Network Agency has published PV installation figures for December 2013, showing that the country came in within its target corridor of 2.5-3.5 GW of newly installed solar capacity for the...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Kazakhstan Solar and Wind Power Markets. New feed-in tariffs and very good opportunities for 2014

December 9, 2013,   by Renewable Energy Market Watch

Kazakhstan has also adopted at the end of August 2013 a new feed-in tariff law – “On Supporting the Use of Renewable Energy Sources” – that will provide support to renewable energy producers. The...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Kazakhstan

Renewables International: Socrates didn't invent solar architecture--Review of John Perlin's Let it Shine

December 3, 2013,   by Craig Morris

The knowledge from Faust’s book was translated into an active solar building program in the 1820s through the 1850s in Lower Bavaria, Hessen and Prussia. . . Faust’s ideas were implemented in...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy, book Reviews, Book Reviews on Solar Energy

My Indecent Offer to the Chancellor--Because We Cannot Let the Energy Transition Fail!—A Review

November 24, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

I’d already marked up my version of Matthias Willenbacher’s book My Indecent Offer to the Chancellor in the faint hope of some day posting a review from the German—it’s difficult and time consuming...[more]

Category: book Reviews, Book Reviews of Books auf Deutsch, Renewable Energy, News on Large Wind, News on Solar Energy, Germany FIT

Greentech Media: Japan’s Solar Market Surge Blows Away Earlier Forecasts

November 7, 2013,   by Herman Trabish

“The Japanese feed-in tariff is one of the most lucrative in the world,” explained Adam James, GTM Research Solar Analyst for Global Demand. “As a result, there has been a gold rush. In the first...

Category: News on Solar Energy

CleanTechnica: Japan Solar PV Industry Reaches 10 GW Milestone

September 11, 2013,   by Joshua S Hill

Japanese solar photovoltaic “PV” installations have now passed 10 GW for cumulative PV capacity, only the fifth country to reach the mark.

Category: News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: Two strategic lessons from distributed PV in Germany

September 3, 2013,   by Bernard Chabot

French energy expert Bernard Chabot takes a look at the distribution of PV arrays in Germany by system size based on the latest data up to July 2013.

Category: News on Solar Energy

HELAPCO: Greek Solar PV Market September 2013

September 2, 2013,  

980 MW solar PV installed in 2013, bringing total Greek PV to 2,500 MW. Greece now ranks 5th worldwide with regard to per capita installed PV capacity.

Category: News on Solar Energy

HELAPCO: The Greek PV Market Status

August 26, 2013,  

Greece has been offering high feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) for PV since 2006. This has skyrocketed the market, especially during the period 2011-2013, and reached a cumulative installed PV capacity of 2.5...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Greece FIT

Lenz Blog: EU Solar Anti-Dumping Case Great News for the Climate

June 5, 2013,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

That in turn means that the solar panels not sold in the EU because of such a measure would need to be sold somewhere else, increasing supply on all non-EU markets. Which in turn means even lower...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Bloomberg: Japan Domestic Solar Shipments Leap by Most in at Least 30 Years

May 31, 2013,   by Chisaki Watanabe

Local shipments rose to 3,809 megawatts in the 12 months ended March 31 from 1,404 megawatts the previous year, the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association said today on its website. The increase was...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: Grid parity in Hawaii – not a breakthrough

April 12, 2013,   by Craig Morris

Now that grid parity has been reached in a number of areas, we can see what the future will look like – regulation will still be needed. In Hawaii, new obstacles were put in place at the end of 2011,...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Bloomberg: Japan to Become Largest Solar Market After China, BNEF Says

April 4, 2013,   by Chisaki Watanabe

Commercial and utility-scale projects will boost solar installations to a range of 6.1 gigawatts to 9.4 gigawatts in 2013, exceeding an earlier forecast of 3.2 gigawatts to 4 gigawatts, Bloomberg New...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Climate Spectator: Are Australian solar buyers rational?

April 2, 2013,   by Tristan Edis

To understand consumer behaviour it’s worthwhile firstly reviewing the rate of overall solar system installations in the last two years, as detailed in the chart below prepared by Green Energy...

