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Interest Growing in Commercial and Community Microgrids
"Utilities are under pressure as new technologies become a driving force in the evolution of the country's electricity infrastructure. Renewable energy, microgirds, and distributed generation will forever change the way we manage our electricity, and if the utilities don't evolve their business model and get on board now, they face obsolescence."
ELKTON — The Cecil County Board of Education recently unanimously approved a large solar array project on school-owned land that will help it reduce the school system’s energy costs.
CHESTERTOWN — The town council, meeting Monday, May 19, heard a recommendation that the town apply for a permit to install a solar power array at the wastewater plant.
Liz Perez’s dad served in the first Gulf War. And after she enlisted in the Navy and found herself in the second one, “it made me ask a lot of questions about why we were here in the Gulf again."
It’s the middle of a steaming hot summer afternoon. You’re at home, blasting the air conditioner, washing your clothes, and standing in front of the open freezer while the TV plays in the background.You may not realize it, but you’re racking up kilowatts, increasing your utility bill, and adding to Earth’s pollutants.
Elon Musk just announced details of Tesla's plan to start pumping out lithium ion batteries like M&Ms at its planned "Gigafactory." Obviously, it's big news for electric vehicles as this should bring down the cost of a very expensive component. But it has equal and possibly greater significance for renewable energy.
Spending money on the operations and maintenance (O&M) of photovoltaic (PV) power systems may seem counterintuitive when assessing a project’s revenue stream, but O&M is a critical part of the return on investment from these systems.
When looking to develop commercial or utility scale solar projects, identifying your financing options is one of your top priorities. In today’s solar industry, most developers are using a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to get their deals done.
The transmission industry enters 2014 with a lot of work ahead as it continues to recreate the grid and make it more renewable energy-ready. On the macro level, transmission lines are being developed worldwide to move green power long distances from remote regions to power-hungry population centers.
On a recent gray December morning, nearly 8,500 solar panels covering 13 acres in Germantown tilted toward the sky, straining to harness any glimmer of sunlight. Their host: a sewage-treatment plant in Montgomery County, one of the first in the Washington region to try solar power.