Solar Energy Studies

A Record Year for Renewable Electricity

2015 was a good year for renewable energy as the world’s total capacity growth reached an all time record of 153 gigawatts (GW). Solar energy accounted for 49 GW of that total. This is the first time in history that renewable energy accounted for more than 50% of the …


A Million Solar Panel Installations

In the summer of 2016, the United States reached a new milestone in solar installations. 1 million installations nationwide. Since the first solar patent by Bell Labs in 1954 to the first U.S. PV Solar installation in 1973, the trajectory of solar has been a slow climb to a million. …


Could Solar Energy Power the World?

How many square km’s would you need to cover in solar panels to meet world energy needs? This question has been asked since solar power has been used to generate power. Back in 2009 a blog post titled “Total Surface Area Required to Fuel the World With Solar” asked this …


Are Solar Panels Bad for our Environment?

Solar power is at the forefront of the renewable energy movement. Petroleum producing nations such as Saudi Arabia are investing in massive solar projects and exporting technology. Solar energy prices have dropped 80% in the past few years, efficiency is climbing every year and large deep pocketed investors are …


Could fossil fuels be phased out in a decade?

As with any energy shift, the time it takes to move our industries and communities can vary depending on a lot of factors. With the conversation around the shift from an oil based energy economy toward a cleaner energy sector is really ramping up, it is interesting to look …


Snow on Solar Panels

Have you ever wondered how a solar panel array will perform when there is snow on the panels? Most areas of Canada experience snow in the winters, so studying how snow affects solar energy production is important in our climate. In March of 2015, Alberta’s Northern Alberta Institute of …


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