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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.

How the shale gas industry helped defeat Gov. Tom Corbett Special

Harrisburg - Tom Corbett became the only GOP incumbent governor not re-elected for a second term in the recent 2014 mid-term elections. Backed by the powerful oil and gas industry, it appears this overwhelming industry support may have cost Corbett a second term.

$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.
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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.
Stanford University
Technicians work at the control centre for the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft in Monaco early on March 9  ...
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
Valery Hache, AFP
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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China installed more solar panels in 2013 than any country ever has.
China installed more solar panels in 2013 than any country ever has.
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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.
World Bank/Dana Smillie
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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