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Sun Towards High Noon: Explaining How Solar Power Is Transforming Our Energy Future

By Roy L Hales

Peter F. Varadi’s first book1 described the birth of the solar industry and its’ growth up until 2013. He recruited a team of internationally recognized contributors for the sequel.2 SUN TOWARDS HIGH NOON: SOLAR POWER TRANSFORMING OUR ENERGY FUTURE guides us through the industry today.

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Show 2 footnotes

  1. Peter F. Varadi, SUN ABOVE THE HORIZON; THE METEORIC RISE OF THE SOLAR INDUSTRY, Pan Stanford, 2014
  2. Wolfgang Palz, Editor of the Pan San Series on Renewable Energy; Michael Eckhart, Managing Director & Global Head of Environmental Finance at Citigroup; Dr Allan Hoffman, a former senior analyst at the US Department of Energy; Paula Mints, founder & Chief Market Research Analyst of SPV Market Research; Bill Rever, co founder Advanced Silicon Group; John Wohlgemuth, from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Frank Wouters, former Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency

How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

By Roy L Hales

Though many believe the lifetime of a solar panel is twenty-five years, a number of older models have exceeded this. When Kyocera tested a 30-year-old module, last year, they discovered it was still operating at 90.4% of capacity. There are 37-year-old Arco Solar (now SolarWorld USA) panels in operation. So How long do solar panels Last?

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What Does The Solar Industry Think?

The US Department of Commerce’s Anti-Dumping Hearing

By Roy L Hales

The testimonies coming out of the anti-dumping hearings are horrendous, but what does the solar Industry think? Peter Varadi, who founded the first solar company back in 1974, questions why the US would provoke a trade war with China on the basis of a petition from maybe a half dozen companies. The Solar Energy Industries Association agrees.

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The Future of Large German Utilities is Also Here

Review of Peter Varadi’s article”The future of the large German utilities: it’s already here”

By Roy L Hales

Last November, Peter Varadi  wrote an article that points to a possible resolution of the utility/solar conflict. Feed-in-tarrif (FIT) was disruptive in Germany, but – instead of fighting it – RWE, E.ON, EnBW and Vattenfall have all “turned green” by founding solar companies. The future of large German utilities is also here.

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What Does the Expanding Solar Sector Mean to Germany’s Utilities?

By Roy L Hales

Germany’s renewable sector (RE) is flexing its muscles. Solar production was up 28% and wind 19% during the first half of 2014. As a result, the renewable sector accounted for 31% of the nation’s electricity. If this trend continues, this may be the third year in a row that Germany sets a record for energy exports. The increase in renewables has also been accompanied by a decrease in fossil fuel usage. Gas-fired power plant production is down 25%, compared to last year. Hard coal production fell 11%. Only Lignite power usage rose. So what does the expanding sector mean to Germany’s utilities?

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