Wide majorities of likely Illinois voters believe it is important that the state maintain its commitment to increase its use of renewable energy and support legislation that would achieve that goal by fixing the state's broken renewable portfolio standard (RPS) law, according to a Zogby poll released this week.
Richards noted that the HOA had already given Squyres permission to install 45 panels on the rear roof and 13 panels on the side of his house. The dispute focused on whether Squyres had followed proper procedures before installing additional panels on his front roof and in his back yard. In the settlement, Squyres gets to keep 102 solar panels on his roof and 32 in his yard. He agreed not to apply for any more of the devices that convert sunlight into electricity.
Researchers at North Carolina State University are looking to biomimicry to solve one of thin-film solar technology's biggest problems: light reflection between films that causes light to be lost before it can be harnessed for energy production. They found their solution in the eyes of moths.
The penetration of renewable energy into the electricity supply mix has been much in the news recently. During the first quarter, Portugal generated three-quarters of its electricity with renewable energy. Meanwhile, in Germany, one-fifth of all electricity was generated with renewables, most of that from new sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar. And recently, at a conference in San Francisco, attendees heard calls for generating not just 100 percent of electricity supply with renewable energy, but far more — 200 percent to 300 percent of generation — in order to meet the need for heating, cooling, and transportation as well.