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Mar 31, 2015

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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 […]…

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.

What’s Blooming in Stuyvesant Cove? Early Spring Edition

Mar 27, 2015: Even though it may not necessarily feel like it, spring is here! Finally! And that means it’s time for the Park to wake up and start going through its fascinating bloom cycle. This year, we';re going to let you know which plants are in bloom……

For Women’s History Month, the Top 10 Women in Solar

Mar 26, 2015: March is Women’s History Month, which is a good excuse to bring the contributions of women to the industry that’s creating jobs nearly 20 times faster than the economy as a whole in the US- solar power. From teaching workshops about solar installation to running……

Learn How to Keep Your Electricity Running at NYSERDA’s CHP Power Breakfast and Tour

Mar 26, 2015: Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems can help building owners and facility managers generate electricity, save money and ensure the delivery of critical services in the event of a grid outage. Attend NYSERDA’s breakfast to learn about CHP and the financial/technical support available for the……

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…

The Junk Food Backlash

Mar 24, 2015: For those of us who grew up in the 20th century, food can mean something quite different that ever before in human history. By the 1950s, cooking (and most domestic tasks) was a chore to be dispensed with as soon as possible, and advertisements extolled……

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: “…

Tiny Pieces of Plastic in the Hudson, in its Fishes and Probably in You

Mar 24, 2015: Sometimes the things we humans do are so mind-bogglingly short sighted, it makes you question whether we really could have evolved by natural selection. Case in point: The 62,000 tiny pieces of plastic per square kilometer that are floating in the Hudson River, getting mixed……

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…

6 Months After the People’s Climate March, Organizers Unveil NYC Climate Agenda

Mar 23, 2015: It’s been 6 months since NYC’s historic Climate March brought 400,000 people to the streets to demand climate action. So what have those climate activists been doing to build on that incredible momentum? As it turns out, quite a bit. “[Politicians] are a lot more……

Discovery could yield more efficient portable electronics, solar cells

Mar 23, 2015: A team of chemists has set the stage for more efficient and sturdier portable electronic devices and possibly a new generation of solar cells based on organic materials.

Airships: The future of aviation?

Mar 23, 2015: Researchers have completed a three year investigation into stratospheric passenger airships as part of a multi-national engineering project designed to provide a future sustainable air transport network.

This gorgeous t-shirt is a glamorous way to charge your phone with solar power

Mar 21, 2015: When you hear the term "photovoltaic" the first word that probably comes to mind isn't glamorous. But Pauline van Dongen is changing that with her Solar Shirt, a beautiful shirt that can also charge your phone. The design was revealed at SXSW Interactive and…

Japan Closer to Harvesting Solar Energy from Space

Mar 19, 2015: Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Solar PowerSince 2008, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has been working hard to develop technologies to transmit electricity wirelessly. The goal of the Space Solar Power Systems (SSPS), is to be able to transmit energy from orbiting solar panels by 2030. On March 12th, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) successfully conducted a ground demonstration test of […]…

Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes achieves Living Building Challenge certification

Mar 18, 2015: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has broken ground after becoming the fourth Living Building Challenge™ in the world for its Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). Renowned for its groundbreaking sustainability research…

CloudSolar Begins Campaign to Bring Hassle-Free Solar to Everyone

Mar 18, 2015: BOSTON, MA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--CloudSolar, a Boston-based startup, announced the launch of their Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for their first solar power farm with a fundraising goal of $300,000. CloudSolar is inviting people to join their mission to make solar power a hassle-free venture for everyone. CloudSolar’s co-founders, Michael Sun, Cory Absi and Xiaohang “X” Li, know that solar…

Goal Zero Launches Solar Ready Program

Mar 18, 2015: SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Goal Zero, the leader in portable power, launched its Solar ReadyTM collaboration program designed to give brands the ability to integrate Goal Zero's line of panels and power packs into future outdoor products. “From backpacks to kayaks to tents, we’re collaborating with brands our customers already know and love,” said James Atkin, Director of Brand…

Towards 'printed' organic solar cells and LEDs

Mar 18, 2015: Flexible optoelectronic devices that can be produced roll-to-roll -- much like newspapers are printed -- are a highly promising path to cheaper devices such as solar cells and LED lighting panels. Scientists have now created prototype flexible solar cell modules as well as novel silver-based transparent electrodes that outperform currently used materials.

Sol Voltaics Produces World-Record Gallium Arsendie Nanowires for Solar Energy

Mar 18, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Sol Voltaics, providing advanced nano material technology for the solar industry, today announced that it has doubled the previously reported world-record for photovoltaic (PV) conversion efficiency using a gallium-arsenide (GaAs) nanowire array (NWA). As independently verified by Fraunhofer-ISE, Sol Voltaics has demonstrated a 1-sun conversion efficiency of…

Japan can now beam solar energy from space

Mar 17, 2015: If you think the idea of powering the world with solar power is still many years away, prepare to be amazed. The inspired minds at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has succeeded in transmitting energy - solar energy - through the air. Using wireless power transmission…

A new method for making perovskite solar cells

Mar 16, 2015: Researchers have come up with a new way of making thin perovskite films for solar cells. The method forms perovskite crystals at room temperature, which could be helpful in mass production settings. The technique is especially well suited to make ultra-thin, semitransparent films, which could be used in photovoltaic windows.

