60 Minutes: Solar Reporting Fail

Last month, 60 Minutes aired a segment where one of the program’s anchors, Lesley Stahl, tried to make the case that clean technology and renewable energy were “dead.” In her report, Stahl makes a number of claims about the energy industry and the future of renewables that have been proven false by a number of […] Read more

Solar: A Great Hedge Against Hyper-Inflation

Many economists think that a financial Armageddon is on the horizon in the United States and Europe. While don’t necessarily agree that a meltdown would result in an end-days scenario, doomsday prepper-style, there is certainly an argument to be made for inevitable inflation if out of control deficit spending by governments continues. How can solar […] Read more

Only in China: The Umet Wooden Electric Car

One of the world’s first all-wooden cars has made its debut at the China Eurasia Expo. Dubbed the Umut, this 4 metre long, 7-seater car is composed completely of wood, made entirely by hand, and is powered by an electric motor. With an expected top speed is 60km/h, it can last about 2.5 hours or […] Read more

Will Solar Crash the Smart Grid?

For the smart grid, the weather is going to be murder. The proliferation of solar panels will effectively transformcommercial districts and neighborhoods into small, localized powerplants. While that will allow utilities to cut back on coal, theunpredictable, varying nature of solar power will force grid operatorsto dispatch or throttle power rapidly. Solar-balancing smart gridsystems now […] Read more

Global PV Installations To More Than Double in 2010, Prices To Crash By 2013

Companies at every step of the solar photovoltaic value chain mustprepare for saturation in key markets by 2013, according to the latestresearch report Solar Annual 2009: Total Eclipse from PHOTONConsulting. While PHOTON’s near-term outlook for sector growthis very positive, PHOTON’s team of analysts, researchers andconsultants believe saturation of a key large PV market within the […] Read more