Photovoltaic

  • Mainstreaming The Smart Grid

    Mainstreaming The Smart Grid

    The October anniversary of Hurricane Sandy — which knocked out power in over 8,100,000 homes in 17 states and was the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history — has served as an opportunity to reflect on how we view our power grid. The practice is important. Stephen Lacey provided some of the best analysis of what caused the storm and how utilities are adapting the grid. Many… Read More

  • Even If Solar Grows 30X, It Will Only Be 4% Of America's Power Capacity

    Even If Solar Grows 30X, It Will Only Be 4% Of America's Power Capacity

    For all the talk about solar, the US market for solar power still has a long way to go before it makes a real dent in the country’s overall power capacity. On Monday morning, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a major aggregator of green industry data released a few key projections: the US solar market is on track to grow 30x to 44 gigawatts by 2020 and could make up 4.3% of America’s… Read More

  • Solar Electricity To Power 200,000 U.S. Homes By End of 2010

    Solar is likely to surpass one gigawatt of installed, power-generating capacity this year in the U.S. — that’s enough capacity to power 200,000 homes — according to a report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GreenTech Media Research. The researchers believe that photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations in the states are… Read More

  • Transparent solar cells put windows to good use

    Windows are so boring. All you can do is look through them. In this age of convergence, where devices do more than one thing, windows are so old school, right? Wrong! RSi Solar has introduced “the world’s first, transparent, photovoltaic-glass window which generates 80 to 250 watts of electricity”. It offers “an enclosed super-tempered glass window system, with a … Read More