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FUTUREWATCH: Solar Roadways

FUTUREWATCH: Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways is a grassroots company that is a stellar example of a powerful new approach to business. Their business model is a perfect marriage between innovative technology and innovative finance. Solar Roadways are spearheading a new reality that levels the playing field and gives us reason to believe that we will find a way to meet our energy needs without fossil fuels. Solar power was discovered over 170


Skylock: The Solar Powered Lock

If you’re a bike owner, you know there’s nothing worse than the fear of having your primary mode of transportation stolen. Or worse yet, the fear of what would happen to you if you got in a major cycling accident and no one was around to help you. A new product called Skylock looks to solve both


FUTUREWATCH: Solar Powered Robotic Bees

Hey, remember those robotic bees that were going to save our species from extinction – or at least, from greatly reduced produce options? Okay, so it’s not quite a reality yet – but that hasn’t stopped Greenpeace from imagining what our world would look like if and when we actually need a robotic insect to keep the


Why the White House Loves Solar Power

Even with a 60% drop in the price of solar panels since 2011, the deployment of solar energynationally has needed a boost to compete with heavily subsidized fossil fuels. The federal government is one of the sectors that has pushed for a solar America and is poised to meet the goals set forth by the current


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


In Focus: The Future of PV Solar

Good yields, government funding and secure payments are all proving that investments in photovoltaic panels are cost-worthy once again. Thanks to EU incentive schemes and continuous investment in research and development from manufacturers, the price of solar power has plunged, making it more competitive with conventional sources of energy on price and capacity. Globally, solar


Treehouse’s One-Stop Shop for Solar

Few people walk into a car dealership and ask to see all of the 2.0 liter engines or only the 200 horsepower cars. Those technical specs are important, but most people shop by model, price or features. Yet homeowners that want to install solar panels often find themselves buried in a mound of technical details


In Focus: Toyota’s Green Initiative

Just because recent studies indicate most hybrid and electric car owners are well into middle age doesn’t mean the younger demographic shouldn’t be well educated on what they have to offer, especially as more and more of them hit roads. That, at least, seems to be Toyota’s mindset, as the hybrid pioneers announced they are


Fuel Cell Cars at the Solar Decathalon

While many of the solar-power homes on display at the Solar Decathlon in Orange County, Calif. this week have electric vehicle charging stations, another cutting-edge automobile technology is being showcased at the U.S. Department of Energy event. Several car manufacturers are debuting their first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for sale in 2014. In addition, the


Innovation + Retrofitting = WINNING

Team UOW – from the University of Wollongong in Australia – took first place at the Solar Decathlon China!  Not only did their entry score the highest points in the competition but it received recognition as the oldest house in the event.  The Team avoided the environmental impacts of new construction by retrofitting a typical


Hawaii: Doing Solar Right

The business outlook for solar in Hawaii certainly looks ‘sunny’ with graphs like this one from the LA Times showing solar capacity on an exponential growth curve: doubling in size every year since 2007. Obviously abundant sunshine has something to do with it, but just as significant is how the average Hawaiian electricity bill is nearly twice as high


Arizona’s Solar Tax: Shady or All Good?

The future of net metering in Arizona is under attack, with the state’s largest electric utility Arizona Public Service (APS) proposing changes that undermine cost benefits for residential solar installations. Under a plan submitted in July with the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state’s public utility commission, APS proposes two options for future residential solar customers


Berkeley Engineers Develop Cheap III-V Thin Film Production Method

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an inexpensive method of growing thin films of a material prized in the photovoltaic and semiconductor industries, an achievement that could make high-end solar panels affordable to a much larger range of consumers. The work, led by Ali Javey, UC Berkeley associate professor of electrical engineering