Category Archives: Industry Growth

World PV Capacity Equivalent to 30 Nuclear Power Plants

Growth of solar energy continues to ramp rapidly.  With 2013 figures released we see solar at 137GW which is equivalent to about 30 nuclear power plants. Advertisements

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Windpower Hits 2.1 Cents Per KWhr

Things are happening rapidly in the wind industry.  Mike Barnard came back from Windpower 2014 with a great update on the state of the industry.  These included his summary of a report that PPA’s in the central region of the … Continue reading

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Installed Renewables Capacity

UPDATED APRIL 22, 2015 The report from which this graphic was obtained is Here . UPDATE:  2015 Cumulative Wind Installations Wind capacity has risen by nearly 100 fold in the last 20 years.  If we see 1 / 10th of … Continue reading

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LCOE Comparision

Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis offers a great comparison between various energy sources.  It shows subsidized and unsubsidized so that better comparisons can be made. UPDATE Aug 2015:  Lazard’s updates this every year.  Historical context is helpful as it … Continue reading

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A Great Graphic That Illustrates the Disruptive Nature of Solar Energy

The graph came from this blog More graphs here.  I like these but proceed with caution, they really don’t address intermittency.  So there is much work to be done.  This series of posts covers much of what needs to go … Continue reading

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European PV Industry Report

The 2012 EPIA report is here and has a lot of data on production to date of PV worldwide.

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Second Off Shore Wind Lease Goes To Dominion

August 1 I wrote this post about the first offshore wind lease from the federal government.  It is off the coast of Rhode Island between Martha’s Vinyard and Block Island and the wind farm is being developed by Deepwater Wind. … Continue reading

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Amory Lovins – Reinventing Fire

In this TED talk Amory Lovins presents a nontechnical overview of the future of energy.  In his book Reinventing Fire he digs into the details. From the Amazon page introduction: “Imagine fuel without fear. No climate change. No oil spills, … Continue reading

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Six of the Top 10 PV Manufacturers are Chinese but US Still Has Two in the Game

US PV manufacturers SunPower and First Solar are still in the top 10 with First coming in second.  Both utilize novel technology to gain advantage and both have received considerable  government support.  First is low efficiency but very low cost … Continue reading

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Spain, A Cautionary Tale

Spain got overzealous and built an unsustainable renewable energy program.  To much too fast.  Does this mean don’t provide incentives for renewables?  No it means be smart about designing your programs.

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