Category: Solar

Direct Energy buys residential solar company

Houston-based retail electric provider Direct Energy will buy a residential solar installer for $54 million, the company announced, marking its entrance into the U.S. residential solar market.  More »

Mixed Signals on Clean Energy Progress

The IEA tends to publish some great research pieces, drawing attention to current trends or highlighting the potential for emerging ones. Their recently published ‘Tracking Clean Energy Progress Report‘ is no exception. Here are ten info nuggets I have pilfered from it. These numbers are kinda nutty… 1) There are already more than 14 billion network-enabled devices […]  More »

Energy Department announces $4 billion renewable energy loan program

The U.S. Department of Energy announced unveiled a new $4 billion loan guarantee program to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.  More »

Oil-producing Iran looks to solar to light future (photos)

In this village nestled in the arid hills of rural Iran, government-subsidized solar panels on the rooftops of homes provide both needed electricity and a shining symbol of efforts by the Islamic Republic to wean itself off fossil fuels and nuclear power.  More »

Renewables to get most of $7.7 trillion power investments

Renewable energy may reap as much as two-thirds of the $7.7 trillion in investment forecast for building new power plants by 2030 as declining costs make it more competitive with fossil fuels.  More »

Georgia’s coal-to-solar pivot shows the way on climate regs

Fears that the Obama administration’s latest climate regulations will drive up local electric bills is doing wonders for the state’s solar-panel installation business.  More »

Talkin’ ‘Bout Mo’ Generation

Just as I tweet my favorite articles so that I have a filing place for them (Twitter is awesome for so many reasons, don’t get me started…), I use my desktop to store all my favorite graphics. And it is way too cluttered. So in my quest to make it more minimal and zen, here […]  More »

Novel Ideas for Energy Sources

The quest to diversify from fossil fuels has perhaps been no more successfully implemented than in Germany, where on the 14th morning of last month, it achieved a record 74% of its power generation from renewables, and specifically solar and wind energy. Admittedly this took an exceptionally sunny and windy day, but the achievement still stands. The […]  More »

SunPower offers batteries to hold homes’ solar power until night

SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is offering energy-storage systems to California homeowners that will power houses at night with electricity generated from sunlight during the day.  More »

Rooftop solar leases scaring buyers when homeowners sell

For people who own rooftop power systems, solar adds value to the home. Leased systems are another story.  More »

Two universities sign major deal for solar power

Two universities have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina, the schools announced Monday night.  More »

Rice touts advancement in solar cell technique

Researchers at Rice University they’ve discovered a way to simplify the process used to make solar cell components, which could make the technology less expensive to produce.  More »
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