February 20, 2014
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Nanoscale pillars could radically improve conversion of heat to electricity

Scientists have found a creative way to radically improve thermoelectric materials, a finding that could one day lead to the development of improved solar panels, more energy-efficient cooling equipment, and even the creation of new devices that could … Continue reading

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February 19, 2014
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Kinetic battery chargers get a boost

New technology to capture the kinetic energy of our everyday movements, such as walking, and to convert it into electrical energy has come a step closer. Researchers have for many years attempted to harvest energy from our everyday movements to allow u… Continue reading

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February 10, 2014
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Flat-pack lens boosts solar power: Fresnel lens concentrates solar without bulk

Micro-machining could be used to create almost flat, Fresnel lenses, that boost the electrical efficiency of solar panels, according to new research. Continue reading

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September 17, 2013
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Clean energy least costly to power America’s electricity needs

Findings show carbon pollution from power plants can be cut cost-effectively by using wind, solar and natural gas. It’s less costly to get electricity from wind turbines and solar panels than coal-fired power plants when climate change costs and other health impacts are factored in, according to a new study. Continue reading

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September 16, 2013
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Photoflow is solar power and rainwater harvesting in one

The device, featuring solar panels on top and a rainwater barrel below, would be a source for two scarce resources in developing countries. Continue reading

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September 5, 2013
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Cheaper Chinese solar panels are not due to low-cost labor

A study of the photovoltaic industries in the US and China shows that China’s dominance in solar panel manufacturing is not driven solely by cheaper labor and government support, but by larger-scale manufacturing and resulting supply-chain benefits. Continue reading

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August 19, 2013
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250MW solar farm in Nevada to be built with 1.1 million 250-watt solar panels

Another big solar project moving forward in the US. Continue reading

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August 16, 2013
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White House finally reinstalling solar panels

It took a while, but there will soon be solar panels on the White House. Continue reading

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August 14, 2013
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Better short-time local weather prediction = cheaper renewable energy

There are all kinds of ways to make renewable energy cheaper. Most people focus on things like more efficient solar panels, bigger wind turbines, economies of scale in manufacturing, etc. Continue reading

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August 13, 2013
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Top 20 PV makers shipped 5.8 gigawatts of solar panels during Q2 2013

The industry might be in financial trouble, but what matters to the planet is the pace of innovation and production of solar panels, and on those counts things are super healthy. Continue reading

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August 7, 2013
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Regulating electron ‘spin’ may be key to making organic solar cells competitive

Organic solar cells that use carbon-based molecules to convert light to electricity have not been able to match the efficiency silicon-based cells. Now, researchers have discovered a synthetic, high-performance polymer that could make inexpensive, high… Continue reading

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July 30, 2013
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Plasmonic black metals: Breakthrough in solar energy research?

The use of plasmonic black metals could someday provide a pathway to more efficient photovoltaics — the use of solar panels containing photovoltaic solar cells — to improve solar energy harvesting, according to researchers. Continue reading

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July 23, 2013
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Bonus: Solar panels help keep buildings cool, reducing A/C needs

Trees aren’t the only way to keep a building cooler. Solar panels, when mounted on a roof, also provide valuable shade on top of generating clean electricity. Continue reading

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July 22, 2013
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Bringing color to solar panels

Covering a roof or a façade with standard solar cells to generate electricity will change a building’s original appearance – and not always for the better. At present only dark solar panels are widely available on the market. Continue reading

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June 27, 2013
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4th graders ‘Flip-The-Switch’ on solar-powered classroom

In mid April, when they returned to school after their Spring Break, the students found that all the components of their solar panels and wind turbine had been delivered! Continue reading

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June 5, 2013
by Nathanael Greene
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Vote Solar’s new Project Permit gives you a way to make solar cheaper

Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, New York City
German homeowners who want to install solar on their roofs pay about half the price Americans do: $3 a watt, compared to $6 a watt here. That’s the difference be… Continue reading

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May 28, 2013
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Kansas City to install solar panels on 80 municipal buildings, save taxpayers $40k/year


Kansas City has announced that it’s going to put leased solar panels on about 80 municipal buildings, including police and fire department buildings and most of the city’s community centers. Continue reading

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May 13, 2013
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Solar panels as inexpensive as paint?

Researchers are helping develop a new generation of photovoltaic cells that produce more power and cost less to manufacture than what’s available today. Continue reading

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May 1, 2013
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SoloPower plant closing, mere months after opening

Mere months after the maker of cutting-edge solar panels opened a manufacturing plant in Portland, OR, backed at all levels of government, it is suspending operations. Continue reading

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April 8, 2013
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Global solar photovoltaic industry is likely now a net energy producer

The construction of the photovoltaic power industry since 2000 has required an enormous amount of energy, mostly from fossil fuels. The good news is that the clean electricity from all the installed solar panels has likely just surpassed the energy goi… Continue reading

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