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Solar business employs more Americans than coal mining

March 3rd, 2015 at 2:42 pm » Comments Off

As its production costs have fallen far enough in some regions to compete economically with fossil fuels, companies like Apple are now buying mass quantities of solar power.



Apple’s $850M solar farm

February 19th, 2015 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

Apple is taking on its “most ambitious project ever” and its not a phone, some new wearable gadget, or a even a TV.  Instead, Apple is going to cover 1,300 acres of California countryside in electricity-generating solar panels.



Can solar be the next shale?

February 17th, 2015 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Can solar power transform the electricity market as much as shale did for oil and gas?  This question has been posed in a new study by Wood MacKenzie, an international energy research and consulting company.



Conversion efficiency record crushed by First Solar at 21.5%

February 16th, 2015 at 12:51 pm » Comments Off

Last year, First Solar set a world record for conversion efficiency mark for cadmium telluride at 20.4 percent.  A year later and that figure has now been easily passed with a new record of 21.5 percent, and with that, First Solar anticipates to exceed 22 percent in 2015.  



The solar power jobs sector grew 20 times faster than any other energy sector

February 4th, 2015 at 3:46 pm » Comments Off

Solar isn’t just the way to go for our power needs, but it’s the way to go for jobs as well. The solar power jobs sector grew 20 times faster than any other sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, the number of solar jobs has surpassed the number of coal mining jobs. This […]



Stanford Engineers Invent High Tech Mirrors that Beam Light into Space

January 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

Illustration of reflective panel on building A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat. Fan Lab Stanford engineers have invented a material designed to help cool buildings. The material reflects incoming sunlight, and it sends […]



How solar powered drones are about to transform your life

December 17th, 2014 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

 George Bye at the DaVinci Institute’s “Night with a Futurist” talking about the future of solar powered UAVs George Bye is the founder of Bye Aerospace, a Colorado company involved in the design of a unique solar-electric powered aircraft that use solar electric energy, stored in batteries, to drive a propeller to both fly and stay […]



Spray-On Solar

December 13th, 2014 at 7:16 am » Comments Off

Toronto’s Illan Kramer, Inventor of Spray-on Solar Illan Kramer, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, and IBM Canada’s Research and Development Center has invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using minuscule light-sensitive materials known as colloidal quantum dots (CQDs)—a major step toward making spray-on solar cells easy and cheap to […]



Home energy storage market set to grow 10 times over by 2018

December 5th, 2014 at 12:47 pm » Comments Off

Costs for home energy storage are dropping fast. A few years ago, most people didn’t have any idea the home solar PV market would grow so fast. But it has, and there’s no stopping its momentum now. Similarly, there aren’t many people that realize how fast the home storage market is going to grow.  



Aquion Energy’s battery helps solar and wind power operate in remote locations

November 29th, 2014 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

A battery module built at Aquion’s plant in Pennsylvania. A new kind of battery that stores energy from solar and wind power cheaply and cleanly has hit the market. It is by far the cheapest of a new generation of large, long-lived batteries that could make it possible to rely heavily on intermittent, renewable energy […]



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