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Combining solar panels and agriculture makes land more productive

Solar farms are sprouting up everywhere, and large utility-scale solar projects can take up a lot of space. This can present a problem in densely populated countries where the loss of farmland in favor of solar panels means less food is grown.

German company to build microgrids in Puerto Rico

Sonnen, a German provider of energy-storage systems, is planning to install microgrids to provide electricity for at least 15 emergency relief centers in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Shipments have already started.

Keystone XL Pipeline may fail due to commercial pressure

The decision to carry on with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is still up in the air, according to TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline.

JP Morgan Chase goes all in on renewable energy investments

Those who control the money always seem to have a disproportionate amount of both social and political power, so JP Morgan Chase's announcement that they have committed to 100 percent renewables by 2020 is the biggest news yet for the energy sector.

India unveils country's first train with solar powered coaches

New Delhi - Indian Railways is the largest rail network in Asia and a huge consumer of diesel fuel. However, this is all about to change with the debut in New Delhi of it's Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) with solar powered coaches.

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.

Prototypes of Trump's 'Great' wall to be built by end of summer

Washington - Up to eight different models or prototypes of President Trump's border wall will be built at the southwest border in San Diego by the end of September so that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials can select the winning design.

Graphene layer lets solar panels generate energy from raindrops

Researchers in China have developed Graphene solar panels that can generate energy from raindrops. The solar panels with a respectable 6.53 percent solar-to-electric conversion efficiency allows generation of power during periods of clouds and rain.

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.

Creating solar panels that 'grow' in power

Okinawa - Solar power is one of the key technologies for renewable sources of energy. Solar panels are limited by the amount of sunlight they absorb. Getting panels to hold more power is seen as key. Here could panels be developed so they grow in power?

Op-Ed: Town rejects solar panels amid claims they 'suck up' sun's energy

Woodland - During a meeting of the Woodland Town Council, residents rejected a proposal for a solar farm. One local resident, Bobby Mann, voiced concerns that solar farms would suck up all of the sun's energy and drive businesses away.

Solar power to supply record of 15% of UK’s power Special

Today sees solar power potentially provide a record 15 percent of all UK power as one of 2015’s sunniest days. As U.K. temperatures rise, so do solar panel installations it seems.

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.

German robbers wanted solar panels, left with front door instead

Criminals attempted to steal solar panels from the roof of a clubhouse in southern Germany over the weekend, but things went a little wrong, and they ended up taking the building's front door instead.

Many US new homes come with solar panels built in

Solar panels are now a standard option for new homes in some US markets. The panels are especially popular in California with two California towns actually mandating installations.

Ford and Whirlpool aim for energy efficient domestic micro-grids

Automaker Ford announces it will join forces with domestic appliance manufacturer Whirlpool to design a low energy consumption home of the future featuring a domestic micro-grid where the family car, domestic appliances and solar panels work in tandem.

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.

Gates tells WIRED crowd ‘cute’ is not the answer to energy crisis

New York - In a keynote speech at the WIRED Business Conference, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said more money needs to be spent on research and development in the field of energy innovation rather than old technologies, making it affordable for developing nations.

Massive $560 Billion Solar Energy Initiative Proposed for Europe

Twelve European companies announced Monday plans for the Desertec Industrial Initiative, a $560 billion initiative that would provide energy to Europe from huge solar plants in North Africa and the Middle East.

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.

Google Solar Panels Produced 9,810 Kilowatt-hours of Electricity in 24 Hours

Google produced 9,810 kilowatt hours of electricity in the last 24 hours from the solar panels installed in its Googleplex. It can power more than 1,000 homes or power 30 per cent of its peak power use in Googleplex.
 

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A Source pilot program in Ecuador shows that one solar panel can provide drinking water for a family...
A Source pilot program in Ecuador shows that one solar panel can provide drinking water for a family of four.
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The Walmart in Caguas  Puerto Rico is one of five Walmart facilities on the island equipped with sol...
The Walmart in Caguas, Puerto Rico is one of five Walmart facilities on the island equipped with solar panels.
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File photo: Solar PV panel and system installation.
File photo: Solar PV panel and system installation.
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Currently solar panels are too costly for companies but a few devices could change that.
Currently solar panels are too costly for companies but a few devices could change that.
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Enmax Display at the Global Clean Energy Congress and Exhibition.
Enmax Display at the Global Clean Energy Congress and Exhibition.
The wattway project went through five years of product testing.
The wattway project went through five years of product testing.
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Rooftop solar panels.
Rooftop solar panels.
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Solar panels on Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta  Georgia.
Solar panels on Jimmy Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Zero Mass Water founder and CEO Cody Friesen is an associate professor at Arizona State University.
Zero Mass Water founder and CEO Cody Friesen is an associate professor at Arizona State University.
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WDM-3D 11452 an Indian Locomotive of shed Erode  hauling a passenger train away from Madurai towards...
WDM-3D 11452 an Indian Locomotive of shed Erode, hauling a passenger train away from Madurai towards Tiruenlveli.
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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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UK sees rise in installation of solar panels.
UK sees rise in installation of solar panels.
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A typical solar community as seen in a birds-eye view.
A typical solar community as seen in a birds-eye view.
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The Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair offers visitors a great chance to check out some of...
The Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair offers visitors a great chance to check out some of the latest and most efficient alternative energy products on the market.
Example of new solar-powered paneling at Pasha Green Omni Terminal.
Example of new solar-powered paneling at Pasha Green Omni Terminal.
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