Solar – US


How Choosing High Quality Components will Make a High Impact for Indian Solar Sector

As India races towards an aspirational 100 GW of solar power, there are some serious challenges that lie in the way.

One of the key challenges is the growth of the distributed or the rooftop solar sector.

While the government wants this sector to contribute 40 GW of the 100, the sector is growing way too slowly right […]

Solar Asset Management – An Introduction – and a North American Event for the Same!

Many of Solar Mango’s clients who are just about getting into installing solar power plants are already keen on knowing how to manage the operations & management of these power plants.

Most of these folks have in mind only O&M, and few, if any of them, discuss asset management. In fact, when I mention the term “asset […]

71 MW Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plant in Arizona with Solar Tracking! Wow, that’s Cool!

I was quite excited to read about a rather unique combination of renewable energy technologies

“Array Technologies(ATI) has announced the commissioning and completion of the tracking system for the 71 MW Red Horse 2 combined wind and solar project, which is expected to provide power for 13,500 Arizona homes.

The plant generates energy from Vestas V110 wind […]

How Can US Grow to 250 GW of Solar by 2025, from 25 GW Right Now?

The US has about 25 GW of solar PV installed capacity as we wind down on 2015.

25 GW – that’s considerable, but relatively a fairly insignificant amount considering that the total US electricity installed capacity (from all sources) is about 1 TW or 1000 GW!

Now, 25 out 1000 GW, and that too for a source with much […]

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Solar Increases Property Valuation of Homes, Says Berkeley Study

Every Watt of solar PV you install on your house adds $4 to your house value. according to a recent study done by U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and a home appraisal expert.

Now, that’s not a bad deal given that the current prices for US residential solar power system is about […]

Installing a Rooftop Solar System – A User’s Perspective

Here’s a nice and detailed news report/perspective report on how a US resident went about installing a rooftop solar system on his house.

What I like his taking time to detail each and every aspect of the technical, operational and commercial dimensions of a rooftop solar system, from a owner/user perspective.

He appears to have paid a […]

1 Million Solar Homes in the US Soon

By Feb 2016, the United States would have hit an important landmark in solar power – it will have 1 million houses with solar panels on their rooftops, says this news report.

There are about 125 million households in the US (includes those in apartment complexes), so a million of a hundred million is not exactly […]

Solar Cost Comparison Tool for the US Rooftop Solar Sector – SolarIQ

The web platform SolarIQ provides a useful cost comparison tool for the US residential solar market.

By comparing actual sales costs of solar systems in your area, the tool shows you what you should be paying. They also make sure you know about any incentives (federal, state, and local) that could help you save money.

How Do They It

They […]

Virtual Net Metering – A Really Disruptive Concept for Rooftop Solar

It was perhaps about 2 weeks back that I was sitting in a prominent apartment complex in Hyderabad, where one of the association members, an eco-conscious senior citizen was keen on going solar.

The apartment complex was fairly large, and had enough space for 100s of kW of solar panels, enough to power a large % of […]

Super Low Solar Prices Worldwide in 2015 – Lowest at 3.87 cents/kWh

I had written some time back about a price of Rs 4.63 per kWh (about 7 US cents) for solar power in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and had also wondered out loud whether such a price was indeed sustainable.

And what should I land up right next but an interesting compilation from SeeNews chronicling how there have been […]