Posts tagged: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The Price of Solar Is Declining to Unprecedented Lows

Despite already low costs, the installed price of solar fell by 5 to 12 percent in 2015 By: Robert Fares   The installed price of solar energy has declined significantly in recent years as policy and market forces have driven more and more solar installations. Now, the latest data show that the continued decrease in […]

New study finds price of wind energy in US at an all-time low

“Wind energy prices—particularly in the central United States— are at an all-time low, with utilities selecting wind as the low cost option,” Berkeley Lab Staff Scientist Ryan Wiser said. “This is especially notable because, enabled by technology advancements, wind projects have increasingly been built in lower wind speed areas.” Key findings from the U.S. Department […]

Solar Panels May Increase Home Values

Installing solar panels can be an asset and add tremendous value to your Santa Cruz residence because they offer savings on your monthly PG&E electricity bills , they are strong and long-lasting, and they function in most cases without much periodic maintenance or supervision. And one of the most important benefits for homeowner’s is, unlike […]

So long, silicon: Researchers create solar panels from cheap copper oxide

Researchers from the University of California and Berkeley Lab have discovered a way of making photovoltaic cells out of any semiconducting material, not just beautiful, expensive crystals of silicon. In principle, this could open the doors to much cheaper solar power. Almost every solar panel on the market is made by cutting off two thin […]

Turning Down Electricity Use in the Bay Area

A key recommendation in the Bay Area’s action plan is to replicate projects that include crowd-sourcing funds for solar panel installation. Credit: Oakland Local Four local government agencies and a coalition of clean energy advocates have drafted a plan for the San Francisco Bay Area to reach “zero net energy” in building electricity use by […]