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New Solar Study Examines Data From 200 Ground Stations on Six Continents

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Finland-based Vaisala last week released a paper that compares observational data from nearly 200 ground stations across six continents with satellite-derived irradiance records from five different versions of the company’s global solar dataset.

The company said that the results of the study indicate that Vaisala's values for global horizontal irradiance (GHI) — the key variable for PV projects — have a standard deviation of bias error, or uncertainty, of 4.4-4.9 percent, depending on the version of the dataset. ... Read more about New Solar Study Examines Data From 200 Ground Stations on Six Continents

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Solar Industry Facts and Figures

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Solar Industry Growing at a Record Pace

Solar energy in the United States is booming. Along with our partners at GTM Research and The Solar Foundation, SEIA tracks trends and trajectories in the solar industry that demonstrate the diverse and sustained growth across the country.

Below you will find charts and factoids that summarize the state of solar in the U.S. SEIA Members have access to presentation slide decks that contain this data and much more. Not a SEIA Member? Join today! ... Read more about Solar Industry Facts and Figures

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6 Signs The Big Global Switch To Solar Has Already Begun

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http://oilprice.com - Juan Cole
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China has installed 20 gigawatts of new solar power just in the first half of this year. This achievement beats analysts’ expectations by a wide margin. China wants to add 20 GW of new solar every year for the next four, but apparently could do twice that. At the end of 2015, China had about 40 gigawatts of installed solar power, so in just six months it has added half as much again.

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How LIDAR is Transforming Remote Solar Sales and System Design

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http://www.renewableenergyworld.com - Samuel Adeyemo
Figure 2: LIDAR being used to generate 3D model of site. Source: www.aurorasolar.com
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What do self-driving cars, the Mars rover and remote solar site assessment have in common? ... Read more about How LIDAR is Transforming Remote Solar Sales and System Design

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