Category : Solar Resources

SolarMax Helps Students STEP into the Future of Renewable Energy

Posted 2:28 PM 10/14/2015 Category: Solar Resources img

If you’re one of those folks worried about society’s collective future, particularly when it comes to the next generation of leaders, you would have been impressed by the innovation and thought leadership on display at the recent Science Technology Education Partnership (STEP) convention in Riverside Ca. Oct. 6-7.  We were. Hosted at the UCR Bourns…

Nailing down solar savings

Posted 9:39 AM 10/01/2015 Category: Solar Resources Nailing down solar savings

As long as they have been available for home use, solar panels empowered homeowners to reduce their carbon footprints and reliance on nonrenewable resources. The environmental impact of going solar is well documented. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average solar home can have the same impact on the environment over its 30-year lifespan…

Middle East, North Africa embrace solar despite long history of oil reliance

Posted 11:54 AM 09/30/2015 Category: Solar Resources Middle East, North Africa embrace solar despite long history of oil reliance

Long established as the oil capital of the world, the Middle East doesn’t come to mind quickly in conversations about renewable energy, unless as a contradiction. That’s all about to change, with two massive solar energy projects currently under construction in the gulf region. Expected to become the Middle East’s largest photovoltaic solar project, the…

How much of the world would need to be covered in solar panels to power Earth? Hint: it’s not as much as you think

Posted 9:44 AM 09/29/2015 Category: Solar Resources How much of the world would need to be covered in solar panels to power Earth

Let’s use our imaginations for a moment. With states like Hawaii and California pushing ever closer to full reliance on renewable energy, and more than half of all new U.S. energy sources coming online generated from solar, it’s not out of the question to imagine a world completely powered using energy from the sun. In your mind’s…

University of California researchers harness the sun to bring clean water to drought-stricken farms

Posted 10:40 AM 09/23/2015 Category: Solar Resources University of California researchers harness the sun to bring clean water to drought-stricken farms

In the midst of California’s record-setting drought, researchers at the University of California’s Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) are using the power of the sun to make water desalination cheaper, more accessible and cleaner. With soil drying out and water shortages running rampant, California’s farmers have been forced to use reclaimed irrigation water to keep their crops…

Solar energy steps up to save drought-strained California power grid

Posted 9:41 AM 09/10/2015 Category: Solar Resources Solar energy steps up to save drought-strained California power grid

While solar power has shown itself to be renewable, cost-effective and carbon-free, it is its resiliency that is saving Californians during the state’s severe drought. In what the American Geophysical Union dubs the “most severe drought in the last 1200 years,” California’s water levels have dropped to record-lows. In addition to forcing residents to cut…

Utility-scale solar generation gets boost from dropping photovoltaic costs

Posted 2:39 PM 09/03/2015 Category: Solar Resources Utility-scale solar generation gets boost from dropping photovoltaic costs

This June, utility-scale solar generators output 31 times more electricity than they did a decade ago, according to new research from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  While there was recent buzz surrounding the proliferation of residential solar panels, utility-scale solar projects (those with a capacity of 1 megawatt or greater) have quietly grown by about 36 percent over…

Is solar a good fit for your home?

Posted 10:41 AM 09/02/2015 Category: Solar Resources Is solar a good fit for your home

Amid the past year of record-breaking solar growth across the country, the residential market has grown the most. American homeowners added 437 megawatts of solar capacity last year, enough to power more than 71,000 houses. If you are thinking about cutting your energy costs and carbon footprint as well, here are four indicators that your home…

Solar energy employs more than 50,000 in California

Posted 11:47 AM 08/31/2015 Category: Solar Resources Solar energy employs more than 50,000 in California

Last year, California added nearly 7,500 new solar energy jobs, with another 10,000 expected for 2015, according to The Solar Foundation’s California Solar Jobs Census. The 16 percent growth in the solar market last year brought California’s total number of solar jobs to 54,690, 31 percent of all solar employment in the U.S.  The growth of California’s…

Hawaii commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045

Posted 10:43 AM 08/28/2015 Category: Solar Resources Hawaii commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045

Though it was the last state to join the Union, Hawaii is making a push to be the first state to use 100 percent renewable energy.  Earlier this summer, Gov. David Ige signed a bill into law that set Hawaii’s renewable energy goal at 100 percent by 2045. On August 24 he chose not to replace the state’s petroleum-fueled electricity plants…