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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

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…

The Solar Industry is Thriving and Solyndra was the Exception Not the Rule

Oct 05, 2011 at 07:12 | Gloria Gonzalez

The bankruptcy of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra should not be used as an excuse to pull government support from a thriving US solar sector, according to solar executives. “A lot…

Google Increases Investment in Residential Solar Power

Sep 29, 2011 at 04:08 | Gloria Gonzalez

Google will spend $75 million to finance residential solar installations, raising its total investment in the clean energy sector to more than $850 million. The Mountain View, California-based search giant’s…

More Efficient Solar Energy

Sep 28, 2011 at 04:39 | Andy Soos

Solar power could be harvested more efficiently and transported over longer distances using tiny molecular circuits based on quantum mechanics, according to research inspired by new insights into natural photosynthesis.…

Falling Demand in Europe for Solar Energy Systems

Sep 13, 2011 at 07:38 | Gloria Gonzalez

Conditions in the solar sector are deteriorating because of slack demand in key European markets, advisory and research firm Collins Stewart warned. The much hoped for demand recovery in Germany…

Solar Energy to be Grid Competitive in Europe by 2013

Sep 08, 2011 at 08:03 | Jess McCabe

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation will be grid competitive in parts of Europe as early as 2013, and across key European markets by the end of the decade, according to…

Solar Power Market Falling Through The Floor

Aug 24, 2011 at 07:37 | Stuart Burns

“China Moves to Support Its National Champions as the Bottom Drops Out of the Solar Market” should be the title. As an FT article points out, the price of…

Solar Energy Facing Tough Love in Europe

Aug 18, 2011 at 08:12 | MasterResource

Across the European Union, solar energy is facing tough love conditions as its feed-in-tariffs (FiT) face déjà vu in another round of reduction. Like in the classic Tale of…

Uzbekistan's Untapped Solar Energy Riches

Jul 21, 2011 at 08:17 | John Daly

The 17th century English philosopher, Francis Bacon, once observed that, "knowledge is power." So, here’s some power knowledge that the West has overlooked, but may well contain critical information for…

New Solar Cells Can Now be Printed on Paper

Jul 15, 2011 at 10:19 | Brian Westenhaus

It’s not a joke, MIT’s Miles C. Barr, Jill A. Rowehl, Richard R. Lunt, Jingjing Xu, Annie Wang, Christopher M. Boyce, Sung Gap Im, and Vladimir Bulovi? led by Karen…

The Optimal Solar Solution: Stratosphere Solar Collection

Jul 05, 2011 at 09:28 | Brian Westenhaus

Very high altitude offers major solar advantages.  The stratosphere begins at 5 to 30 miles up, depending on where you look and the conditions at the moment.  The stratosphere is…

The Largest Solar Rooftop Project in the World: Total Cost $2.6 Billion

Jun 29, 2011 at 08:01 | Energy Digital

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Prologis, and NRG Energy team up for the largest rooftop distributed solar project in the world. Rooftop solar energy is great for the home, but…

Google's $280 Million Investment in Solar Loans

Jun 17, 2011 at 08:15 | Jess McCabe

Google has invested $280 million to set up a residential solar fund with installer SolarCity, which leases systems to households that want to avoid the upfront costs of buying and…

Why Japan Will Turn to Solar Energy Following Fukushima

Jun 10, 2011 at 07:36 | John Daly

As the dire news continues to leach out of Fukishima, the silver lining in its nuclear cloud is that renewable energy technologies, despite their daunting start-up costs, are receiving renewed…

Solar Power in Space: Power Satellites

Jun 06, 2011 at 07:38 | The Oil Drum

Power satellites are an idea that has been around since the late 1960s but not developed commercially because we don't know how to build an inexpensive space transport system.  That…

North Africa’s Solar Energy Desert Plan Comes Under Fire

May 22, 2011 at 22:37 | SciDev SciDev

A plan to turn the desert sunshine of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) into electricity, both for the region and for export to Europe, has been criticized for…

Could Political Instability Rule out North Africa as a Major Solar Energy Producer

Apr 12, 2011 at 08:13 | Economywatch

Higher oil prices are usually good news for clean energy because they make costly technologies like solar and wind less daunting to investors. But for one of the world’s most…

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