News & Articles on Solar Energy

While I have primarily worked with wind energy, I have long been a proponent of renewable energy in the broadest sense. This includes solar energy. My work in Canada, especially Ontario, stressed inclusion of solar energy because it had been previously overlooked. At one time Ontario was one of the leading jurisdictions in North America developing solar photovoltaics due in part to the programs I and others pushed. The political winds changed and these policies were abandoned and with it Ontario’s progress toward a renewable energy future.

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Solar Power in The UK – The Fall and Rise of an Industry

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The year is 2010 and the UK government is looking for ways to boost the take up of renewables and reduce Britain’s reliance on fossil fuels. By the beginning of 2011 they had 2 schemes running to incentivise both the public and businesses to invest in renewable energy – the Feed In Tariff and the Renewable Obligation Certificate.

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Zeroing In: Pathways to an affordable net-zero grid in Alberta

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By the end of this year, Alberta will have successfully phased out coal-fired generation, which was the dominant source of electricity just six years ago. Alberta is already becoming the renewable energy capital of Canada. More than three-quarters of solar and wind generation capacity built in Canada last year was in Alberta.

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Queenslanders Paying Coal-Fired Prices To Solar Power Their EVs

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People are already disgruntled about what they perceive as the thieving bastards who don’t pay a decent feed-in tariff, even if you can explain that daytime solar electricity is often in surplus and worthless on the spot market.

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Can rooftop solar alone solve climate change? Here’s the answer

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No matter how many times I write about renewable energy — about sprawling solar farms, towering wind turbines and lengthy power lines carrying clean electricity to faraway cities — there’s one question I get asked again and again and again: Why do we need all that industrial infrastructure when we can put solar panels on rooftops and parking lots instead?

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The duck in the room – the end of baseload

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Jérôme Guillet

There’s simply no space left for new (or even, soon, old) nuclear

Turkey introduces 10-year FIT for solar, other renewables

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The Turkish authorities have set a 10-year feed-in tariff (FIT) of TRY 1.06 ($0.0545)/kWh for PV systems that are installed between July 1, 2021, and December 31, 2030. Solar projects with Turkish PV components will be given an additional five-year tariff of TRY 0.2880/kWh.

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2022 Report on Britain’s Successful Small-Scale Renewables Program

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Paul Gipe

Despite the Tories best efforts to kill them, small-scale renewables have continued to grow under Britain’s pioneering feed-in tariff program. …

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Danish Biogas Supplies One-third of Gas Consumption in 2022

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Paul Gipe

Denmark never ceases to amaze me. Despite switching back and forth between conservative and progressive governance over the past decades, …

Comparing The US & China On Climate, Economy, & Other Outcomes Should Be Deeply Humbling For America

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Michael Barnard

The narrative that Americans and many Europeans share about China and themselves is not aligned with observable reality, and the USA is in significant danger of economic decline even as the world improves.

Traverse City’s historic wind turbine retired, makes way for solar panels

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Sheri Mcwhirter

An historic wind turbine that for decades served as a clean energy symbol and up north geographic marker recently came down near Traverse City.