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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

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

Conergy Launches $100M Commercial Solar Fund

Germany’s Conergy, which like SunPower, both manufactures and installs soar arrays, today announced (Jan. 14) that it launched the Conergy Fund I program, a $100 million fund to support the development of large-scale projects in the U.S. The fund will finance solar projects between 500 kilowatts and 25 megawatts in size. “The Fund is ideal […] Read more

Backup Power Options for Ice Storms

With ice storms leaving hundreds of thousands from Michigan to Maine without power over Christmas, attention is turning to alternative solutions for when the grid is down. While many families are left in the dark without any backup power, some rely on gasoline-powered generators. Unfortunately, there are dangers with using gas generators that have led […] Read more

Which Direction Should Solar Panels Face?

A new study from Austin’s Pecan Street Research Institute finds that residential solar PV panels oriented to the West may have more benefits for homeowners—at least in the summer and in Austin. That research flies in the face of conventional wisdom that PV panels should face South where the amount of sunlight that can hit […] Read more

TetraSun: Solar from Copper

The majority of silicon solar photovoltaics use  silver to conduct electricity but thanks in part to help from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, TetraSun is using copper as a conductor instead of silver. The approach, the results and the cost-savings have helped TetraSun and NREL win a 2013 R&D top 100 award from R&D Magazine […] Read more

Solar: Can it Handle Your Roof?

Solar energy is beneficial for many reasons. Not only does it lessen your environmental impact, but it can save you a great deal of money while also adding resale value to your home. If you are reading this, you may already be convinced that it’s time to install solar panels. But is your roof ready […] Read more

Review: Solar Power International 2013

The 10th annual Solar Power International brings light to the “Windy City.” Days 1 and 2 in Chicago, Illinois have been a bundle of power, kicking off with a dose of Rhone Resch’s charismatic announcement of the White House going solar and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s solid solar commitment, streamlining the permit process to a […] Read more

Most Efficient Commercially Available Solar from Semprius

Semprius recently announced that it has achieved a new efficiency record of 35.5 percent using concentrated solar photovoltaic technology.  The announcement makes Semprius’ high concentration photovoltaic solar panels the most efficient commercially available and mass-produced panels in the world, according to a release from the company. The achievement is particularly significant because the efficiency wasn’t […] Read more

Solar Manufacturing Limited in China

China announced this week that it will begin banning the development of new solar panel manufacturing facilities that simply add capacity. The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology made the public announcement on its website Tuesday. The move, analysts say, is expected to drive a flurry of merger and acquisition activity in the sector, […] Read more

FUTUREWATCH: Nanoparticle Ink to Paint Solar Cells

Researchers at the University of Alberta have found that abundant materials in the Earth’s crust—zinc and phosphorus—can be used to make nanoparticles for solar cell manufacturing. These nanoparticles will enable cheaper production of solar cells using mass manufacturing methods like roll-to-roll printing or spary-coating with nanoparticle-based ‘inks’. The discovery, several years in the making, is […] Read more

Solar Acronyms 101

“I applied for an ITC rather than a PTC and my neighbor has a PPA, but we both get SRECs that our utility can purchase to fulfill the state’s RPS…” What did you just say? For those who are new to the world of clean energy, the plethora of acronyms that are thrown around when discussing […] Read more

Why Solar Panels Need to be Tested for Hail

Are solar panels tested for hail, golf balls, or other kinds of impact? If solar panels are broken by some kind of impact, is this damage covered by the solar panel manufacturer’s warranty? If you’re about to drop thousands of dollars on a solar system that’s supposed to last a few decades, you obviously want […] Read more