Opinion

Corporate solar purchase agreements could yield a fixed rate of return

In this op-ed, journalist William Driscoll proposes that corporations could earn a fixed rate of return from a corporate solar purchase, at reduced risk, if a financial firm offered a new type of solar purchase agreement.

In the future there will be batteries, lots of batteries

The world is witnessing a global shift. A shift to clean mobility, to renewable energy. And this is where batteries come in.

Utility barriers to rooftop solar in Georgia

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Cesar Prieto and Seth Gunning of Creative Solar USA explore the barriers to rooftop solar put up by utilities in Georgia, a state with top-15 solar capacity, but a lagging residential market.

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Energy access for Puerto Ricans two years after Hurricane Maria

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Roy Torbert and José Juan Terrasa-Soler, of Rocky Mountain Institute and Resilient Power Puerto Rico, respectively, analyze the cost of energy recover in Puerto Rico and the role that microgrids play in reconstruction and resiliency.

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From the editor: Rick Perry, we know ye too well

The least qualified energy secretary in recent history will leave a record of collusion with coal barons, a failed bailout for coal and nuke plants, and some memorable terms like “freedom molecules.” His likely successor appears more competent, and potentially more effective.

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The effects of levying tariffs on bifacial modules remains unclear

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Tony Clifford, Chief Development Officer at Standard Solar breaks down the rammifications of the recent revoking of exemptions on bifacial solar modules from the Section 201 tariffs.

It’s time to value DER in resource adequacy

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Craig Lewis of Clean Coalition argues for a greater role for distributed energy resources to mitigate future power shortages and grid instability.

From the editor: Solar growth – linear, exponential or accelerating?

In this op-ed pv magazine US editor Christian Roselund looks at the pattern of growth in the U.S. solar market, which he argues is an essential basis for considering solar’s future contributions to the electric grid and what kind of policy supports are needed.

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TVA deceives the public and the press with misleading claim of solar commitment

This op-ed from Southern Alliance for Clean Energy argues that the utility does not have any intention of installing 14 gigawatts (GW) of solar over the next 20 years, and notes that the power company has only budgeted for 5.5 GW of solar during that time period.

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Two high is too high

In this op-ed for pv magazine, Matt Schneider, chief product officer at Sunfolding, explains how bifacial modules in a two-portrait (2P) configuration must be installed at impractical heights to avoid irradiance mismatch on the back-side

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