Category: Solar Tables & Charts

IMS: Japan to Install More than 5 Gigawatts of PV Systems in 2013 – Overtaking Germany and the US

March 18, 2013,  

Japan’s PV market currently benefits from a feed-in tariff (FIT) paying up to ¥42 per kilowatt hour, even though this is likely to be reduced by approximately 10 percent beginning April 1. . . “At...

Category: Japan FIT, News on Solar Energy

Solar Seminars: Installed PV Data Comparisons Through 2011

March 5, 2013,   by Britt Bassett

Perhaps a more useful method of comparison is to look at the installed capacity as a function of population. This gives a better comparison than just the total amount installed, as it allows a...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: Figures for PV in Flanders and RE in France for 2012

January 28, 2013,  

While the Flemish market is relatively small in absolute terms on a global scale – it only made up around one percent of PV sales worldwide last year – the Flemish are nonetheless progressing quite...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Ohio solar project hit with setback while Ontario boosts renewable power

January 22, 2013,   by Steve Bennish

Days after Ohio regulators set back the largest proposed solar power installation in the eastern U.S., the Canadian province of Ontario announced that it will shut down its last coal-fired power...

Category: Renewable Energy, News on Solar Energy

Terna: Italy Generates 5.6% of its Electicity with Solar PV

January 9, 2013,  

According to early estimates, in 2012 the electricity demand was met for 86.8% with the national production (of which 62.2% thermoelectric, 13.3% hydroelectric, 1.6% geothermal, 4.0% wind power and...

Category: News on Solar Energy

PV Magazine: France provides interim support for solar

January 7, 2013,  

The measures will take place when a decree is published later this year. They are seen as being interim measures as the new government formulates a wider energy policy framework. . .

Category: News on Solar Energy, France FIT

Germany Sets New Solar PV Record for 2012

January 1, 2013,  

Germans installed 1.3 million solar systems last year and generated 28 TWh of electricity in 2012, setting a new installation record. . .

Category: Solar Association (BSW), News on Solar Energy

University of Oregon: Community Solar Tool

January 1, 2013,  

Thinking about starting a community solar project? No matter what your project’s stage of development, the Community Solar Tool (CST) can help you. . .

Category: News on Solar Energy, News on Community Power

Renewable energy is reliable, new study claims

December 13, 2012,  

Although critics of renewable energy may claim that it isn't reliable enough to power a grid, a new study gives proponents of clean power – such as wind and solar – fresh ammunition to respond. A...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Chris Nelder: Coming soon 100% renewable power

December 12, 2012,  

One day in the not-too-distant future — probably sooner than many expect — some parts of the world will have power grids that are completely powered by renewables. Eventually, the entire world could...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Nuclear Power

Economics of Photoelectricity Open Source Spreadsheet

November 13, 2012,  

This is an open source spreadsheet on the economics of solar photovoltaics. The spreadsheet contains more than 50 individual tabs covering a multitude of topics beyond the expected cash flow...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Economic Calculations

Renewables International: Small Czech Republic is solar success

November 6, 2012,  

Yesterday, Czech authorities announced that the country had reached an installed photovoltaic capacity of 1,999 megawatts as of September 30. The country's performance is especially impressive if we...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: German solar power up 50% year over year

November 6, 2012,  

Yesterday, the BDEW announced power production figures for the first three quarters of 2012. Most notably, the share of solar power grew from 4.1 percent to 6.1 percent – an increase of nearly 50...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: Fast increase in PV capacity and power production in 2012 in Germany

November 5, 2012,  

Solar PV is already a fast developing and major energy technology in Germany, not only in terms of MW but also in TWh and in the percentage of annual electricity demand. . .

Category: News on Solar Energy

Lenz Blog: Monster Growth Rates in Chinese Solar Market

October 27, 2012,  

In terms of produced electricity, China has grown 540% from last year. And in terms of capacity, 2.71 GW of capacity added in the first nine months of this year are already a 4.2 fold increase on...

Category: China FIT, News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: Grid parity still the goal?

October 22, 2012,   by Craig Morris

That quote comes from a presentation given by an IEA representative at the 27th PV-SEC in September, where the keynote address was "What is a fair price for PV electricity?" and a number of...

