How NREL Uses Minimum Sustainable Price to Understand the Solar Industry

Let’s say you are working on the next big thing in solar energy. Maybe you’re a researcher, wanting to know how your technology fits into the current market. Or maybe you’re a manufacturer, trying to identify how to lower costs. For scenarios like these, minimum sustainable price, or MSP, is a useful metric to consider. […]

We’re One Step Closer to a Space Elevator

A space elevator is one of those ideas that sounds ultra crazy at first but when you learn more about it, it still sounds absolutely crazy but you can see the upsides. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a giant elevator that you get in down here on earth and step off of in freaking […]

Solar Value Eclipse

Are you in favor of adding more solar power to the electric grid? If your answer is yes, you probably haven’t heard about the Solar Value Cliff. In many regions today, adding solar harms the electric grid’s reliability, it’s fundamental economics, and it costs you more money. Surprised? Well, this sort of energy reality isn’t […]

Tesla Solar Roof: Cost Estimate with Powerwall 2 and Electricity Costs

Elon Musk is claiming that the new Tesla solar room is going to look better than a normal roof. That’s his words, not mine. It’ll generate electricity, no doubt, last longer, that’s to be seen, and have better installation and an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity. […]