Solar Power

Does solar make sense in hydro country?

If your solar dream is to go off the grid and cock a snook at B.C. Hydro in the process, dream on.<p>For all solar electricity’s advantages, in an …

Renewable Energy

California’s electrical grid can’t handle all the solar energy the state is producing

In California, solar power is booming: The state leads the nation in solar production, and for a brief period on March 11, California pulled nearly 40 percent of its electricity from the sun.<p>But the state’s solar boom isn’t all sunshine, as the Los Angeles Times energy reporter, Ivan Penn, laid out …

Renewable Energy

South Miami Is Now the First City in Florida to Require Solar Panels on New Homes

The Sunshine State has been resisting solar energy for years.<p>More than a year ago, a 16-year-old high school student named Delaney Reynolds wrote to half a dozen mayors in Florida, urging them to require citizens to adopt solar energy. South Miami mayor Philip Stoddard was the first to respond.<p>On …

Renewable Energy

Why Fight Solar Power?

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>“After Rapid Growth, Rooftop Solar Programs Dim Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists” (news article, July 9) got it right that traditional utilities are fighting to undercut competition and customer choice by targeting state solar policies, “particularly net metering, which credits …

Renewable Energy

The Many Reasons to Be Skeptical Over Rick Perry's Grid Study

By Lisa Hymas<p>Energy Sec. Rick Perry has ordered his department to produce a study on whether the ongoing shift toward renewable energy is affecting …

Energy

China Is Adding Solar Power at a Record Pace - Bloomberg

China, the world’s biggest investor in clean energy, is on pace to install record amounts of new solar this year after adding 24 gigawatts of …

Renewable Energy

India has new trains with solar-powered coaches that engineers say will save diesel

India has launched its first solar-powered train, which it is hoped will save around 21,000 litres of diesel a year, as the government attempts to …

India

The Surprising State Where Solar Energy Is Flourishing

Minnesota is on a hot streak in converting sunlight into usable power. The state tripled its solar energy capacity through the first quarter of this …

Renewable Energy

California confronts solar power glut with novel marketplace

California is a leader in solar and wind power. The Golden State is well on its way to reaching a self-imposed goal of getting a third of its …

Renewable Energy

This Self-Fuelling Boat Just Set Off on an Epic 6-Year Global Voyage

Can't stop, won't stop.<p>An amazing hydrogen-powered round-the-world ocean voyage has just gotten underway, with the US$5.25-million Energy Observer …

Solar Impulse

Tesla Model 3 News And Updates: Elon Musk Says No To Solar Panels, At Least For Now

It would have been nice to see the Model 3 equipped with solar panel roofs. The feature, which is found in other green cars such as the 2017 Toyota …

Autos

NextEra Energy: Using Solar Energy To Power The Sunshine State

NextEra continues its deployment of renewable resources with the installation of 1 million new solar panels along Florida's Treasure Coast.<p>In …

Renewable Energy

Hong Kong villagers using solar energy to help power their homes - and show its potential as a source of electricity for city

The roof of Fung Chuen-tai’s home in Tai O, a fishing village on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, has been fitted with 25 solar panels. They are wired up …

Renewable Energy

Here's Elon Musk's Plan to Power the U.S. on Solar Energy

"The sun is a giant fusion reactor in the sky."<p>Tesla CEO Elon Musk — whose company makes electric cars and has a new solar roof panel division — …

Elon Musk

25 Percent of Australian Homes Have Switched to Solar, and Other Green Triumphs This Week

<i>Solar panels on a home in southern Australia. (David Clarke / CC 2.0)</i><p>Renewables continue to take the world by storm, which is good news for the …

Liberal POV

Meet the man using his passion for solar power to help change lives in South Africa

The heating for his Wimborne home, the hot water in his shower, even the charger for his laptop are all fired by the sun.<p>A keen experimenter and …

South Africa

IN THE DARK: Total Solar Eclipse In August May Cause Massive Loss Of Solar Power Across U.S.

Here’s one problem with solar power: on August 21, a solar eclipse will throw a shadow over a 70-mile-wide path crossing from Oregon to South …

Conservative POV

The World’s First Power Plant Combining Hydroelectricity and Solar Energy Is Now Open

Alto Rabagão Solar Dam<p>The world’s first power plant combining hydroelectric and solar power is now operational in Portugal. The Alto Rabagão dam has …

Renewable Energy

In Pakistan, rumours that solar power raises temperatures is slowing the switch to renewables

Utility company installers, fearing lost income, are allegedly trying to dissuade solar buyers even as the country reels under power …

Water

China is Making Solar Farms That Will Look Like Adorable Cartoon Pandas

Solar energy is already exciting — a way to get clean energy from a giant ball of plasma 90 million miles away. And as it becomes a more efficient …

Clean Energy

Govt schools planning to light up with solar power in Delhi

Government schools in Delhi may soon light up with solar power as the Aam Aadmi Party government is considering a proposal to set up photo-voltaic …

Renewable Energy

Titan Has Enough Energy to Power a Colony The Size of The US

When can we go?<p>If we're going to venture out beyond our home planet and start building colonies elsewhere, then one of the essential resources we're …

Planets

These energy absorbing stairs make climbing easier

The stairs could be used to help those with mobility problems<p>When entering a 15-storey office building and given the choice, most people will opt to …

Robotics

Solar Red HTC U11: Iron Man Edition?

The HTC U11 is the Taiwanese manufacturer’s flagship for 2017 and comes in a range of colors, but what if there was an edition that took on the colors of a popular superhero? An… Iron Man Edition? Well, it might look a little like the Solar Red HTC U11.<p>Back when the HTC U11 was announced in Taiwan, …

Technology

Fears of a 'utility death spiral' could be slowly killing solar power

The growth of rooftop solar power has skyrocketed in recent years. Globally, there are now approximately 305 gigawatts of solar power capacity, up from about 100 gigawatts in 2012.<p>But solar's proliferation is slowing, partly due to a well-funded lobbying campaign by conventional utility giants. …

Renewable Energy

EGEB: USA to meet Paris Agreement despite Trump, floating *rotating* solar power, more

<i>Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news.</i><p>Renewable energy is becoming so cheap the US will meet Paris commitments even if Trump withdraws – <i>“By our forecasts, in most cases favorable renewables economics rather than</i> …

Clean Energy

Is It Time To Invest In Solar? Part II

Solar stocks have experienced an impressive breakout, evidenced in the Guggenheim Solar ETF portfolio.<p>Solar energy adoption grew 95% in the U. S. …

Renewable Energy

Solar plant plans for Chernobyl could do more harm than good

Thirty-one years on from the disaster, the thought that Chernobyl might be getting solar renewable energy leaves me feeling a little perplexed.<p>Green …

Renewable Energy

Google to Power Dutch Data Center with Solar Energy, Facebook to Build Housing in Silicon Valley - ASHARQ AL

Google will purchase all the electricity generated by the largest solar park in the Netherlands over the next decade to power a recently opened data …

Silicon Valley

This has to be the world's first solar farm that can be described as 'cute'

A panda-shaped solar power plant? Only in China.<p>Not content with the recent unveiling of the world's largest floating solar farm (atop a collapsed …

Renewable Energy