Category: Germany FIT, News on Solar Energy

SolarServer: If solar covered one percent of the UK it would meet the country’s entire power demand-

October 11, 2012,  

The installations would take up roughly 2,635 km2; the UK is 244,820km2. Therefore, only one percent of the UK’s total land area would be required to install enough solar to cover our entire...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Great Britain

Europe leads the world in solar panel installations

October 10, 2012,  

Two-thirds of worldwide solar panels installations in 2011 were in Europe totalling 18.5 GW, according to a report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. . .

Category: News on Solar Energy, Europe FIT

SolarServer: California Governor Brown signs multiple bills to advance solar policies

October 4, 2012,  

California Governor "Jerry" Brown has recently approved a number of bills to support the adoption of more solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and other sources of renewable energy, including a bill to...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: German PV market shrinks in August

October 1, 2012,  

Energy expert Bernard Chabot takes a look at the PV installation data released on Friday by Germany's Network Agency for August, which shows that both the market volume and average system size...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Germany FIT

Solar Power Portal: Solar-generated electricity in the UK increases by 840 percent in one year

September 28, 2012,  

Official statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show that the UK’s 1.38GW of installed solar capacity generated 0.5TWh of electricity in the second quarter of 2012 – an...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Great Britain

Grist: Why is rooftop solar cheaper in Germany than in the U.S.?

September 21, 2012,  

Most of those differences can be attributed to policy, either directly or indirectly. PV installations don’t pay sales tax in Germany. Rules governing permitting and interconnection are much simpler....

Category: News on Solar Energy, USA FIT

Solar Server: Bulgaria retroactively cuts PV feed-in tariff rates up to 39%

September 19, 2012,  

The nation of Bulgaria has introduced new, temporary feed-in tariff rates, including cutting the rates for solar photovoltaic (PV) plants above 200 kW by 5-39%. These rate reductions were decided at...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Bulgaria FIT

Denmark Reaches 2020 Goal for Solar Energy before Time

September 12, 2012,  

Huge interest for solar energy solutions has made the amount of solar cells multiply much faster than expected. This is made possible by favourable framework conditions. In fact the solar cell...

Category: News on Solar Energy

PV-Tech: Solar power provides 8.4% of Italian electricity demand in August, report shows

September 10, 2012,  

According to a monthly report from Italian grid operator Terna SpA, solar power provided 8.4% of total Italian electricity demand in August. It also revealed that electricity generated from PV during...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Italy FIT

REWIRE: Why California is Way Behind Germany In Solar Development

August 27, 2012,  

In the meantime, the example of Germany is worth keeping in mind when you hear utilities laud their cooperation with California's pilot feed-in tariff programs (while fighting their expansion in...

Category: News on Solar Energy, California FIT

Renewables International: The shift towards large systems

August 26, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French expert Bernard Chabot analyzes and comments on the potential impacts on PV arrays size diversity of the PV installations in Germany from 2009 to the end of June 2012. . .

Category: News on Solar Energy, Germany FIT

Giles Parkinson: How big utilities propose to kill solar PV

July 9, 2012,  

RenewEconomy has written before that the proliferation of solar PV in the mass market – reducing household energy costs and offering negative cost emissions abatement – has the potential to redefine...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: How wind and PV complement each other

July 6, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot and Craig Morris

From January to June 2012, data published on the EEX web site show that, if well balanced, PV and wind production can complement each other along the seasons, leading to an easier to manage...

Category: Grid Integration, News on Solar Energy

Renewables International: PV system size still diverse in Germany

June 25, 2012,   by Bernard Chabot

French consultant and sustainable energy expert Bernard Chabot updates Germany's PV installation data in terms of system size vis-à-vis market share, compares it with the 2009-2011 distribution and...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Grid Integration, Germany FIT

UK FIT installations increase 66 per cent in Q1

June 22, 2012,  

here was 1.09GW of renewable power included under the UK’s feed-in tariff (FIT) solar scheme at the end of the first quarter, with an increase of 66 per cent from the previous quarter. . .

Category: News on Solar Energy, Great Britain

Craig Morris: UK Reaches 1,300 MW of Solar PV Since FIT Launch

May 14, 2012,   by Craig Morris

The drastic cuts in feed-in tariffs for solar power in the UK reduced installations by nearly 60 percent in April, putting the government far behind its target of 22 gigawatts of PV for 2020. . .

