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Solar could be cheaper than coal and gas by 2025, study says | EurActive.com

Solar could be cheaper than coal and gas by 2025, study says | EurActive.com | New england solar | Scoop.it

Solar power will be cheaper than coal or gas by 2025 in sunnier regions of the EU, according to a study published the day before the European Commission launches its Energy Union plans.

But high-risk premiums or bad regulation can increase the costs of plants by half, according to research by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.

The cost of producing solar power in central and southern Europe will have dropped to between €0.04 and €0.06 per kilowatt hour by 2025, the study found. The report, commissioned by NGO Agora Energiewende, revealed that cost would plummet to between two to four cents by 2050.

The research only used “conservative assumptions” about possible future technological breakthroughs in solar, and did not factor in innovations that could make electricity cheaper either.

Currently, large solar plants in Germany currently deliver power for less than nine cents. According to the study, electricity from new coal and gas-fired plants costs between five and ten cents per kilowatt hour. Nuclear plants charge 11 cents, the report, published today (24 February), said.

Solar photovoltaic energy has only been granted a very limited role in the EU, due to its high cost when compare to other low-carbon sources, Agora Energiewende said.

But, the NGO said, the study showed that solar panels could compete with coal and gas, which are seen as cheaper.

That meant that solar could play an important and financially viable role in reducing the EU’s energy dependence and in hitting its climate and energy targets for both 2020 and 2030 – central goals of the new Energy Union.

 

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Agron S. Dida's curator insight, March 11, 2015 6:46 AM

Energjia solare mund të jetë më e lirë se energjia me thëngjill apo me gas që nga viti 2025 në vendet me diell në Evropë, ku i bie edhe Kosova, natyrisht, nëse këta liderët tanë aktual nuk e shesin krejt Kosovën :-)

Myat Sandi Oo's curator insight, March 22, 2015 5:27 AM

This is great for world's climate and energy targets.  Widely use of solar power will save the world's energy consumption from other sources.  

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Infographic - Comparison of Bulb, CFL and LED Lights | Visual.ly

Infographic - Comparison of Bulb, CFL and LED Lights | Visual.ly | New england solar | Scoop.it

The comparison between bulb, CFL and LED Lights is based on energy consumption, life and how much fuel is needed.

A 100 Watt bulb burns 24*7 for a year:
consumes 100x24x365/1000 = 876 kwh of electricity.

While in 876 kwh of electricity, CFL can give lights for 3.3 years and LED Lights can give lights for 5 years.

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LEDs are perfect for solar PV as they use 50% less electricity than CFLs and contain no mercury.

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MA: State solar incentives to prioritize reuse of contaminated land | SouthCoastToday.com

MA: State solar incentives to prioritize reuse of contaminated land | SouthCoastToday.com | New england solar | Scoop.it

Upon first glance, the solar farm at 1275 North Hixville Road in Dartmouth, MA does not seem out of the ordinary. The blue metallic panels line the field in seven rows, pointing toward the sky. As far as solar farms go, it looks totally average.

 

But the white building on the east side of the property make these panels remarkable. The building houses a groundwater treatment system to break down toxic chemicals and clean the water before releasing it into the Copicut River.

 

The field at 1275 North Hixville Road is the Re-Solve Superfund Site. The solar panels power the cleanup.

 

This idea — that toxic contamination can be cleaned with zero-emissions renewable energy — is prioritized by a new round of state solar incentives announced Tuesday.

 

"This is a really high value use because it helps to clean the site and replaces grid power with renewable power," Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia said of the Re-Solve Site.

 

The Re-Solve site, where panels went online in 2012, took advantage of the state's Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC) program that requires utilities to buy a certain amount of electricity from solar installations. That version of the program, which expired in the fall, did not differentiate between where solar farms were developed.

 

The new version announced Tuesday does. It divides solar farms into four categories that receive different amounts of credits per kilowatt hour.

 

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Are Air Source Heat Pumps a Threat to Geothermal Heat Pump Suppliers?

Are Air Source Heat Pumps a Threat to Geothermal Heat Pump Suppliers? | New england solar | Scoop.it
Last year, geothermal heat pump (GHP) manufacturers introduced new heat pumps with break-through efficiency based on variable-speed compressor technology.
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Mini-split ductless heat pumps are 4 times more efficient than burning fossil fuels and wood.
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Solar Novus - Solar Energy Industry Politics and Policy News

Solar Novus - Solar Energy Industry Politics and Policy News | New england solar | Scoop.it
News covering the politics and policy of the solar energy industry
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President said, "we're becoming a global leader in solar, too."

He noted that every four minutes another American home or business goes solar, and he said that the jobs of the installer cannot be outsourced. "Let's continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don't need it so we can invest more in fuels of the future that do."

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A Solar Public Service Message: Don’t Lie To Your Customers

A Solar Public Service Message: Don’t Lie To Your Customers | New england solar | Scoop.it
Make sure you’re providing accurate payback numbers — or you risk sullying the entire industry By Jeff Spies, SPW Contributor The term “solar black eye” is well known to industry veterans. It refers to a time in the mid-1980s when solar was considered a bad word by most homeowners. Overly attractive solar water heating incentives
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World Bank Report: Solar Growing 200% Per Decade | American Solar Energy Society

World Bank Report: Solar Growing 200% Per Decade | American Solar Energy Society | New england solar | Scoop.it
By Dean Matus, Lionshead Energy LLC Recently, the World Bank completed its first global energy-use and energy projection survey, entitled The Global Tracking
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First floating solar plant hopes to change waste energy in Australia

First floating solar plant hopes to change waste energy in Australia | New england solar | Scoop.it

 

A floating solar plant is set to be constructed on a wastewater treatment basin in South Australia, in an Australia-first initiative.

