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Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have pioneered a new approach to manufacturing solar cells that requires less silicon and can accommodate silicon with more impurities than is currently the standard. Those changes mean that solar cells can be made much more cheaply than at present. A new method of producing solar

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Energy Secretary Moniz Senate Majority Leader Reid Call Solar

Today both Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) spoke up for solar at the Solar Power International (SPI) conference at Las Vegas calling it critical to the US and its energy future. The remarks follow a new effort from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to extend the

SolarWorld will conduct crystallization project research at its Hillsboro, Oregon, site as well as at its R&D facility in Germany.

SolarWorld to wins $4 million US grant for next-generation crystallization tech

The Department of Energy award is aimed at the development of crystallization technology for more efficient and affordable solar cells. SolarWorld has received a $4 million cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative to intensify development of a silicon mono-crystallization technology. The proprietary development has demonstrated promise to sharply reduce costs in

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Green Bonds Expected To Top $100 Billion In 2015

Another strong quarter for issuances of green bonds has taken the year’s total up to $32 billion, more than double the total issued during 2013, and fuelling predictions that 2015 could see $100 billion worth of green bonds issued. Data from the Climate Bond Initiative published Tuesday claimed $9.2 billion green bonds were issued in

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Reasons to be Optimistic about a Global Climate Agreement

Despite a number of remaining hurdles, there have been several positive developments that support the idea that we may succeed in securing a global climate agreement in 2015. Adding to the optimism of UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, we have seen constructive French diplomacy and national climate legislation in three countries. While there is much

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Community Solar Allows Utilities to Adapt, Thrive as Energy Landscape Evolves

Adaptability is the key to survival—both in nature as Charles Darwin observed, and in the business sector. As the solar industry continues to flourish, utility companies across the U.S. are beginning to witness how the traditional electric grid is transforming. As tens of thousands of residents have solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on their rooftops

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Rooftop solar is just the beginning; utilities must innovate or go extinct

By now, most people are aware that solar power — particularly distributed solar power, in the form of rooftop panels — poses a threat to power utilities. And utilities are fighting back, attempting to impose additional fees and restrictions on solar customers. These skirmishes generally center on “net metering,” whereby utilities (forced by state legislation) pay customers with solar

Sheep remain an essential part of this solar energy farm at Wymeswold in Leicestershire, and the panels even provide shelter for the animals.

Are solar farms really hitting British food production?

The environment secretary, Liz Truss, has stripped farmers of subsidies for solar farms, saying they are a “blight” that was pushing food production overseas. But the new minister has fundamentally misunderstood the way solar farms operate, according to the solar industry and farmers. Truss revealed on Monday new rules on payments under the Common Agriculture Policy that

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Enphase Charges Into the Energy Storage Market

Enphase didn’t exhibit at last year’s Solar Power International, but the microinverter specialist has traveled to Las Vegas this year with an improved microinverter — and a bit of a surprise. 5th generation microinverter Paul Nahi, Enphase’s CEO, said the firm’s fifth-generation microinverter is its “most technologically advanced microinverter — this was not even possible to

Solar powered 3D printer turns plastic waste at sea into furniture

Out of the many garbage gyres present in various oceans on earth, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of the largest and it has gained attention of many environmentalists and researchers repeatedly. It is a large patch covered with plastic rubbish. The patch is as large as that of entire Turkey, and is located

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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

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