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  • Crystal light: New family of light-converting materials points to cheaper, more efficient solar power and LEDs favicon ScienceDaily (2 days ago) - Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs. The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been thoroughly studied in their...
  • Pinholes are pitfalls for high performance solar cells favicon ScienceDaily (2 days ago) - The most popular next-generation solar cells under development may have a problem – the top layer is full of tiny pinholes, researchers have found....
  • New technique for growing high-efficiency perovskite solar cells favicon ScienceDaily (3 days ago) - Researchers have revealed a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals. The researchers fabricated planar solar cells from pervoskite materials with large crystalline grains that had efficiencies approaching 18%....
  • AEG Power Solutions Improves Solar Plant Reliability with PV Care Check favicon eSolar News (3 days ago) - ZWANENBURG, NETHERLANDS--(eSolarEnergyNews)--AEG Power Solutions, a global provider of power electronic systems and solutions for industrial power supplies and renewable energy applications, today announced its PV Care Check service, providing responsive, expert support for solar power generation plants – whether the equipment was originally supplied by...
  • Hudson Valley Seed Library Is Accepting Nominations for Seed Donations favicon Solar One (3 days ago) - Hudson Valley Seed Library is a great resource for heirloom and open-pollinated seeds (open pollinated seeds are the ones that require insect or other outside pollinators, as opposed to self-pollinating) that are 100% organic and mostly picked at the Seed Library’s own farm. And every year,…...
  • KYOCERA Solar Enables Municipal Buildings in Parker, AZ to Stabilize Electricity Costs for Decades favicon eSolar News (3 days ago) - SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Kyocera Solar Inc. and the town of Parker, AZ, recently commissioned a 175-kilowatt (kW) solar energy project. The effort was developed and financed through Kyocera’s in-house Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) program, which enables towns, school districts and other entities to enjoy the benefits of...
  • Solar chip monitors windows favicon ScienceDaily (3 days ago) - A new kind of radio chip is intended to warn when windows are left open. This way, you can avoid having the heat go out the window on cold days. The sensor also detects break-in attempts early on. The key: This maintenance-free chip powers up...
  • Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021 favicon Inhabitat (3 days ago) - The Bangladeshi government wants every household in the nation to be solar powered by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing on what they call solar home systems (SHS). Solar home systems are...
  • Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun favicon Inhabitat (4 days ago) - Spain will be home to the first public street lighting system powered exclusively by solar and wind energy. Researcher Ramon BargallĂł is the man behind the development, and he worked alongside the company Eolgreen to design his autonomous street light system. Although there have...
  • Do green roofs, solar panels work well together? favicon ScienceDaily (4 days ago) - A new study examines whether solar electricity panels and green roofs can work well in tandem. With ongoing urbanization, which reduces the variety of species found in cities, green roofs can increase biological diversity, and also provide insulation, bringing energy benefits to building owners who...
  • Demystifying nanocrystal solar cells favicon ScienceDaily (4 days ago) - Researchers have developed a comprehensive model to explain how electrons flow inside new types of solar cells made of tiny crystals. The model allows for a better understanding of such cells and may help to increase their efficiency....
  • Blue Skies Ahead For Shared Solar In New York favicon Solar One (5 days ago) - Whether they rent their home, own a condo or have a shaded roof, many New Yorkers are currently unable to install solar energy systems. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, only 22-27% of residential roof space is suitable for on-site solar production. This leaves…...
  • Florida Aims to Nearly Double Solar Power Capacity by 2016 favicon eSolar News (5 days ago) - Florida's largest investor owned utility announced plans Monday to build three new solar farms that would nearly double the state's solar capacity. In its announcement, Florida Power & Light said it had found a "cost-effective" way to expand solar power in Florida and proposed to...
  • Solar Is Making Dramatic Changes in Africa favicon eSolar News (5 days ago) -  Arusha, Tanzania — By Tanzanian standards, Nosim Noah is not poor. A tall, handsome woman with the angular features of her fellow Masai tribe members, Ms. Noah makes a good living selling women’s and children’s clothes in the markets of this northern Tanzanian city. The...
  • Economic trade-offs of owning versus leasing a solar photovoltaic system favicon ScienceDaily (5 days ago) - Two new reports examine the economic options customers face when deciding how to finance commercial or residential solar energy systems. Analysts found that businesses that use low-cost financing to purchase a photovoltaic (PV) system and homeowners who use solar-specific loans can save up to 30...
  • SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line favicon Inhabitat (5 days ago) - The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project just passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The proposed 515-mile transmission line could be used to carry any type of electricity, but project managers promise the focus will be on wind...
  • Carbon nanoballs can greatly contribute to sustainable energy supply favicon ScienceDaily (5 days ago) - Researchers have discovered that the insulation plastic used in high-voltage cables can withstand a 26 per cent higher voltage if nanometer-sized carbon balls are added. This could result in enormous efficiency gains in the power grids of the future, which are needed to achieve a...
  • The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector favicon Inhabitat (5 days ago) - It turns out that solar isn’t just the way to go for power needs, but jobs as well. While “green jobs” may not be a huge political buzz word this year, it should be, because the solar power jobs sector grew 20 times faster...
  • US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions favicon Inhabitat (6 days ago) - In the first day of talks between President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the two leaders agreed to some renewable energy policies in the developing nation, which is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. But the talks did not result...
  • Do Oil Prices Affect Electricity Prices in the US? Apparently Not, Despite What Investors Think favicon Solar One (6 days ago) - Investors are freaking out a bit over the price of crude oil, which has dropped precipitously since June 2014. But they’re not just freaking out over their fossil fuel stocks- they’re freaking out about solar investment as well. Over the last six months, the stock prices…...
  • Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village favicon Inhabitat (Friday, 23 January) - Read the rest of Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: energy efficient home, green architecture, natural ventilation, San Francisco, smart house, Solar Power, stinson beach house, sustainable residence, village, Wnuk Spurlock...
  • New technique for producing cheaper solar energy suggested by research favicon ScienceDaily (Friday, 23 January) - Pioneering new research could pave the way for solar energy to be converted into household electricity more cheaply than ever before. The global PV market has experienced rapid growth in recent years due to renewable energy targets and CO2 emission controls....
  • Meet the Smartbulb favicon Solar One (Friday, 23 January) - Remember when light bulbs were simple? There was one kind (incandescent) at maybe four wattages- 25, 40, 60 and 100 were common- and sometimes you’d encounter something fancy like a 3-way bulb or maybe a colored bulb. Sure, they were inefficient and unrecyclable, but they…...
  • Total and SunPower Celebrate Completion of 70-MW PV Salvador Solar Plant in Chile favicon eSolar News (Friday, 23 January) - SANTIAGO, CHILE, PARIS & SAN JOSE, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Total and SunPower Corp.  announced the completion of the 70-megawatt PV Salvador project, one of the world's largest operating merchant solar power plants. Chilean Minister of Energy Máximo Pacheco and executives from Total and SunPower attended the inauguration...
  • New technique helps probe performance of organic solar cell materials favicon ScienceDaily (Friday, 23 January) - Researchers have developed a technique for determining the role that a material's structure has on the efficiency of organic solar cells, which are candidates for low-cost, next generation solar power. The researchers used the technique to determine that materials with a highly organized structure at...
  • Calculating the future of solar-fuel refineries favicon ScienceDaily (Friday, 23 January) - A team of engineers has developed a new tool to help engineers better gauge the overall yield, efficiency and costs associated with scaling solar-fuel production processes up into large-scale refineries....
  • Grand Opening! Today, the Mojave Solar Project is officially fully operational favicon Inhabitat (Friday, 23 January) - The Mojave Solar Project has been online and fully operational since December, but today, a grand opening ceremony celebrates this massive achievement. The plant uses advanced parabolic trough technology that has made the 280 MegaWatt plant one of the most innovative projects in the country and...
  • 6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet favicon Inhabitat (Thursday, 22 January) - Musicians have sung about environmental stewardship and preservation forever. Think about Woodstock back in the 70′s and now the more recent Bonnaroo festival held in Tennessee every summer. Amount of garbage at music festivals aside, which happens any time you get a lot of...
  • How Do You Like the New Solar1.org? favicon Solar One (Thursday, 22 January) - So you may have noticed that we recently redesigned our website. Nice, isn’t it? We tried to make it simpler and less cluttered, with easier navigation, especially on mobile devices and tablets. But we’d really, really appreciate it if you’d weigh in with your thoughts,…...
  • NRG Home Solar Launches Strategic Partnership with Upromise by Sallie Mae favicon eSolar News (Thursday, 22 January) - PRINCETON, N.J.--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- NRG Home Solar, one of the country’s leading residential solar companies, announced a new partnership with Upromise by Sallie Mae, a service that helps families pay for college by earning cash back on everyday purchases. Through this innovative collaboration, NRG Home Solar will...

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