"Plonkable" CSP could change future energy consumption

If you know what concentrated solar power plants are at all, you’re probably picturing a massive falice in the desert surrounded by a circular harem of mirrors. That’s not the kind of thing you could plunk down in your back yard for round-the-clock solar power – even if you could afford it.

But a group of South African researchers have announced a breakthrough on the road to “plonkable” CSP. The Solar Thermal Research Group at Stellenbosch University, headed by Paul Gouche, is experimenting with a new technology that makes CSP infinitely more accessible and, in the long term, more affordable.

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Mass Gov's proposed solar legislation has pluses and minuses

New England Solar Home

While Massachusetts boasts one of the strongest solar industries in the country – thanks in large part to good state policies – looming net metering caps could kill rooftop solar in the state if they’re not raised.

Legislators and Gov. Charlie Baker understand that all too well. The senate passed legislation in July to raise net metering caps. And the governor filed a bill to do the same last week. While solar advocates applaud the efforts, they also criticize the governor’s proposal as short sighted.

 

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California PUC considering the future of rooftop solar

Go Solar California

The California Public Utilities Commission received dozens of proposals from the state’s publicly-traded utility companies Monday night offering a glimpse into the future of rooftop solar in the state.

State legislation passed in late 2013 tasked the commission with revamping utility regulations regarding residential utility bills and solar tariffs. The legislation dictates that the PUC prioritize continued rooftop solar industry growth while aligning solar costs and benefits.

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