Tag: Solar Tech

The Good and Bad News of DoE Fiscal Year Budget Request

The good news is the Department of Energy (DoE) FY 2013 budget request of $2,337 million for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs (EERE) shows a 29 percent increase from the enacted FY 2012 budget. The bad news is the FY 2013 has not been approved by Congress, as of this writing, see Table 1 below.  Table 1: FY 2013 DoE Budget Request  

New Solar-cell Design Based On Dots and Wires

Using exotic particles called quantum dots as the basis for a photovoltaic cell is not a new idea, but attempts to make such devices have not yet achieved sufficiently high efficiency in converting sunlight to power. A new wrinkle added by a team of researchers at MIT — embedding the quantum dots within a forest of nanowires — promises to provide a significant boost.

Puppy Dogs and Solar Quotes: An Example of Cause Marketing

Getting a free solar quote is probably the best way to open the door to a residential sale. People can finally see the numbers and get past their fear of solar being too expensive. The problem is that it can take a lot of time and marketing dollars to get people to get that quote. Wouldn’t it be great if people were actually enthusiastic about gett

Operations, Maintenance, and Solar Sheep

As gigawatts of commercial- and utility-scale PV power plants spring up around the world on a monthly basis, one critical industry sector that’s growing in tandem is operations and maintenance, usually referred to simply as O&M. Whether the service is provided by the engineering, procurement, and construction firm or (sub)contracted to an outside vendor, the upkeep, performance, and ultimate profitability of a large solar installation depends in no small way on the competence and experience of the O&M team.

For Renewable Energy, Hands-on Learning Can’t Be Beat

I’m a reader.  I love sitting down with a great book or an in-depth report full of charts and graphs and really digging in.  SEIA and GTM Research just released their Solar Market Insight Report with staggering figures about solar installations in the U.S. in 2012. If you, like me, love to learn about the global growth of renewable energy, you shou

15, Count ‘Em, 15 Must-Have’s for Any Modern Residential Solar Website

  A lot of residential solar companies contact me about programs for them, and one of the first things I do is look at their websites. Some are okay, but often they’re outdated and missing several key elements that every modern website should have. So, for the benefit of not repeating myself and helping these installers to at least look modern, her