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When Hurricane Sandy wiped out the power in areas like coastal Long Island and the Jersey Shore, what should have been beacons of hope — hundreds of solar panels glinting from residential rooftops — became symbols of frustration.
Solar Power International 2012 closed last Thursday in Orlando, Florida, leaving us all better informed and with some new views on the solar industry in North America.
Although 2011 was a banner year for the U.S. solar industry, the country still lags behind the rest of the developed world in solar deployment.
Growing installations of rooftop solar panels are increasing concern that U.S. utilities may refuse to buy power generated by the systems, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Grid parity is often cited as sort of a holy grail in the solar industry. When reached, there will be massive demand for solar energy as the cost barrier crumbles.
The county's third solar-power installation is under way. At their Tuesday evening meeting, Commissioners Ron Fithian, William Pickrum and Billy Short voted to sign the agreements necessary to get an 800-kilowatt solar array set up along Fish Hatchery Road.
A solar company’s most recent expansion of its Beltsville facility reflects a Maryland solar industry that’s still robust, business leaders say.
Solar panels are one of the most recognizable symbols of renewable energy. Arrays can serve as a form of green advertising and a source of pride for those who install them on their buildings. But what happens when solar installations and historical aesthetics collide?
Schools hold our youngsters’ futures in their hands. Standard Solar partners with educational institutions and takes that responsibility one step further, by showing students the advantages of solar energy.
The roster of Kent lawmakers and public officials huddled under a tent at the new Worton Solar Field on Tuesday to dedicate a “first” in Maryland’s renewable energy portfolio, which will produce the energy needs of three school facilities, the Kent County Community Center, and the Kent County Department of Public Works building on Morgnec Road.