Why Installing Solar Energy Would be Greatly Beneficial for the Navajo Nation
“How would the Navajo Nation benefit from the addition of solar energy?”
The Navajo is an indigenous tribe located roughly in Northeastern Arizona and Northwestern New Mexico, right on top of some of the greatest solar resources in the world. If the Navajo were to install utility-scale solar energy and send it to nearby communities for profit, they would reap great benefits.
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The Problem with Silicon Wiring in Solar PV Cells
“How does silicon wiring harm solar PV Cells?”
Silicon wiring is needed for the electrons produced in solar PV cells to move around. However, the wires on the front of the solar cells cover 5-10% of the surface and reflect incoming light, thereby lowering the efficiency. As a result, there are many Problems with Silicon Wiring in Solar PV Cells.
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How Microgrids will Help Rural and Remote Communities
“How will Microgrids be useful for rural and isolated communities?”
Traditional power transmission infrastructure is not beneficial for rural and remote communities. Long power lines from centralized generation sources are prone to failure and are expensive to maintain. Plus, due to their limited lifespan, they will have to be replaced which can greatly drive up costs!
To solve this, we need to completely rethink how we transmit electricity. One possible solution is to implement microgrids with distributed energy resources. This will take away the need for complicated transmission, and can enable grid independence. This is How Microgrids will Help Rural and Remote Communities.
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Residential and Commercial Installed Solar PV Prices Still Falling in the U.S
“Solar prices are still falling in the U.S!”
Small news update. According to a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the price of a median-sized installed solar PV has declined around 5% from the first half of 2017 to the second half. This and other information shows that Residential and Commercial Installed Solar PV Prices Still Falling in the U.S.
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How Hurricane Florence will Test Solar Resilience
“How will Hurricane Florence serve as a test-case for solar resilience?”
Hurricane Florence is about to descend into the U.S State of North Carolina, which has the second highest amount of solar energy capacity in the nation. During this time we will be able to see firsthand how solar PV systems will respond to a hurricane and their level of resilience.
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California might be 100% Carbon-Free by 2045
“Will the world’s 5th largest economy be carbon-free by 2045?”
States around the world are launching bolder and bolder Renewable Energy targets. But one place might be shattering the all-time record. California, the 5th largest economy in the world, has recently passed in its Assembly SB 100, which mandates that the state must achieve 60% renewables by 2030 and 100% by 2045! If this passes the Senate and gets the Governor’s signature then this idea will become reality!
Virtual Power Plants
“How can distributed energy resources match the generation capacity of more traditional power plants?”
With the ascent of distributed energy resources, power plants are becoming an emblem of bygone days. However, many people still want to emulate the generation capacity. So how can we do this using our new technology? Well, what if we were to coordinate all of the distributed energy resources together such that they achieve the volume of traditional plants? These are known as Virtual Power Plants and are becoming a hot topic in renewable energy.
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