Solar Energy News

What's happening around the world in the solar industry and how it might affect you
California Solar Farm

On August 21st, the United States will experience a solar eclipse.

The eclipse will be visible across the continent, depending on cloud cover and other factors – like the lunar limb profile – and will last two minutes, give or take 1 to 3 seconds.

In California, where the sun shines almost all the time, utility-scale solar energy provides 8 gigawatts, or GW. Another 4 GW is private, and comprised of solar rooftops and arrays.  

Tesla Solar Roof

Long-awaited solar shingles made their debut May 10, and the genius behind them is none other than Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, an electric vehicle manufacturer based in Fremont, California.

Tesla also makes residential energy storage systems under the Powerwall, a utility-scale energy storage solution which combines Powerwall with Powerpack, (available in certain areas only), and solar panels from its Palo Alto, California home base.

SolarCity now installing rooftop solar in Florida

SolarCity’s recent announcements that it’s launching services in South Carolina and Florida could indicate a big policy shift toward more favorable solar regulations in the Southeast US.

Historically, the Sunshine State has been one of the darkest for the country’s rapidly growing solar industry. Florida ranks third in the nation for solar potential, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, but only 14th for actual installed capacity. It’s almost laughable that notoriously cloudy states like New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York rank higher than sunny Florida for rooftop solar installation.

Trump will be bad for the future of rooftop solar

Donald Trump’s White House is not likely to be good for the future of utility-scale or rooftop solar energy or for the future of the planet. The good news is that solar energy has enough momentum to shine through the cloudy two to four years ahead.

Trump is among those who believe the vast majority of the globe’s best scientific minds are behind an elaborate “hoax,” aimed at fraudulently convincing the public that humans and their fossil fuels are damaging the environment, leading to dramatic climate change and the rapid melting of polar ice caps.