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Solar PV

The Global Solar PV Market Hit 177GW in 2014, A Tenfold Increase From 2008

March 31, 2015
Green Tech Media

By the end of 2014, total installed capacity for solar PV globally amount to at least 177 gigawatts, up from nearly 140 gigawatts in 2013, according to the International Energy Agency's Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS).

Floating Solar - A Crazy Big Idea?

 

This is a crazy big idea. But how crazy?

In Japan, Kyocera is building a 13.5 MW floating solar PV plant on a reservoir behind the Yamakura Dam, east of Tokyo, in partnership with the French company Ciel & Terre. When completed in March 2016 it will cover 44.5 acres and power nearly 5,000 energy-conserving Japanese households.[1]

Note: This is not a BCSEA position — just a personal essay exploring a possible new approach. 

Solar PV Will Be Cheapest Form Of Power Within A Decade

Cost of electricity from new solar plants in Central and Southern Europe

February 25, 2015
Clean Technica

A major new study from a leading German think tank and renewable energy specialist says the cost reduction potential of large scale solar is still misunderstood, and predicts that solar PV will be the cheapest form of power within a decade, and cost less than $US0.02/kWh by 2050. The study by the Berlin-based Agora Energiewende says that the end to cost reductions from solar plants is “not in sight”, even after falling more than 80 per cent in recent years.

Solar on a Strata - Our Vote

Proposal passes 3/4 vote

This is a continuation of the story in Solar on a Strata ?

As planned, our strata Annual General Meeting was on February 25. We had just enough owners and proxies for a quorum under our bylaws - 22. Half of the meeting was quite routine - review of the budget, some small extra expenditures on paint, plumbing, and an asbestos report. The big topic was the Solar on a Strata proposal.

My goal with this blog is to provide a 'road map' for other stratas, so I'm going to go into the details here.

Solar on a Strata - The Vote

Proposal passes 3/4 vote

This is a continuation of the story in Solar on a Strata ?

As planned, our strata Annual General Meeting was on February 25. We had just enough owners and proxies for a quorum under our bylaws - 22. Half of the meeting was quite routine - review of the budget, some small extra expenditures on paint, plumbing, and an asbestos report. The big topic was the Solar on a Strata proposal.

The Solar Eclipse of Shales

February 25, 2015
Energy Policy Forum, Spotting Trends, Not Following

Share price matters and solar stocks have significantly outperformed their oil and gas counterparts by multiples.

How to Cut Your Electricity Bills in Half - A Kaslo Story

Andy and Gail with their new solar system
By Andy Shadrack, with Gail Bauman

 

We live in Kaslo, a jewel of a community nestled on the shore of Kootenay Lake in the mountain forests north of Nelson, in the West Kootenays. We have a 900 square foot house, and our daughter left home in 1996.

Solar on a Strata - Jan 29 Update

Looking to the AGM

This is a continuation of the story in Solar on a Strata ?

Solar Pride on Salt Spring’s School

It was a wet, overcast Saturday in January when two hundred people assembled in the school hall on Salt Spring Island to celebrate “flicking the switch” on the brand new 84-panel, 21-kilowatt solar PV system on the roof of the Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS) gym.

The system will generate 23,000 kWh a year, a small fraction of the power the school uses, but the energy generated by the effort that went into organizing and fundraising will inspire Salt Springers to new heights for years to come.

Solar on a Strata ?

View from north side
Could we be the first one on Vancouver Island ?

Note: I wrote this page when we were just planning our PV system in the fall of 2014.