The future of solar is large-scale grid deployment

A report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Energy Initiative (MITEI) looked at the future of solar, and found that to further solar’s progress, there would need to be an added emphasis on developing lower-cost…

How Solar Inverters Can Stabilize the Grid

Photo: Bernhard Lang/Getty Images Rooftops for Reliability: Germany is using smart inverters to give solar a role in stabilizing the grid. California is following its example. Rooftop solar power systems are picking up a second…

Japanese utilities to resume approving grid connections for renewables

The issues that caused some Japanese utilities to restrict further grid connections for solar plants last year is expected to be resolved. The government is expected to release targets that would establish how much renewable…

Big Solar’s Big Surge

Illustration: Matthew Hollister Silence generally reigns across California’s Carrizo Plain, about 160 kilometers northwest of Los Angeles. But for much of the past three years, this expanse of grassland and farms was anything but silent, as…

Can solar tech help to mitigate voltage fluctuations?

A group of utility executives, worried about the massive influx of distributed solar power generation on their electric grids, were almost begging in 2013 for smart solar inverters which could mitigate voltage fluctuations that can…

How the rise of a megawatts solar PV farms shows us the future of energy

After about an hour of weaving up and down the winding, mountainous, two-lane highway that is route 58, eastbound from San Luis Obispo, I honestly started to wonder where 9 million solar panels — one…

Solar industry boom means hefty job growth

It does not take long to find a news story about the growth spurt solar power is enjoying, driven as it is by the increasing popularity of rooftop solar and other installations, as well as…