Solar PV rapidly becoming the cheapest option to generate electricity

Posted on October 19, 2011, by All Energy

For a long time, the holy grail of solar photovoltaics (PV) has been "grid parity," the point at which it would be as cheap to generate one's own solar electricity as it is to buy electricity from the grid. And that is indeed an important market milestone, being achieved now in many places around the world. But recently it has become clear that PV is set to go beyond grid parity and become the cheapest option to generate electricity.Whenever I say this I encounter incredulity, even vehement opposition, from friends and foes of renewable energy alike. Apparently, knowledge of the rapid developments of the last few years has not been widely disseminated. But it's happening, right under our noses! It is essential to understand this so that we can leverage it to rapidly switch to a global energy system fully based on renewable energy.Solar cells.A hundred solar cells, good for 380 watts of solar PV power.Photo: Ariane van DijkWorking on solar PV energy at Ecofys since 1986, I have seen steady progression: efficiency goes up, cost goes down. But it was only on a 2004 visit to Q-Cells' solar cell factory in Thalheim, Germany, that it dawned on me that PV could become very cheap indeed. They gave me a stack of 100 silicon solar cells, each capable of producing 3.8 watts of power in full sunshine. I still have it in the office; it's only an inch high!

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Seriously! What's more reliable than the sun?!?

Posted on October 13, 2011, by All Energy

Solar Can Create 40,000 Jobs in 2012, Federal Incentives Need Extension News

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Solar Power on US Campuses Surges 400% in 3 Years

Posted on October 07, 2011, by All Energy

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power installations on university and college campuses have surged 450% over the last three years, according to a new database constructed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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Solar hits Minnesota's small screen

Posted on October 04, 2011, by All Energy

by Pete Danko, October 4th, 2011

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Solar bug killer! Good for organic food?

Posted on October 02, 2011, by All Energy

Solar Powered Insect Killer

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Google will finance rooftop solar installations

Posted on September 27, 2011, by All Energy

Click here to find out more!

September 27, 2011 | 11:51 am

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If they can't do it, nobody can? Let's see...

Posted on September 21, 2011, by All Energy

Analysis: Solar startups plough ahead despite Solyndra

LOS ANGELES | Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:59pm EDT

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How much does solar cost?

Posted on September 12, 2011, by All Energy

Solar Energy Cost

Would you like to own your electricity? Want to stop worrying about rate inflation from your utility company, charging you whatever they like? Did you know that rates have been rising by about 6% each year in California for example? They will only keep going up and up unless you do something about it!

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This Minnesota home is the real deal!

Posted on September 10, 2011, by All Energy

Sweet looking design, snazzy solar panels, and nearly net zero in energy consumption and cost. What a great idea to make an up front investment in something you know is going to help the environment and your wallet/pocketbook in the long run. Check out the article below on this unique, but hopefully becoming more common, net zero house.

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Made in Minnesota Solar Panels are Here!

Posted on August 31, 2011, by All Energy

Silicon Energy is opening its doors in Mountain Iron, Minnesota.  Things are taking off here in Minnesota for solar!  Check it out:

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