Category: Great Britain, News on Solar Energy

BBC: Reading (UK)Council installs thousands of solar panels with FITs

April 24, 2012,  

Reading Borough Council installed the 2,126 panels on schools, council offices, leisure centres, libraries, businesses and sheltered accommodation. The authority embarked on the project to take...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Craig Morris: Solar as share of peak power demand

April 16, 2012,   by Paul Gipe

In California, solar proponents are happy about the clarification of what constitutes peak demand in legislation for net-metering, but the levels discussed in California are a fraction of what is...

Category: News on Solar Energy

California Watch: Solar rooftops sought in poor communities

April 16, 2012,   by Bernice Yeung

A bill [PDF] before the California Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce this month seeks to equalize renewable energy installation in the state by promoting small-scale solar rooftops in the...

Category: California FIT, News on Solar Energy

Why power generators are terrified of solar

March 27, 2012,   by Giles Parkinson, of RenewEconomy

Here is a pair of graphs that demonstrate most vividly the merit order effect and the impact that solar is having on electricity prices in Germany; and why utilities there and elsewhere are desperate...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Grid Integration, Germany FIT

Rays of hope for UK churches

March 15, 2012,  

Residents and organisations including churches, who receive rebates for the electricity they put back into the National Grid, will see their Feed-in-Tariff payments increase by 4.8 per cent from next...

Category: News on Solar Energy, Great Britain

Feed-in tariffs for photovoltaics: What Lomborg gets wrong

February 22, 2012,   by Craig Morris

In an article published at Slate.com, Danish political scientist Bjørn Lomborg chimes in on how Germany is allegedly abandoning solar. He may not describe the situation in Germany well, but his...

Category: Debunking Myths about Germany's EEG, News on Solar Energy

Nuclear Roulette: The Case Against a "Nuclear Renaissance

January 28, 2012,  

Written by award-winning journalist Gar Smith, edited by Ernest Callenbach, with a foreword by leading Japanese anti-nuclear activist, Aileen Mioko Smith, Nuclear Roulette is a rigorously researched...

Category: News on Solar Energy

The CSI: A Program Off Track

January 27, 2012,  

An Update through March 2011

Category: News on Solar Energy

Fly-by of World's Largest Solar PV Farm in Ontario

January 27, 2012,  

Video of Enbridge's 80+ MW solar PV plant near Sarnia .

Category: News on Solar Energy

PV Magazine: Photovoltaics – the energy alternative that is immediately available in large and affordable quantities

January 27, 2012,  

Publisher Karl-Heinz Remmers takes aim at those who continue to label photovoltaics as the most expensive renewable energy source - particularly in context of the German renewable landscape. . .

Category: News on Solar Energy

Proposed revised solar PV feed-in tariffs for Ontario in 2012

December 9, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

December 9, 2011 December 16, 2011 edits: Corrected date. Added the expression "indicative" to describe the proposed tariffs. Added further paragraphs to explain the different assumptions between...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

CleanTechnica: North American Solar Photovoltaic Market to Double in Q4 2011

December 5, 2011,  

The U.S. is projected to account for 84% of the market this quarter, and Canada (largely Ontario, because of its world-leading feed-in tariff and the “cool” or “contagion” factor), the other 16%....

Category: News on Solar Energy

Reuters: Italy solar capacity seen up to 12.5 GW end: 2011

November 12, 2011,  

By now, we are well above 11 gigawatts of installed capacity ... probably we will be at 12.0-12.5 gigawatts by the end of this year," Valerio Natalizia told a news conference. . . "Next...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

1000 Solar Rooftops Going solar in the Ottawa area

November 1, 2011,  

It could be the national capital's new look for the 21st century: A skyline dotted with 1,000 solar rooftops.

Category: News on Solar Energy

Craig Morris: Belgium to phase out nuclear

October 31, 2011,   by Craig Morris

Though it has no government, Belgium has resolved to shut down its nuclear reactors, with the first three to be taken down in 2015 -- provided power supply is not endangered.

Category: News on Solar Energy

SolarShare on the Map--How Renewable Energy--Especially Solar--Can Become More Transparent

September 28, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Now I can point to another shining example of how to develop renewable energy responsibly and transparently: SolarShare.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

CleanTechnica: North American Solar Photovoltaic Market to Double in Q4 2011

September 4, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

The U.S. is projected to account for 84% of the market this quarter, and Canada (largely Ontario, because of its world-leading feed-in tariff and the “cool” or “contagion” factor), the other 16%....[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

German Solar Photovoltaic Price Index

September 1, 2011,  

The Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (the German Solar Energy Association) graphs the rapid fall in the installed cost of solar photovoltaic systems in Germany.

