Energy Shift

Solar Power Costs May Fall Below Coal In Decade

Coal has traditionally been the cheapest form of electricity worldwide. But Solar power is now less expensive than coal in some parts of the world. And in less than a decade, it will most likely be the lowest cost option everywhere, according to this Bloomberg New Energy Finance article. With …


Vancouver Streamlines Solar Permitting Process

In May of 2015 Novo Solar Solutions owner Mark Tizya attended the Renewable Cities forum. The Forum brought together city staff, elected officials, businesses, NGOs, and researchers from around the world to participate in a solution-focused dialogue on implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency in cities. During the forum …


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. …


6 Reasons to Go Solar

Installing solar panels on your BC home or business makes a lot of sense. With grid parity now a reality, the cost to install a solar panel system has never been lower. So what are some of the reasons why you might consider solar power for your home? Solar …


Tesla Masterplan Part Deux Unveiled

Ten years ago, Elon Musk wrote a master plan that he says is now nearing completion. That master plan basically consisted of: Create a low volume car, which would necessarily be expensive Use that money to develop a medium volume car at a lower price Use that money to …


Rapid transition towards renewables

According to a recent forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, low prices for coal and gas will continue but will not halt the global transition to renewables. The costs for wind and solar will continue to drop which allow for more R&D and overall technology adoption by consumers around the world. …


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 …


Leader’s Summit Pledges 50% Cleaner Power by 2025

The “Three Amigos” met at this year’s North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa to discuss trade, security and energy. President Obama, Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed to have the continent produce 50% of it’s power from non-emitting (zero carbon) sources by 2025. This pledge will …


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