Renewable Energy

3 Steps for Understanding How Solar Works

This guest blog post was contributed by EnergySage.

Solar panels are popping up everywhere: the U.S. surpassed two million residential solar installations in 2019, meaning you’ve likely seen a roof or a field covered in panels where you live. When you walk or drive past those installations, you may wonder how the solar panels produce electricity, how much power they can actually provide and how it translates into savings.

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3 Innovations That Will Have a Major Impact on Renewable Energy

Innovations in design and manufacturing have made renewable energy an increasingly viable option for low-cost electricity today. But according to most indications, we've just scratched the surface of what's possible.

Researchers in the United States and across the globe are working on solutions to make wind turbines, solar panels, hydro turbines and energy storage technologies more efficient and more affordable than ever before, and there are a lot of positive signs for the future of renewable energy.

Here are three innovations that will have a major impact on renewa… >>

3 Ways to Get Involved in Renewable Energy

It's a new era for renewable energy: Innovations in technology, design and manufacturing are helping to drive lower costs and improved performance for these natural sources of electricity.

While this has led to a significant increase in renewable energy investments - particularly solar and wind - from electric utilities across the United States, it's also making getting involved in renewable energy much easier for you - whether you're a renter or a homeowner.

Here are three ways that you can start benefitting from clean, renewable sources of electricity:

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Five Cities and States That Have Committed to Clean Energy

Due to rapidly falling prices, increased interest in being eco-friendly and other factors, renewable energy, most notably solar and wind energy, is growing rapidly in the United States. According to a recent analysis, there are now over two million solar installations in the U.S., a milestone that comes just three years after hitting one million (which itself took 40 years to reach).

Meanwhile, in April, the U.S. >>

Why Renewable Energy Is Taking Off

In late January, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the government agency that’s responsible for collecting and analyzing all kinds of energy-related data, released its Annual Energy Outlook 2019, a collection of modeled projections on what's likely coming next in energy.

The latest projection confirmed what many in the U.S. energy industry have known for years now: that coal is quickly declining as a source of electricity generation, while solar and wind power are rapidly growing.

According to the EIA’s data, coal’s share of electric… >>

Three More Exciting Things About the Evolving World of Energy

In recent years, technology has evolved in leaps and bounds and has virtually transformed our daily lives. From the advent of the smartphone to the expansion of the internet, we truly live in a digital society today.

But did you know that this technological progress also has major implications for how we get, use and pay for energy? Earlier this year, we covered six cool things about the evolving world of energy, but with so much change taking place, we’re b… >>

Virtual Power Plants: Coming to a Power Grid Near You

Elon Musk is in the news yet again for doing something that’s never been done before. Well, yes, he did send a cherry red Tesla blasting David Bowie out past the asteroid belt – but the Tesla CEO is also making noise – at least for energy nerds – with the announcement of his company’s next energy project in South Australia.

If you remember back to last summer, Musk boldly stated on Twitter that he could stabilize the shaky power grid in South Australia – and do it within 100 days or the project would be free of charge. At the time, South A… >>

What’s A Microgrid? And How Is It Part of Our Smarter Energy Future?

If you've been reading about the widespread growth of solar energy and battery storage, you've probably come across the term “microgrid” here and there.

What exactly is a microgrid?

Well, you've probably realized, based on the word's two components, that it’s a small power grid, but why is this technology becoming particularly important now? And how does it fit into the larger discussion of developing a cleaner and smarter power grid?

As a good starting point for discussing microgrids and their benefits, let's take a look at Tesla’s re… >>

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