Category: News on Solar Energy

German Solar Photovoltaic Price Index

September 1, 2011,  

The Bundesverband Solarwirtschaft (the German Solar Energy Association) graphs the rapid fall in the installed cost of solar photovoltaic systems in Germany.

Category: News on Solar Energy

Dardesheim: Germany's Renewable Energy Town

June 22, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

There are less than 1,000 souls in the town of Dardesheim. But the village and its 80,000 neighbors in the county of Halberstadt in the former East Germany have an expansive spirit. They want to...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, News on Community Power

Richard Perez: Solar Power Generation in the US: Too expensive, or a bargain?

June 1, 2011,  

Results for the state of New York suggest that solar electric installations deliver between 15 to 40 cents per kWh to ratepayers and taxpayers. These results provide economic justification for the...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Protecting Creation: Solar PV at Religious Institutions Driven by Feed-in Tariffs

April 21, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

One powerful advantage of feed-in tariff policies for developing renewable energy is that they permit the participation of people from all walks of life. [more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Ontario Solar co-op makes pitch to Orangeville council

April 14, 2011,  

The Green Pathways Community Solar Cooperative Inc., along with its partner, Orangeville Hydro, approached Orangeville council at its April 4 meeting seeking a commitment from the town to lease the...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Solarserver: Spain's MITyC approves 923 PV plants

March 31, 2011,  

On March 31st, 2011, The Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade (MITyC) announced that it has approved 923 new solar photovoltaic (PV) plants for participation in the nation's feed-in...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Who Invented the Solar Feed-in Tariff (FIT)? --Or What We Can Learn From Aachen's Success in Harnessing Clean Energy

March 24, 2011,   by Bob Johnstone

The solar industry is booming. During the past decade PV shipments have grown by three orders of magnitude. In 2010 shipments were up over a hundred percent on 2009. How to account for this explosive...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Ontario Church follows the light: Richards Memorial United Church plans to plug in its cross-shaped solar array Wednesday

December 29, 2010,  

Worshippers at Richards Memorial United Church say they’ve always got their power from on high. Now they’re connecting their energy source to the grid.

Category: News on Solar Energy

Feed-in Tariffs for Renewable Heat, Solar Thermal, Solar Domestic Hot Water (DHW), Efficiency, and Biomass

November 22, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

Below are some sources on feed-in tariffs for renewable heat and solar DHW.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Going Solar in Ontario, Canada

October 18, 2010,  

Our family is one giant step closer to being part of Ontario’s innovative micro-FIT program, which is encouraging the growth of renewable energy production in the province by paying a premium to...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Beyond Biofuels: Renewable Energy Opportunities for U.S. Farmers--

July 28, 2010,  

A Transatlantic Comparison on a Growing Business for Agriculture .

Category: News on Solar Energy

Solar Car Skiing and Solar Donuts

April 12, 2010,   by Jim White

XOF1 and Jim White made history with the first ever Solar Power Skiing. The event took place over the frozen Arctic Ocean.

Category: News on Solar Energy

Brief Summary of World Solar PV Market Stats 2009

March 30, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

March 30, 2010 Total Market World PV 6,000 MW/yr 20,000 MW Total Worldwide Growth: 20-40%/yr ~90% of World PV from Feed-in Tariffs Major Markets Germany: 3,000 MW/yr Italy: 700 MW/yr Japan:...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Ontario Reaches 46 MW of Solar PV in 2009

March 5, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) reports that 40 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) contracts were in commercial operation by the end of 2009. This represents about 46 MW of installed DC capacity in the...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Energy Self-Reliant States--a Review

February 6, 2010,   by Paul Gipe

Is another valuable tool for renewable energy advocates in building a case that "yes, even the US can" move to renewables--and the sooner the better.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Mike Brigham's Freiburg Solar Tour

January 1, 2010,  

Photos of Freiburg's Solar Siedlung, Vauban, Heliotrope and others.

