North America

U.S. Solar Surged 95% to Become Largest Source of New Energy – Total Installed Capacity to Reach 105 GW by 2021

Solar installations surpassed gas and wind for first time Record 14.6 gigawatts of solar panels added in 2016, SEIA says Solar developers installed a record 14.6 gigawatts in the U.S. last year, almost double the total from 2015 and enough to make photovoltaic panels the largest source of new electric capacity for the first time. […]

Onyx Solar Receives Contract for World’s Largest PV Skylight

Onyx Solar won a contract to supply 60,000 square feet of semi-transparent photovoltaic glass for Somerset Development’s Bell Works Complex in Holmdel, New Jersey. The project is part of the complete revitalization of the two-million-square-foot former Bell Labs facility into a mixed-use “metroburb” community. Originally designed by Eero Saarinen, the building’s existing glass will be replaced […]

Solar Innovation: First Wattway solar road pilot in US pops up in rural Georgia

The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama. Part of Georgia’s Interstate 85 was […]

Solar in USA: NRG’s Massive California Solar Plant Finally Making Enough Power

Ivanpah solar-thermal plant struggled to produce enough power One-year forbearance deal with PG&E expired Wednesday The world’s biggest solar-thermal power plant is finally producing enough electricity. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Southern California initially failed to meet contractual obligations, and a yearlong forbearance deal with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. expired Wednesday. After fine-tuning the […]

CleanTech Disruption News: Tesla Opens World’s Largest Battery Plant in California

Tesla cut the ribbon on a massive battery storage facility in the Southern California desert, 60 miles east of Los Angeles on Monday. The Powerpack project, a joint venture with local electricity provider, Southern California Edison (SCE), will support grid operation during peak hours and improve the integration of renewable energy resources. “This project is exactly in line with […]

Trump infrastructure priority plan includes transmission, wind, energy storage

Dive Brief: A 50-item list of infrastructure priorities compiled by the Trump administration and released by McClatchy and the Kansas City Star includes provisions for transmission expansion, wind and energy storage, among other power sector projects. It is not clear if the $137 billion wish list is a draft or final version, the outlets reported, but is […]

Solar Fuel? Bill Gates On Clean Energy, Donald Trump, And Stocks – Full interview courtesy CNBC

Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, and Breakthrough Energy Ventures co-chair, talks about creating innovative way to create clean, cheap energy, tariff, trade, Trump’s tweets and the stock market. » Subscribe to CNBC: http://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC About CNBC: From ‘Wall Street’ to ‘Main Street’ to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak […]

Clean Disruption Headlines: Tesla, Panasonic Expand Partnership, Look To Incorporate Solar Panels Into Tesla’s Cars

Panasonic’s relationship with Tesla is going to include more than car batteries. Panasonic announced Tuesday it’s investing in Tesla’s solar production facility in Buffalo, N.Y.  The investment, more than $256 million, helps Tesla build photovoltaic cells, which will be used to incorporate solar panels into existing products, and the company’s solar roof lines. SOURCE & VIDEO […]

EDF Renewable Energy Signs 186 MW PPA with MCE from the Desert Harvest Solar Project, in Southern California

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) announces the signing of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with MCE for up to 186 megawatts peak (MWp) / 150 MWac from the Desert Harvest Solar Project, in Southern California. The Project is expected to begin delivery of clean electricity to MCE starting in 2020. “We’re grateful to EDF RE not only for […]

Corporate Investments in Energy Storage in USA Reach $660 Million in Q3 2016

According to the latest edition of GTM Research and ESA’s U.S. Energy Storage Monitor, corporate investment in energy storage reached an all-time high in terms of quarterly investments in Q3. Disclosed venture funding and project finance totaled $660 million in the third quarter of the year, bringing the annual total to $812 million. FIGURE: Disclosed Corporate Investments […]

Phillips 66 Sets World Record in Organic Solar Cell Efficiency

Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX) has successfully set a new world record in power conversion efficiency for polymer-based single junction organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. The 11.84 percent efficiency was certified byNewport Corporation, a recognized center for independent verification of solar cell results under standard testing conditions. The solar cells are based on proprietary state-of-the-art polymers and […]

Solar Powered Stanford University: Innovative 67 MW solar plant provides majority of Stanford’s electricity

The last major piece of Stanford Energy Systems Innovations (SESI), a nearly 155,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panel array will produce the equivalent of over half of the electrical power used by the Stanford University’s campus. Stanford teamed up with SunPower Corporation, which designed and built the 67 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in a western valley of the […]

Here’s Why the Clean Energy Industry Is Hopeful About Donald Trump

Recipients of clean energy PAC money this year included 34 House and 19 Senate Republicans. U.S. wind and solar companies for the first time gave more money to Republicans than Democrats during the 2016 election cycle, according to federal campaign disclosures, part of a years-long effort to expand renewable energy’s appeal beyond liberal environmentalists. The […]

Making the U.S. Solar Industry Double Green – Tom Kimbis, Interim President of SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association)

SolarPV.TV presents its exclusive discussion with Tom Kimbis, Interim President of SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association), the most influential solar industry organization in the United States of America. It was interesting to learn from Tom, that he has been working with solar energy related topics for over 17 years ! One of the recent initiatives of […]

Elon Musk Says Tesla’s Solar Shingles Will Cost Less Than a Dumb Roof

“Electricity is just a bonus.” It’s official: After Tesla shareholders approved the acquisition of SolarCity, the new company is now an unequivocal sun-to-vehicle energy firm. And Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk didn’t take long to make his first big announcement as head of this new enterprise.  Minutes after shareholders approved the deal—about 85 percent of them voted yes—Musk told the crowd that he had just returned […]

Renewable Energy Will Do Just Fine In President Trump’s America

According to FORBES, Energy did not make any difference in who the Americans chose for President on Tuesday. But the energy sector won biggly, nonetheless. President-Elect Donald Trump supports an all-of-the-above energy strategy with a heavy tilt towards fossil fuels, and with no regard to climate change or regulations of any kind. Trump wants to increase American energy production […]