Friday Field Notes 082517

So, what happened to solar power in the United States during the solar eclipse? Futurism takes a look (Hint: it certainly wasn’t doom and gloom – for which we can all be thankful).

Now, for the week in solar news:

Home Depot stores across the nation have been doing a bit of home renovation all their own. Specifically, fifty Home Depot stores have added solar; in their words: they’re “essentially creating mini solar farms out of unused rooftops.” (AJC)

Policies surrounding solar power procurement in India have been willy-nilly at best. To help get them on track, the Ministry of Power has issued new “Guidelines for tariff-based competitive bidding process” for solar power plants (PV Tech).

There was a day when standalone solar reigned king–at least, in terms of economy. Well, things may be a changing. According to a new NREL study, solar plus storage is poised to beat the economics of standalone PV by 2020 (GreenTech Media).

So, who talked you into going solar? Pope Francis. That’s the story of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk, Iowa. You see, Pope Francis’ campaign to combat climate change inspired them to install more than 200 solar panels. Not only are they helping the environment, they’re saving $2,000 a year in the process (U.S. News). That’s what you’d call a two-fold blessing.

You know you’ve arrived when you boast your very own awards ceremony. As it happens, The Solar Power Portal Awards has announced their shortlisted nominations–four entries vying for the Residential, Commercial, and Industrial-scale Storage Project of the Year (Clean Energy).

U.S.-based Ice Energy has signed an agreement with Melbourne-based Apricus to be the exclusive distributor of their thermal energy storage products (including their “ice battery”). Chris Taylor, Director of Apricus Australia explains, “There are terrific applications for the whole product line, but the hybrid AC/energy storage system for the home, with its ability to provide cooling 24/7, make ice with excess solar generation and cool for hours without needing electricity to create the cooling for that period, is a truly disruptive product tailor-made for Australia.” (Clean Technica)

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