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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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Rooftop solar panels.
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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.
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Enmax Display at the Global Clean Energy Congress and Exhibition.
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A car wash
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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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