The plant, which is expected to be up and running by April, will float on a water treatment facility in Jamestown, according to the ABC. It will be used to generate energy to power the plant and any leftover energy will be transferred to the town of Jamestown.

It looks very similar to a traditional land-based solar plant, besides the fact it is designed to float. The system uses high-density polyethylene pipe for buoyancy and sits on a structural steel pontoon, which the panels slot into.

Infratech Industries is behind the ambitious project that will see efficiency increased by 57% compared to the land-based comparison. Felicia Whiting of Infratech Industries told the ABC the system is perfect for dry climates as the water body keeps the panels cool.

"It prevents water evaporation up to 90 per cent of the surface area covered, and for dry states and dry climates that's a big water saving measure," Whiting said. Read more, click on image or title.

 

 

 

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What you need to know about Solar Energy

What you need to know about Solar Energy | New england solar | Scoop.it
Right now, you can install relatively cheap technology on your own roof and power your house, gadgets and even your car. For free! Sorcery? Not so much. The Earth receives more energy from our sun in about one hour than humans consume in an entire...

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Solar energy is becoming more established. Many countries are offering rebates for installing solar. Check it out. It may be a good investment for you.

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What you need to know about Solar Energy. #solarenergy #greentech

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World's "most environmentally-friendly office building" opens in Norway | GizMag.com

World's "most environmentally-friendly office building" opens in Norway | GizMag.com | New england solar | Scoop.it

An office building in Norway has been renovated to produce more energy that it consumes. Powerhouse Kjørbo is located near Oslo, and according to Powerhouse, it is Norway’s first energy-positive building and the first in the world to be renovated into an energy-positive structure.

 

Powerhouse is a consortium of firms aiming to develop energy-positive buildings. It comprises architecture firm Snøhetta, construction company Skanska, environmental organization ZERO, aluminum supplier Hydro and property management firm Entra Eiendom.

 

"As far as we know, this is the first building in the world that has been renovated into an energy-positive structure," says Ståle Rød, chairman of the Powerhouse consortium and CEO of Skanska Norway. "It is the unique collaboration we have had from the very start that has made this possible."

 

By Powerhouse's standards, an energy-positive building is "a building which generates more clean and renewable energy in its operational phase than what was used for the production of building materials, its construction, operation and disposal."

 

Powerhouse Kjørbo is actually two 2,600 square meter (27,986 sq ft) buildings on the Sandvika seafront in Bærum municipality. Their energy consumption prior to renovation was 650,000 kWh every year. Following the renovation, the energy requirements of the buildings are expected to be reduced to around 100,000 kWh per year in total.

 

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England's lights 'would go out without Scotland's #renewable #energy'

England's lights 'would go out without Scotland's #renewable #energy' | New england solar | Scoop.it

reasinglyScottish energy minister hits back after UK energy secretary claims independent Scotland would face higher energy bills


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Solar and wind are an important part of a diversified energy portfolio whether you're a country, community, or an individual!

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England’s lights would go out without Scotland’s large and growing supply of #renewable #energy, according to Scotland’s energy minister.

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Solar-powered jobs data show spike for Ohio, drop for Michigan

Solar-powered jobs data show spike for Ohio, drop for Michigan | New england solar | Scoop.it
Solar energy’s future in Ohio is not as cloudy as you might think: Employment in that sector of the state’s economy grew 31 percent in 2013, elevating Ohio into the No. 8 spot nationally — up from No. 10 a year ago — for solar-powered jobs,
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The Solar Foundation’s latest census shows New England is home to more than 25,000 jobs, representing nearly 20 percent of the total solar U.S. work force despite being in a cloudy area.
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Bethel OKs plan for solar-power farm

Bethel OKs plan for solar-power farm | New england solar | Scoop.it
Town officials took another step toward reducing energy costs, giving the go-ahead to an energy company to draw up a plan for a solar-power farm at the abandoned town landfill. There is no dollar figure on the cost of creating a field of solar panels at the landfill, but the ultimate cost will be paid from the town's energy savings. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker proposed a solar farm at the land fill 3ï¿1/2 years ago, but the state law would not allow a third party to do the work and share the savings with the town. Ameresco will prepare layout drawings, electrical plans, a schedule and a Power Purchase Agreement price for the solar project within 180 days according to the letter of intent the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously last week to allow Knickerbocker to sign.
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The Truth About Solar Energy | The Energy Collective

The Truth About Solar Energy | The Energy Collective | New england solar | Scoop.it
The sun is our most abundant resource, shining enough rays on the United States every day to more than power us for 10 years. Coal, oil, and gas combined can’t come close to matching that.
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Solar Makes Financial Sense!

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Homeowner’s calculations show his LED lights will pay off big | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Homeowner’s calculations show his LED lights will pay off big  | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | New england solar | Scoop.it
Dave Lippert expects to recoup his investment in a year and, over the lifetime of his bulbs, save more than $8,000
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Combining LED lights with solar PV a bright idea!
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Energy Policy Update: Maine net energy billing

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Maine solar energy producers can sell their electricity to CMP at full retails prices!

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Solar Novus - Blog - Why Traditional Investors are Banking on Solar

Solar Novus - Blog - Why Traditional Investors are Banking on Solar | New england solar | Scoop.it
The bankability of solar is attracting the attention of traditional investors, says Michael Gorton of Principal Solar in his guest blog on Solar Novus Today
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