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Apr 18, 2015

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Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

Apr 17, 2015: The Apple logo might have gone from rainbow to black, but the company is getting greener every day. This week, Apple made two announcements that impressed environmentalists around the world. In the first, the iPhone maker shared the news that it has of…

NRG Home’s New Solar/Water Bundle Helps Residents More Efficiently Use Resources

Apr 17, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Faced with the historic drought ravaging California, NRG Home today announced a new service plan that combines water conservation and solar energy into a single, smart consumer offering. The new smart watering/solar energy bundle includes a consultation with an NRG Home Solar specialist to determine how suitable a home is for solar, plus ways to help…

Free Solar-Powered EV Charging Now Available in San Francisco

Apr 17, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO,CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Charge Across Town, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electric transportation in the Bay Area, today announced the launch of the “Driving on Sunshine” campaign. In collaboration with the San Francisco Department of the Environment and Envision Solar, the program will sponsor free solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging in highly visible…

SoCore Energy Completes its Largest Rooftop Solar Installation at Fedex Facility in Maryland

Apr 16, 2015: HAGERSTOWN, MD.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--SoCore Energy has completed its largest commercial rooftop installation at the FedEx Ground hub in Hagerstown, Maryland. The 2.7 megawatt (MW) system features more than 8,000 solar panels and produces enough solar power to prevent over 5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from traditional electricity generation sources from entering the environment annually. “…

Get Ready for a Global Solar-Powered Energy Revolution

Apr 16, 2015: For absolute proof that solar power is the future, check out this graph from the Earth Policy Institute, which shows the trajectory of solar world-wide over the past 40 years. As the price of panels has plummeted, the capacity of solar installations has grown exponentially.……

Jesse Garlick’s Sky House is an off-the-grid vacation retreat in Washington

Apr 16, 2015: White Rock Cabin, dubbed Sky House, is a 850-square-feet cabin set within the semi-arid foothills of North-Eastern Washington State. Because of the remote location, the structure and cladding panels were prefabricated off site and transported on a The a…

This video camera captures light to generate its own power

Apr 15, 2015: A team from Columbia University's School of Engineering has created a groundbreaking video camera that converts the light captured when creating an image into electrical power to create a self-contained solar-powered device. While the prototype captures…

A video camera that powers itself

Apr 15, 2015: Scientists have invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered -- it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. They designed a pixel that can not only measure incident light but also convert the incident light into electric power.

Lust Object du Jour: Battery-Electric VW Camper Van

Apr 14, 2015: Even though it was first introduced to the world in the 1950s, it became a ubiquitous cultural icon during the counter-culture era of the 1960s. Hippies, free-spirited adventurers and cross-country travelers snapped up the Type 2 microbus at what is, by today’s standards, the unbelievably……

SPI to Acquire 50 Megawatts of Solar PV Development Rights in the United Kingdom

Apr 14, 2015: SHANGHAI, CHINA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Solar Power, a vertically-integrated photovoltaic  developer, today announced that it has entered into a non-binding heads of terms with Global Renewable Construction Limited Group ("Global Renewable") to acquire rights to develop 50 megawatts (MW) of solar projects in the United Kingdom. According to the heads of terms, SPI intends to complete the…

Suniva Powers Award Winning Solar Project in Vermont

Apr 14, 2015: NORCROSS,GA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Suniva today announced that it is powering a first of its kind solar photovoltaic (PV) system with battery storage for Green Mountain Power (GMP), a utility company in Rutland, Vermont. This pioneering project, developed and owned by GMP and installed by groSolar, received the 2015 Project of Distinction Award by Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and…

Harvesting energy from electromagnetic waves

Apr 14, 2015: Researchers have developed a novel design for electromagnetic energy harvesting based on the "full absorption concept." This involves the use of metamaterials that can be tailored to produce media that neither reflects nor transmits any power -- enabling full absorption of incident waves at a specific range of frequencies and polarizations.

