Ivory Coast looks to solar vehicles to replace bush taxis

JACQUEVILLE (IVORY COAST) (AFP) –  Hi-tech, cheap — and quiet. The Ivorian resort of Jacqueville just outside Abidjan is betting on solar-powered three-wheelers as it looks to replace traditional but noisy and dirty bush taxis. “It’s cheaper and relaxing!” says local trader Sandrine Tetelo, of the Chinese-made “Saloni” or “Antara” tricycles, which could eventually spell the end for old-school “woro-woro” four-wheelers …

Solar Industry Seeks to Slash Red Tape With New Automated Permitting Initiative

Permitting and inspections are notoriously tedious tasks. In the rooftop solar industry, they’re also very costly — when industry members say they don’t need to be. To fix the issue, the Solar Energy Industries Association and The Solar Foundation today launched the Solar Automated Permit Pro​cessing (SolarAPP) initiative, which is designed to streamline permitting and slash the cost of installing solar on homes and businesses. …

Solar Roadways Prove Expensive and Inefficient

Solar photovoltaic technology is getting cheaper, more efficient and more resilient all the time. But it still doesn’t make a good replacement for asphalt.  After years of trial projects, a handful of “solar roadway” projects around the world are revealing just how expensive it is to use roads, rather than rooftops and empty fields, as the world’s future solar surface.   …

The Biggest Controversy in Commercial Solar Finance

Earlier this year, I published an article analyzing how President Trump’s corporate income tax cut would affect the financial returns of commercial solar PV projects. I used my company’s PV design and sales software to calculate that Trump’s tax cut could range from very positive for cash-financed solar projects (up to 27 percent increase in NPV), to slightly positive for …

Holyoke solar plant gets battery storage

HOLYOKE — Next to the remnants of a coal-fired power plant, a cleaner source of energy popped up about two years ago: a 22-acre field of solar panels. On Tuesday, the 5.8-megawatt solar farm unveiled a new battery storage system that will give the project a major boost. On such an overcast day, though, there wasn’t a lot of sun …

2.3 megawatt solar project in Enfield benefits 373 households

CLOSE Ryan McCune, vice president of sales and marketing, explains how a solar farm works. He is speaking in front of a solar farm on Jacksonville Road. Matt Steecker, ithacajournal.com | @MSteecker The solar farm that produces 2.3 megawatts is located in Enfield and is the largest in Tompkins County.(Photo: Provided photo) Tompkins County is a leader in solar energy …

Construction of Australia’s biggest solar project set to start

<!– //www.cnbc.com/staticContent/showads.js –> MENUSEARCH QUOTES Sustainable Energy German energy business Innogy has commenced preparation works on Australia’s biggest solar project to date. Construction works on the Limondale facility — located near the town of Balranald, New South Wales — are set to begin in October, with full commercial operation expected by the middle of 2020, Innogy said in a statement …

How a ‘solar battery’ could bring electricity to rural areas

Solar energy is becoming more and more popular as prices drop, yet a home powered by the Sun isn’t free from the grid because solar panels don’t store energy for later. Now, researchers have refined a device that can both harvest and store solar energy, and they hope it will one day bring electricity to rural and underdeveloped areas. The …