This vertical solar panel could be the answer to the prayers of an industry desperately seeking new ways to exploit solar energy.

A mystery hangs over the vertical solar panel. It generates more energy, but there’s still something experts don’t understand. If you were surprised by what we told you about the first solar panel that produces hydrogen, you can’t miss what comes next. Solar panels are a viable solution in the energy transition the world is undergoing.

They provide an efficient and cost-effective way to produce clean, renewable electricity and help mitigate climate change and the energy challenges facing humanity. They also provide opportunities for employment and economic growth. Opting for self-supply through solar panels is a lifesaver for people living in rural or remote areas where grid electricity is not available.

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Source: Eco News

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Agrivoltaics help preserve & improve prime agricultural land while providing farmers with additional income.

American farmland can play a critical role in the clean energy transition, evolving to thrive alongside renewable energy development like solar, wind and energy storage. With respect to solar generation, in order to meet a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2035, the Biden Administration has set a goal of having 40% of our nation’s electricity coming from solar by that same date, up from the current 4%. Brownfields, closed capped landfills, rooftops and other preferred sites will provide important sources for hosting solar arrays. However, American farmland also has a significant role to play, and it is estimated that farmers and other landowners will lease more than 2 million acres of agricultural land in the United States for community and utility-scale solar projects by 2030 (a small fraction of the 880 million of farmlands reported by the USDA in 2023).

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Source: Solar Power World

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The amount of wind and solar power under construction in China is now nearly twice as much as the rest of the world combined.

The amount of wind and solar power under construction in China is now nearly twice as much as the rest of the world combined, a report has found.

Research published on Thursday by Global Energy Monitor (GEM), an NGO, found that China has 180 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale solar power under construction and 159GW of wind power. That brings the total of wind and solar power under construction to 339GW, well ahead of the 40GW under construction in the US.

The researchers only looked at solar farms with a capacity of 20MW or more, which feed directly into the grid. That means that the total volume of solar power in China could be much higher, as small scale solar farms account for about 40% of China’s solar capacity.

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Source: The Guardian

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Soltec launched a new floating tracker, dubbed Flotus, designed for inland water bodies such as reservoirs and ponds.

Last month, Spanish solar PV tracker manufacturer Soltec launched a new floating tracker, dubbed Flotus, designed for inland water bodies such as reservoirs and ponds.

Flotus features an east-west tracking system, similar to horizontal ground-based solar trackers, and an “advanced naval design” that Soltec claims enables it to withstand the rigours of being located on water.

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Source: PV Tech

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Tesla’s virtual power plant (VPP) in California delivered 100 MW of power to help the grid not use gas peaker plants yesterday.

Tesla’s virtual power plant (VPP) in California delivered 100 MW of power to help the grid not use gas peaker plants yesterday.

It’s peaker plant season in California. Heat waves are hitting the region, people are cranking up their ACs, and it is putting quite a load on the electrical grid.

Tesla has been using virtual power plants to aggregate its distributed energy systems, rooftop solar and Powerwall, to provide grid services and get more value for their customers.

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Source: electrek

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Olympic Champion and Team Panasonic Brand Ambassador Michael Phelps embraces solar at home with Panasonic EVERVOLT Total Home System.

Panasonic had a line at its booth that wrapped around the tradeshow floor at RE+ 2023. The reason was high-profile Panasonic brand ambassador and Olympic champion Michael Phelps was hanging out and taking photos. With the Summer Olympics and another RE+ around the corner, Phelps is showcasing Panasonic in an even bigger way: a Panasonic EVERVOLT system designed to power his Arizona home on solar energy using 90 solar panels and 4 battery units.

This massive PV + storage system will reduce the overall home energy usage by up to 70% and provide back-up battery storage.

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Source: Solar Builder

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Bifacial solar panels and other crop-friendly technologies are expanding the field of opportunities for agrivoltaic development.

The emerging field of agrivoltaics has come a long way in just a few years. From a focus on pollinator habitats and grazing lands, agrivoltaic stakeholders are expanding their ambitions to raise peaches, grapes, and other crops within arrays of ground-mounted solar panels. Whether or not that blows up the whole argument against rural solar development remains to be seen, but the alliance between farmers and solar stakeholders could swing the balance and help accelerate the renewable energy transition.

The Agrivoltaic Revolution Is Coming

The agrivoltaic movement goes hand in hand with the falling cost of solar panels. Solar technology was relatively expensive in the early 2000s. To cut maintenance costs, rural solar developers put down gravel and other no-mow solutions for groundcover under the panels. Raising crops was definitely out of the picture.

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Source: Clean Technica

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Ed Miliband sets new rules on solar panels and approves three giant solar farms as Labour seeks to end years of Tory inaction

Keir Starmer’s Labour government unveils plans for a “rooftop revolution” today that will see millions more homes fitted with solar panels in order to bring down domestic energy bills and tackle the climate crisis.

The energy secretary, Ed Miliband, also took the hugely controversial decision this weekend to approve three massive solar farms in the east of England that had been blocked by Tory ministers.

The three sites alone – Gate Burton in Lincolnshire, Sunnica’s energy farm on the Suffolk-Cambridgeshire border and Mallard Pass on the border between Lincolnshire and Rutland – will deliver about two-thirds of the solar energy installed on rooftops and on the ground in the whole of last year.

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Source: The Guardian

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The California Energy Commission announced new grants totaling $18.9M to help 334 cities & counties automate residential solar permits.

In an effort to spur the growth of rooftop solar, the California Energy Commission has just announced new grants to help communities automate the approval of residential solar energy permits, with the total of $18.9 million now reaching a whopping 334 cities and counties. Experts expect the move to increase the speed of installations, lower costs and accelerate solar adoption statewide.

Roughly 10% of properties in California have solar, a figure that needs to grow rapidly for the state to meet its clean energy goals. One of the biggest obstacles to completing more solar projects is permitting. Properties that install rooftop solar first need to receive a permit from the local building department. Outdated and inefficient permitting requirements in many areas combined with staffing shortages can add months of delays and thousands of dollars to solar projects. In many cases, property owners cancel the project when permitting becomes too cumbersome or expensive. Building officials who want to improve solar permitting frequently lack the resources to do so.

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Source: Solar Power World

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Timet’s facility in WV will use solar and batteries to make titanium products used in everything from airplanes to pacemakers.

For half a century, a sprawling lot in Ravenswood, West Virginia, was home to a giant aluminum smelter. But in 2009, Century Aluminum idled the facility, then permanently closed it six years later, and the 2,000-acre site became an empty expanse along the bending banks of the Ohio River.

Now, a different metal-making plant is getting underway on the property — and it will run primarily on renewable energy when it starts operations next year.

Titanium Metals Corporation, or Timet, recently began construction on a facility that will melt titanium to be shaped into parts for airplanes and other uses. Just next door, BHE Renewables is preparing to install arrays of solar panels and large battery systems, which will form a solar microgrid that connects to the titanium facility. Both companies are part of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate run by Warren Buffett.

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Source: Canary Media

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