What “Repo Man” Can Teach Us About Solar’s Residual Value

Apr 13, 2015: If you’ve never seen Repo Man, Alex Cox’s 1984 sci-fi dystopian comedy tale of a kid who gets caught up in the repo business, starring a very young Emilio Estevez, it’s highly entertaining, and highly recommended. But the repo model also has some interesting value……

CORE designs solar-powered holiday home for founder’s family

Apr 13, 2015: CORE Architects have designed a gorgeous glass and timber holiday home for founding principal Charles Gane, in the idyllic Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. Set on the edge of the bay, the home is an updated cottage, which relies on linear lines for and…

The Spherical Sun Power Generator

Apr 13, 2015: Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar PowerGerman Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions. His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing […]…

Wonky Friday: Environmental Advocates Breaks Down the NYS 2015/16 Budget

Apr 10, 2015: New York State’s 2015-2016 budget is out on the street, and it’s getting pretty high marks from environmentalists. To see how Environmental Advocates rates this year’s spending plan, check out the YouTube video after the jump. It’s only 3 minutes long!        ……

The Blue Diversion Toilet is an off-grid portable potty that filters waste water for washing

Apr 9, 2015: Touted by its creators as an "appealing, affordable and safe solution for washers as well as wipers," the Blue Diversion Toilet is designed to provide off grid sanitation for low income areas. Not only does the standalone unit filter water for reuse on…

Thomas Keller is giving the French Laundry a Louvre-inspired makeover

Apr 8, 2015: International design firm Snohetta has been chosen to work along with Envelope A +D and Harrison, Koellner, LLC to renovate the legendary French Laundry. Once completed, the landmark restaurant will have an expanded courtyard and kitchen, along with a a…

California's solar incentive program has had only modest impact on adoption rates

Apr 8, 2015: According to a new analysis, California's aggressive incentive program for installing rooftop solar-electric systems has not been as effective as generally believed.

What’s Your Climate Thing?

Apr 8, 2015: Earlier this week, novelist Jonathan Franzen wrote an essay for the New Yorker wherein he bemoaned what he sees as the disproportionate focus on climate over nature- specifically birds. This prompted Grist’s David Roberts to respond that in his wide experience writing about the environment, everyone……

INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

Apr 7, 2015: If you're not yet familiar with the Zayed Future Energy Prize, check it out! It celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The Prize awards $4 million every year to a large a…

Solar Powered Hyperloop Making Serious Headway

Apr 7, 2015: --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- In 2012, Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, released a proposal for a futuristic tube transport system that could go faster than the speed of sound, cutting travel time between Los Angeles and San Francisco to 35 minutes or less. He described it as a "cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table" that "can never crash," and called it the Hyperloop.

Graphene Based Supercapacitor to Revolutionize Alternative Energy Field

Apr 7, 2015: KELOWNA, BC--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Sunvault Energy was recently at the Wall Street Conference in Miami Florida where CEO Gary Monaghan and Sunvault Director Governor Bill Richardson addressed the audience on recent company developments. At the conference, the Company presented a 1000 farad graphene supercapacitor – the largest graphene supercapacitor developed to date and a technology that will…

Shifts in electricity generation spur net job growth, but coal jobs decline

Apr 7, 2015: In four years following the 2008 recession, the US coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while the natural gas, solar, and wind industries together created nearly four times that amount, according to a new. Few of the new jobs were added in states hardest hit by coal's decline, particularly West Virginia and Kentucky.

