Solar News: Solar Freakin’ Walkways, Records Broken, and Clean Water

Many people think this time of year is slow for us.

I’d like you to know that it is not. Because of the Federal Income Tax Credit and a “placed in service date” rule, we are working around the clock. If you hear footsteps on your roof, it might be us, it might be Santa. Put some cookies out anyway, our crew wouldn’t mind!

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Local utility Avista makes energy efficiency upgrades to their headquarters.

You may remember the “Solar Freakin’ Roadways” video that went viral earlier this year. According to the inventor, they’re looking to start a little smaller–driveways, parking lots, bike trails–are the first targets for their product.

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Oil prices have been plummeting. Once upon a time the success of renewables like solar energy was closely tied to oil prices; not any more. CleanTechnica has put together an excellent summary of why the oil and solar markets are now decoupled.

You may have heard about a new record-breaking 40 percent efficient photovoltaic system. Don’t get too excited yet. The method is known as Concentrating Photovoltaics (CPV) which is more of a utility scale application. You wont’ see this on a rooftop anytime soon.

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This is not your traditional solar electricity generation. 17 year old Cynthia Sin Nga Lam invented a device that simultaneously purifies water and creates electricity using a photocatalytic reaction.