Category: News on Solar Energy

TREC's SolarShare Home Page

January 1, 2010,  

SolarShare was created by TREC Renewable Energy Co-op in January 2010 in order to purchase, own and operate solar PV installations across the Canadian province of Ontario. Through SolarShare’s...

Category: News on Solar Energy

SEMIconductor Manufacturers: FITs Best for Solar PV

December 11, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

The world's semiconductor manufacturers have now deliberately waded into the feed-in tariff policy arena. [more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Sarnia Solar PV Farm

November 20, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

On a recent trip across Ontario to Indiana, I stopped by Sarnia to take some pictures of the large solar PV farm being installed outside town. When completed it will be one of the largest in North...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Solar PV DC Conversion Factor for AC kW

November 20, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Most contracts for solar PV, such as those under Ontario's Standard Offer Contract program and its new Feed-in Tariff program, are written in terms of AC kilowatts (kWAC).[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Barcelona's Solar Pergola

April 30, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Barcelona's 444 kW Pergola solar del Forum was inaugurated May 4, 2009 at the site of Barcelona's World Forum of Culture.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Barcelona's Solar Pergola

April 30, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Barcelona's 444 kW Pergola solar del Forum was inaugurated May 4, 2009 at the site of Barcelona's World Forum of Culture.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

German Installed PV Cost 2009

March 16, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

TREC's Proposed Toronto Hydro Solar Initiative

November 28, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

In 2007 the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative proposed to senior executives at Toronto Hydro, Canada's largest municipal utility, the Toronto Solar Initiative. [more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Ontario Standard Offer Contracts Awarded

September 1, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Of the 1,500 MW of Standard Offer Contracts awarded 50% of the wind contracts were granted to commercial wind developers, and 80% of the solar PV contracts were awarded to central-station plants.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Lehr Brothers' 119 kW Solar PV Plant in Edison California

December 24, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

December 24, 2007   Lehr Brothers' Big L Packers installed this 119 kW solar PV plant on top of a shade structure in 2003. Big L, like other plants in Edison, California, packs citrus from the...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Project Analysis for Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative's SolarShare:

October 16, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

A Community Power Photovoltaic Project Financial Model[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

The Ontario Solar Initiative

September 5, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

In response to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's 2007 visit to Toronto, the Ministry of Energy's call for increased renewable generation and the OPA's acknowledgement of the important role of...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Cleveland Science Center Solar Portico

September 5, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Cleveland's Great Lakes Science Center dedicated 156-panel solar array on July 11, 2007.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Solar PV Current Installed Prices per kW in California & Elsewhere

August 28, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The following chart summarizes actual installed cost of solar PV systems mostly in California.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

South Australia Weighs Timid Solar Tariff

August 26, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

South Australia has released a draft of a modest, some would say timid, solar PV feed-in tariff that will be introduced into the state's parliament.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Price Summary for Solar PV Tariffs Worldwide

August 26, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The following data is extracted from Tables of Renewable Tariffs or Feed-In Tariffs Worldwide. These tables are updated periodically. Always check the tables for current tariffs.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Solar Without Limits: Breaking Free from Net Metering

August 8, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

For more than a decade, senior environmental leaders in North America have been waiting for Germany's renewable energy market to collapse, an expectation tinged with schadenfreude. However, it's been...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Solar Energy Cash Flow Tables by Paul Gipe

July 31, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The following tables calculate the revenue, expenses, and cash flow for a projected investment in a solar PV project. The tables also calculate various investment parameters.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Reuters: Cloudy Germany unlikely hotspot for solar power

July 30, 2007,   by Erik Kirschbaum

Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:08AM BST By Erik Kirschbaum BONN, Germany (Reuters) - It rains year round in Germany. Clouds cover the skies for about two-thirds of all daylight hours. Yet the country has...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Annual Reoccurring Expenses

July 7, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Below is a sampling of annual reoccurring expenses for three different solar investments in Germany. Note that these projections include a number of items often overlooked here in North America, such...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Fesa Freiburg Solar B31 Buergerbeteiligung Cash Flow

July 6, 2007,  

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Solar Cost Calculator Using Chabot-BSi-Rate Methods

June 29, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The following spreadsheet calculator is a work in progress. The workbook, or notebook in Corel terminology, contains three spreadsheets: BSi Calculator, Chabot PI Method, and Rate Calculation. The...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Italy Launches New Solar PV Feed--In Tariffs Among the Highest in Europe