Copper Mountain Million Module Solar Farm Now Complete

Apr 7, 2015: SAN JOSE,CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--The Energy Alternatives Division of Cupertino Electric, Inc. today announced that it has installed the last of more than one million modules at Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Consolidated Edison Development’s 250-megawatt (MW) AC Copper Mountain Solar 3 project in Boulder City, Nevada. Working alongside international engineering and project management company Amec…

Facebook to test its enormous internet-beaming solar drone this summer

Apr 5, 2015: As part of their ambitious plan to bring internet connectivity to the estimated 1.1 to 2.8 billion people who are currently unable to access the internet, Facebook plans to conduct tests of a solar-powered drone this summer that is the size of a commercial…

Unexpected Aurora Skyscraper purifies air and water in Chernobyl

Apr 5, 2015: The project, entitled "Unexpected Aurora in Chernobyl", incorporates air and water purification systems, as well as solar energy harvesting mechanisms that transform it into a kind of Garden of Eden. It was designed by Zhang Zehua, Song Qiang, Liu from…

Tower of Refuge is a self-operating Noah’s Ark that fights extinction

Apr 2, 2015: We are witnessing a dramatic increase in global deforestation, extinction of species and global sea level rise. In order to slow this trend down, Chen proposes to build structures which would serve as facilities for the artificial reproduction of animal…

Canadian Solar Energizes Four Solar PV Plants in the United Kingdom

Apr 2, 2015: GUELPH, ONTARIO --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it energized four projects totaling 40.2 MWp in the United Kingdom, Hoplass Solar Park, Christchurch Solar Park, Coombe Solar Park, and Moat Farm Solar Plant. All four parks use Canadian Solar's 60 cell solar modules, CS6P-250|255|260P. Hoplass Solar Park, located in the…

IKEA Plugs-in Expanded Solar Panel Array at Boston-Area Store

Apr 2, 2015: STOUGHTON, MA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today officially plugged-in an expanded solar energy array atop its Boston-area store that opened nine years ago in Stoughton, MA. The 51,516-square-foot solar panel addition consists of a 318-kW system built with 1,248 panels, and will produce 385,900 kWh more of electricity annually for the store. This…

What We’re Up Against, in Pictures

Apr 2, 2015: Population growth and overconsumption are two of the major factors driving environmental degradation and climate change. Growing populations enjoying ever more material comforts has been the hallmark of human progress for more than 100 years. While we have a certain amount of control over some……

Battery energy storage project shows promise for electricity network

Apr 2, 2015: Scientists have revealed the potential of a new battery energy storage system to reduce electricity prices while improving power efficiency and quality.

Solar cooling system keeps water at 9 degrees Celsius for up to three months

Apr 2, 2015: Maintaining food in places where high temperatures prevail, using little energy at a low cost,  it is now possible with new technology, thanks to the creation of a solar cooling system.

The WaterNest: An Eco-Friendly Floating House

Apr 2, 2015: Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerDesigned by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful […]…

PULSE by Live Work Play might be the last charger you’ll ever need

Apr 1, 2015: You take your electronics everywhere—even places they're not supposed to go. Whether you're hiking, jogging, skiing, surfing, or otherwise adventuring, taying connected is a necessity. PULSE is the world's first hybrid portable charger that combines…

Solar-powered House Lindau blends in with its lakeside surroundings in Germany

Apr 1, 2015: Lindau is located on the eastern side of Lake Constance, which sits in between southern Germany and Austria. This lakeside home is 190 sq m (2,045 sq ft) and has two bedrooms, two and a half baths, and an open space living and dining room along with a library.

One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

Apr 1, 2015: In the heart of oil and republican climate-denier country, one Texas city is breaking down traditions and stereotypes – because it plans to be completely powered by solar and wind power by 2017. Jim Briggs, interim city manager of Georgetown, a city a…

Floating Solar Panels: A Viable Solution?

Apr 1, 2015: Hydro Power | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerSince 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative […]…

France Passes Green Rooftop Law

Mar 31, 2015: Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar PowerFrance keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers. Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least […]…

Wrapping carbon nanotubes in polymers enhances their performance

Mar 30, 2015: Scientists say polymer-wrapped carbon nanotubes hold much promise in biotechnology and energy applications.

