Solar PV generation grows 29%: Slowing, but still on pace to dominate

Per the EIA, electricity generation from solar PV grew 29%, year to date, 2018 over 2017, through the end of the 3rd quarter. So far this year, solar PV has supplied just over 2.3% of the total electricity generated in the United States.

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All I want for Christmas is a 90% efficient solar panel

NovaSolix hopes to use carbon nanotubes to capture a broader portion of the sun’s electromagnetic spectrum, a process they hope will yield a 90% efficient solar cell at a tenth of the cost of modern solar modules.

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MIT identifies central role of deployment policies in PV cost reductions

A new study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology finds that from 1980 to 2012 government and private R&D was the biggest driver, and that policies to stimulate demand drove both private R&D and economies of scale.

Overbuilding solar cheaper than seasonal storage and natural gas in Minnesota

An analysis by Clean Power Research, commissioned by the MN Solar Pathways Initiative, shows that 10% solar by 2025, and 70% wind+solar+storage in 2050 can be achieved at a comparable cost to natural gas-fired generation.

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Solar panels increase grasses for sheep and cows by 90%

Researchers have determined that an Oregon solar facility altered the microclimate variables of mean air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and soil moisture beneath itself significantly – increasing water efficiency, allowing for much greater biomass growth.

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Lazard, Lazard, LCOE – what’s the cheapest energy?

Lazard’s newly released Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis 12.0, and Storage 4.0, finds that where utility scale wind works, it dominates – and that the unsubsidized cost to build new utility wind and solar facilities is equal to, and often less than running already-built fossil facilities.

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53 investments in the sun

The Department of Energy announced funding for 53 new through “advance early-stage” solar technologies. The projects in solar PV, CSP, finance and workforce training will receive up to $53 million in funding.

U.S. companies set to procure more than 5 GW of renewables by year’s end

RMI’s 2018 Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement Mid-year Market Update shows that corporations are buying more renewable energy than ever before and show no signs of slowing down.

DOE seeks solar power situational awareness

The DOE has launched a program to find unique and innovative solutions that increase grid operators’ situational awareness of solar PV systems deployed throughout the grid at strategic locations – and that are seek to go beyond pure R&D, seeking field validation.

#Solar100’s Lidija Sekaric: Solar’s jack of all trades

In this #Solar100 interview, Richard Matsui, Founder and CEO of kWh Analytics, speaks with Lidija Sekaric, director of strategy and marketing at Siemens Distributed Energy Systems.

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