Japan Solar Energy Soars, But Grid Needs to Catch Up

Arista Power Receives $574,000 Order From Stan’s Harley-Davidson Dealership For 166kW Solar Photovoltaic Array

Softbank, which now operates five renewable energy plants and has plans for nine more nationwide, has learned its project to build three large solar power plants in Hokkaido with a combined capacity of more than 180,000 kilowatts is on hold, as Hokkaido Electric hasn’t specified which of the applicants will be allowed to connect to the grid. Softbank founder and CEO Son has been openly critical: “There’s no point in working to generate solar power if the utilities refuse to connect us,” Son said in a video message to the Natural Energy Council in May. “It destroys the fundamental meaning of the (FIT) law.” Experts have also pointed out a sharp discrepancy between the number of applications approved and the number of projects actually started. Only 4 percent of the 11 million kilowatts of large solar facilities that have been approved actually had started operations as of February. Trade ministry officials attribute the delay to a shortage of equipment due to the sudden burst in demand as well as the need to negotiate the grid access with the regional utility. But some believe that speculators have gotten into the business, applying early just to secure the high FIT price with the plan of reselling the “right to build a PV facility” later, when the government has lowered the official rate per kilowatt-hour.
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A solar plant under construction in Miyama, Fukuoka, Japan.

Stan’s Harley-Davidson is a second generation retail and service dealership occupying a 28,000 square foot facility on the north side of Batavia, New York. The solar system will be comprised of more than 600 American-made solar panels mounted on the storefront’s roof. The 166kW system will be tied into the building’s existing electrical service and will be interconnected to National Grid’s transmission lines. The solar photovoltaic array is projected to generate 100% of Stan’s current annual consumption of electricity and will provide a payback of just over seven years after taking in account New York State and Federal incentives. Arista Power expects to install the solar PV array in the first half of the fourth quarter of 2013. Darryl Horzempa, President and Owner of Stan’s Harley-Davidson, said “Now is the time for us to invest into the solar market, especially with all of the tax credits and incentives available for New York businesses. We have focused on reducing our power consumption to a point where this 166kW solar PV system will generate all of our electricity needed on a yearly basis.” Mr. Horzempa continued, “Making this investment in solar will fix our energy costs moving forward, and help better plan for future generations in our family business. This solar PV array is one of the centerpieces of our sustainability initiative, along with our environmental outlook and recycling programs.” “This order from Stan’s Harley-Davidson demonstrates the value we can provide to commercial customers by tailoring our suite of renewal energy solutionsto meet the specific needs of each customer based on their individual energy usage profiles,” said Mark Matthews, President of Arista Power. “From stand-alone solarenergy systemsto the integration of solar and/or wind energy with our patent-pending Power on Demand peak demand shaving system, we believe that ourcapabilities to create and implementa wide range of customer-specific renewable-based energy saving solutions for residential, commercial and military applications differentiates Arista Power and will lead to more successes going forward.” About Arista Power, Inc.
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U.S. photovoltaic power installations rise 33 pct in 1st quarter

is a report of the synthesis of a photoelectrochemical complex broadly mimicking the regeneration process of a leaf 18 . The molecular assembly/disassembly of the components, such as lipids, proteins, carbon nanotubes and photosynthetic reaction centre, is reversibly controlled by presence or absence of surfactants. The uniform distribution and circulation of water, ions and photosynthate in natural leaves are enabled by their venation network. This natural microfluidic channel structure facilitates the basic functions of a leaf including photosynthesis and enables the regeneration of photoactive molecules 19 , 20 . We present a practical prototype of biomimetic photovoltaic devices with structure mimicking this regeneration functionality of a plant leaf. The device is based on a naturally derived agarose hydrogel, with embedded network of microfluidic channels. The principles of transport of the photoactive reagents, dye and electrolytes, supplied into the microfluidic network will be discussed. We report a simple and reliable process for the regeneration of this microfluidic hydrogel solar cell by controlling the pH-dependent desorption/adsorption kinetics of the dye molecules on the photoanode. Finally, we demonstrate the photocurrent recovery of the biomimetic solar cells damaged by intense UV illumination. Results Supplementary information Design of biomimetic microvascular network and dye infusion The device is generating photocurrent similarly to a common DSSC system, however it includes a matrix of hydrogel with microchannels allowing dye infusion and replenishment.
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Chemists, Industrial Engineers, and Solar Photovoltaic Installers Among the Best Jobs in Energy, Says New CareerCast.com Report

photovoltaic power installations rise 33 pct in 1st quarter Technology June 11 | Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:31am EDT June 11 (Reuters) – New solar photovoltaic power installations in the United States totaled 723 megawatts (MW) during the first quarter, up 33 percent over the same period in 2012, industry analysts said in a report on Tuesday. GTM Research and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) forecast that during 2013, the industry will install 4.4 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic power facilities – enough to power about 800,000 average American homes. That will rise to nearly 9.2 GW annually in 2016. As the cost of solar photovoltaic panels declines, solar power is one of the fastest-growing new energy sources in United States “Installations will speed up over the next four years as projects become economically preferable to retail power in more locations,” said Shayle Kann, vice president of research at renewable power information company GTM, a unit of Greentech Media. Kann warned, however, that changes to net metering and electricity rate structures could serve as the market’s primary barrier. SEIA is an industry trade group. The report said the average residential photovoltaic system price fell below $5.00 per watt, while the average nonresidential system price fell below $4.00 per watt. The report also said concentrating solar power capacity is expected to make “major gains” by the end of the year, adding more than 900 MW of capacity. The report looked at both photovoltaic power, which uses solar panels to generate power, and concentrating solar power, which uses mirrors to concentrate sunlight on a tower or other structure to heat liquid to produce steam to power a turbine. It said the United States now has more than 8.5 GW of installed solar capacity and is expected to add 5.3 GW in 2013.
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Regenerable Photovoltaic Devices with a Hydrogel-Embedded Microvascular Network

A biomimetic photovoltaic device with microfluidic replenishment network.

Finance Thu, Aug 15, 2013, 7:41 AM EDT – U.S. Markets open in 1 hr 49 mins Chemists, Industrial Engineers, and Solar Photovoltaic Installers Among the Best Jobs in Energy, Says New CareerCast.com Report Press Release: CareerCast.com Tue, Aug 13, 2013 6:00 AM EDT Print CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Chemists, Geoscientists, Industrial Engineers, and Wind Turbine Service Technicians are among some of the most promising career opportunities in the energy industry, according to CareerCast’s 2013 Jobs Rated report on the energy sector. The energy industry is a universal employer, with career opportunities covering a very diverse spectrum. There are many obvious job options in energy, ranging from petroleum engineers, derrick operators and oil rig workers in the oil and gas sector, to geoscientists at the major energy companies. Another boon to energy employment is the growth of renewable energy sources, which are of increasing importance to the industry. New types of jobs, such as wind turbine service technician and solar photovoltaic installer, offer growing opportunities. But there are many more career paths that cover a wide spectrum of functional skills and abilities.
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