Friday, October 17, 2014

What Makes These Round Solar Panels Unique?

Who Makes These Round Solar Panels and What Makes Them Unique?

Why Solar Power is Getting Cheaper


1) Solar modules are getting more efficient. "This doesn't necessarily make the modules themselves cheaper," Kann says. "But as modules get more efficient, you can get the same amount of power in a smaller area of your roof, which makes it easier to install, you need less racking and wiring, and it saves money on balance-of-systems costs.

2) System manufacturers are facing pressure to cut costs. Again, back in 2008 to 2012, panel manufacturers faced a lot of competition and pressure to cut costs. Nowadays, that same pressure applies to the people making other parts of solar systems — the racking, for instance.

3) Economies of scale. Historically, the residential solar market consisted of thousands of small local installers who had high costs for finding new customers. But nowadays, the rooftop solar industry is dominated by some large companies — particularly SolarCity and Vivint, who had half the rooftop market in the second quarter of 2014. "So as the big guys gain more scale," Kann says, "you see some savings out of that."

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Monday, October 13, 2014

CBS Studios Solar Parking & Roof is Very Impressive

CBS Studio Fairfax solar roof and parking lots
CBS Studios Solar Parking Lot & Roof 

CBS Studios has constructed a 1.7 million megawatt solar parking lot and roof at the Television City facility in the Fairfax District. Carport canopy parking structures not only power the location's studios and offices, but also provide shade for employee and visitor parking.   See more pictures here

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Secaucus, New Jersey Commercial Solar Buildings

Very Impressive Solar Density in Secaucus, New Jersey
Anyone know why or who led this adoption?  Please comment below . . . 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Floating Solar Farm by Hydrelio

Solar platform Hydrelio allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals or remediation and tailing ponds.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Visualization Map of Solar vs Fossil Fuel Energy

Solar Powered Homes & Buildings (Yellow) vs Oil & Gas Drilling (Green)
Solar Powered Homes & Buildings (Yellow) vs Oil & Gas Drilling (Green) 
Who Do You Think Will Win This War?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The White House Solar Roof Panels

Satellite image of solar panels on the roof of the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Solar Roof Panels on the White House
In 2010 the Obama administration announced that it would re-installed solar panels on the roof of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! The completion date for the project was originally Spring 2011 and finally got completed in 2014.  Hip hip hurray!

On June 20, 1979, President Carter installed 32 solar thermal panels to generate hot water, but the panels were taken down (and not reinstalled intentionally) while the roof was being resurfaced in 1986 while Reagan was president.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Palos Verdes, California Solar Powered Homes Map

Palos Verdes solar roof map
Palos Verdes Has Done An Impressive Job Adopting Solar
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Map of Solar Related Companies in U.S.

Map of solar companies across the U.S. - installers, contractors and businesses related to solar.
Map of solar companies across the U.S. - installers, contractors and businesses related to solar. 

Solar Installation Chart 2010 - 2013

solar installation chart 2010- 2013

There are now over 13,000 MW of cumulative solar electric capacity operating in the U.S., enough to power more than 2.2 million average American homes. There were 140,000 new solar installations in the U.S. during 2013, bringing the total to over 445,000 PV systems operating today. The utility market led the charge again with 2,847 MW of PV and 410 MW of Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) installed in 2013.
Data source.

Top 10 Solar Installation States Ranked

solar state rankings map
California ranks #1 among all states in number of solar systems installed with 145,634. The next state, New Jersey, has only 18,349 installs.  Source

Potential Solar Energy Map of US

Solar potential heat map

This map shows national solar photovoltaics (PV) resource potential and concentrating solar power (CSP) resource potential for the United States. Source.  

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mexico's Largest Solar Farm Will Produce 64% of La Paz's Electricity

Aura La Paz Solar Farm

Aura Solar will begin delivering solar generated electricity to the La Paz power grid by the end of August. The 100 hectare 250 acre site will provide 30 megawatts of electricity or about 64% of the La Paz requirements. The facility, managed by Aura Solar is being constructed by the Portuguese company, Martifer Solar which began construction in January of 2013. The extensive facility is located to the east-southeast of the La Paz International Airport with business development being managed by Gauss EnergĂ­a, a Mexican company. The plant is estimated to cost $100 million US dollars.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Google Ivanpah Solar Power Plant Sets Record, Settles Controversy


A-List developers on this 392 megawatt solar thermal project include NRG (known for its EV charging stations and freestanding solar parking canopies), BrightSource Energy, and Google, which invested $168M build it, as well as the global engineering firm Bechtel. 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Solar Rebate Programs for Solar by State

Property Tax Incentives for Solar by State

Sales Tax Incentives for Solar by State

States That Offer Tax Credits For Solar

Stadiums With Solar Panels On Their Roof


We only were able to find 6 NFL stadiums that currently have solar on their roof.  (Met Life Stadium in NY, Levi's Stadium in San Francisco, Century Link Stadium in Seattle, Gillette Stadium in New Enlgand,  Fed Ex Field in Washington DC,  Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia).  

We only found 1 NBA Stadium stadium which is Staples Center and the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and NHL Hockey Team LA Kings. 

The other stadiums found were soccer stadiums throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.  

Let us know if we are missing any and we will update the database.  You can also add new locations to our crowdsourced database of solar energy locations.  

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