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Game-changers in solar power industry

Despite the acknowledged benefits accruing from the commercial exploitation of the sun’s energy through the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, solar power continues to be a pipe dream for countries like the Philippines which has abundant supply of this renewable energy. But lately, some experts are seeing changes in the market place, and in […]

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Breakthrough in solar panel manufacture promises cheap energy within a decade

A breakthrough in the production of solar cells will make the next generation of solar panels cheaper and safer, and promises to accelerate the development of solar energy over the next decade, scientists said. A technical advance based on an edible salt used in the manufacture of tofu could revolutionise the production of future solar […]

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Texas Solar Power Association launched

Devised to help advance solar’s growing prominence in the oil-rich state, the Texas Solar Power Association will seek to promote state solar business interests. As the clamor for affordable electric power in the U.S: reaches oil-wealthy Texas, a consortium of energy firms and solar companies have launched the Texas Solar Power Association (TSPA), with the […]

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Bright future for solar roads?

Think about your first time behind the wheel. Plenty has changed about cars since you learned to drive, including GPS systems and the mobile device that shouldn’t distract you. However, the surface you drive on just hasn’t kept up. Asphalt is stuck in the stone age. An Idaho startup, Solar Roadways, believes that it’s time […]

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Solar power increases in Massachusetts

As the use of solar energy has grown exponentially over the past decade, Massachusetts has become a national leader in the field. The Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs recently launched the second phase of a state program designed to increase the commonwealth’s net solar energy capacity to 1,600 MW (megawatts) by 2020. While solar […]

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Qatar Solar to add 300MW in Asia

Qatar Solar Energy has struck deals with Jermyn Capital and Power Capital to supply 150MW of solar power each to Japan and Thailand respectively. The company said it was chosen for its “ability to deliver higher efficiency solar solutions at lower costs with plans to work together into the future with both companies on a […]

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Amcorp solar power plant largest in Malaysia

Malaysia’s largest solar power plant was officially launched yesterday by Amcorp Properties Bhd, with recognition from by the Malaysia Book of Records for being the largest grid-connected solar farm in Malaysia. The 10.25MW power plant has a power purchase agreement with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for 21 years at a feed-in tariff of 87.4 sen/kWh. […]

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Crowdfunding Site Provides Capital for High-Impact Solar Energy Projects

Lack of access to financing can keep many otherwise worthy solar energy projects from being built in poor and underserved areas, but a solar crowdfunding site is helping to connect individual investors with solar energy businesses and working to bring affordable solar energy to communities around the world. — Full Story at Ecopreneurist —

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European Union Sets New Targets For Renewable Energy, GHG Emissions

At the last UN Climate Summit, participating countries agreed to arrive at the 2015 treaty meeting with concrete climate targets in hand that would be implemented no later than 2020. To get the ball rolling, the European Commission announced its goals last week. The EU set a new binding target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) […]

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The Future According to Mr. Clean Energy

Jigar Shah likes math. It inspires him. After all, crunching numbers allowed him to convince wary investors of the money-making potential of solar energy, allowing him to ignite an industry that was crippled by roadblocks. At that time, 10 years ago, he says, profit-hungry investors simply did not understand the extraordinary economic returns of green […]

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Partnership looking at sustainable construction

Northern Saskatchewan residents should re-think how they build and operate their homes. That’s the message coming out of the Prince Albert Model Forest board meeting. The non-profit organization is dedicated to finding and building sustainable communities while protecting Saskatchewan’s forests. With that in mind they invited local resident Thomas Porter to give a presentation to […]

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Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility

While the initial investment in infrastructure and technology for renewables may be high, the long-term benefits to our environment and well-being far outweigh these costs. Sustainability is not just about adopting the latest energy-efficient technologies or turning to renewable sources of power. Sustainability is the responsibility of every individual, every day. It is about changing […]

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Balfour Beatty commits to DOE Better Buildings Challenge to Reduce Energy

Company will leverage solar energy and green building initiatives to reduce energy consumption 20% across its housing portfolio. Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC, a leading provider of property management, development and related real estate services for the multifamily, military, and student housing markets, today announced its participation in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge, […]

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Buy Green. Sell Stranded.

One of the hard truths about climate change solutions—whether they’re solar panels, protective sea walls, or carbon-sucking golf balls—is that somebody has to pay for them. This week the United Nations’ climate chief, Christiana Figueres, told Climate Desk that global investment in clean-energy technologies needs to reach $1 trillion per year by 2030 (a little […]

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Green building guru David Gottfried sells green home

How difficult is it to make a neglected 1915 home a green gem? In a forthcoming memoir, a green building guru describes how such a renovation can be stressful, costly and prolonged. David Gottfried wanted to “walk the talk” so about 15 years after co-founding the private U.S. Green Building Council, he set out to […]

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Indian school aims for energy self-sustainability

At a school in India’s southern state of Karnataka, power cuts often disrupt studies. And the lack of electricity access means that many pupils return home to unlit houses. But the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya’s passion towards sustainability, including the establishment of environmentally-friendly buildings and an ongoing project to increase the use of solar lighting, have […]

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Integrys Energy Services Partners with Clean Power Finance for Solar Investments

Leading energy supply and services company uses the CPF market to further invest in distributed solar. Clean Power Finance (CPF) and Integrys Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), a leading Midwestern utility holding company, today announced the creation of a residential solar finance fund through the CPF Market®, an […]

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Ford Packs More Solar Power Storage Punch Into MyEnergi Lifestyle

Ford is showing off its new home solar power energy storage system at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and if you’re wondering what an auto maker is doing in the home energy business, now’s your chance to find out. The new storage system, by Sharp, is part of Ford’s seamless home-auto MyEnergi Lifestyle® […]

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Solar Installation Through the Google Glass Lens

Michael Chagala, the Director of Information Technology at Sullivan Solar Power, has developed an app that allows solar installers to use Google Glass in PV system design and construction. We spoke with Chagala at last week’s U.S. Solar Market Insight event in San Diego, California. — Full Story at GreenTechSolar –

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SolarCity’s Foundation to Provide Solar-Powered Lighting to Schools Without Electricity

By giving light to one new school for each megawatt of solar power it deploys, Give Power Foundation will make clean energy accessible to schools around the world. Following the one year anniversary of the company’s initial public offering, SolarCity® (Nasdaq: SCTY) today launched the Give Power Foundation™ to build a cleaner, more sustainable future […]

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