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6 unexpected places to find solar power

Slide 1 of 8<p>A rooftop dotted with solar panels isn’t unusual anymore. And many recall calculators and watches powered by sun rays.<p>But how about a …

Solar Power

Can large-scale solar power storage become a reality?

The recent crash in oil prices notwithstanding, an economy based on fossil fuels seems unsustainable. Supplies of oil, coal and similar fuels are …

Semprius' Stacked Solar Cells Could Make Solar Energy Cheaper Than Natural Gas

Two of the main obstacles to the widespread adoption of solar energy are cost and efficiency. However researchers at the Durham, North Carolina-based …

Clean Energy

Solar Power Booms In Indianapolis, But Could It Soon Bust?

Indianapolis is seeing a boom in solar development, with at least three major solar farms in the works, numerous other significant solar projects …

First Solar Stock Surges on Higher-than-Expected Earnings and Announcement of TetraSun Acquisition

Arizona-based solar company First Solar saw its biggest ever one-day jump — a whopping 45-percent increase — on Wallstreet Tuesday after announcing …

Running Track Acts As Green Roof For China School

For the typical, horizontally designed school campus looking to reduce its carbon footprint, finding room somewhere on the vast rooftop or on the …

Rooftop solar vs. utilities: The San Antonio episode

This week I’ve been writing about U.S. utilities and their struggle with distributed solar power. Now, along comes a story that might as well have …

A Solution For Clean Energy On A 24/7 Basis

Critics of renewables have always claimed that sun and wind are only intermittent producers of electricity and need fossil fuel plants as back-up to …

Solar grows up — now what?

Almost a decade ago, I was part of a group that lost a standby rate case with a Massachusetts utility, when the utility convinced the commission to …

Solarcopter: World's First Solar-Powered Helicopter Takes Off on First Flight

The world’s first solar-powered helicopter just took off on its first test flight! Called SolarCopter, the model-sized aircraft was developed by a …

Solar Impulse

The World's First Algae-Powered Building in Hamburg

The world’s first algae-powered building in Hamburg, the BIQ House, features a bio-adaptive algae facade. International design firm Arup worked with …

Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus Over the Last Two Years

<i>Solar power photo from Shutterstock</i><p>For a country phasing out its nuclear plants, you might expect a downturn in energy production. But Germany has …

US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>There’s a common belief that even as solar power takes off, utility companies will retain their hold on energy markets as the …

Renewable Energy

Egypt’s Green-Roofed Bio Boat Entirely Wind and Solar Powered

Among nature’s most devoted heroes throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association …

When It Comes To Solar Power, Small Scale Is Beautiful

In my years writing about energy it’s always the big projects that seem to excite people — both readers and the PR people pitching you stories for …

World's Largest Solar Boat Announces Trans-Atlantic Trip to Conduct Climate Change Experiments

In 2010, PlanetSolar’s Tûranor solar-powered boat completed a 19-month voyage around the world. Now the eco-vessel is set to set sail again over the …

Crowdsourcing Solar: A Closer Look At The Risk

After my last blog post on solar crowdfunding, a colleague suggested my enthusiasm for business models like those of Mosaic in the U.S. and …

Scientists Set 18.7% Efficiency Record for Black Silicon Solar Cells

Researchers are racing to develop black silicon solar cells with higher and higher efficiencies – and Aalto University and the Fraunhofer Institute …