MIT: Explaining The Plummeting Cost Of Solar Power

The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic modules, which has fallen by 99% over the last four decades, is often touted as a major success story for renewable energy technology. But one question has never been fully addressed: What exactly accounts for that stunning drop?

Solar to help Park City, Utah nonprofit save 3k in annual energy costs

A new solar project will help offset energy usage and save money for the Christian Center of Park City (CPPC), a humanitarian community resource center in Utah.

What is a Hybrid Inverter?

Hybrid is defined as a having two different types of components performing essentially the same function. In residential solar applications, a hybrid inverter combines the work of a grid-tied inverter and battery inverter. The hybrid inverter increases energy resilience by providing back-up power in case of a grid outage and maximizes energy independence through self-consumption. Installations that use hybrid inverters are most commonly grid-tied, DC-coupled photovoltaic systems.

New Initiative Helps More Schools Go Solar

Solar Schools 2025, an initiative of the nonprofit Renewable Nation, is seeking 50 K-12 schools across the U.S. that can “buddy up” with schools that have already gone through the process of installing solar.

Under the new initiative, Solar Schools 2025 will do the following:

Creating an Income Stream while off-grid

You want to get out of the city, grow a garden, breathe the clean air, and live the dream.  You found a beautiful spot on top of a mountain, overlooking a lake, and your closest neighbor is over a mile away.  You setup your solar panels on the roof of your cabin, place the wind turbine tower in a perfect wind location, house your batteries and inverter in an enclosed metal Farraday cage.  You've got unlimited Internet from AT&T.  Google cast to put it on the big screen.  This is really the life.

Financial Incentives for Energy Storage

Energy storage adds backup capability to our RE systems, but it also adds cost. In addition to batteries, other costs are incurred, such as for power electronics (inverter/chargers and charge controllers), battery containers, cabling, disconnects, overcurrent protection, metering, shipping and taxes, and installation labor. A 30% federal tax credit can be claimed if the energy storage equipment is installed as part of a PV system. The catch is that the PV system (not the grid) must be charging the batteries to apply the full tax credit.

Utah Homeless Shelter Goes Solar, Thanks To Rocky Mountain Power

On Tuesday, the Ogden Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter in Ogden, Utah, celebrated the completion of a new rooftop solar array.

The project was made possible by a $112,275 grant from Rocky Mountain Power’s Blue Skycustomers. It marks the program’s 140th renewable energy grant awarded to community-serving organizations since 2006.

No power for 57,000 Rocky Mountain Power customers

https://www.ksl.com/article/46296575/power-restored-after-outage-affects-57k-customers-in-salt-lake-valley-

Rocky Mountain does not give refunds when they fail to provide the sevice that customers pay for.  Utility bills are a perpetual debt that make utilities billion dollar companies. 

Utah Governor Signs New Pro-Solar Bills Into Law

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the Utah Solar Energy Association (USEA) are jointly thanking Gov. Gary Herbert, R-Utah, and the Utah state legislature for two new laws that will help future solar homeowners through cost-savings and increased consumer protection.

NYU Engineers’ Solar ‘Sandwich’ Is Breakthrough In Solar Cell Efficiency

solar sandwich

Researchers from the New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering have come up with what they call an innovative and promising way to improve solar cells.

Tandon Associate Professor André D. Taylor of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department led the team of researchers on the project.

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