What’s Going on With Solar Power in Nevada?

Recent Solar News in Nevada Dealt a Crushing Blow to the Industry

Nevada Public Utilities Commission decided to raise rates and fees

At first blush, Nevada seems like the ideal climate for solar energy to become the power source of choice. After all, it takes a lot of juice to keep the lights of the Las Vegas strip flashing, to say nothing of the rest of the state.

One natural asset that the state has more than enough of (other than glitz and feather boas) is sunshine. So why hasn’t solar power taken over in the Silver State? Well, solar proponents say it has less to do with sunshine, and more to do with shady dealings.

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How Large Scale Solar Installations Can Provide Round the Clock Power

Large Scale Solar Power Installations May Be the Future of Sustainability

Large Scale Solar Installations Can Provide Round the Clock Power

Solar power and solar manufacturers and installers have made great strides in recent years, positioning solar at the forefront of sustainable energy policy. And, as residential and business solar installation prices have come down and efficiency has gone up, solar has become more and more reliably linked with the sustainable energy future that we all need to be invested in.

But solar has always had an inherent drawback; it is by nature intermittent, given the fact that the sun doesn’t shine twenty-four hours a day. Furthermore, solar drops off at the precise moment in any given day when consumption demand peaks, just as the sun is going down.

Engineers have been working on a solution to this problem for some time, and large scale solar power installations that are designed to store the sun’s heat are close to producing sustainable power around the clock and on the cloudiest of days.

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Solar Powered Ecocapsules Will Allow You to Live Off the Grid, Anywhere

Meet the Future: The Ecocapsule Is Here

Solar Powered Ecocapsules Will Allow You to Live Off the Grid, Anywhere

Have you grown disillusioned with the day-to-day drudgery of modern life? Maybe you long to commune with nature, far, far away from super highways, informational or otherwise. But, and here’s the sticking point – you don’t really want to give up the comforts of modern living, but you also don’t want to contribute more to your carbon footprint by purchasing a gas guzzling RV or fifth wheel that requires a V8 to tow it.

If the above description applies to you, and building your own off-grid cabin or tent communing isn’t exactly your thing, then you’ve been pretty much limited to unsustainable short stays in luxury resorts that abut what’s left of the wilds of North America.

That is, until now. Because now, there is the Ecocapsule. Created and manufactured by a group of Slovakian designers and builders, the Ecocapsule is designed to be self-sustaining in just about any environment, and this year they will build and deliver the first fifty of these habitats of the future.

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How MassDOT’s Solar Energy Initiative Is Fueling Public Highway Projects

The Bay State Is Serious About Solar

How MassDOT's Solar Energy Initiative Is Fueling Public Highway Projects

The state of Massachusetts recently made news for coming in second in the nation for solar job growth. With more than 1,500 solar employees working toward the ambitious RPS goal of sourcing 15% of the state’s energy from renewables by 2020, it’s clear that the Bay State is serious about solar.

But the state’s solar job growth isn’t the only news. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Solar PV Energy Program is making waves, as well.

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Solar Trade Dispute With India Lands in US Favor

The WTO Rules in Favor of the U.S. in a Solar Power Dispute With India

The WTO Rules in Favor of the U.S. in a Solar Power Dispute With India

Last month the United States scored a victory as the World Trade Organization sided with the U.S. regarding a complaint filed against India’s restrictive rules for upcoming solar panel system installations. India had required that solar companies that sell their power directly to the Indian government use only parts and components manufactured within the country.

The U.S. complained that this was unfair to American solar manufacturers under WTO rules. In a strange twist, however, the final outcome of the ruling may not be in favor of the U.S. after all. This is due to the fact that many state and local governments in the United States have similar rules in place for solar companies that they subsidize or buy power from.

Logically, India could demand that these markets be opened up to their ostensibly lower priced components and parts in the future. Additionally, some environmental groups are decrying the ruling as they are afraid it could have a chilling effect on ongoing efforts to convert a significant portion of India’s energy consumption to renewables.

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