Solar Articles


Fixing the Grid and Improving Energy Policy

We can do better than 'drill, baby, drill.'
12:05 PM, Aug 26, 2015

The recent excitement about homes and businesses someday soon operating off the gridcourtesy of rapidly improving solar panels and the potential of Elon Musk’s batteries

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No, Elon Musk’s Solar Battery Project Won’t Revolutionize American Energy

A Harvard professor throws shade at a much-hyped announcement.
2:26 PM, Jul 30, 2015

The sun is a stubborn on-again-off-again partner in our solar energy relationship. With no way to store excess solar energy, solar homes are forced to return shamefacedly to the electrical grid each evening, not to mention in moments of cloud cover and/or rain.

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Disruption Can Be a Good Thing

The uneasy mix of modern solar power and traditional utilities.
May 04, 2015

The ideal of a staid, heavily regulated industry that offers blue-collar jobs with respectable wages, pensions, and strong community ties—usually lamented as a thing of the past by observers on both the left (Elizabeth Warren, Paul Krugman) and the right (Pat Buchanan, Rick Santorum)—does still exist. To find it, one need look no further than America’s electric utilities.

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Might as Well Go Green Yourself

The five hidden ways you’re paying to subsidize renewable power.
Apr 27, 2015

Do you want to know how to beat the stock market? In 46 of America’s 50 largest cities, installing a fully financed, typical-sized, residential solar power system will do just that, according to a Department of Energy-backed study released earlier this year. In other words, by investing in solar panels, most homeowners will save more in electric costs over the next 25 years (the approximate life of the system) than they would earn from investing the same money in the stock market over that same time period.

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Some Compelling Evidence that 'Green Energy' is All About Crony Capitalism

12:48 PM, Dec 18, 2014

Buried in the avalanche of Cuba and North Korea news was this revealing tidbit about the Obama administration's environmental priorities

The Obama administration will set duties on solar products from China and Taiwan that combined could exceed more than 200 percent, adding fuel to a renewable-energy clash between the U.S. and China.  

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White House Seeks Ideas For Building a 'Solar System Civilization'

6:31 AM, Oct 15, 2014

While the rise of the barbarous Islamic State and the spread of the modern day plague of Ebola has many concerned about the state of civilization here on earth, some at the White House are turning their attention beyond our planet.

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Gov't Shutdown Didn't Stop the Energy Department's Solar Decathlon

7:26 AM, Oct 15, 2013

The past two weeks have been filled with stories of government offices, agencies, services, workers, monuments, websites, memorials, and parks that have been closed, suspended, furloughed, and even barricaded.

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Obama Admin. Pushed Solyndra Layoff Announcement Until After Election

12:06 PM, Nov 15, 2011

The Washington Post reports on newly released emails that reveal "the Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections"

 

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Another Solar Company with $1.2 Billion Taxpayer Loan in Trouble?

11:00 AM, Oct 12, 2011

Will it turn out worse than Solyndra?:

As failed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra rides through the investigative ringer in Congress, revelations of another politically-connected company that received what appears to be a less-than-virtuous $1.2 billion loan guarantee are surfacing.

The company, SunPower, received its $1.2 billion loan guarantee in September, immediately before the program’s deadline.

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Energy Department Approves Two New Solar Power Loans

2:37 PM, Sep 28, 2011

The Wall Street Journal reports today that the Department of Energy has approved loan guarantees for two solar energy projects:

One deal, a $737 million loan guarantee for Solar Reserve LLC, paves the way for construction of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy facility, which will use an array of mirrors to focus the sun's heat and power a steam generator.

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WaPo: Obama's Green Energy Loan Program a Bust

Five percent of jobs promised have been created.
11:58 AM, Sep 15, 2011

The Washington Post reports that the stimulus-backed Department of Energy loan guarantee program, which financed green energy companies like the failed solar energy start-up Solyndra and three projects for the Abengoa corporation, has created far fewer jobs than the Obama administration projected:

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Spanish Energy Firm Gets Billions in Loans from Feds

4:43 PM, Sep 14, 2011

Even as problems grow for Solyndra, the solar energy manufacturing firm that got a hefty stimulus-backed loan before going bankrupt earlier this month, the Department of Energy continues to issue large loans to companies.

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White House Video Touted Solyndra as a Stimulus Success Story

8:43 AM, Sep 10, 2011

Well, this is awkward. Despite $535 million in government loans and the White House touting Solyndra as an example of how the $800 billion stimulus bill was helping create jobs, everyone in the following video is now unemployed:

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The Roadmap for America's Energy Future

Can Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., provide America with a much-needed comprehensive energy policy?
11:42 AM, Mar 02, 2011

Eight years ago, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., was wrestling with the fact that America did not have a comprehensive energy policy.

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Green Power, Red Lights

Environmental activists have yet to meet an energy project they won’t try to stop.
Feb 28, 2011

 “Sputnik” was not the only nostalgic moment in the State of the Union address. When President Obama called on Congress to “invest” in “clean energy breakthroughs” that would “translate into clean energy jobs,” he echoed every president since Nixon. In fact, President Obama himself made the same arguments two years ago, when he signed the stimulus bill.

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