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The plan involves focussing the rays of the Sun on a central tower

Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018

Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018

Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. Under the scheme, up to 2.5 million UK homes could be powered by Tunisian sunshine by 2018. The company involved says they have already spent 10 million euros developing the site. A number of overseas


Big Box Retail’s Latest Bright Idea: Solar Power

Big companies are finally beginning to see the light. Over the past two years, the top 25 corporate solar users in America have more than doubled their capacity, according to a new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association. Cumulatively, these companies produced enough electricity last year to power more than 115,000 homes. Leading the pack by

Chile will lead Latin America in renewable energy, says president

The president of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet said the country will aim to become a leader in renewable energy. Speaking during a ceremony for First Solar’s 141MW Luz del Norte Solar Power Plant in the Atacama Desert, Bachelet said: “Chile is in a position to be a leader in renewable energy in the Southern Cone, and

Photovoltaic Solar Panel Project at the Lester Public Library, Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Solar power keeps getting cheaper — but not for the reasons you’d expect

The price of solar power in the United States keeps dropping. Back in 2008, the cost of installing a rooftop solar system was about $8 per watt. Today, it’s about half that — and still falling. Up until 2012, that price decline was largely due to the fact that the photovoltaic panels themselves were getting


First US public offering of solar bonds: can crowdfunding take clean energy to the next level?

The largest solar installer in the US announced Wednesday that it is offering up to $200m in bonds to retail investors, marking the first registered public sale of solar bonds in the country. SolarCity’s landmark move toward crowdfunding could democratize the way solar projects are bankrolled ­and grow overall investment for clean energy. Large institutional


Is Your State Benefiting From, or Missing Out on, the U.S. Solar Power Boom?

Is your state benefiting from, or missing out on, the national solar power boom that’s well underway (note: click on the map to enlarge). That question is at least partly answered by the new Solar Means Business Report, released this morning by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Among other things, the report finds that the “average

Kyushu Electric | KYODO

Green power floods Japan grid as premium prices bite

Japan’s utilities say they are being swamped by green power because of rules forcing them to buy up every last watt produced from renewable sources, as new generating companies seek to cash in on premium prices. Power firms say the grid does not have enough capacity to cope with the rocketing levels of electricity that


What Is SolarTAC?

The Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) is the largest multi-user outdoor research, testing, development and demonstration facility in the world. SolarTAC offers its members the opportunity to perform proprietary and collaborative research, development and demonstration activities that accelerate solar technology. “In a rapidly expanding solar market, there exists a need to fine tune early commercial and near-commercial

This rooftop array atop a Walmart store in Santa Ana, California, was one of the company's first. Walmart now boasts more than 100 MW installed capacity across the U.S.

Blue chip companies in US increase PV deployment by 28%

The third-annual Solar Means Business report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has revealed that many of the U.S.’s leading Fortune 100 companies have continued to step-up their use of solar PV as a leading clean energy source. SEIA’s report shows that 569 MW of solar PV capacity is now deployed across 1,100 sites owned and


Will Stem’s Battery Systems Combined With Kyocera’s Solar Boost Energy Storage Adoption?

The convergence of rooftop solar PV and behind-the-meter batteries continues. On Tuesday, Japanese solar module giant Kyocera announced it has teamed up with Stem, a startup that’s installed about 6 megawatts of behind-the-meter lithium-ion batteries, to “offer an integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage solution for commercial power users.” Under the non-exclusive agreement, Stem will


Patagonia Will Start Paying for Homeowners’ Solar Panels in Hawaii

Patagonia plans to use state and federal tax credits to invest $13 million in the construction of solar panels on 1,000 homes in Hawaii, turning the eco-conscious retailer into the financial backer of a green electrical utility. With the announcement on Wednesday, Patagonia hopes companies across America will follow suit with similar efforts. “Any U.S. public or

Sunswift eVe

A New, Solar-Powered Champion Takes the Title of “Fastest Electric Car in the World”

A team of engineering student’s from Australia’s University of New South Waleshas smashed the 26 year old world record  for the fastest electric car over a distance of 500 km.  The previous record stood at 73 kph, but now that record lays in the wake of the new victor in the shape of the ‘Sunswift eVe‘

from International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2014 World Energy Outlook

Renewable Energy Share In Sub-Saharan Africa Could Reach 45% By 2040, IEA Reports

“A better functioning energy sector is vital to ensuring that the citizens of sub-Saharan Africa can fulfil their aspirations. The energy sector is acting as a brake on development, but this can be overcome and the benefits of success are huge.” So said IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven in conjunction with the release


Solar power is casting a bigger shadow

Does having your own solar power installation sound appealing? It apparently does to a growing number of American businesses and homeowners who are investing in what many tout as a cleaner and less expensive source of electricity. And that trend of buying into solar power is also growing internationally. During 2014’s second quarter, photovoltaic (PV)