Elements of a Successful REP Policy

In 1973, the worldwide oil crisis in 1973 persuaded many governments of the need to develop policies to move society towards investment in solar and other renewable energy sources. In 1978, the U. S. introduced the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) o.. more

Legal Issues for Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff Policies

The Province of Ontario is on track to install over 400 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic this year. This figure just about doubles California's 2010 PV installation, which currently has more PV installations than any other place in North American. However.. more

America Rises to Third Place in Solar Market Ranking

America historically lagged behind European countries in solar development due to lack of a national FIT program. Italian and German markets have suffered from price decreases cause by oversupply and slowed demand in 1H11. High inventory levels have pushed manufacture.. more

PV Roof Shingles

Solar roofing shingle and tiles blend traditional roof building techniques, PV advances and water proofing technology to essentially create a functional roof that generates electricity. But unlike big, bulky glass and metal PV panels mounted on existing roofs, solar shin.. more

MIT Makes Advances in Generating Solar Energy without Sunshine

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a method to create a highly efficient photovoltaic (PV) energy conversion system that does not require sunlight - it's powered by heat. Researchers have managed to engineer the surface .. more

CLEAN LA: Working California’s Plan to Create Jobs and 12,000 MW of Solar Capacity

California has long been the United States' leader for solar energy development. According to a New York Times list published a few months ago, California has 971 megawatts (MW) of installed solar capacity. Its next closest rival, New Jersey, has about 380 meg.. more

Re-designing Solar Cells by Using Black Silicon

When one considers all the renewable energy technologies available right now, one will find that solar energy is one of the best and offers one of the most exciting prospects. As it is one of the cleanest and most abundant resources – available both as direct sunshine .. more

Mono-like Silicon Processing as a Route to a Better Solar Cell

Making the transition from burning carbon-based fossil fuels to provide power to one that uses cleaner sources of energy is a sensible solution for society’s current energy predicament.  For a variety of reasons, this trend is both a positive and powerful one and .. more

Photovoltaic Recycling in the EU and U.S.

Handsome incentives, policy changes, technological advances, and economies of scale have made photovoltaic power plants less expensive and closer in generation cost to fuel sources, such as nuclear and coal -- and the benchmark $0.06 per-kilowatt-hour. The exponential growth.. more

PV Industry Embracing Golden Development Era

In recent year, the technology of new energy industry has made advancing progresses. With the support of local governments around the world, the green energy may emerge again to change our world like the industrialization era. How far is mass industrialization of PV .. more