We’ve rounded up our top reads of the week about solar and the future of the energy — so you can stay current.
-Jon Wellinghoff, the former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is now dedicating himself to support the future of solar energy. In his new role of Chief Policy Officer at SolarCity, he’ll continue his work to “unlock the potential benefit of distributed solar generation for all consumers.“ (Utility Dive/ Krysti Shallenberger)
-Mickey Mouse has been a source of fun for more than 80 years. Now he’s also a source of solar power. Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has unveiled a five-megawatt solar array – in the shape of Mickey’s silhouette – on a 22-acre plot of land near Epcot center. The thousands of solar panels will help bring clean electricity to the amusement park and nearby hotels. (PV Magazine / Ian Clover)
-The world’s largest solar project floating on a fishpond has been connected to the grid in China’s Anhui province. The sizable photovoltaic array is expected to cut CO2 emissions by more than 420,000 tons per year. Interesting tidbit: the cool air temperatures at the water’s surface will reportedly help boost the efficiency of the solar panels. (PV Magazine / Vincent Shaw)
-China is adding more solar power to its grid each year than any country, but three European nations still top the list for the greatest share of electricity coming from solar: Italy (8%), Greece (7.4%), and Germany (7.1%). (International Energy Agency, via Solar Server)
-Fun facts about Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: it has more bridges than any city in the world, it was named after British statesman William Pitt, and it’s celebrating its 200-year anniversary this summer. Also, as of this week, Pittsburghers can now go solar with SolarCity! (SolarCity Blog)