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Duke Energy goes solar and drops plan for Florida nuclear plant

Duke Energy Florida's settlement over plans to scrap the proposed Levy nuclear plant will instead bring PV batteries, EV charging, smart meters and grid modernization to customers, the company announced on Tuesday.

Total solar eclipse mesmerizes America

Charleston - Sky-gazers stood transfixed across North America Monday as the Sun vanished behind the Moon in a rare total eclipse that swept the continent coast-to-coast for the first time in nearly a century.

How to safely watch an eclipse

Miami - Everyone who plans to look skyward when the solar eclipse sweeps across the United States on Monday should have the proper protective eyewear, or risk lasting blind spots, experts warn.Regular sunglasses will not do, the US space agency says.

Eclipse-chasers trot the globe, addicted to Moon's shadow

Miami - Eclipse-chasers are a dedicated crew of scientists who travel the globe to catch a few moments in eerie darkness, and even after seeing dozens of eclipses, they say they can't get enough.

Global renewable energy production hit record levels in 2016

Paris - In 2016, the world produced enough renewable energy capacity to power every home in the UK, Germany, France, and Italy combined, according to a new report released by the Paris-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).

Syrian hospital saves lives by going solar

Birut - Neo-natal wards and emergency rooms in a northern Syrian hospital will from Tuesday have uninterrupted electricity for the first time in years thanks to new solar panels, a charity said.

The Sun had no sunspots for two weeks

Reading - Astronomers working for NASA regularly monitor the Sun and note down any unusual patterns. Last month the Solar Dynamics Observatory flagged up something unusual: there were no sunspots for a 15 day period.

Huge solar plant beams power, hope to rural Uganda

Soroti - When power goes out in the rural town of Soroti in eastern Uganda, store manager Hussein Samsudin can only hope it won't go on so long it spoils his fresh goods.

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Oklahoma on record-breaking flight

Los Angeles - The Solar Impulse 2 plane touched down in Tulsa, in the south-central US state of Oklahoma, ending the latest stage of its record-breaking quest to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel.

Solar Impulse 2 soars over U.S. southwest on round-the-world flight

San Francisco - The Solar Impulse 2, an experimental aircraft flying around the world to draw attention to clean energy technologies, soared over the US Mojave Desert Monday en route to the southwest city of Phoenix.

Solar-powered plane to soar again on round-the-world flight

San Francisco - Solar Impulse 2, an experimental aircraft flying around the world to draw attention to clean energy technologies, is to take flight again on Monday, organizers said.

Solar-powered plane lands in California after Pacific crossing

Mountain View - Solar Impulse 2, an experimental plane flying around the world without consuming a drop of fuel, has landed in California, one leg closer to completing its trailblazing trip."The Pacific is done, my friend.

Solar Impulse 2 to resume round-the-world flight in April

Washington - The Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered plane is set to resume its record-breaking flight around the world next month, leaving Hawaii when weather permits, a spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday.

Developing nations became top investors in renewables in 2015: UN

Paris - Investment in renewable energy hit a record $286 billion (256 billion euros) in 2015, more than half of which came from developing countries for the first time, according to a UN report released Thursday.

Brazil uses dammed lake surface for floating solar panels

Presidente Figueiredo - Two decades ago, a section of the Amazon rainforest was flooded for a dam that currently produces little electricity. Engineers now see that artificial lake as an ideal surface for floating solar panels.

Solar-powered display puts an end to low smartphone batteries

Mobile World Congress isn't just about new smartphone launches as some interesting new components also get revealed. Kyocera is showing off a solar-powered display this year that could create phones that don't need recharging.

Low-Income Solar Act of 2015 to expand solar energy access

With the use of solar energy people can be saving economically as well as helping to save the environment from unnecessary pollution. It is with that thought in mind that the new Low-Income Solar Act being introduced in Washington D.C.

Pacific quest: Solar pilot prepares for toughest leg

Nanjing - Strapped into a seat in a tiny one-man cabin, Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg will have to endure extraordinary conditions as he flies over the Pacific Ocean for five days and nights, powered only by the sun.

Sun flare disrupts radio — New geomagnetic storm predicted

The strongest solar explosion this year took down radio communications on Wednesday. Further disruption is expected today and tomorrow when another geomagnetic storm hits.

Unlikely allies fight for solar energy in Florida

Miami - Florida is widely known as the Sunshine State but when it comes to harnessing solar power, lots of customers find it just doesn't pay because electricity is already cheap and there is little incentive to make the change from fossil fuels.

Google close to sending solar-powered drones into the sky

Google has announced at Mobile World Congress that it is close to an official launch of its Project Titan solar-powered drone program. The first drones could be flying before the end of the year.

New technique offers spray-on solar power

A team has created a new way to harvest solar power by spraying solar cells onto flexible surfaces, representing a step towards easy and cheap solar electricity by simply spraying a surface.

Solar Power: The saffron revolution

India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, says every home in the nation will be running at least one light bulb by 2019.

Solar road idea sets online support record

A project to create roads that generate solar power, among other things, received the highest number of supporters that Indiegogo has seen.

China's first corporate default sparks legal action: lawyer

Shenzhen - China's first-ever default on a domestic corporate bond, expected Friday, has sparked legal action by investors owed interest payments from a solar company, their lawyer said.Shanghai-based Chaori Solar Energy Science & Technology Co.

Bright prospects? China's rooftop solar goal looks too ambitious

Beijing's goal of tripling solar power from small-scale operations such as rooftop panels looks overly ambitious, risking disappointment for investors who have bid up shares in Chinese solar p...

China calls for fair handling of escalating solar dispute with U.S.

China urged the United States on Monday to "objectively and fairly" handle an ongoing trade dispute between the two countries after Washington signaled last week it could extend import duties on Chinese solar panels to a wider range...

US takes India to WTO on solar energy

Washington - The United States said it was taking India to the WTO to open up its solar industry, raising a new dispute weeks after a bitter feud over a diplomat's arrest.The United States asked for talks under the World Trade Organization to change India's require...

US takes India to WTO on solar energy

Washington - The United States said Monday it was taking India to the WTO to open up its solar industry, raising a new dispute weeks after a bitter feud over a diplomat's arrest.The United States asked for talks under the World Trade Organization to change India's ...

Do electric lights affect our body clocks?

A new study into the effect of light suggests that the body's internal clock (or circadian rhythms) become skewed when they are exposed to electric lights. However, the mechanism reverts back to schedule when people pursue outdoor activities.
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