(This post is co-authored with Catherine Wolfram and Derek Wolfson, Energy Institute PhD student researcher) Microgrids are difficult to implement and can be undermined by promises of grid expansion. Nuclear … Continue Reading Are Solar Microgrids the Future in the Developing World?
California’s rooftop solar mandate is an opportune moment to revisit a pair of prescient studies by Michael Cohen and coauthors. A couple of months ago I wrote a blog post … Continue Reading Does Rooftop Solar Help the Distribution System?
700,000 California homes now have solar panels; what does this mean for everyone else’s rates? “This is the future,” one of my neighbors recently told me, proudly showing off his … Continue Reading Why Am I Paying $65/year for Your Solar Panels?
Solar gets all the attention, but another explanation is at least as important. Even during extreme promotions like “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, it is rare to see anything sold … Continue Reading Is Solar Really the Reason for Negative Electricity Prices?
With the U.S. Federal government pulling back sharply from efforts to address global warming, I’ve found myself looking outside the United States for good news on climate. One of the … Continue Reading Four Reasons Why Chile Is the Biggest Solar Market in Latin America
There is evidence that bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to solar energy projects. Economies of scale suggest large projects would be more cost-effective than small ones. But recently, … Continue Reading The Distribution Grid Has Room for More Solar
Last month, I went to a talk by someone I surprisingly hadn’t heard of before. Yosef Abramowitz is an entrepreneur whose company, Gigawatt Global, just constructed and commissioned the largest … Continue Reading Why Does the Media Ignore Grid-Scale Solar?