President Obama’s nominee for the next US Energy Secretary is a solar advocate but pragmatic on the need for medium-term solutions including gas and nuclear. Felicity Carus profiles Ernest Moniz.
Hurricane Sandy exposed the fragility of the US power grid. It also revealed a potentially vital new role for PV in future emergency events, says Felicity Carus.
Feed-in tariffs (FiTs) have been popular all over the world and have transformed some solar markets. But the US has remained stubbornly resistant to the power of transformational policy, with utilities treating them with the same hostility as net energy metering.
America’s leading distributed solar companies may be vying for market supremacy, but they all agree that the old utility model of electricity supply looks out of date. Felicity Carus hears what they have to say.
The US solar market is poised for huge growth. But the industry should not underestimate the many risks involved, says Felicity Carus.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lord Stern are an unlikely pairing. But they are united in their belief that technologies such as solar offer a glimmer of hope in averting climate catastrophe, says Ben Willis.
Bids for the first tranche of manufacturing equipment at CdTe thin-film leader, First Solar’s shuttered lines in Germany close today.
Net energy metering for solar in California is an ongoing source of controversy. Expect the flames to spread in 2013, says Felicity Carus.
California’s Governor Jerry Brown has already done much to advance the use of solar energy. Can the Golden State maintain its position as a renewable energy leader during his latest term, wonders Felicity Carus.
In his second term inauguration speech, Barack Obama made a personal commitment to tackling climate change. Creating a level playing field for renewables should be a priority for the President if he is to live up to his rhetoric, says Felicity Carus.