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Sunshine in the Solar Desert

Sunshine in the Solar Desert

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Historically, the high up-front cost of solar equipment—from $10,000 to upwards of $20,000—has made solar systems a challenge for lower-income homeowners to afford. Furthermore, leasing programs and financing options like PACE require good credit scores, often making them inaccessible. This issue has not only created “solar deserts” in disadvantaged areas,  … Read More

Subsidies: What’s Not to Like?

Subsidies: What’s Not to Like?

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We live in what is often referred to as a pluralistic economy where governments engage in manipulation of the free enterprise system through the introduction of “sticks and carrots’” designed to sway action in a direction it might not ordinarily go. Noting the public’s resistance to heavy-handed methods often ascribed  … Read More

Equipped for Continuity

Equipped for Continuity

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It’s difficult to imagine a business to which backup power is more critical than Appica.com, a Cincinnati, OH-based provider of private data center space, hosted applications, cloud computing capacity, and network storage. Redundant security is a major element of how the firm defines itself, both in terms of clients’ data  … Read More

Intersolar NA: A Lot of Moving and Shaking in the City By the Bay

Intersolar NA: A Lot of Moving and Shaking in the City By the Bay

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Any time you’re greeted at the entrance to an event by a seven-piece rocking jazz ensemble, you have to believe you’re in for a first-class experience…and so it was.

While attendance figures for last week’s Ninth Annual Intersolar North America have yet to be released—pre-event estimates were for 18,000 visitors with  … Read More

Perovskites: A Multi-faceted Solution

Perovskites: A Multi-faceted Solution

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Silicon solar cells have come a long way from those that Bell Labs first debuted in the 1950s. Advances in light capture and conversion efficiency have improved significantly. And yet they still have limitations.

For one, it takes a lot of energy to melt silicon dioxide in order to remove the  … Read More

The Microgrid Market: Growth and Opportunity

The Microgrid Market: Growth and Opportunity

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Microgrids are becoming the transformative technology in today’s energy industry, and are putting many utilities on the defensive. A few utilities want to adopt or coopt the technology, depending on one’s perceptions, creating tensions among utility and industry stakeholders. The latter believe microgrid resources can best be delivered by private  … Read More

Making Solar the Right Shade of Green

Making Solar the Right Shade of Green

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The week before last, I was at the Solid Waste Association of North America’s Senior Executive Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, in connection with another of our publications, Municipal Solid Waste Management magazine. In the course of discussions, I asked if attendees were beginning to see solar panels or related PV  … Read More



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