Solar Power

  • Power To The People

    Power To The People

    As I type this, a UPS beeps furiously behind me, and the growl of half-a-dozen diesel generators is audible down the street. I’m in Leh, a city nestled in a Himalayan valley surrounded by 6,000-metre / 20,000-foot peaks, the fast-growing capital of India’s northernmost territory Ladakh. It’s clearly outgrown its electrical capacity; power cuts hit several times a… Read More

  • Could This Be The First Solar Powered Laptop?


    While there are plenty of solar-powered peripherals that plug into your laptop to boost its battery power, we haven’t yet seen a model that runs solely on solar. Industrial Designer Andrea Ponti‘s concept for the Luce Solar Panel Powered PC could become the greenest laptop ever made. Read More

  • BrightSource Nabs $168 Million From Google To Develop Ivanpah Solar Power Plant In The Mojave

    Developers of large-scale, solar power plants BrightSource Energy Inc. closed another $168 million investment, the company announced today — this time from Google corporate. The funds will go towards the completion of the humongous, Ivanpah solar power tower plant in the Mojave Desert now under construction. Three years ago, Google.org invested $10 million, and took an equity stake… Read More

  • Atop A Landfill, U.S. Marine Corps Installs 1.4 Megawatt Solar System

    Today, the United States Marine Corps completed its largest solar installation to date — a 1.4 megawatt ground-mounted system — that will generate electricity for Base Camp Pendleton outside of San Diego, Calif. The system was installed atop an inactive landfill. According to a press statement from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest: the… Read More

  • Purdue Research Cracks Both Of Solar Energy's Roadblocks, Road Opens In 2013

    Whenever I overhear conversations on the environment, the common consensus is always, “why don’t they just put solar panels everywhere?” As much as that would be the most optimistic scenario, there have been and still are some serious road blocks to widespread solar panel use: efficiency and cost. The theory of lowering cost is easy. Increase production efficiency, and panel… Read More

  • Hertz Spending Estimated $10 Million On Solar Rooftops In U.S. This Year

    Rental car stalwarts, The Hertz Corporation (Hertz, NYSE:HTZ) revealed plans to install 2.3 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic systems at sixteen locations across the U.S. this year. As the first piece of their solar initiative, Hertz completed construction of a 235 kilowatt system — that’s about the size of 60 typical U.S. home solar installations — on the rooftop of… Read More

  • Ascent Solar, Makers of Thin Film Modules, Get Distributors In Singapore, Malaysia, Greece

    Colorado-based Ascent Solar Technologies (NASDAQ: ASTI) — the makers of flexible, thin film modules under the brand name WaveSol — scored a distribution deal with Cyprus-based SW Solarwatt Ltd. the companies announced today. The news follows another distribution deal for Ascent Solar, with Polymer Sun a company that will resell its thin film products to solar power systems… Read More

  • ReneSola Claims New Wafer Will Boost Solar Cell Efficiency To 17.5 Percent

    ReneSola (NYSE: SOL) a major manufacturer of solar products based in Jiashan, China announced this week that its new silicon-based wafer, dubbed the Virtus, boosts multicrystalline solar cell efficiency to 17.5 percent. The company plans to sell the Virtus Wafer to manufacturers of multicrystalline solar cells. Its earlier customers in this segment have included: Suntech Power, JA Solar, and… Read More

  • SoloPower Raises Another $51.6 Million To Make Flexible, Thin Film Solar Panels

    An SEC filing today revealed that SoloPower of San Jose, Calif. raised another $51.6 million venture investment to design, manufacture and distribute their thin-film solar technology. The company makes flexible solar panels of the copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS) variety. This technology is lighter weight, and flexible compared to polycrystalline silicon cell solar equipment… Read More

  • The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

    My advice for the new year: go East and South, young man and woman … and investor. America, Europe, and Japan are stagnant and ponderous. More and more, in the coming years, the real moving and shaking will happen elsewhere. “2011 will be the year Android explodes!” cried a recent headline, citing a new Broadcom chipset that will reportedly make sub-$100 unsubsidized… Read More

  • Solar Electricity To Power 200,000 U.S. Homes By End of 2010

    Solar is likely to surpass one gigawatt of installed, power-generating capacity this year in the U.S. — that’s enough capacity to power 200,000 homes — according to a report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GreenTech Media Research. The researchers believe that photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP) installations in the states are… Read More

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