The Solar Electric Power Association announced yesterday that Public Service Electric and Gas Co. ranks third among U.S. utilities for the amount of solar capacity added within its electric service area in 2012.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Boulder City Mayor Roger Tobler last week joined Sempra U.S. Gas & Power officials and community leaders to dedicate the state's newest solar energy project, the 92-MW first phase of the company's Copper Mountain Solar 2 facility in Boulder City.
South and Central American nations are aspiring to be more environmentally friendly, as renewable energy strategies are introduced, but thermal power remains the main player, states a new report by GBI Research.
When Jimmy Carter was President, the U.S. was the world leader in solar cells and wind power. Today, most solar cells come from China and only one U.S. wind turbine supplier (GE Wind) ranks in the top ten for wind turbine market share.
After a disastrous third quarter of 2012 featuring extremely low factory utilization rates across the entire photovoltaic supply chain, a surge in demand was seen in the final quarter of the year for PV modules. A new PV module shipment record of 11 GW was reached in the fourth quarter according to the IHS Solar Integrated Market Tracker.).
With the crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it is too soon to draw final conclusions. But watching the struggle to bring the site under control, we cannot help but wonder: What exactly is going on, and what lessons might be learned?
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