solar energy

  • How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar Crunch Network

    How Technology Is Fueling The Push Toward Solar

    Solar energy in the United States has seen immense momentum throughout the years. When the Solar Energy Industries Association released its annual report in 2008, it concluded that U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached a total of 1.183 gigawatts — a stellar achievement at the time. Contrast that figure with today, and the number is dwarfed by the United States’… Read More

  • CloudSolar Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels

    CloudSolar Helps Renewable Energy Fans Who Can’t Install Their Own Solar Panels

    Solar panels are becoming increasingly affordable, but many people still face barriers to harnessing the power of the sun for their own homes. For example, they might live in an apartment or in a house where the roof is angled or structured improperly for solar panel installation. A new Boston-based startup called CloudSolar is offering an intriguing solution. Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Bright Aims To Bring Solar Power To Mexico

    Y Combinator-Backed Bright Aims To Bring Solar Power To Mexico

    Jonah Greenberger envisions Mexico’s rooftops covered in cost-effective, environmentally friendly, dark blue solar panels. The 28-year-old founder of Y Combinator-backed solar power startup Bright left his job working in fossil fuels at Chevron to work on lowering exorbitant energy costs for the people of Mexico. “The third world pays the most for electricity. Mexico has the… Read More

  • Apple Will Spend $848 Million Building A Massive Solar Farm In Monterey

    Apple Will Spend $848 Million Building A Massive Solar Farm In Monterey

    Tim Cook dropped a bit of news in a conversation at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference today: Apple is putting a massive $848 million into solar energy. According to Cook, Apple is putting $848 million into building a 1300-acre solar farm in Monterey, California, in partnership with Arizona-based First Solar. As part of the deal, Apple will get electricity from the farm at… Read More

  • Off Grid Electric Raises $16M To Let Africans Pre-Pay For Solar Energy Just Like Phones

    Off Grid Electric Raises $16M To Let Africans Pre-Pay For Solar Energy Just Like Phones

    How do you pay for solar energy if you don’t have a credit card or bank account? Thanks to Off Grid Electric, people in the developing world can pay as they go for installed solar power systems electricity the same way they top-up their phone minutes. Now, thanks to $16 million in new funding from American solar finance and installation giant SolarCity, Off Grid Electric is pushing to… Read More

  • The Department Of Energy Needs Your Help To Cut The Soft Costs Of Solar

    The Department Of Energy Needs Your Help To Cut The Soft Costs Of Solar

    This year, SunShot’s Catalyst incubator crowdsourced 130 problem statements involving these soft costs in solar energy by letting the public vote for the issues they deem most important, which drew attention to issues like the difficulty consumers have finding information about buying into solar or the price of inspecting large commercial installations. Read More

  • SunnyBot Is A Solar-Powered Robot That Tracks The Sun To Reflect Sunlight Wherever You Want It

    SunnyBot Is A Solar-Powered Robot That Tracks The Sun To Reflect Sunlight Wherever You Want It

    Here’s a neat greentech idea currently seeking crowdfunding on Kickstarter. SunnyBot is a microcomputer-powered robot that continually tracks the position of the sun, angling its on-board mirror so that it keeps reflecting the sun’s rays onto a fixed point of your choice. The basic idea being to harness solar energy for use as an indoor light-source when rooms might otherwise be… Read More

  • Sharp Reaches Record Conversion Efficiency With New Solar Cell

    Sharp Reaches Record Conversion Efficiency With New Solar Cell

    Solar energy has just made one step forward: Sharp announced that it has developed a solar cell boasting the world’s highest conversion efficiency of 36.9%. This number is 1.1 points higher than for the company’s last cell, which was unveiled in October 2009. The new 1cm2 solar cell consists of three layers made of indium gallium phosphide, gallium arsenide and indium gallium… Read More

  • The Long Hard Road To The Edge

    The Long Hard Road To The Edge

    A Year In The Life Of An Entrepeneur 1. July 2010: Ready: Set: Delaware, the state with the lowest highest point. David Argentar, a biochemist by training and bioinformaticist by trade, has launched a startup. Of sorts. Well – more of a hobby, he’d be the first to admit. He has no business plan, no investors, no employees. All he really has, in fact, is an idea and a pending patent. Read More

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