Month: September 2017

September 22, 2017 Eric

The concept of setting a tariff on foreign solar infrastructure is making big news this month. But what does it mean for the solar industry?   Some are claiming that China and other Asian countries are flooding the U.S. market with cheap imports that are undercutting prices for U.S. manufacturers. However, a range of solar…

September 21, 2017 Eric

Although we can see solar panels popping up on top of houses and everywhere else, we’re also getting new indicators of the renewable energy boom from other places.   Just this past week, the New York Times ran an interesting op-ed that really constituted a scathing indictment of the coal industry, under the title: “Using…

September 15, 2017 Eric

In the earlier days of solar energy, many of us thought of using natural sunlight to generate electricity as a kind of hippie pipe dream, the kind of thing that Arizona mystics do while they’re out in the desert messing around with crystals.   These days, you’re seeing solar panels on your neighbor’s roof —…

September 14, 2017 Eric

Big news came from the U.S. Department of Energy this week about important benchmarks that the country has met in terms of solar power, and news about ongoing efforts.   One of the big things that a September 12 press release mentions is the Sunshot Initiative, which was an Obama-era plan to decrease the cost…

September 8, 2017 Eric

Want another very clear example of what solar power can do in these days of affordable infrastructure, good battery technology and other innovations?   One of the biggest headlines coming out of North Africa right now is a multi-billion dollar plan to link up a solar farm in Tunisia with the European mainland. Specifically, three…