Browsing the "solar" Tag

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will Not Deny Love Affair with Solar Panel

February 8th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

"I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar."


100% Local, Clean, Cheap Power is Possible Using Renewable Energy

April 8th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

I’ve written in the past about the fact that 100% of the world could be powered from clean, renewable energy. But to get to that 100% target, you need a lot of small 100% targets (i.e. 100% renewable energy for Scotland, for Tokelau, etc.). A report just out yesterday from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research finds that Minnesota could easily go 100% renewable. Not only that, though — it could use 100% local clean power from solar and wind energy. That’s exciting


Renewable Energy Innovations: Revolutionary Photovoltaic Solar Panels Printed on Common Household Materials

March 13th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

We are inundated daily with so much bleak information about petroleum, as well as the many environmental problems and wars associated with oil, that it is a relief to read some positive energy news. Some creative thinkers are already devising much more sustainable technologies for our future. This week the prestigious Lemelson-MIT award was given to Miles C. Barr, a scientist and "pay it forward" advocate, for his work developing an inexpensive process that can print photovoltaic solar cells on common items, like paper, fabric and ordinary construction materials


Project SolarStrong Coming to Your State

September 18th, 2011 | by Frankie Berti

SolarCity, a California-based solar provider, will be working with the U.S. military on installing up to 160,000 rooftop residential solar photovoltaic systems on military housing throughout 33 states, making it one of the largest residential solar projects in U.S. history, it recently announced. Talk about changing the system from within!


Google’s $280 Million Investment in Building U.S. Solar Energy Infrastructure

July 23rd, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Why did we have to wait for Google to invest in building our solar energy infrastructure? What has happened to the government's commitment to green energy and creating jobs in the green sector? It looks like it took the money-making minds of Silicon Valley to come up with the idea of backing this brilliant scheme. SolarCity says they don't have to beat the price of coal, they only have to beat the price the consumer pays its utility company. The consumer will vote with their dollars even if they don't care about being green at all. It looks like with the help of Silicon Valley and Solar City, capitalism may eventually trick the United States into going green


Solar Panels: Father’s Day Gift?

June 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Generally, I try to keep an eye on the most popular Google searches in the U.S. For one, I think this is important for my job, to see if something I'm interested in is hot at the moment (and why) or to find out about something important I might have missed in my normal news channels. Additionally, doing so just gives me an idea of what's happening or what's popular at the moment, in general



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