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$1 million prize for global water solution

The ruler of Dubai and vice president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoumhas, has offered $1 million USD to the research institute that comes up with an effective solution to the global water shortage problem.

Op-Ed: ALEC and the Koch brothers fight solar energy with surcharges

Citizens across the U.S. are attempting to break free of the fossil fuel industry and do what state and federal governments are unwilling to do by installing solar panels. They now face a backlash from politicians and the energy companies they back.

Residential solar panels become more cost effective option

The cost of solar panels has dropped to half the cost from 2008, and are 100 times cheaper from the 1970’s. With these sharp cuts in cost, solar panels are becoming a cheaper and more viable option for homeowners looking to save money and energy.

China smashes world record for solar installation in 2013

Beijing - China installed a record 12 gigawatts of solar panels in 2013, making the nation home to more photovoltaic panels than anywhere else on earth.

Japan plans to turn the Moon into a giant power plant

The Moon will soon be more than just a pretty sight in the night sky if Japan-based Shimizu Corp has its way. The company plans to use Earth's moon as a hub for solar energy production.

Conservatives battling over solar energy

From the day in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan looked at the solar array that had sat briefly atop the White House, conservative politicians in the United States and abroad had a growing aversion towards renewables.

Unplugged: The revolutionary green desk

With the rapid advancement of technology the past few years, we've been able to invent solar panels and wind farms that provide cleaner energy. Now, Eddie Tornberg has taken it a step further, and has invented an office desk that is powered by its user

University of Southern California Develops Printable Solar Cells

Los Angeles - The path for cheap solar energy has been paved, but we can't walk it just yet. Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a liquid solar cell which they say can essentially be printed onto surfaces of any shape.

Record 109% Growth in US Solar Panel Installations

2011 was a record smashing year for the US solar industry, with 109% growth in the number of photovoltaic solar installations.

Op-Ed: The solar energy Lark

Newark - A company has built a solar energy farm near Newark in record time, but the true potential of this wonderful resource is being sadly neglected.

Research group: The world can free itself from oil in 25 years

In a recent report, the respected Institute for Policy Research and Development (IPRD) concluded that the world can avoid the growing energy crisis and runaway climate change and transition fully to renewable energy in 25 years, if only we have the will.

Waffle House installs solar energy water collectors on restaurant

Atlanta - Waffle House Inc. has announced that it has installed solar hot water collectors on the roof of one of their 1,500 restaurants in the United States. The initiative began in order to keep the restaurant’s energy costs down.

Op-Ed: Environmental Concerns

There are two sides to the controversy on wind turbines - many who see the importance of encouraging sustainable clean energy and those who don’t.

Sun sets on many BP Solar employees

Frederick - In efforts to curb high operating costs, BP Solar announced on Friday that 320 employees will lose their jobs at its Frederick, Maryland assembly plant.

New Mexico tribe looks at using land for solar energy company

New Mexico's Jemez Pueblo tribe is working a deal to use their land for solar energy production. They will be the first Native American tribe to use solar energy as a way to make revenue.

Solar energy 'ignored for 40 years' is back in the spotlight Special

Alternative energy sources have long been little more than an alternative to fossil fuel staples. With legislative models based on carbon offsets, solar energy may offer an intriguing option.

Las Vegas going green and Senator Harry Reid is leading the show

Las Vegas is taking another gamble, but with an ace up their sleeve. The sun. Solar energy is abundant with 320 days of sunshine in the Mohave Desert. Senator Harry Reid leads a group tour to show off his stacked deck.

Indian Women Become Electrified

Enterprising Indians have found a way to work towards energy self-sufficiency and reducing poverty. They are training women to build and maintain solar energy units, and in that way empower women and build power in other ways.

UK firm says solar energy cost will match fossil fuels by 2013

Solarcentury said British homeowners will see solar achieve "grid parity" – the point where solar electricity rivals or becomes cheaper than conventional nonrenewable electricity – by 2013.

People Should Be Encouraged, Not Forced To Switch To Renewable Energy

The council of Marburg, Germany has passed a law making it mandatory for its homeowners to install solar panels. While the decision is aimed at reducing the town's carbon emissions but some citizens are unhappy with this 'green dictatorship'.

Op-Ed: $100 Billion For Nuclear Waste Storage But No Tax Credits For Solar Energy in U.S.

The White House increased its costs estimates for storage of nuclear waste at Yucca mountain to almost $100 billion and enjoys the support a big majority of Republicans who also recently killed a tax incentives bill for renewable energy sources.

Scotland Takes Lead In Renewable Energy ‘Revolution’

Scotland seems fully prepared to leave behind the fossil fuel era and move into the era of clean and sustainable energy.

Solar-Powered Future Soldiers

A major-scale project if successful would enable soldiers to have uniforms fitted with solar panels to charge basic equipment like radios, phones etc.

Transparent Electronics Key to Solar Energy Breakthrough

Transparent transistors and optoelectronics created by researchers at Oregon State University and HP have found their first key industrial application in a new type of solar energy system.

Home Owner has first Solar Powered house - Energy Bill $0.00

Mike Stritzki is the owner of the first nation's solar - hydrogen house. The house is powered year round even when it is cloudy outside.
 

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