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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

The Next Big Innovation In Solar Is Here

Jul 11, 2017 at 13:15 | Henry Hewitt

An oil donkey, cycling every 7 or 8 seconds, dips into the well 11,500 times per day. (The math is pretty simple.) A solar tracker, over a 30-year lifetime, making…

Is This The First Sign Of A U.S., Chinese Solar War?

Jun 12, 2017 at 16:15 | Gregory Brew

After a banner year for solar power installation in the United States, reports on the progress of solar power in the first quarter of 2017 have industry advocates hopeful…

Renewable Energy Outproduces Nuclear In The U.S.

Jun 09, 2017 at 16:07 | Ron Patterson

(Click to enlarge) (Click to enlarge) The EIA released the latest edition of their Electric Power Monthly  on May…

China Completes World’s Biggest Floating Solar Farm

Jun 01, 2017 at 11:27 | Irina Slav

Images of the Beijing smog and millions of people wearing masks to be able to breathe are among the more dramatic depictions of air pollution caused by excessive industrialization. Now…

Asia Aims For Total Dominance Of Global Solar Industry

May 30, 2017 at 14:55 | Haley Zaremba

This week the UK smashed its previous solar power record, powering nearly a quarter of the nation with solar energy thanks to sunny skies and relatively low demand. At…

Can Tesla’s Solar Roof Smash The Competition?

May 11, 2017 at 15:44 | Nick Cunningham

To much fanfare, Tesla’s Elon Musk unveiled his company’s newest creation on Wednesday – the solar roof. Tesla’s new solar roof has the appearance of a traditional roof, with…

Solar Power To Threaten Conventional Power By 2020

May 11, 2017 at 12:37 | Leonard Hyman & William Tilles

Researchers project that solar power will become cheaper than conventional, fossil fueled electric generating sources by 2020. (The researchers do not say that directly, but their numbers do.) But the…

UAE Leading The Charge For Cheap Solar

May 08, 2017 at 14:07 | Alan Mammoser

The remarkable fall in price of utility-scale solar energy continued this spring, with a winning bid of ?2.42/kWh for a planned 1.2 GW facility in Abu Dhabi. During the past…

Chernobyl A Step Closer To Becoming A Solar Farm

May 05, 2017 at 14:31 | Irina Slav

The wastelands around Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant are about to begin their transformation into a large-scale solar power farm, capable of generating half the energy that Chernobyl did. Solar…

Solar Gaining Traction In Oil-Rich Qatar

Apr 21, 2017 at 14:18 | Oxford Business Group

Production begins at major solar plant At the end of March, Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) – a joint venture (JV) between Qatar Solar (a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation), Germany’s SolarWorld…

Finnish Tech Giant Betting Big On Solar

Mar 31, 2017 at 15:42 | Leonard Hyman & William Tilles

Wärtsilä, the Finnish manufacturer of marine and small terrestrial engines, founded way back in 1834, recently announced its entry into the solar power and battery business. The company plans to…

Dark Days Ahead For UK’s Solar Industry

Mar 15, 2017 at 14:42 | Michael McDonald

Solar power in Britain has been comfortably subsidized for years now, allowing it grow substantially in a short amount of time. Last year, the subsidies stopped. Now, the government plans…

Solar Installations Surge 95% In 2016

Feb 15, 2017 at 16:18 | Nick Cunningham

The solar industry posted its best year on record in 2016, obliterating previous records by installing a smashing 14.6 gigawatts of new solar in the U.S. That is a 95…

Solar Could Be A Cheaper Power Source Than Coal Within A Decade

Jan 19, 2017 at 14:50 | Michael McDonald

Coal already faces tremendous competition in the U.S. from low cost natural gas, and pressure from environmentalists concerned about its pollution. The last thing the coal industry needs are more…

U.S. Solar Boom Continues: 1MW Installed Every 32 Minutes

Dec 14, 2016 at 16:03 | Nick Cunningham

Renewable energy policy faces a future of uncertainty with a new fossil fuel-friendly administration set to take office, but the U.S. solar industry just marked its best quarter to date.…

Where Will The Next Solar Breakthrough Come From?

Nov 30, 2016 at 14:05 | Michael McDonald

Solar power is starting to crop up in some unexpected places. Take one of Tesla’s new initiatives for instance. Following Tesla’s closing of the acquisition of Solar City, the company…

Morocco Pushes Huge Renewables Agenda In Disputed Western Sahara

Nov 18, 2016 at 16:18 | Daniel Stemler

Morocco is currently hosting the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) in Marrakesh aiming to further discuss the achievements of COP21 and the Paris Agreement. Morocco is committed to…

The Solar Roof: Can Musk Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

Oct 31, 2016 at 15:47 | Michael McDonald

This past Friday, Elon Musk captured public attention with another of his innovative ideas. From the back lot at universal studios, he announced SolarCity Corp.’s latest upcoming project,…

India To Ramp Up Solar Investment In 2017

Oct 21, 2016 at 16:59 | Michael McDonald

India is making the push to become greener through the use of solar panels. The nation is lagging behind other countries in terms of renewables and has finally begun taking…

Can Solar-Powered Floating Art Save California From Drought?

Sep 19, 2016 at 15:15 | Tsvetana Paraskova

California’s Santa Monica is home to more than three miles of beaches and fresh breeze from the Pacific, and is one of National Geographic’s top 10 beach…

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