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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

Australia Going Solar - Gonna Cost Ya, Mate

Dec 03, 2011 at 10:31 | John Daly

Green activists, take note – for Australia fully to embrace solar power, Canberra would have to spend $100 billion, with photovoltaic cells to generate the electricity covering an area twice…

World's Largest Solar Storage Deal Could Herald a New Era For Solar Power

Nov 30, 2011 at 17:14 | Energy Digital

On Tuesday, BrightSource Energy and Southern California Edison added storage capabilities to three of their power purchase agreements, which collectively represent the largest solar storage deal in the world and…

China Solar Manufacturers Decry U.S. "Dumping"

Nov 29, 2011 at 17:41 | John Daly

The western press increasingly portrays China’s energy policies as omnivorous, circling the globe to acquire any and all energy assets to feed China’s booming economy. But this picture is overly…

What Keeps Solar Energy Executives Up at Night

Nov 29, 2011 at 17:21 | Gary Hunt

I found myself stumbling across a lot of discussion about solar energy the past few days. There is both good news and bad news. San Francisco where I live is…

Will we Ever See Solar Powered Cars on the Road?

Nov 24, 2011 at 17:13 | Tom Murphy

If you like the sun, and you like cars, then I’m guessing you’d love to have a solar-powered car, right? This trick works well for chocolate and peanut butter, but…

Chu Defends Solyndra Loan Guarantee in Five-Hour Testimony

Nov 20, 2011 at 10:05 | Gloria Gonzalez

The US Department of Energy (DOE) did not break the law when it restructured a loan guarantee for now bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu said,…

The Top 10 Markets for Solar PV Installations

Nov 16, 2011 at 16:57 | Energy Digital

Global solar PV installations are expected to reach 24 GW this year, up from 19 GW in 2010, according to a new report from IMS Research. Trends in Europe have…

US Solar Panel Producers Calling for Tariffs Against Chinese Manufacturers

Nov 14, 2011 at 16:39 | Stuart Burns

You may believe it was inevitable. Sooner or later, production of what is essentially a commodity item like photovoltaic solar panels would prove uncompetitive in Western markets as low-cost emerging…

Energy of the Future: Spaced Based Solar Stations

Nov 14, 2011 at 16:36 | James Burgess

A solar power station in space measuring several kilometres in length may sound like something from a science fiction film, but the reality is that this idea could well be…

Why Solyndra’s Death Could be Good for the Solar Industry

Nov 10, 2011 at 17:53 | Robert Rapier

I believe that the loss of industry players Solyndra, Evergreen, and SpectraWatt opens the market for more innovative solar companies to succeed with smarter tactics and mainstream products that fit…

Unconventional Approaches to Solar Energy Capture

Nov 10, 2011 at 17:31 | Al Fin

The Earth is deluged with vast amounts of energy from the sun on a constant basis. Humans have utilised solar energy from their earliest days, living on the proceeds of…

Nigeria Moves Towards Indigenous Solar Panel Production

Nov 07, 2011 at 07:42 | John Daly

Quick – who is Africa’s largest oil exporter, who is also interested in solar power? Nigeria. According to Nigerian National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure Director-General Olusegun Adewoye, about…

Major Solar Cell Breakthrough About to Rock the Photovoltaic Industry

Nov 02, 2011 at 08:44 | Science Progress

Too often, when talking about research and innovation on clean energy technologies, policymakers, pundits, and the media tend to assume that the biggest breakthrough will come from a completely novel…

South African Rural Schools to Receive Solar Powered Internet

Nov 01, 2011 at 08:45 | John Daly

Electrification remains one of Africa's largest economic challenges, as overall less than 25 percent of the continent’s rural areas receive electricity, leaving communities isolated, with limited access to the benefits…

Even Israel’s High-Tech Sector Struggles to Make Solar Power Cost Effective

Oct 27, 2011 at 07:40 | John Daly

In any country, at the end of the proverbial day, both energy utilities and consumers are finally interested in the technologies that generate a kilowatt of electricity most inexpensively, all…

Falling Silicon Prices Making Solar Panels Competitive with Fossil Fuels

Oct 26, 2011 at 07:33 | Energy Digital

Thanks to recent advances in technology and a growing demand for renewable energy, solar power is starting to become a mainstream, commercial reality. According to the Associated Press (AP), solar…

Time to Invest in Solar Power? Ask Yourself These Five Questions

Oct 21, 2011 at 07:25 | Daily Energy Report

The bankruptcies of Solyndra, Evergreen and other solar companies raise questions about solar energy in general. The market has seen a flood of new solar module suppliers in recent years,…

South Korea’s Hanwha Group Shifting Emphasis to Solar Power

Oct 20, 2011 at 18:53 | Joao Peixe

South Korean Hanwha Group subsidiary Hanwha Chemical Corp., is retooling its emphasis to solar energy in a bid to capture a portion of the rising global market in solar energy…

Desertec: The World’s Most Ambitious Solar Energy Project Faces an Uphill Struggle

Oct 18, 2011 at 07:34 | SciDev SciDev

Desertec is the largest solar power project ever conceived. It is designed to provide a significant portion of the electricity needs of participating countries in the Middle East and North…

Moving Beyond Solyndra: Vital Steps the Solar Industry Needs to Take

Oct 14, 2011 at 07:43 | MasterResource

In Solar Energy Tough Love, I described the perverse impacts of government industrial policy on the solar energy sector in its vainglorious attempt to choose winners and losers.  That policy…

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