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Alternative Energy / Solar Energy

Uzbekistan's Untapped Solar Energy Riches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Middle East's Largest Solar Energy Project Secures $600 Million Financing

Middle East's Largest Solar Energy Project Secures $600 Million Financing

Mar 28, 2011 at 03:04 | Environmental Finance

Plans to build the largest solar power plant in the Middle East moved a step closer to reality after financing closed on the $600 million Shams 1 project in the…


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