solar

  • Finally, A Solar Powered Netbook Comes To The US

    Finally, A Solar Powered Netbook Comes To The US

    It seems like when I’m outside the US, all I see is solar-powered netbooks. Solar powered netbooks here, solar powered netbooks there. Cafes brimming with them, streets littered with them, babies babbling into their solar powered netbooks issued at birth. Okay, maybe not. But this one from Samsung, which has no special specs except for the solar panel on the back, was originally not… Read More

  • It's Official! Oil And Gas Giant Total Now Owns $1.3 Billion Controlling Stake In SunPower

    It's Official! Oil And Gas Giant Total Now Owns $1.3 Billion Controlling Stake In SunPower

    Total, the fossil fuels giant, just gave itself a renewable energy makeover by finishing up its $1.3 billion purchase of a majority stake in SunPower, the San Jose, Calif.-based designer and manufacturer of solar panels and systems. Let’s put the scope of the Total-SunPower deal in perspective. According to research by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte, for all of 2010, venture investments… Read More

  • Google Scaling Solar, Commits $280 Million To Finance SolarCity Installations

    Google Scaling Solar, Commits $280 Million To Finance SolarCity Installations

    Google today announced a new partnership with SolarCity, committing $280 million from its coffers to finance SolarCity installations, namely solar rooftops for homes in North America. The partnership brings Google employees a discount on residential solar installations and services from SolarCity. On a worldwide basis, according to the company’s last quarterly earnings report, Google… Read More

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

    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

    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

    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.

    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, 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • Now I Want A Solar Tuk-Tuk

    Now I Want A Solar Tuk-Tuk

    There was some chatter a couple months ago about the possibility of solar-powered tuk-tuks — you know, the little three-wheeled mini-vehicles used all over Asia. But the pictures were bad and the idea was still in execution. No longer! Read More

  • Solarve: Sanyo Shows World's First Solar Cell-Equipped Bus

    Solarve: Sanyo Shows World's First Solar Cell-Equipped Bus

    Sanyo in Japan today announced [JP] what it says is the world’s first solar-cell-equipped public bus, the Solarve (which stands for Solar Vehicle). The bus was unveiled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a Japanese transportation and logistics company called Ryobi [JP]. The Solarve is essentially a city bus with solar cells on top that generate power for its interior LED lights. Read More

  • Self-Cleaning Solar Panels Could Boost Efficiency

    Self-Cleaning Solar Panels Could Boost Efficiency

    The $24 billion solar panel market could use a good dusting. The benefits of solar energy are well-known, but what’s rarely mentioned is its nemesis: dust. Even a little bit—one-seventh of an ounce per square yard—can weaken a panel’s power conversion by 40%. To tackle the problem, scientists looked to Mars, where similar technology was developed for space missions to… Read More

  • Rotating Solar House Generates Five Times The Energy It Consumes

    Rotating Solar House Generates Five Times The Energy It Consumes

    What’s cooler than a rotating house? One whose solar panels produce five times the energy the house uses. That’s pretty incredible, considering that even zero-energy structures are rare. German architect Rolf Disch built the home, called Heliotrope, to follow the sun throughout the day. The structure features triple panes of thermally insulated glass to strike a balance between… Read More

  • Alternative Energy: A Guide To Greening Your Home

    Alternative Energy: A Guide To Greening Your Home

    Alternative energy is a growing market, and though many states offer tax credits, rebates, and other incentives to promote clean energy, it can still prove to be an expensive proposition. It generally also requires plugging your energy source into the grid so you’re not left in the dark when the wind calms or the sun lingers behind clouds. Here is a roundup of solutions that can help power… Read More

  • Flying Green: The Possibilities And Challenges Of Electric Aircraft

    Flying Green: The Possibilities And Challenges Of Electric Aircraft

    Airplanes release greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere and require enormous amounts of fuel to fly. A Boeing 747 can consume up to five gallons of fuel per mile. But what if planes could be powered by electricity? Though they won’t replace passenger airliners anytime soon, small, zero-emission, electric planes are flying today. Engineers have been pursing electric flight for decades. Read More