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How Advanced Solar Cells Work | MIT Technology Review

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Flexible, efficient solar cells will make solar power cheaper.
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Reliance Power's CSP plant to be commissioned on October, PTI says

Reliance Power's CSP plant to be commissioned on October, PTI says | Solar power | Scoop.it
Reliance Power's concentrated solar power plant in India could be commissioned next month, after a five month delay, according to Press Trust of India news agency.

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I like this because we will be able to use more solar energy.

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Sun sets on solar energy as Spain cuts subsidies - Business Recorder

Sun sets on solar energy as Spain cuts subsidies
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When Juan Antonio Cabrero started to create a small solar power station in Spain, he did so because he believed the government's promise that the future lay in solar energy.
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Solar panels could destroy U.S. utilities, according to U.S. utilities

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Rooftop solar panels and other distributed-energy tools will radically shake up the power sector, according to an unusually frank report from a utility trade group. (Solar panels could destroy U.S. utilities, according to U.S.
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NJ's solar energy market shows continued strength - NorthJersey.com

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Verde Independent NJ's solar energy market shows continued strength NorthJersey.com New Jersey's solar energy market showed continued strength through the second quarter this year, with 75 megawatts worth of capacity added – nearly identical to...
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Owen Valley Winery serving up “sun wine” with solar panels - The Herald-Times (subscription)

Owen Valley Winery serving up “sun wine” with solar panels - The Herald-Times (subscription) | Solar power | Scoop.it
Owen Valley Winery serving up “sun wine” with solar panels The Herald-Times (subscription) Sunlight's not exactly powering fermentation, but a winery in Owen County is installing solar panels that it hopes will offset more than 65 percent of its...
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Renewable Progress Is Permanent And Irreversible

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Originally published on the Lenz Blog
by Karl-Friedrich Lenz
The election in Germany is close, and unfortunately only one out of seven polls sees the enemies of renewable energy FDP under 5 percent.

That’s progress, of course.

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Clem Stanyon's curator insight, September 13, 2013 9:56 PM

Good article, mostly about the German sitation, but applicable here. The "FDP" is a political group withi which you're probably not familiar – I certainly wasn't – but you'll know the type: herein Australia we call them the Liberal Party; in the US, they are the Republicans or the GOP. Two hundred years ago, they were the same prople objecting to the button or zipper, I forget which. Point is this: progress is unstoppable, whether its simply two steps forward and then another forward, backwards or sideways, there is always forward motion.

 

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Local college prepares students for bright future in solar energy

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Northwestern Michigan College is offering solar energy training classes in October for solar training month at the NMC Aero Park campus in Traverse City

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Cost Of Solar Set To Plummet With New 44.7% Efficiency Record - CleanTechnica

Cost Of Solar Set To Plummet With New 44.7% Efficiency Record - CleanTechnica | Solar power | Scoop.it
Solar Plaza Cost Of Solar Set To Plummet With New 44.7% Efficiency Record CleanTechnica A research team in Europe has achieved a world record-setting solar conversion efficiency of 44.7 percent, and assuming that higher efficiency translates into...
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India To Set Up Ultra Mega Solar Power Plant -- 4,000 MW Capacity ...

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Five state-owned companies will come together to set up the world's largest solar power plant.
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WALL-E Goes to Work for Cheaper Solar Power - Smithsonian

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The robot latches onto the base of the arm and turns it slowly, tilting the face of the panels like flowers to the sun.
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Sun isn't shining on solar power plans - The Buckeye Lake Beacon

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HEBRON – The now second promise of less expensive solar power for Lakewood Schools still hasn't been met.
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In 2013, Worldwide Solar Power Installations Will Overtake Wind For The First ... - ThinkProgress

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Why is solar power booming in Snohomish County? - KING5.com

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On the roof of the new headquarters for tree trimming and vegetation management company Kemp West sits a large array of solar panels.
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California solar policy costing all utility customers -report - Reuters

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San Francisco Chronicle California solar policy costing all utility customers -report Reuters The report seemed to bolster the utility industry's argument that customers with rooftop solar panels are not paying their fair share to maintain the...
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5 Reasons Why Solar Energy Projects are a Safe Investment

5 Reasons Why Solar Energy Projects are a Safe Investment | Solar power | Scoop.it
Take a look at some of the reasons solar energy projects are relatively safe investments.Find out more contact AllSeason Solar at 888-832-5050

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Bright sun, bright future: Can Africa unlock its solar potential?

Bright sun, bright future: Can Africa unlock its solar potential? | Solar power | Scoop.it

CNN) -- Which country boasts the world's fastest growing clean energy investment? Germany? No. United States? Think again.

Jumping from a few hundred million dollars to $5.7 billion, South Africa recorded last year the world's highest growth in renewable energy investment, according to the U.N. Environment Program(UNEP).

 

The spectacular surge, led largely by investments in solar power projects, comes as South Africa moves to reduce its dependency on coal, which accounts for around 86% of its energy. To achieve that, the country has set the ambitious target of generating 18 gigawatts (GW) of clean energy by 2030.

As a result, a series of investments have trickled into the country, including Google's first foray into Africa's solar power market. The internet giant, which has spent more than $1 billion in renewable energy projects in the United States and Europe in recent years, announced in late May its decision to back the Jasper Power Project, a 96 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Northern Cape, with a $12 million investment.

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Todd Bratcher's curator insight, February 26, 2014 5:39 PM

Why have I not thought of this before?! Honestly who gets more direct sunlight continent wide than Africa. Investors are realizing its potential and Africa is now the fastest growing clean energy investment. As of now Africa depends on coal for 86% of its energy, one of the highest in the world. It is relieving to see efforts being made at clean energy use. But yet Africa also has one of the worst electric grids in the world so hopefully with more support for solar projects like this one, they will achieve better national access.

Andrea Pearse's curator insight, March 25, 2014 12:58 PM

"South Africa recorded last year the world's highest growth in renewable energy investment". This shows the immense potential that South Africa has but with great power comes great responsibility. The true test will be whether South Africa can 'unlock its potential'.

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The sun begins to shine on solar power - The Globe and Mail

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Samir Basaria touches the screen of his iPad and it displays exactly how much electricity each of the 33 solar panels on the roof of his south Ottawa home is generating.
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Spray-On Solar Cells Show Promise For Cheaper Sun Power - Green Car Reports

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A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has developed a solar cell made from a spray-paint like material, Mashable reports.
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