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NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

When we first heard about the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) – a proposed flower shaped solar power energy …

A Call for Cost Comparisons: How Can the US Achieve a Renewable Energy Transformation?

Carnige Melon University’s Climate and Energy Decision Making Center’s recent study, “Regional variations in the health, environmental, and climate …

Unlikely Bedfellows: Wisconsin Libertarians Join Greens In Favor Of Solar Energy

In a surprising move, Wisconsin’s Libertarian Party is endorsing a proposal to allow the state’s electricity customers lease solar panels and other …

You Have Got To Take This Virtual Tour Of The Largest Solar Installation In The World

California is home to not only the largest photovoltaic installation in the world, but also the largest solar thermal.<p>And the latter is almost finished, and now you can take a Virtual Tour.<p>When completed, the Ivanpah solar thermal facility will generate 377 megawatts to power 140,000 homes.<p>Here's a …

HVDC: The Key to Revolutionizing the Renewable Energy Grid

An aging infrastructure and increasing demand for energy makes technology more important than ever in meeting and sustaining the power needs of the …

Apple looking to hire engineers with solar experience to work on mobile devices

<b>Update:</b> Apple has removed the job listing from its website, but we grabbed a screenshot below.<p>Apple appears to be investigating the use of thin film solar technology for future mobile products with a new job listing on the company’s website looking to hire an engineer with experience in the solar …

Mother Nature talks nanotech: the ultimate solar panel

<b>Scientist: Black metals with a nanostructured surface could be the key to creating better, more effective solar panels, trapping more light than ever before.</b><p>Mother Nature: So, clever clogs, how does the nanotechnology bit come into this?<p><b>I'm glad you asked! Black metals are made by treating their</b> …

Four Ways The Solar Boom Has Rattled Utilities

The U.S. boom in solar installations has disrupted revenue, workflow, and forecasting at large utilities, according to utility consultants, partners and affiliates who gathered this morning in Chicago.<p>Solar power installations grew by 76 percent in 2012, according to the Solar Energy Industries …

What happens if you add lots of wind and solar power to the grid?

Wind power is no longer an insignificant energy source in the United States. Turbines across the country provided 4 percent of the nation's electricity last year — enough to power half of Mexico.<p>But as wind power (and its cousin, solar power) keeps expanding, it could pose some hassles and …

SHELL: Solar Will Be The World's No. 1 Source Of Energy By The End Of The Century

Today, Shell says that it can go all the way to No. 1.<p>In their annual New Lens Perspectives report, the oil giant lays out a scenario where solar becomes the world's leading energy source by 2100.<p>Here's the summary:<p>First, things go kind of haywire for more "traditional" fuel forms:<p>Oil prices keep …

Here's a Climate-Change Fix: a Giant Solar-Power Plant on the Moon

Imagined by Japan, staffed by robots<p>Shimizu, a Japanese architectural and engineering firm, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide (pdf) running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the …

New Report Says Solar Will Achieve Near-Global Competitiveness With Natural Gas By 2025

Solar power may be well on its way to near-global cost competitiveness with natural gas by 2025, according to new numbers from Lux Research. And …

The Big Question: What Is the Future Utility Business Model?

Renewable energy technologies are taking off and costs are dropping each year, so what’s holding the industry back? A new report called America’s …

Dreaming Big: Six Really Far-Thinking Renewable Energy Plans

Every day we applaud and encourage all types of renewable energy development and deployment, in whatever forms make the most sense for their …

The year ahead in wind and solar

• International breaking news<br>• In-depth features and analysis<br>• Weekly catch-up on the energy transition issues<br>• 24/7 of depth and dimension on the stories …

Renewable Energy’s Hottest Conversations of 2013

Here at RenewableEnergyWorld.com, we pride ourselves on our active community of readers who click, share, and comment on the articles that we post …

Cameron Says EU Renewables Goal May Cost U.K. Billions

Prime Minister David Cameron urged the European Commission to reject calls for a renewable energy target, saying the proposal would cost British …

India almost doubled its solar power in 2013, has big plans for more

CREDIT: AP PHOTO/AJIT SOLANKI<p>India added just over 1 gigawatt of solar energy to its electrical grid last year, a major milestone that nearly doubles …

World's biggest solar plant may pave way for smaller-scale renewable future

Tower One glows so bright against the blue sky that even at mid-afternoon in the Mojave Desert it would be easy to conclude it is designed to illuminate the valley floor below.<p>In fact, hundreds of thousands of glittering mirrors, carefully arranged across a swath of desert, reflect sunlight on to …

Warren goes conservative with cash

Elizabeth Warren swooped into the Senate in 2012 as a progressive superstar, but now in office she’s taking a conservative approach to how she helps the next generation of Democratic hopefuls.<p>Warren hasn’t tapped into her deep fundraising network of liberal activists, female donors and women’s …

Herring explains gay marriage shift

New Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says his decision to challenge his state’s ban on gay marriage, rather than defend it on behalf of the state, is part of an evolution in his views on the subject.<p>Herring announced his decision to side with plaintiffs in lawsuits challenging the state’s ban …

The Conservative War on Liberal Media Has a Long History

Roger Ailes's success at Fox News is unique, but the project of creating a right-leaning alternative to established media stretches back to the 1940s.<p>In his new book <i>The Loudest Voice in the Room</i>, Gabriel Sherman portrays Roger Ailes as “the quintessential man behind the curtain,” a …

Obama on Pot Legalization: 'It's Important for It to Go Forward'

That's his newest position on the experiments in Colorado and Washington, though he stopped short of endorsing legalization elsewhere.<p>In the course of being profiled for an article in <i>The New Yorker</i>, President Obama told the magazine's editor, David Remnick, the following things about smoking …

Students Should Be Tested More, Not Less

When done right, frequent testing helps people remember information longer.<p>Testing is terrible for learning, destroys student and teacher morale, and impedes opportunities for productive, meaningful teaching. This oft-repeated axiom has become accepted as true without proof. Opposition to testing …