Photovoltaic Cells – The Foundation of a Revolution

A Photovoltaic Cell

Photovoltaic cells (also known as PV cells) are small light-sensitive electronic devices that produce electrical current when exposed to sunlight. When grouped together in solar panels, and groups of solar panels, they form the basis for the most powerful form of renewable energy on the planet. Since the world has a growing appetite for electricity, especially in this digital age, … Read More

Impacts of Government Incentives on Solar Power Growth

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The solar energy industry has to date been supported significantly by government incentives for solar power, led by Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) and tax credits. These incentives have been credited widely with having huge positive impacts in kick-starting the adoption of solar power globally. It has also been clear that whenever the future of these incentives has become uncertain, there have … Read More

Solar System Typical and Minimum Site Requirements

A solar panel and behind the sun as a symbol for solar system requirements

Solar power is an exciting and rapidly growing alternative to traditional energy sources, which are not as clean and certainly not sustainable. However, before considering embarking on a potential solar installation, it is essential to ensure that the proposed system meets the minimum requirements, from legal, safety and environmental perspectives, starting in the planning phase. Although rigorous, these requirements do … Read More

CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) Explained

Concentrated Solar Power installation

CSP is a powerful and exciting technology for large-scale solar power generation. Although it has been in use since the 1980’s, it is still seen as somewhat new and emerging, with innovation and efficiency improvements under active development. The total power generated by CSP is small compared to Photovoltaic ( PV) solar power, but there is significant scope for the amount … Read More

Canadian Solar Energy Overview

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Canadian solar energy has achieved a 13.8 compound annual growth rate since 2004, to reach a total installed capacity of nearly 3,000 Megawatts, and is poised for significant growth over the coming years. As a signatory to the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Canadian federal government’s release in December 2016 of its Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate … Read More

The Rise and Rise of Solar Panel Related Jobs

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There is currently a boom underway for employment in the renewable energy sector worldwide, led by the U.S., where more than 769,000 people were employed in renewable energy in the US in 2015. These findings have just been published by the International Renewable Energy Agency in its latest Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review. In particular, this report and other … Read More

Solar Systems Usage in Business

Solar Power in front of an office

There is now a significant case to be made for the adoption of solar systems usage in business, with many businesses of all sizes, right up to multi-nationals already reaping sizeable benefits for years. In many cases, the financial case alone wins the day, especially once government subsidies are factored in, alongside depreciation and amortization of upfront costs. Once all … Read More

Solar Power Growth in Corporate America

USA Flag with solar panel

In October 2016, The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) produced its 5th edition of ‘Solar Means Business, Tracking Solar Adoption by America’s Top Companies’, which examines large corporations’ adoption of solar power. This article focuses on the key findings from that report and analysis from related industry sources. The main conclusions are that there is a continuing strong rate of growth in the … Read More

Home & Office In-House Solar Power Solutions

Indoor Solar Charging System called Simon

It’s a Friday afternoon, and after a busy week, you’re a bit tired, and looking forward to chilling out over the weekend. You gaze out the window of your home office and gaze out across the sunny scene in front of you, just soaking in that sunlight and warmth for a moment, anticipating how good it will feel to bask … Read More