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Turning Landfills Into Places Where Solar Power Is Developed

(3BL/JustMeans) The number of active landfills that receive municipal solid waste across the country have been decreasing. There were almost 8,000 of them in 1988, but less than 2,000 by the mid 2000s. What happens to landfills that are no longer active anymore?

MIT’s "Future of Solar" Study Says It’s Ready for Prime Time Now

(3Bl Media/Justmeans) - A multi-disciplinary team from the MIT Energy Initiative project produced the “Future of Solar Energy” report as part of a series of studies. The report found that while solar accounts for less than 1% of the American electricity supply today, its contribution in the future is capable of growing to what they call “multi-terawatt scale.” Considering that the global generation capacity today is a little over five terawatts—that is significant. Considering the inherently clean, low-carbon nature of solar power, it clearly is potentially “an essential component of a workable strategy to mitigate climate change risk.” The study addresses a wide array of solar options including solar thermal concentrating  (CSP) plants, which, given their cost and complexity are best suited to utility-scale multi-MW installations, to photovoltaic (PV) systems, which can range from a 10kW residential rooftop system, to a utility scale installation covering many acres. While CSP has thermal storage inherently built in, PV systems have none, requiring batteries, or grid-backup or some other storage means to sustain power in the absence of sunshine.

After a detailed assessment, the 356-page study concludes that there are few obstacles standing in the way. The raw materials and commodities, such as copper, aluminum and glass are plentiful enough to meet the projected peak demand in 2050 of 25 TW. Solar power could, says the report, become a major market driver for these commodities.

While this amount of capacity is a substantial stretch from where the industry is today, there are some existing demonstrations of its potential to scale up. First Solar’s 550 MW Topaz Solar project in California came online last October. The array consists of 9 million solar modules covering an area of 9.5 square miles. Two other plants of equal or greater capacity, Desert Sunlight and Solar Star, are in the works in the US, both of which are already producing substantial amounts of power. Globally, China, India, Germany, France, Ukraine, Thailand and Chile also have operational plants in the 100MW+ range.

New 49ers Stadium to be Solar-Powered and Ultra-Green

After an unexpectedly "bright" NFL season in which they played in the Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers have announced that solar panels on their new $1.2 billion stadium will generate enough electricity over the course of the year to offset the power consumed during home games.

Solar Power Rises in North Carolina

Solar power expands in North Carolina with a line-up of new projects.

Solar Power Primed for Popularity Surge in Middle East and North Africa

Demand for solar energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will skyrocket in the next five years, according to a new report from GTM Research and the Emirates Solar Industry Association (EISA).

Sustainable Solar Jobs Growing at Faster Rate Than Other Industries

The solar industry is creating more jobs than the national average in the U.S.

Companies Embrace Solar Power to Boost Sustainability Credentials

Solar power is becoming a popular choice for companies to boost their sustainability credentials.

Pacific Island of Tongatapu Turns to Sustainable Energy

Pacific Islands are ditching diesel for solar in their quest for sustainable energy sources.

Kyocera Installs Sustainable Power System at Hospital in the Marshall Islands

Japanese sustainable power manufacturer engages in socially responsible project in the Marshall Islands.

Portable Sustainable Power Company is Awarded at LOPE-C

A sustainable energy company is reaping awards with its portable solutions for off-the-grid regions.

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