Posts made in March, 2016

Floatovoltaics – A solution for water and energy conservation?

Posted on Mar 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Japan’s Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation just started construction on its long planned 13.7 MW floating solar installation on the Yamakura Dam reservoir – the largest floating solar installation in the world. However, floating solar panel installations (also called “floatovoltaics”) have also propped up in the U.S in the past five years. “Floatovoltaics” are floating photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which are convenient to install in areas with limited land availability. The cost of leasing water for solar installations is lower than that of land. Therefore, floatovoltaic systems are ideal for dams, reservoirs, and water utilities that are high...

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Current state of U.S. renewable energy policy

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released its projections for the U.S. energy sector in their Annual Short-term Energy Outlook report.  As of 2014, renewable energy sources (hydropower, wind energy, biomass wood, biomass waste, geothermal, and solar energy) made up about 13% of the U.S. energy sources, with nearly half of that percentage (48%) coming from hydro.  According to the Outlook report, EIA expects total renewable useage by the power sector to increase by 8.1% in 2016. The development of renewable energy technologies, particularly solar and wind energy technologies, have been aided by federal policy incentives aimed at integrating...

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