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Solar PV

Rooftop Solar Cost Competitive with the Grid in Much of the U.S.

Creative Commons, Mike Baker

December 1, 2014
Scientific American
Can solar power compete with fossil fuels?

Deutsche Bank says that solar electricity in the US is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in all but three states by 2016—assuming that the federal government maintains the 30% solar investment tax credit it currently offers homeowners on installation and equipment costs.

But even if the credit is reduced to 10%, solar power would still achieve price parity with conventional electricity in some 36 states by 2016.

Canada does not have a solar tax credit. 

Swanson’s Law and Making US Solar Scale Like Germany

November 24, 2014
Greentechsolar
Can the U.S. halve the price of solar?

Swanson's law states that with every doubling in the production and shipments of solar PV panels, there has been a 20% reduction in their cost. By getting to scale, with solar installations becoming widespread and common, Germany has reduced the cost of installed solar to half of what it is in North America. So we can observe, learn, and do the same. 

America Could Get 10 Percent Of Its Energy From Solar Power By 2030

November 20, 2014
Climate Progress

Today, America gets 0.23% of its electricity from solar PV. By 2030, it could be getting 10%. 

Amazing? Not if solar PV continues to grow in installed capacity at the current 22% a year, driven by rapidly falling prices.

 

Site C - Is There A Better Way?

To Dam, or not to Dam?

The BCSEA's Position

For a downloadable PDF, scroll down to the very end.

November 28th, 2014

 Lead author Tom Hackney, supported by Bill Andrews, Jessica McIlroy, Nigel Protter and Guy Dauncey.  

The Five Most Important Climate Solutions for City Councils in BC

1. Make a Sustainable Transportation Commitment

to aim for zero-carbon local transportation by creating ‘complete streets’ designed for all users, walkable neighbourhoods, and a world-class cycling environment; and by adopting world-class policies for transportation demand management, transit, ride-sharing, car-sharing, electric vehicles and freight.

There are great examples of pedestrian streets and centres in Europe. In Copenhagen, 36% of commute and school trips are made by bike; Bogota and Curitiba have shown the way for bus rapid transport; San Diego is showing the way for electric vehicles.

Elon Musk’s five insights into solar energy

January 16, 2014
Washington Post

 

It’s hard to argue against Elon Musk being one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our era, responsible for bringing to market such innovative companies as PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. But it’s his role as chairman and primary shareholder in SolarCity — a solar energy company run by his cousins – that’s getting a lot of attention these days. SolarCity went public in 2012 at $8 a share and now trades at close to $70. That’s nearly a 10x investment in just two years. (Just look at that beautiful chart)

 

Ben Giudici presentation on Solar Photovoltaic

If you didn’t make it to our event last night, you missed a good one. About 50 people were fascinated by Ben Giudici’s presentation on solar photovoltaic systems, connecting solar systems to the grid, and the potential of solar energy In BC. Hands were popping up for questions long after Ben had expected to be finished.

We Live in a Solar World

Ah, the bustle of election fever, combined with spring bursting out everywhere. But where does all that lovely warmth come from? The Sun. Without the solar energy that supports everything we do, our economy and everything we love would collapse in an instant.  

Solar Energy & Sustainability in the South American Rainforest

On November 23, 2012, BCSEA Vancouver hosted guest speaker Edward Suzin at the Railway Club on 579 Dunsmuir Street, to speak about his experiences developing and installing free-standing solar panels in the remote areas of the South American rainforest. Edward highlighted the difficulties in accessing these rural locations, and the ways in which solar powered lighting transformed people's lives.