In February, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) launched its Feed-in Tariff program that allows citizen, who generate between 30 megawatts to 3 gigawatts, to sell electricity produced by solar energy to the utility. The program encounter a great success as over 135 applications were sent for a 115 megawatts of solar power capacity. The LADWP offered 17cents/kwh for this Feed-in Tariff plan. For the secon round, the price is now 16cents/kwh and professionals already forecast high success of the program. This time, the city will sign an up to 20 years contract for interesting projects.
Los Angeles is working to reduce the use of coal-fueled plant to produce energy. Previous Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, said the city will stop using this highly polluting plants to produce electricity by 2020.
On July 8th, the German minister of Ecology Peter Altmaier announced that by 2018, at the latest, Germany will stop to subsidize its solar industry. Last year, he fixed a ceiling beyond which no more subsidies would be provided. This threshold of 52 gigawatts will likely be reached in 2017. For the moment, 34 gigawatts of solar panels have been installed in the country. Continue reading “Germany to stop subsidising its solar industry”
All over the world, researchers are working and testing to make solar cells more efficient. Today, solar cells’ conversion rate is around 15 – 20%. On the most effective solar panel it can go up to 30%. MIT researchers are working in an other direction. They have been working on nanometer technology to create the thinnest solar cell in the world which only has a 1 – 2% conversion rate. Continue reading “Solar cells revolution”
The solar plane started its journey on May in San Francisco and had its final landing Saturday night at 11.09 pm in JFK airport, New York. Taking off at Dulles Airport in Washington DC at about 5 am, the Solar Impulse fled to New York City and was expected to pass around the Statue of Liberty. However, due to a tear on the left wing, it had to shorten its plan to 3 hours and directly go to JFK. Continue reading “End of the Cross-Country flight for the Solar Impulse”
The famous Empire State Building enjoyed a special “green” lifting. As part of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Empire State Building Retrofit program is almost completed.The main goals were to decrease the cost of electricity as well as decrease CO2 pollution from the building and increase the real estate value of the building. Continue reading “A greener Empire State Building”
A 16-week training program on solar panel has been created by Houston Community College. The program, to be started next month, will offer student with courses about physics on solar ray, solar cells and all important scientific aspect about solar panel, as well as courses on installation and maintenance of solar panels. At the end of the program, student can be rewarded by a certificate. Continue reading “Solar panel and education”
The famous MGM Resorts’ hotel, Mandalay Bay, will soon be the home of the country’s second largest solar rooftop. The roof of the resort convention center should foster 10,000 solar panels which will generate 6.2 megawatts, enough to provide electricity to 1000 homes. The solar array should count for up to 20% of the hotel needs in electricity. The project is expected to be complete early 2014.
With this project, MGM Resorts International expect to set up a standard as roof top solar array are more and more affordable, even for small budget. The solar array project on Mandalay Bay convention hall rooftop should inspire business building owners as much as individuals.
Gulf countries enjoys high sun radiation all year long which make them a perfect location for solar power facilities. All over those countries, several projects, worth $155 billion, are already planned to produce 84 gigawatts. Solar is one of the main goal in the Gulf area as, later this year, leaders from Gulf countries will meet to discuss an important solar project in the desert. Continue reading “Gulf countries to focus on solar”
Las Vegas famous welcoming sign might soon be powered by solar energy. A project, led by two local non-profits, The Clean Energy Project and Green Chips, plans to install fake blue tree, which will each foster 12 solar panels, to power the sign. This project will not cost a penny to the county as a Virginia-based organization, Consumer Electronics Association, will be funding it. Continue reading “Las Vegas to welcome with solar panels”
Yesterday, Apple confirmed that they were building a solar farm to produce electricity to the company data center in Reno, Nevada. For this solar energy project, Apple joins forces with a Nevada utility company, NV Energy. Through this partnership, Apple will be able to link its solar farm to the local power grid. Therefore, Apple solar farm will also generate electricity to neighbors communities. Continue reading “Apple: Reno data center powered by solar energy”