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The Sun Exchange funds solar installations with micro-investments and bitcoin

Solar power could transform small communities around the world, but remote villages can't always scrape together the thousands of dollars required to install the cells. The Sun Exchange wants to chang

These solar glass blocks would make great skylights for your solar roof

If you're going to be decking your roof out with solar tiles, there's a possibility that you may forgo what might be the best placement of a skylight in favor of more solar cell square footage. Luckil

Solar cell lenses give these shades a charge

Over the years I've seen concepts of solar-powered sunglasses come and go, but the dream of for some reason wearing solar panels on my face has eluded me — until today. Genius engineers at Karlsruhe

Tesla opens up Solar Roof pre-orders, answers the most important question: how much will it cost you?

Back in October of last year, Tesla unveiled a new project it had been secretly cracking away at behind the scenes: solar roof tiles. Unlike traditional solar panels that sit on top of the roof, these

Taylor Farms wants to make food without fossil fuels

As industries go, agriculture represents one of the worst environmental offenders. Besides all the fertilizers, pesticides and water they use, farms also burn a lot of fossil fuels and money to keep t

Artificial leaf captures light to power drug production

Drug production is generally a matter of big factories churning out millions of aspirin or ibuprofen tablets a day, but there's a lot to be said for manufacturing common drugs on a small scale, close

Platio turns sidewalks into solar collectors

Platio is a new company from Hungary dedicated to putting solar panels just about everywhere. They’re starting with sidewalks. Founded by a team of engineers and architects the system uses solid

Musk’s Master Plan has solar for everyone, but investors aren’t buying the dream — yet

The Tesla "Master Plan Part Deux" published tonight by founder Elon Musk proposes quite a lot of major projects, but perhaps the most far-reaching of them all is the plan to put solar on every roof an

Elon Musk reveals Tesla’s master plan

Elon Musk plans to steer Tesla towards fully autonomous driving, car sharing, and cargo transport, according to the long awaited blog post on the company’s website. A fully solar power ecosyst

‘Solar Voyager’ autonomous boat looks to make history in sun-powered journey across the Atlantic

About 200 miles due east of Boston, a robotic boat is putting along at a walking pace on what could be an historic journey across the entire Atlantic. "Solar Voyager," built by two friends in their sp

Nanomaterials could double efficiency of solar cells by converting waste heat into usable energy

An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even bet

Scientists discover a method for healing certain solar cells with intense light

Sometimes in science the answer is right in front of your nose the whole time. Like, say, when the issue of limitations in a solar technology can be addressed with, of all things, light. Over the past

Monoprice sets its sights on outdoor gear brick and mortar stores

If you don't buy your cables (yes, some of us still use cables) from Monoprice, you disappoint me. But while the online retailer got its start with cables and components (and component cables), it's b

Solar financing platform Wunder raises $3.6M

Wunder Capital, a provider of solar financing for medium-sized businesses, has raised $3.6 million in a new round of financing. The company has raised $4.7 million from Techstars Ventures, Fenway Summ

Google’s Project Sunroof Now Tells More Homeowners How Well Solar Would Work On Their Roofs

Google’s Project Sunroof, which started as a 20 percent project by Google engineering lead Carl Elkin, helps you figure out how well solar panels would work on your roof. The company launched th

Google’s Project Sunroof Tells You How Well Solar Would Work On Your Roof

Google now lets you see if your house is a good candidate for installing solar panels. Project Sunroof, a 20 percent project by Google engineering lead Carl Elkin, shows you how much solar power your

Apple Patents Solar Panels Integrated Into Flexible Touch Displays

Apple has a new patent that could pave the way for future solar-powered mobile devices, according to AppleInsider. The new intellectual property describes a method for embedding a solar array within a

Google Commits $100M To Help Finance Residential Solar Installs With SunPower

Fresh off its agreement to purchase up to 407 MW of wind power for its Iowa data center, Google today announced that it has committed $100 million to create a new fund to help finance the purchase of

Apple Said To Be Exploring Inductive Charging And Solar Power In iWatch Testing

Apple’s work on an upcoming smartwatch includes explorations of induction charging and solar-powered batteries, according to a new report from the New York Times. As part of a larger piece about

Solar Mosaic Gets $2 Million DOE Grant To Build Out Crowdfunding Site For Solar Projects

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.solarmosaic.com">Solar Mosaic</a>, a startup that's <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2012/05/31/solar-mosaic-funding-crowdfunding-kickstarter-for-solar/">aiming
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