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.

Germany’s solar power expansion reaches 8-year-high in 2020, adding nearly 5 GW


Edgar Meza

New photovoltaic capacity in Germany reached nearly five gigawatts (GW) last year, up nearly one GW from 2019, Sandra Enkhardt writes in pv magazine citing data from the country’s Federal Network Agency. Added PV capacity in 2020 reached 4.8 GW, the highest figure since 2012, according to data by research institute Fraunhofer ISE. Some 184,000 new solar power systems were installed last year, according to the German Solar Association.

Wind Power & Renewables Surge To New Record In China


Kurt Lowder

China has done it again! It has beat expectations on the amount of wind power added in 2020, with a staggering 72 gigawatts of wind power added last year.

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FITs Drive 9,000 MW Boom in Vietnamese Solar Rooftops


Toby Couture

Vietnam has just witnessed a veritable solar tsunami, with installations jumping from about 400MW in 2019 to 9.500MW by the end of 2020. This is unprecedented for the rooftop solar PV market in any market I can think of – other markets like Japan, China, and Germany have each seen annual deployment levels between 7-15GW, but significant shares were made up of large ground-mounted systems.

SMART? – Solar In Massachusetts


Roy Morrison

Unless changed by DOER, or the legislature, the latest version of SMART erects strong barriers to moving effectively toward 100% renewable power in the long run, and will cost many renewable jobs, and millions of investment and tax revenue in covid-19 times. There are significant flaws cloaked within the regulations doubling the size of SMART.

Photon Energy breaks ground on 14.1-MWp Hungarian solar portfolio


Veselina Petrova

With these licences, five of the plants will get a feed-in tariff (FiT) of HUF 33,360 (USD 108.4/EUR 96.7) per MWh for 15 years and 5 months, while the other five will be entitled to the same tariff for 17 years and 11 months.

Bulgaria plans to introduce FITs for solar systems up to 30 kW


Emiliano Bellini

The government is considering a €0.12/kWh feed-in tariff for PV installations with a generation capacity of up to 5 kW and of €0.10 for 5-30 kW systems. If implemented, the scheme will come into force next month.

Germany installed 380 MW of solar in April


Sandra Enkhardt

Rooftop PV financed by a national feed-in tariff (FIT) program continued to be the driver of growth, with 318 MW of new capacity in April, indicating little impact from the public health crisis on demand for residential and commercial rooftop solar thus far.

Germany eliminates 52 GW cap for solar incentives


Sandra Enkhardt

The country’s coalition government reached an agreement on Monday to remove the limit from the national renewable energy law. However, economy minister Peter Altmaier has not said when the measure will be implemented.

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My Feedback on the Film “Planet of the Humans”


Paul Gipe

Neal Livingston called and asked me to watch the film Planet of the Humans and provide some context on the environmental benefits of renewable energy. Neal’s an award-winning documentary film maker from Nova Scotia. He knows film, but he’s also a doer. He and his partners installed three Enercon wind turbines on his Cape Breton land to practice what he preaches.

Environmentalists demand that Michael Moore’s anti-EV film be retracted


Bradley Berman

On Earth Day, a documentary entitled “Planet of the Humans” appeared on Michael Moore’s YouTube channel. You might expect a film from the acclaimed rabble-rousing film director, who served as executive producer credit, to champion the cause of clean-energy technology and electric vehicles. Instead, the movie characterizes solar and wind as a sell-out to corporate America. And EVs are just a means for power companies to burn more coal.