The “‘How Solar Users Think’” Study

Homeowners install solar panels for a variety of reasons, but one UA study is gaining insight into what truly motivates them to go green. A University of Arizona professor is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a study of why individual households choose to install their own rooftop solar panels. According to the news release, […] Read more

In Focus: Energy Storage by Rail

A new way of storing energy could soon take off - energy-storage-by-rail, developed by Advanced Rail Energy Storage North America. The first project is set for Nevada which would help stabilize the regional power grid so it can handle more renewable energy.   It’s a low-tech approach to large-scale energy storage. When rates are low a train drives uphill and then, when […] Read more

Solar on Every U.S School!

This morning the National Solar Schools Consortium launched at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference in Boston. The goal of the newly formed organization is to put solar on roof of every school from kindergarten to high school. That would be almost 140,000 schools if you look at how many schools the National Center for Education […] Read more

Can Solar Save Brazil?

The newest project from world-leading solar module maker Yingli Green Energy is a 1-megawatt installation at Brazil’s Arena Pernambuco soccer stadium, the site of five upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup matches. Built by Brazilian solar pioneer Grupo Neoenergia, the net-metered system is in the solar-supportive state of Pernambuco’s capital, Recife. The 3,650 monocrystalline panels will generate more […] Read more

In Focus: Recent Green Technology Advances

Attempting to make the world an improved and pollution-free place to live is not a straightforward task, and there are no settled principles. This is one of the tests we confront when making, executing and depending on different sources of energy; since no single source of energy is 100% ‘clean’. Nonetheless, year-after-year we continue to make […] Read more

Illinois: The Greenest State

Illinois’ cornfields aren’t the only thing that’s green in the state, nearly 100 communities in the the state are 100 percent powered by renewable electricity. That’s according to a new report, Leading from the Middle: How Illinois Communities Unleashed Renewable Energy. As such it’s likely the greenest energy state in the nation on a per capita basis. […] Read more

5 Reasons Clean Energy Technology is Booming

You may have heard about the recent 60 Minutes segment that inexplicably reported the cleantech sector was in steep decline. There are quite a few reports out there breaking down the many fallacies of that segment, with most correctly concluding the sector is not dead, it is in fact booming and evidence of that surging momentum is everywhere you look. Consider these […] Read more

UNVEILED: The U.S Renewable Energy Roadmap

Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson has developed a 50-state renewable energy roadmap for transforming the United States from dependence on fossil fuels to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. He unveiled the plan at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago. “Drastic problems require drastic and immediate solutions,” said Jacobson, […] Read more

Veterans: 10% of Solar Workforce

More than 13,000 U.S. Veterans are already working in the solar industry, and the number is growing. That’s almost 10 percent of the workforce in the solar industry, according to a new report from Operation Free, a coalition of veterans and national security experts, and The Solar Foundation. The report also found that nearly 62 […] Read more

From Seaweed to Solar

After years of using platinum, scientists suggest they could one day use extracts from marine plants to replace it in solar cells. According to the website of the Royal Society of Chemistry, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) are quickly becoming a widespread and affordable alternative to photovoltaic solar cells. With this change of direction, it is […] Read more

FreeGreenius: An App for Finding Renewable Energy Locations

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) has released a free version of the simulation program FreeGreenius. The program brings together technical and commercial aspects and is able to calculate the yield that a renewable power plant project will bring at a certain location. In addition, FreeGreenius determines how a system must be […] Read more

Top 5 Famous Solar Sites

Some of the most recognizable locations in the world are now becoming world famous solar sites. Solar has yet to go mainstream, but it serves as an icon of progress and technological advancement. Iconic structures and locations – new and old – across the globe are going solar and are reinforcing solar’s iconic nature. The […] Read more

15.6% Efficient Graphene PV Device Developed

Earlier this week  Spanish scientists at the Universitat Jaume I in Castelló’s Group of Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic Devices (DFO) and the University of Oxford published research in the journal Nano Letters showing that they are able to create a graphene and perovskite photovoltaic (PV) device that converts 15.6 percent of the sun’s energy into electricity. While the […] Read more

Google Hearts Wind Power

Google announced yesterday that it has ponied up $75 million for a wind farm in Carson County, TX. In it’s lock box of wind farm assets, this is number 15 for the Internet giant. Patterson Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI), one of my top picks for 2014, is developing the project, which provides enough juice to power 56,000 […] Read more