The photovoltaic (PV) industry is experiencing rapid change, with high-efficiency modules seizing market share and setting the stage for even higher efficiencies to come. Passivated emitter and rear cell (PERC) technology, and particularly the monocrystalline silicon version of PERC, is the hot adoption trend in 2017. Just two years ago, PERC cell capacity accounted for… Continue reading High-Efficiency Monocrystalline Solar Surges in 2017. Here’s Why Bifacial Is Next
China, with the world’s largest power system, faces an uphill struggle in trying to contain double-digit rates of renewable curtailment. Even though power shedding dropped 1.4 percent in the third quarter, compared to the first half of this year, “whether the curtailment rate will go back up again after new projects start commissioning remains a… Continue reading China Faces an Uphill Renewable Energy Curtailment Challenge
The House passed its tax reform bill yesterday that includes cuts to renewable energy tax credits. The package is already having a chilling effect as developers stall projects because of a potential change to the tax code. What will happen when the Senate and House try to reconcile their two bills? We'll try to anticipate… Continue reading The House Passed a Tax Bill. Will Wind and Solar Take a Hit in the Final Package?
We've spent a lot more time lately looking at the structure of U.S. power markets. Why? Because they're about to get shaken up. It's already begun. In this episode, we'll look at how renewables are upending wholesale power markets today — and what we can do about it. We'll examine the issue from a few… Continue reading Renewables Are on a Collision Course With Power Markets
“Ninety thousand solar lanterns sold last quarter,” said Mr. Li. He was sharing sales numbers for his solar appliance business in Ethiopia and I couldn’t believe it. To put that number in perspective, the Global Off-grid Lighting Association pegs the average number of all solar lighting products sold in Ethiopia in a single quarter at… Continue reading Unlocking An Energy Revolution in Ethiopia With Lessons From the Black Market
The Trump administration has been getting hammered for restricting its participation in the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany to advocating for “coal, gas, and nuclear.” But like a broken clock that's right twice a day, the Trump administration did get something correct: technologies like nuclear and carbon capture will be extremely important for… Continue reading The First Step in Promoting American Nuclear and Carbon Capture? Acknowledging Climate Change