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Solar Energy Providers in Norfolk

Solar-Power from The Solar Shed Ltd, Norfolk<p>Hi my name is Kevin Holland and I'm the MD of The Solar Shed Ltd. I manage a UK Wide network of highly …

EGEB: Jinko $100M into PERC solar cells, Project Sunroof in Germany, more

<i>Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important news</i><p>Google’s Project Sunroof expanding into Germany – Have any of you used it? Did it lead toward getting a contractor quote? Just for playing? I’ve only played with it – but it seems powerful for …

Clean Energy

Solar energy panel stolen from grave of 5-year-old boy who was scared of the dark

A thief or group of thieves has made the world just a little bit darker.<p>In Socorro, New Mexico, a solar energy panel attached to the grave of Nico Chavez, a 5-year-old boy who died in 2008, powered night lights at his plot in the San Acacia Cemetery, according to Albuquerque TV station KRQE.<p>Before …

Clean Energy

Here comes the sun: US solar power market hits all-time high

After a rocky start, the American solar market is taking off and growing faster than coal and natural gas power. What will it take to make it go truly mainstream?<p>Solar energy in the US has had a rocky existence. Ever since Ronald Reagan symbolically removed Jimmy Carter’s solar panels from the …

A good job if you can get it: America's solar workforce is heating up

The national solar industry is expected to add 30,000 jobs in 2016, a 14.7% jump from last year. Who are the workers building this new market?<p>Antwain Nelson held various jobs in the construction field for several years, but the work never felt fulfilling. Then an opportunity to volunteer in …

Renewable Energy

Floating solar is a win-win energy solution for drought-stricken US lakes

Sunbaked southwest US is a prime spot for floatovoltaic projects, where they could produce clean energy and prevent evaporation in major man-made reservoirs, reports Environment 360<p>The Colorado River’s two great reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are in retreat. Multi-year droughts and chronic …

How Solar Became the World's Best Hope for a Post-Fossil-Fuel Energy System

Just a few years ago experts the world over bemoaned the prohibitive cost of solar power.But today it is widely considered to be the best and most …

Energy

Solar energy has plunged in price—where does it go from here?

A look forward to how we get to Terawatts of solar power capacity.<p>In the year 2000, the entire world had roughly four Gigawatts of solar power …

Are there three times as many solar jobs as coal jobs?

As a candidate and as president, Donald Trump has championed the cause of coal mining. But critics of the coal industry have countered that Trump and …

Renewable Energy

Planet Breaches 410 ppm for First Time in Human History

By Lauren McCauleyThe amount of carbon in the Earth's atmosphere is now officially off the charts as the planet last week breached the 410 parts per …

Climate

Forget solar panels, your home could one day be heated using hot sand

Italian energy startup Magaldi is harnessing the foot-scorching properties of hot sand to drive energy turbines<p>Anyone who's ever walked on a hot …

Clean Energy

Why rapid decarbonization is the only choice we have

<i>"Oh, that's nice. But it's nowhere near enough."</i><p>Writing for TreeHugger, this is a comment I get often. Whether it's attacking a plug-in hybrid …

Great Barrier Reef

Nissan is heavily discounting the LEAF with special deals for just ~$13,000 ahead of next-generation

The next generation Nissan LEAF has being spotted testing recently and it’s expected to be unveiled in September and be available shortly after. Sales could be rough for Nissan ahead of the launch as customers are waiting for the next generation, but they could still move inventories with special …

New solar device pulls water from desert air

With only the sun for energy, it can collect 3 liters of water a day.<p>On Tatooine, the desert planet from "Star Wars" that Luke Skywalker calls home, …

Within 10 years, renewable could be cheaper than fossil fuels all over the world

The costs of renewable energy are going down all over the world.<p>This isn't a new trend. Improvements in technology, government support, and the scaling-up of investments have driven down costs for years.<p>Already, it's cheaper in most places to add a new renewable energy source from the power grid …

Clean Energy

Florida utility writes anti-solar bill, major renewable energy powerlines, more

FPL wrote portions of bill that imposes requirements on solar – Florida voters chose to lower taxes on certain solar installations within the state. The State of Florida legislature then took up the task given to them by the voters – and they created a document they thought represented the will of …

US Air Force unveils solar+battery microgrid that could be deployed in less than an hour

Microgrids using solar and batteries have primarily been deployed in remote communities, like Tesla’s Powerpack projects in a resort in the Fiji Islands and an entire island in the American Samoa, because they are more easily deployed than power plants and becoming cheaper than diesel …

Australian home builder to include a Tesla Powerwall in every new home

An Australian home builder has announced plans to include a Tesla Powerwall in all new homes. Arden Homes says they will outfit all their new homes …

A beginner’s guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy

Is it the right target? Is it even possible?<p>Imagine powering civilization entirely with energy from renewable sources: wind, sun, water (hydroelectricity), naturally occurring heat (geothermal), and plants.<p>No coal mines, oil wells, pipelines, or coal trains. No greenhouse gas emissions, car …

The 'simple question' that can change your mind about global warming

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fox News anchor Chris Wallace earlier this week asked one of the most important questions put to the Trump administration during its first 100 days in office.<p>"Simple question, what if you're wrong?" he asked on Sunday.<p>Wallace directed this short-but-mind-blowingly-critical question at Scott …

Climate

Climate change impacting ‘most’ species on Earth, even down to their genomes

Three recent studies point to just how broad, bizarre, and potentially devastating climate change is to life on Earth. And we’ve only seen one degree Celsius of warming so far.<p>Climate change is rapidly becoming a crisis that defies hyperbole.<p>For all the sound and fury of climate change denialists, …

Doomsday’s approaching: The climate could hit a state unseen in 50 million years

If carbon emissions continue on their current trajectory, the atmosphere could reach an unseen level<p>No, the headline is not a typo. Current carbon dioxide levels are unprecedented in human history and are on track to climb to even more ominous heights in just a few decades.<p>If carbon emissions …

These stunning timelapse photos may just convince you about climate change

Melting glaciers, from Greenland to Antarctica, have become symbols of global warming — and monitoring their retreat is one major way scientists are keeping tabs on the progress of climate change.<p>Now, scientists are trying to bring the issue a little closer to home by using time-lapse photos to …

Climate Change

Dutch solar bike path declared a success, is expanding

Readers often complain that I do not know what I am talking about, and they must be right. After all, when I first wrote about the SolaRoad, a bike …

Flexible new solar panel is almost 80% lighter than traditional panels

Solar panels just got a lot slimmer. Zhengrong Shi, a.k.a. the Sun King, is now marketing eArche, a super flexible, ultrathin solar panel that could …

Scientists Have Broken the Efficiency Record for Mass-Produced Solar Panels

Yes!<p>Researchers in Japan have set a new record for the efficiency of mass-produced solar panels, meaning even more of the Sun's energy can now be …

Environment-friendly solar cells of the future will capture twice as much energy

In the future, solar cells can become twice as efficient by employing a few smart little nano-tricks.<p>Researchers are currently developing the …

Follow the sun: Here are the first smart solar panels tracking sunlight

The next generation of solar systems has arrived. This all-in-one system actually tracks the sun soaring across the sky. Smart!<p>It gets even smarter, …

Nigerians starved of electricity access turn to solar

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The surprise was finding that people dependent on candles, batteries, kerosene and fuel for generators in countries without a secure supply of electricity spend more on power than solar options.<p>The founders of Dutch company Lumos knew they could do better. In Nigeria, for the …