Grand Cancun eco island cleans up the ocean while generating renewable energy

Mar 29, 2015: The entire surface of the offshore platform will be covered in solar panels that will provide energy for both Grand Cancun and the main city's national grid. Vertical wind turbines and underwater tidal wave energy collectors will produce even more clean energy.

JinkoSolar to Supply 104 MW of PV Solar Modules for Utah Red Hills Renewable Park Project

Mar 25, 2015: SHANGHAI, CHINA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- JinkoSolar, a global leader in the solar PV industry, today announced that it will supply 104 MW dc of PV solar panels for the Utah Red Hills Renewable Park project. JinkoSolar will deliver over 340,000 of its utility-scale, high-efficiency polycrystalline 72-cell panels to the Utah Red Hills Renewable Park though a contract with Swinerton Renewable Energy.

SunLink Completes Acquisition of Flagship Single-Axis Solar Tracker Solution

Mar 25, 2015: SAN RAFAEL, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--SunLink Corporation continues to solidify its leadership position in the commercial and utility solar market by finalizing the acquisition of the SunLink ViaSol Tracker — proven on such high profile, multi-megawatt projects as Arizona State University and USAA’s Phoenix Campus sites, as well as a Southern California community solar project for NRG Energy.

PG&E Leads U.S. as Largest Solar Utility with More than 150,000 Solar Customer Installations

Mar 25, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Pacific Gas & Electric Company  today announced that it has reached a significant milestone by connecting the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. In addition, during 2014, the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid than any other year in its history. More than 45,000 new solar customers were added in 2014 alone. During this…

France now requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

Mar 24, 2015: France has just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas must be partially covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring changes to the skyline set to bring changes to the…

Ultrasolar Technology and NanoEnergy Partner to Provide Cutting-Edge Efficiency for Solar Projects

Mar 24, 2015: SANTA CLARA, CA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Ultrasolar Technology, a leading startup in the solar space providing systems for increasing energy harvest from solar modules, today announced a strategic alliance with NanoEnergy of Japan a technology distributor of energy efficiency systems. This partnership will enable Ultrasolar and NanoEnergy Ltd. to deliver QuantumBoost™ to the Japan market, with an…

Sun Solar Partners with Sungage Financial for Low-Cost Solar Financing

Mar 24, 2015: BOSTON, MA & BAKERSFIELD, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Sun Solar Energy Solutions today announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Sungage Financial, a marketplace that provides homeowners with access to low-cost solar financing. Through this partnership, Sun Solar hopes to enable California homeowners to save more through solar ownership. Sara Ross, CEO of Sungage Financial, said: “…

New kind of 'tandem' solar cell: Two types of photovoltaic material combined to make a cell that harnesses more sunlight

Mar 24, 2015: Researchers have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun's energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that are more efficient than those currently used in solar-power installations, the researchers say. The new cell uses a layer of silicon -- which forms the basis for most of today's solar panels -- but adds a semi-transparent layer of a material called perovskite, which can absorb higher-energy particles of light. Unlike an earlier "tandem" solar cell reported by members of the same team earlier this year -- in which the two layers were physically stacked, but each had its own separate electrical connections -- the new…

Tulip Shaped Solar Plants to be Installed in Ethiopia

Mar 24, 2015: Energy Industry | Future Technology | Solar PowerAORA Solar has announced that it will begin construction of its solar-biogas power plants in Ethiopia. Construction of the first pilot plant will start by mid-2015. Ethiopia’s Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy has stated that ” AORA’s unique solar-hybrid technology is impressive and well-suited to provide both energy and heat to support local economic […]…

NexusHaus is an affordable, plus-energy house built for the 2015 Solar Decathlon

Mar 23, 2015: NexusHaus is an plus-energy affordable one-story pavilion built by the students from the Technische Universität München (TUM) and the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) for the Solar Decathlon Competition 2015. The prototype is built almost entirely from…