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A new report has shown that a widespread conversion to solar-LED lighting in developing countries could create 2 million new jobs.   Many homes throughout the developing world still rely on dirty fuels to provide simple things like indoor and outdoor lighting. Fuel-based lighting such as...
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton pledged that half a billion solar panels will be installed by the end of her first term if she wins the Oval Office this fall. That number may seem daunting, but industry insiders say it’s well within the realm of possibility. Even if yo...
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The way we get electricity is about to change dramatically, as the era of ever-expanding demand for fossil fuels comes to an end - in less than a decade. That's according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets for the next 25 years. Call it peak fossil...
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Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on Thursday officially announced two battery backup products, one for homes and one for industrial use, at an event at the company's Southern California design studio. The lithium-ion battery modules can store electricity from solar panels and serve to balance loads from ...
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California is a solar power leader in the U.S., as a recent report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) found. The state is about to become the first in the country to have 10 gigawatts of installed solar capacity, enough to power almost 2.5 million homes. Last year,...
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Green energy co-operatives are enjoying a renaissance in the Ontario power market. In several cities and towns in southern and southwestern Ontario you'll see large buildings or fields with solar-panel arrays, with some wind farms dotting the landscape. Often those projects are the creations of co...
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A state-of-the-art clean solar energy system is helping Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) protect endangered sea turtles at its new research station on Soropta Beach, Panama. Designed and installed by FTL Global Solutions (FTL), an innovator of lightweight, rugged energy systems ...
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Creative entrepreneurs, futurists, community members, and businesses have found innovative ways to utilize the sun’s energy that could lead to huge increases in access to clean and green electricity. As we saw during the first #PutSolarOnIt day of action on June 21, public support for solar po...
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Imagine a smog-free Los Angeles, where electric cars ply silent freeways, solar panels blanket rooftops and power plants run on heat from beneath the earth, from howling winds and from the blazing desert sun.   A new Stanford study finds that it is technically and economically feasible to con...
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Solar power plants in Germany peaked at 22 gigawatts of output for a few hours on Friday and Saturday, yielding almost half the country's energy needs from the renewable resource and setting a new record in the process. The not-particularly-sunny country has long been a leader in solar pow...
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The so-called community solar garden was pioneered in Colorado, and is appealing to people who have no roof space, like renters and apartment owners, or homeowners with shady roofs. Read More: Buying Into Solar Power, No Roof Access Needed – New York Times
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is preparing to fly across North America. The Swiss creators of the Solar Impulse are announcing Thursday which U.S. cities the experimental plane will visit during its “Across America” tour that kicks off in ...
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      Over the last few decades we have witnessed notable advancement in the technology for solar panels. When solar panels were first invented they had a conversion efficiency of less than 10 percent. The conversion efficiency is nothing but how well panels convert solar light i...
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One hundred and ninety-six perfectly polished solar panels line the roof of the Oakland, Calif., Youth Employment Partnership, a nonprofit job-training program for at-risk youth. The system is projected to save YEP close to $25,000 in electricity costs over 10 years. And it happe...
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Posted by on in Sustainable Development
This is the time of the year when you see endless summaries of 2013. The ones about sustainability can usually be characterized as a bag of mixed news, filled with both good and bad news from the past year. And it can be quite depressing, right? After all, mixed news means that at best we...
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Google Inc. plans to invest $80 million in six utility-scale solar facilities in California and Arizona as the tech behemoth continues to put money toward alternative energy projects. The Mountain View, Calif., company will partner with solar developer Recurrent Energy and private equity firm KKR &...
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Habitat for Humanity has been turning increasingly to the sun for energy solutions that will save homeowners money on utility bills. A donated solar installation in Newark, Del. will help a family with two disabled sons save on electricity expenses.  Now they can better afford the health care ...
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Someone once said: "Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need." Without question, the pilots of Solar Impulse, Dr. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, are living proof of that. These two great adventurers made solar and aviation history last weekend when So...
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SolarWorld's announcement this week that it'll lay off 100 workers at its Hillsboro operations relates to cost-cutting strategies that effectively began last February. Ben Santarris, a company spokesman, said the cuts will take place in the crystal growth and wafer cutting areas. The...
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A solar-powered aircraft completed the final leg of a history-making cross-country flight Saturday night, gliding to a smooth stop at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The Solar Impulse touched down at JFK at 11:09 p.m., completing the final leg of the cross-continental journey that...
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