Engineers Forge a New Frontier for Solar: Utility Build-Transfer Agreements


Historically, electric utilities in the U.S. have been buyers and sellers, but not producers, of solar energy. Largely due to tax and accounting constraints, vertically integrated, regulated utilities traditionally have entered power purchase agreements (PPAs) to procure solar energy (and wind and other renewable energy) from independent power producers (IPPs), rather than building such projects and including them in their rate base. To many utilities, this has seemed like a lost opportunity; they generally earn a return on the equity invested in power plants, transmission, and distribution lines, but not on power purchased from others. Dramatic reductions in the installed cost [...]

Engineers Forge a New Frontier for Solar: Utility Build-Transfer Agreements2020-09-15T12:38:36-07:00

Engineers Who Work With Solar


(Figure 1. Materials Engineers)  Solar energy has seen record growth in recent years, leading to greater-than-ever demand for solar engineers. In fact, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar energy is one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. According to a report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Engineers are one of the most sought-after occupations by employers in the solar power industry." The industry requires a range of types of engineers, and many of them have skill sets and training particular to working with solar. Materials Engineers Materials Engineers (See Figure 1. [...]

Engineers Who Work With Solar2019-09-13T15:22:31-07:00

Material Engineers : Pros and Cons of Solar Powered Cars


Figure 1.  Solar Powered Cars in the Future Although a solar power car may not be commercially viable right now, there are ways that solar power can be added to existing designs to make vehicles more efficient. Material Scientist examine the pros and cons of this technology, it can continue to move forward in development to help save on fossil fuels, and the electric grid and pollutions. Solar-powered vehicles (Solar Cells ) have zero emission level, as they don’t utilize non-renewable resources and burn fuel. The electric motors generate electricity (See Figure 1.) that doesn't emit any greenhouse gases or any other [...]

Material Engineers : Pros and Cons of Solar Powered Cars2019-09-13T14:49:19-07:00
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