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Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California's Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state …

Water

Everything You Need To Know About Adding Solar Panels At Home

<i>Christine Tusher, Houzz Contributor</i><p>Solar-powered homes were a rarity as recently as a decade ago. But a plethora of federal and local tax incentives along with increasing worries about climate change have made them commonplace.<p>Installing solar panels can decrease your household’s carbon footprint …

Miele Unveils the World's First Solar-Powered Tumble Dryer!

<i>Photo by IFA 2013</i><p>Domestic appliances company Miele just unveiled the world’s first solar-powered tumble dryer, which uses the sun’s energy to heat …

CEO Of Sunrun: Solar Energy Is On The Rise

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, 74% of new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2014 came from solar.<p>In the past, solar energy may have been seen as that thing you'd do to "make the world a better place," but had to compromise on things like cost …

Solar Power

Solar-Panel Windows Made Possible by Quantum Dot Breakthrough

Windows that double as solar panels could soon be a reality following a breakthrough in quantum dot research that could have significant implications …

Sixty years after birth, it’s time for solar cells to get serious

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation, Flickr Creative Commons<p>If solar panels were people, they could start …

We don’t need solar roadways, we need to help unleash current solar panels

Advertisement<p>204 Comments<p>Wow. A campaign to build a prototype of a parking lot made out of solar cells just raised over $1.5 million on Indiegogo. …

Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

Google recently announced its biggest renewable energy purchase to date (and that’s saying something: the company has already invested $5 million in …

Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Installing solar panels seems pretty straightforward – just aim them south so they get lots of sun all day. But researchers are finding that we may …

Solar Power

Multijunction Solar Cells Break Efficiency Records by Harvesting the Full Spectrum of Light

Engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new type of solar cell that uses multiple junctions instead of single …

It's official: Everybody loves the idea of roads that generate solar power

Last month, we asked whether solar roads could generate enough energy to serve some of the nation’s power needs.<p>With tens of thousands of miles of solar-power generating roads, parking lots, sidewalks and other open spaces–without needing to clear space in untouched, natural areas–it seems like an …

This is the bleeding edge of solar materials research

Advertisement<p>62 Comments<p>Credit: Courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation, Flickr Creative Commons<p>Yes, a huge part of reducing the cost of …

Clean Energy

Here's When We Can Expect To See The First Road Paved With Solar Panels

The crowdfunding story of the year is SolarRoadways, the firm run by an Idaho couple that wants to repave America's asphalt with solar panels.<p>Julie and Scott Brusaw have now raised just short of $2 million on Indiegogo. With over 38,000 funders, it is the most widely sourced campaign in Indiegogo …

Solar Panels

Egypt’s First Entry in Solar Decathlon Based on Matchbox

The first ever submission from Egypt in next year’s solar decathlon is remarkable in its ingenuity.<p>Temperatures in Egypt’s deserts can range from 114 …

Now You Can Buy Solar Panels at 60 Best Buy Stores Across the United States

Consumers heading down to their local Best Buy for a new laptop or microwave will now be able to pick up solar panels as well. Best Buy and SolarCity …

The World's Largest Fully-Operational Solar Plant Opens in Arizona

Somewhere between Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona on a desolate stretch of 2,400 acres of land, construction was just completed on the world’s largest …

Walmart Produces More Solar Energy than Any Other U.S. Retailer

Mega-retailer Walmart has crowned the roofs of their retail locations with enough photovoltaic panels to blast past 39 entire American states with …

Solar Power

Pope sacks entire Vatican financial watchdog board

The shake-up is a break with the city's "old boy" financial network<p>Pope Francis has dismissed the five-man board of the Vatican's financial watchdog in a break with the corruption scandals that have engulfed the heart of the Catholic Church in the past.<p>Four new experts from Switzerland, Singapore, …

Vatican

Turn an Old Xbox Controller into a Dog Leash and Poop Bag Dispenser

Xbox controllers: people love them for gaming, but why not extend that fondness to walking dogs and picking up their crap? That's what Instructables …

A Pelican Shows Us What It's Like To Fly

Pelicans have the life. They live by the water, fly over the ocean, and eat lots of fish. Among humans, only T.C. from <i>Magnum P.I.</i> comes close to matching them. And he's just a fictional character, played by Roger E. Mosley.<p>But what happens when a pelican needs help from humans? Say he's abandoned …

Nothing Is More Amazing Than This Newborn Lamb Meeting A Cat And A Dog

The cat's name is Pancake and the dog's name is Sugar Tree. I literally have no idea what else you could want from the world. (H/T to Christina!)