June 28, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

According to a recent article in Sun & Wind Energy (2/2007), Italy has launched new feed-in tariffs for Solar PV. The new tariffs replace a complex and bureaucratic system of net metering and feed-in...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

German Solar Rate of Return 2006

June 21, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The following chart from New Energy's 1/2007 issue (page 48) shows the profitability of solar PV installations in Germany in 2006. [more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Stuttgart School Roof Top Buergerbeteiligung

June 7, 2007,  

Financial Spreadsheets

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

OSEA SOC Program Solar Tariff Revisions.pps

May 30, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Category: News on Solar Energy

Fesa B31 Solar Bürgerbeteiligung (Investment)

April 30, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Fesa's B31 Solar PV project went into service in mid 2006. The 365 kW project was financed by Fesa as a solar bürgerbeteiligung or investment fund. [more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Solar PV OPA RetScreen Calculation

April 17, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

When announcing the Standard Offer Program, the Ontario Power Authority provided a simple RetScreen spreadsheet to calculate simple payback on solar PV.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Ontario's Solar PV Tariff Price Setting

April 15, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Using the principle established by first, the Aachen model, and subsequently that used in Germany's EEG (the Renewable Energy Sources Act), the Ontario Sustainable Energy Asscoiation held a pricing...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Solar Hot Water Systems Tariff Calculation

April 15, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The following spreadsheet calculator is a work in progress. The calculator determines the price or tariff per kWh(thermal) necessary to arrive at the financial targets given for a solar hot water...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

German Solar PV Interconnection Procedure

April 15, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The following is a rough translation of the German interconnection procedure for small solar PV systems from a flyer produced by Novotech.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Ecovision's Stuttgart School Solar PV Funds

April 15, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Ecovision, a developer of solar investment funds in Freiburg, created an investment vehicle to install solar PV systems on the roof tops of several schools in Stuttgart.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Links to Real Time Solar Generation

April 14, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The following are links to web pages that log real time performance of solar PV systems.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Rate of Return Calculation of Solar PV Using @IRATE Function

April 14, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

My thanks to Simon Boone of Generation Solar Renewable Energy Systems for calling my attention to a simple spreadsheet function for calculating the rate of return. [more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

Solar Radiation & Yields on Tilted Surface

April 14, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

The following table gives the typical yields (kWh/kW/year) that can be expected at various locations mostly in North America.[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Tables & Charts

The Aachen Solar Tariff Model

April 7, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

In the early 1990s the city of Aachen (Aix-en-Chapelle) Germany set the world of solar energy on its ear. Until that time development of solar PV depended entirely on direct and substantial...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen)

Germany Installed 1,150 MW of Photovoltaics in 2006 Says Magazine

March 12, 2007,   by Paul Gipe

Photon magazine is reporting that 1,150 MW of solar photovoltaics were installed in Germany in 2006. If confirmed this another world record for the German solar industry and the first time that...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Solar for Energy Hogs: The California Example by Steven Letendre, Prometheus Institute

February 19, 2007,   by Steven Letendre

Today, the important link between solar use in the home and energy conservation and efficiency is being lost. While many well-intentioned system integrators preach the virtues of energy efficiency,...

Category: News on Solar Energy

Brief Summary of World Solar PV Market Stats 2006

December 5, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

December 5, 2006 Total Market World PV 1,500-2,000 MW/yr $11-14 billion/yr Growth: 20-40%/yr Major Markets Germany: 600-750 MW/yr; $4-5 billion/yr Japan: 300-400 MW/yr; $2-3 billion/yr USA:...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy

Strom Rebels of Schönau: The Village That Built Their Own Solar Utility

March 2, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Alt captured that rebellious spirit in his inspiring tale of the small town of Schönau and how residents built a solar utility in the deep recesses of Germany's Schwartzwald--the Black Forest of...[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), News on Community Power

Josef Pesch--Strom Rebel of Freiburg

February 20, 2006,   by Paul Gipe

Pesch was named a strom (electricity) rebel by Elektritzitätswerke Schönau (EWS) in 2005 and that was a good reason for paying him a visit. The good folks at EWS know strom rebels when they see them....[more]

Category: News on Solar Energy, Solar Electricity Rebels (Stromrebellen), News on Community Power

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