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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Solar

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An Untapped Solar Market: The Renewable Potential of Multi-family Housing

North American Clean Energy, Sept./Oct. 2014, by Zach Axelrod.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/18582/an-untapped-solar-market-the-renewable-potential-of-multi-family-housing

"Solar energy is rapidly becoming a popular option for homeowners as a way to save money. But, what about folks who live in apartments or condos? Multi-family dwellings, as they are known, are providing the next potential growth opportunity for the residential solar industry. Now, innovative financing mechanisms allow even low-income families to take part in the benefits of solar power."

The Next Revolution in Solar Energy: High Efficiency Printable Tandem Solar Cells

CleanTech Alliance Washington, Oct. 22, 2014, by Julian Allen.
http://www.cleantechalliancewa.org/news/199118/The-Next-Revolution-in-Solar-Energy-High-Efficiency-Printable-Tandem-Solar-Cells.htm

"Funding from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative will help catalyze the development of next-generation solar cells at UW.  Thanks to research at the University of Washington, the solar cells of the near future might be printed from inks and reach efficiencies more than double that of today’s typical solar cells, reducing the cost of electricity to below the level of even natural gas, the cheapest fossil fuel available now."

Financial Impacts of Net-Metered PV on Utilities and Ratepayers: A Scoping Study of Two Prototypical U.S. Utilities

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Sept. 2014, by Andrew Satchwell, and others.
http://emp.lbl.gov/sites/all/files/LBNL%20PV%20Business%20Models%20Report_no%20report%20number%20(Sept%2025%20revision).pdf

"A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) that examines the potential impacts of customer-sited photovoltaics (PV) on electric utility profitability and rates. The report shows that these impacts can vary greatly depending upon the specific circumstances of the utility. The report also examines measures that could be pursued by utilities and regulators to mitigate the financial impacts."

Minimizing Risks with Solar Roofs

The Construction Specifier, Aug. 2014, by Michael Russo.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/minimizing-risks-with-solar-roofs/

"Commercial rooftops are an attractive platform for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity-producing systems. These low-slope roofs offer an economical and sustainable structural foundation for renewable solar energy."

Australian 3D Printed Solar Cells Getting Closer to Commercial Reality

Manufacturer's Monthly, Sep. 2014, by Brent Balinski.
http://www.manmonthly.com.au/news/australian-3d-printed-solar-cells-getting-closer-t

"The CSIRO [Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation] has said that printable solar cells are near to being commercialised, with several firms interested in bringing the technology to market."

Reducing Costs of Residential Solar PV: Through Module & Hardware Innovations

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Tom Hood & Sicco W.T. Westra.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/18223/reducing-costs-of-residential-solar-pv-through-module-hardware-innovations

"To make life easier for solar system owners, several companies are working to lower BoS [Balance-of-System] costs and simplify racking designs and installation efficiencies. For instance, cost-competitive, roof-mounting brackets are one option now available to installers that can accommodate different types of rail supports for solar modules. Support rails with built-in wire clips are another example of a simplified BoS design, which lowers the cost of hardware and installation by five to ten percent."

How Solar Energy Trackers Stack Up: Evaluating Utility-Scale Success

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Jay Johnson.
http://www.exosun.net/images/download/press-articles/NACE_201407.pdf

"In terms of photovoltaic's (PVs), solar trackers--motorized structures that shift the position of modules--can significantly increase the production of utility-scale plants by optimizing the angle of incidence between a module and incoming solar rays."

Corrections Needed for PV Performance Blind Spots During Commissioning

Solar Industry, July 2014, by James Mokri & Joseph Cunningham.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_04_Corrections-Needed-For-PV-Performance-Blind-Spots-During-Commissioning.html

"If a photovoltaic system is commissioned according to industry standards, then it must be performing as expected, right? Not necessarily. PV industry standards for commissioning do not include performance testing.

NEC code and IEC 62446 mention nothing about performance testing. ASTM E2848-11 outlines a method of performance measurement during the commissioning stage, but it is not a complete, consistent, standardized method of measurement and metrics."

California's Wild Solar Ride Nears a Crossroads

Solar Industry, July 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_02_California-s-Wild-Solar-Ride-Nears-A-Crossroads.html

"Policy direction and bipartisan support are needed as the solar sector approaches a critical juncture in 2016."

Could Solar Roadways Pave the Way to a Sustainable Energy Economy?

Green Builder, July 2014, by Christina Birchfield.
http://content.yudu.com/A2x2j8/GreenBuilderJuly2014/resources/8.htm

"The Solar Roadways crowd-sourced fundraising campaign has sparked the country's imagination."
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