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Caffeine provides solar cells with an energy boost: Study

To discover that caffeine can give solar cells an energy boost is perhaps one of the more surprising scientific discoveries. Research shows that caffeine can help make solar cells more efficient at converting light to electricity.

China and Saudi Arabia solar investments reshaping geopolitics

Riyadh - Uneasy about its oil dependence and lack of domestic manufacturing capabilities, Saudi Arabia is courting China for help with the next stage of its energy policy, amid predictions that renewable energy generation will change modern geopolitics.

New solar panels can heat during the day and cool at night

Scientists are developing rooftop solar panels have a dual function. Harvesting energy from the Sun and also cooling the home below, by harvesting the coldness of space. A prototype device has been developed.

Aurora Cannabis gets first permit to export medical pot to Poland

Aurora Cannabis has reason to celebrate today, Besides having a modest rally of 1.9 percent as they headed for their first gains since debuting on the NYSE. Aurora also announced they will begin exporting medical cannabis to Poland.

8.5 GW of solar energy procured by US utilities January to June

In the first six months of 2018, 8.5 GW of utility solar projects were procured even after President Donald Trump announced in January a 30 percent tariff on panels produced outside the US.

Tesla's solar facilities hit as Elon Musk tries to turn a profit

Elon Musk's move to cut nine percent of the Tesla workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to internal documents and a few former employees.

Green Ontario cancellation means solar investment is moving west

Calgary - As anxious homeowners in Ontario were checking with their window installers Wednesday after incoming premier Doug Ford announced he was canceling the Green On fund, the solar industry began focusing on Alberta and the U.S.

New advance in solar cell technology

Okinawa - Japanese researchers have developed a new all-inorganic perovskite solar cell. The cell addresses three three important challenges in solar cell technology: efficiency, stability, and cost.

A world powered by solar energy is within our reach

Imagine for a minute, a world where all our electricity comes from solar power. Many people might think this is a pipe dream, but believe it or not, it is a reasonable pursuit — and it could be done using only a tiny bit of land.

Elon Musk wants to fix Puerto Rico's power grid with solar

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk wants to solve Puerto Rico's energy crisis, not in the short-term, but for the long-haul. Musk says he plans to talk with Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and the governor has responded positively.

Perovskite solar cells reach 20 percent efficiency

In a significant breakthrough, scientists have enhanced perovskite solar cells, enabling the cells to reach record long-term stability and an efficiency of over 20 percent.

Low-income customers in New York to get solar energy

The New York Public Service Commission has approved a large-scale solar project in New York City proposed by Con Edison that will supply clean energy to about 800 to 1,600 low-income customers in its first phase.

New glasses used to create solar energy

Karlsruhe - German technologists have devised something that could appeal to innovative technology companies: sunglasses with colored, semitransparent solar cell, capable of generating energy.

South Miami is first city in state to mandate solar panels

Miami - South Miami, Florida has become the first city in the state to require new homes to include rooftop solar installations, thanks to a teenage girl who helped to write the measure.

DOE awards $46 million for solar tech-to-market research projects

Washington - While facing the possibility of dealing with massive budget cuts, the Department of Energy is still awarding research grants in support of solar energy technologies that would reduce energy costs to three cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030.

World’s largest floating solar plant begins operations in China

China has announced that the World’s largest floating solar farm has finally been completed and connected to the local power grid. The plant, located on a coal mining subsidence area in Eastern China's Anhui province has a capacity of 40 megawatts.

Coal mining museum switches to solar power to save money

Benham - The little coal town of Benham, Kentucky is where folks can find the Kentucky Coal Museum, however, they won't be making any efforts to bring coal back. The museum has decided to switch to solar panels as a cost saving measure.

Australia to get $1bn solar farm and world's largest battery

South Australia is getting a huge clean energy boost with a $1.0 billion solar farm consisting of 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries. It is expected to start operating later this year.

Advancing storage of solar energy in liquid form

An efficient way to store energy form solar power is in liquid form using chemicals, according to a new research. The stored energy can be transported and released as heat as required.

Gas stations soon to be provided directly by solar farms

Energy technologists have come up with a new method for safely and efficiently producing hydrogen at a central point, miles away from the solar farm. If commercialized this method will lower the cost of producing hydrogen and also for shipping it.

Why home solar power should not be stored

Austin - For homes with solar power it might seem like a good idea to store the energy collected that isn’t needed for later use. However, a new report finds that storing solar energy for night-time use increases both energy consumption and emissions.

The technologies behind providing clean water for rural India

A solar-powered filtration system could provide remote areas of India with clean drinking water for the first time. Researchers are developing a low-cost, low-energy technology to decontaminate sewage water in rural villages.

Company uses solar panel technology to make water from air

Scottsdale - A Scottsdale, Arizona start-up company, Zero Mass Water has developed a system that uses solar panels to produce drinking water from the sun and air.

Tesla, Panasonic mull solar battery tie up

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Incorporated and Japanese appliance company Panasonic are expanding their business collaboration as they consider working on a solar battery production in the United States.

Chernobyl nuclear site could become a giant solar farm

The Chernobyl nuclear power site was one of the most deadly in history. The abandoned area could not be turned into a giant solar power farm.

Apple given go-ahead to sell solar energy

San Fransisco - Technology giant Apple has been given the all-clear by U.S. authorities to sell excess energy generated from its solar farm.

Dubai plans world’s biggest solar power plant

Dubai announced it will build the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant that will generate 1,000 megawatts by 2030.

Op-Ed: Solar is Green and it's the sign of the times, says one man Special

Sonoma - It used to be that electric cars and things powered by the sun was something way off in the distant future. But if you were to speak with Anthony Abate, "the Solar Hamlet" he would argue that the time for alternative forms of energy use is now.

Op-Ed: Obama’s bold carbon plan is in fact, a work of fiction

President Obama’s plan to reduce CO2 power plant emissions by 32 percent, in fact, only cuts emissions by 16 percent, and cuts total emissions by 7 percent.

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.
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The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft passed the halfway mark of its marathon flight across the Atlantic late...
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft passed the halfway mark of its marathon flight across the Atlantic late Tuesday.
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Delaware River Solar allows homeowners  renters  and businesses to easily participate in solar regar...
Delaware River Solar allows homeowners, renters, and businesses to easily participate in solar regardless of their ability to install a solar array on their own property.
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Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of a house near Boston Massachusetts.
Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of a house near Boston Massachusetts.
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The world’s largest solar power plant in Morocco will eventually provide 1.1 million people with e...
The world’s largest solar power plant in Morocco will eventually provide 1.1 million people with electricity.
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LightSource BP has a global reach today.
LightSource BP has a global reach today.
A woman cleans a solar panel that powers the drip irrigation system in a rural village in Benin.
A woman cleans a solar panel that powers the drip irrigation system in a rural village in Benin.
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Technicians work at the control centre for the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft in Monaco early on March 9, 2015, during the plane’s take-off from Abu Dhabi in the first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using solar energy
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