With a governmental push from the U.S. Department of Energy via their SunShot Initiative to create cost-competitive solar energy for consumers across the country, the nation as a whole is moving towards innovative forms of sustainable energy. As a result, many cities and towns are taking it upon themselves to push for change at a local level. In Colorado, eco-conscious areas like Denver, Boulder and Jefferson counties have already created their own community-owned solar programs.
Valentin Software, a Berlin, Germany-based company, announced its plans to release a new, updated solar plant simulation software for users at solar power plants. The company’s new program, called PV*SOL premium, provides users with an easy-to-use interface where they can visualize the plan and design for solar power plants in greater detail than before. This innovative, fresh software will replace its predecessors that offer a similar service in less detail. According to a press release from Valentin
We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the benefits of solar panels in Colorado, whether it’s the energy savings that they provide for homeowners or the independence from fossil fuels that they afford the state’s electricity infrastructure. But one aspect of this issue that doesn’t get enough attention is how solar power can also benefit public health. It’s important to remember that in addition to emitting carbon dioxide, which contributes to climate
We may not see this for a few years, but it’s certainly an interesting concept to think about: A new company is looking into the feasibility of converting roadway surfaces into solar modules. Using specially designed glass solar cells that are strong enough to be walked and driven on, the firm, called Solar Roadways, has launched a crowd-sourced funding campaign and hopes to begin large-scale manufacture of their panels. The solar cells, which feature a hexagonal