solar

  • New Records In Cleantech Offer Hope For More Affordable Solar Power, LED Lights

    Cleantech companies— especially in solar— love to talk about how they’re breaking records. They issue press releases left and right about the most efficient this, that and the other. Such claims fizzle if they haven’t been verified by a third-party lab. They can also feel like greenwash, or Cola War style brand standoffs. Broken records we love to hear about, though… Read More

  • SolarCity Can Now Finance $1 Billion In Solar Projects

    On Wednesday, SolarCity added $158 million to the pool of funds that it uses to finance, design, develop and install commercial or residential solar power projects in the U.S. The latest fund came through a partnership with U.S. Bancorp (a subsidiary of U.S. Bank) and gives SolarCity more than $1 billion in financing capacity… Read More

  • World's Highest Solar Array To Be Built In Tibet

    SunTech Power Holdings is planning on building a major solar power installation at one of the highest inhabited places on the planet: the Tibetan Plateau. The county of Sangri, 4000m (13,123ft) above sea level, has been chosen as the site for the latest of this company’s green power plants, and will generate around 20MWh of power yearly for the surrounding area. Nice! Read More

  • Solar Equipment Made From Castor Beans, BioBacksheets, Going Commercial In U.S.

    BioSolar, a small public company (OTCBB: BSRC.OB) that makes solar backsheets — a component of the equipment used to hold solar photovoltaic modules in place within frames and racks, and to protect the modules from weather and other damage — attained safety certifications from Underwriter Laboratories this week. The UL-certification enables BioSolar to sell its backsheets to a… Read More

  • Unirac, Canadian Solar To Build 30 Megawatts Of Renewable Energy In Ontario

    Unirac — a company that makes racks that are used to install and hold solar panels in place within power generating systems of any size — today revealed a new partnership with solar tech manufacturers, Canadian Solar Inc. (nasdaq: CSIQ). Through the partnership, the companies will install 30 MW of solar projects in Canada, starting with a 10.9 MW solar park in Napanee, Ontario. Read More

  • Kyocera's Solar Cycle Station: Eco-Friendly Stand For Charging E-Bikes

    Sure, in many cases electric bikes are much more eco-friendly than cars, but even e-bikes need to be charged in some way or the other – most of the time, the power doesn’t come from eco-friendly sources. Kyocera, however, yesterday announced [JP] an alternative: the so-called “Solar Cycle Station”, which is essentially some kind of a bike stand that allows owners to… Read More

  • AU Optronics Unveils A Solar Touch Keyboard

    Move aside Logitech, there’s another solar keyboard in town. Earlier this week, Logitech introduced the K750, an $80 wireless, solar-powered keyboard made of recyclable plastic and billed as the world’s first solar keyboard. The K750 may be first but it certainly won’t be the last. This Wednesday, Taiwan’s AU Optronics released details on its own solar keyboard solution… Read More

  • Logitech K750 Is The World's First Solar Keyboard

    Ah, mother sun: you give us maize, you give us warmth, and in the summer you give us just a little color, not too much, just maybe a little around the shoulders so we look like we went outside. Now you can charge our keyboards! The $80 Logitech K750 is the first solar keyboard built of fully recyclable plastic. The device has a set of solar panels along the top edge and even includes a luxmeter… Read More

  • Even If Solar Grows 30X, It Will Only Be 4% Of America's Power Capacity

    Even If Solar Grows 30X, It Will Only Be 4% Of America's Power Capacity

    For all the talk about solar, the US market for solar power still has a long way to go before it makes a real dent in the country’s overall power capacity. On Monday morning, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a major aggregator of green industry data released a few key projections: the US solar market is on track to grow 30x to 44 gigawatts by 2020 and could make up 4.3% of America’s… Read More

  • Innovalight Chief Awarded For Making Solar Cells (And Industry) More Efficient


    The chief executive and president of Innovalight, Conrad Burke, won the 2010 Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award, the companies announced today, following the ceremony in Dublin, Ireland earlier this week. The award recognizes “entrepreneurs who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses” according to an E&Y press… Read More

  • Driving Down The Cost Of Solar, 1366 Technologies Raises $20 Million

    Before solar can become mainstream, the cost of producing the industry’s basic component, the solar wafer, will need to drop dramatically. Solar startup, 1366 Technologies is trying to do just that by innovating the manufacturing process with the hope of generating energy from “solar at the cost of coal” — a tag line prominently displayed on 1366’s… Read More