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Solar Power Sees 30% Increase Over Last Year

Peery family dentistry in Lynchburg, Virginia installs 1,430 square feet of solar panels to new office property in 2014.

Peery family dentistry in Lynchburg, Virginia installs 1,430 square feet of solar panels to new office property in 2014.

 

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research, U.S. solar power grew by 6.2 gigawatts in 2014, a 30% increase over the previous year–representing nearly $18 billion in new investment. Thousands of new photovoltaic (PV) arrays in homes, schools, businesses and utilities, as well as large concentrated solar power facilities raised the U.S.’s profile as one of the world’s leading adopters of solar power.

“Shayle Kann, senior vice president at GTM Research, noted that in just five years, the U.S. PV market—which does not include concentrated solar plants—has witnessed a fourfold expansion, from an estimated $3 billion in 2009 to $13.4 billion last year.”

Solar energy accounted for 32 percent of the nation’s new generating capacity in 2014, surpassing both coal and wind energy. Emerging solar states and large utilities desiring to take up renewable energy options are reasons for such increase, in addition the growing popularity of third-party leases offered by firms like SolarCity and Sunrun.

“Today the U.S. solar industry has more employees than tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter combined,” Rhone Resch, SEIA’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Many states have developed well-established solar markets in the last year, leading to the residential sector adding 1.2 GW of capacity in 2014, surpassing its previous annual record of 1 GW.

States rising in the solar ranks include New Mexico, Missouri, Maryland, New York, Texas and Hawaii, each adding close to 100 MW of solar capacity in 2014.

The southeast saw an increase as well. Tennessee and Georgia experienced increases in utility-scale solar and Louisiana and South Carolina sustained growth in the residential sector.

A continued boom is expected in U.S. solar markets is expected, with a projected 31% growth target for 2015.

 

TVA Holds Meeting Open to Comments on Their Integrated Resource Plan

April 6 is scheduled for a webinar and public meeting at the TVA Knoxville Tower which usually starts at 7 am and typically lasts for an hour and a half. During that time the public is encouraged to provide comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan and associated draft Environmental Impact Statement. To prepare for providing comment, TVA has made downloads of both plans available for public inspection.
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The purpose of the IRP is to determine how TVA can best meet the Tennessee Valley’s demand for electricity over the next 20 years and fulfill its mission of low cost reliable power, environmental stewardship, and economic development.

The draft IRP and EIS are available for review on the IRP website at http://www.tva.com/environment/reports/irp/. TVA will hold a series of public meetings beginning on March 19 to discuss the draft IRP and EIS, to answer questions, and to receive comments on the drafts. Details on the public meetings are posted project webpage.

Comments on the draft IRP and EIS must be submitted no later than April 27, 2015. Comments may be submitted online, at the public meetings, by mail to the address below, or by email to IRP@tva.gov. Please note that any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the project administrative record and will be available for public inspection. TVA will consider all comments in preparing the final IRP and EIS.

LightWave Solar Opens Knoxville Office

Steve Johnson.Steve Johnson opens a Knoxville office extending his solar installation business eastward. Jon Bates will be the resident here in Knoxville representing LightWave Solar. For the present, Jon is operating the business from his home in Lenoir City. It has an office in Johnson City and has done a number of solar installations in East Tennessee. It is now working with Restoration Services and Vis Solis developing a 1 megawatt solar installation at East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge.

LightWave will be holding its Commercial Solar Lunch and Learn Events with the first event to be held 11:30 a.m. lasting to 1 p.m. Friday, March 20 at BB&T 900 S. Gay St. The event is free and open to the public.

According to Jon Bates, this year TVA have shown a little more interest and willingness to work with us and give a little more capacity.

LightWave joins a number of solar installers headquartered in East Tennessee including Aries Energy, Efficient Energy of Tennessee, Green Earth Solar, Restoration Services and FLS Energy — East TN Division; there may be others that are not listed by the city of Knoxville.

Our friends at SolarCity are looking for new PV Designers!!

Our friends over at SolarCity are looking for individuals interested in a career as a PV Designer! They will be hiring now until March 18th! Individuals with an engineering degree or previous experience are great but not mandatory. What’s more important is that you’re a quick learner, motivated, and good problem solvers! If this sounds like it would be of interest to you get in contact with us or contact SolarCity for more information. Be sure to act quickly!

The Carport of The Future

With more than 40 percent of the pavement in an average city tied up in parking areas, it’s safe to say that garages and carports are all around us. Many urban areas are changing the way these concrete blocks are being viewed–one solar panel addition at a time. Solar panel carports have the ability to incredibly impact energy-production all while looking like something straight out of the future.
Certain high-profile corporations and universities have given the special carports a whirl and have since generated an abundance of power. Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ, currently houses the largest solar parking canopy project in the U.S. With a 28-acre installation, it is no wonder over 60% of the campus’ annual electricity is provided for by the plant. With such incredible amounts of energy produced at Rutgers University by way of “solar parking”, many are left to wonder why similar additions have yet to be started in their area. The discouraging factor for such projects, as stated by Chase Weir of TruSolar, is money. Weir goes on to say, such projects are “The most expensive type of system to build”. Solar carports may be impressively beneficial and aesthetically awing, however there is no denying they are also incredibly expensive…“So at least for now, the market remains relatively niche.”

Read the article here.