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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

Major Solar Cell Breakthrough About to Rock the Photovoltaic Industry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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