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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

The Top 10 Markets for Solar PV Installations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…


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