What Does the CPUC’s NEM 3.0 Proposal Mean for the Solar Industry; and What Can We Do to Stop It?

On December 13, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced its NEM 3.0 policy proposal, which would impose the highest state solar tax in the U.S. and create a major setback to California’s clean energy efforts.  If NEM 3.0 passes, it will reduce bill credits for California solar adopters, add monthly fees for residential grid access and take away many …

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The Smart Way to Implement Commercial Solar

Energy rates are changing soon under NEM 3.0, but there are smart ways businesses can save on solar before 2022. As with any project, thoughtful execution is vital when going solar. With the planned net metering changes set for early next year, many businesses are wondering how to lock in existing rates without rushing implementation. Here are a few tips …

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How Does Solar Heat Make Electricity?

Solar radiation has a great deal of heat content. There are many ways to use solar heat to produce electricity. Achieved via thermal energy storage (TES) systems, these units deliver heating using renewable energy, rather than burning fossil fuels. TES works by using high-pressure liquid storage tanks connected to the photovoltaic system. Instead of using electricity or a battery, the …

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How to Store Solar Energy

SunWorks Guide: How to Store Solar Energy

Solar energy, being derived from the sun, is easily one of the most renewable resources available, however it does have limitations. The maximum availability of the sun doesn’t always correspond with the high-energy demands of society. Solar energy can be harnessed only during the day and when it’s not cloudy. While the development of night solar panels is being explored, …

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Passive Solar Energy

What Is Passive Solar Energy?

What is the difference between active and passive solar energy? Most people associate solar energy with photovoltaic panels and electricity. Active solar energy requires numerous pieces of equipment to generate, transmit, and deliver power. But none of these are needed for passive solar heating and cooling. Passive solar energy refers to design and materials that collect heat from the sun …

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How Night Solar Panels Work

How Night Solar Panels Work

The more efficient, affordable, and available solar panels become, the higher their demand in commercial, industrial, and even ordinary residential settings. The technology is helping reduce reliance on fossil fuels. But there’s one drawback that has not been overcome—photovoltaic cells need direct sunlight to convert into power. When it’s overcast or the sun has set, solar panels can no longer …

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Solar Power Industry sets Energy Record

Solar Power Industry and Renewables Generated Energy Record in 2020

The year 2020 wasn’t only a great one for the solar power industry, but renewable energy sources in general. Together, they accounted for 21% of electricity generated in the U.S., or 834 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, according to PV Magazine. This made renewables the second-most prevalent electricity source in the nation. In fact, renewables surpassed nuclear and coal for …

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U.S. Solar Installations Top 100 GW

From solar installations, there is now 100 GW of installed solar capacity in the U.S., the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie have reported. The U.S. Solar Market Insight Q2 2021 report revealed that, while solar accounted for 58% of all new electric capacity in the nation in Q1, the industry has doubled in size over the last …

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