Scientists move closer to 'two for one deal' on solar cell efficiency

Mar 16, 2015: The underlying mechanism behind an enigmatic process called 'singlet exciton fission,' which could enable the development of significantly more powerful solar cells, has been identified by scientists in a new study.

Solar could meet California energy demand three to five times over

Mar 16, 2015: In the face of global climate change, increasing the use of renewable energy resources is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world. New work finds that the amount of energy that could be generated from solar equipment constructed on and around existing infrastructure in California would exceed the state's demand by up to five times.

Uncovering the secrets of super solar power perovskites

Mar 16, 2015: In a scant five years of development, hybrid perovskite solar cells have attained power conversion efficiencies that took decades to achieve with the top-performing conventional materials, but scientists have lacked a clear understanding of the precise goings on at the molecular level. New findings help fill that void.

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Mar 16, 2015: We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the opportunity to interview Bernat Ferragut and Kate Alvo of Maison…

Sonoma County will soon host the largest floating solar project in the U.S.

Mar 13, 2015: Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has unveiled plans to build a 12 megawatt floating solar project in Sonoma County, that will not only be the biggest project of it's kind in the U.S. but will also be the second largest in the world, after Kyocera's planned 13.4MW…

Solar cells: Increased pressure creates a happy union

Mar 12, 2015: By tailoring the interface between the two sections of a solar cell, researchers have produced a high-performance solar cell from the abundant and cheap materials of copper (II) oxide and silicon.

Fornebu S in Norway is the first shopping mall to receive BREEAM Outstanding certification

Mar 12, 2015: Fornebu S shopping mall outside Oslo is the first shopping mall to receive BREEAM Outstanding certification. It is part of a larger development owned by KLP Eiendom and predicted to become a medium-sized Norwegian city by 2020. The building was designed by…

Meet the ELF: A Pedal-Powered, Solar-Electric Hybrid

Mar 12, 2015: Pedal Power | Solar Power | TransportationDescribed as the “most efficient vehicle on the planet”, The ELF is a solar and pedal-powered hybrid tricycle hand-built in the United States by Organic Transit. It is available in one, two and three seater models, and according to their website it gets the equivalent of 1800 miles per gallon! It is legally considered a […]…

Rayton Solar Produces the World's Cheapest Energy Via a Laser Beam

Mar 11, 2015: LOS ANGELES, CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- US based, Rayton Solar Inc is in route to revolutionize the world – by making solar energy cheaper than energy produced by fossil fuels. What this means to Americans – a pathway for US energy independence, an impending power shift away from oil rich countries, potentially huge utility bill savings, and US manufacturing  jobs coming back home. Rayton is…

Canadian Solar Introduces All-Black Solar Module Line

Mar 11, 2015: GUELPH, ONTARIO --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Canadian Solar , one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it will introduce the company's all-black solar module product line into the Americas market, covering both the North and South American continents. The new product line includes both an all-black CS6K-M monocrystalline module and an all-black CS6K-P module, both of which…

Yes! Solar Solutions Partners with Dividend Solar to Offer $0-Down EmpowerLoan

Mar 10, 2015: CARY, N.C.--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Yes! Solar Solutions has partnered with Dividend Solar to offer the $0-down EmpowerLoan™ in North Carolina for the first time. The full-service solar loan includes energy production guarantees, warranty management, hassle-free maintenance and performance monitoring at no additional cost – all with the significant financial upside of solar ownership. "We are…

Suniva Powers Largest Rooftop PV Installation in Washington D.C.

Mar 10, 2015: NORCROSS, GA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Suniva today announced that it is powering the solar photovoltaic (PV) system on The Millennium Building, located at 1909 K Street NW in Washington, D.C. – the first of its kind inside the District. The PV system will help improve the district's environmental footprint and reduce the building's operating costs. The Suniva PV system was designed and installed by…

Solar Frontier to Acquire 280 MW Solar Project Pipeline in the US

Mar 10, 2015: TOKYO, JAPAN--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Solar Frontier, the world’s largest CIS solar energy solutions company, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a 280 MW solar power project pipeline in the U.S. from Gestamp Solar, a global developer and operator of utility-scale solar power plants. As part of the transaction, the development team leading Gestamp Solar’s U.S.

New approach combines biomass conversion, solar energy conversion

Mar 10, 2015: A new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion has been presented by researchers. These are two important research areas for renewable energy, they say.

SoCore Energy Selects Enphase Energy for Major Commercial Project for Fortune 50 Retailer

Mar 10, 2015: PETALUMA, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Enphase Energy has been selected by SoCore Energy, a commercial-industrial solar project developer, to be an inverter supplier for a major commercial solar program with a Fortune 50 retailer. Enphase will be providing its microinverter systems for over 4 megawatts (DC) of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installations developed, engineered and managed by SoCore across…

Standard Solar to Install 3.6MW Solar System for Town of Stafford, Connecticut

Mar 10, 2015: ROCKVILLE, MD.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Standard Solar, Inc., a leader in the full-service development, construction, integration, financing and installation of solar electric systems, today announced it will design and install a 3.6 Megawatt (MW) solar system for the Town of Stafford, Conn. The project will feature three arrays: two located at Stafford Middle School (1.3MW each) and a 954 kW array…

EL CIELO WINERY in Baja California Uncorks the Power of the Sun with KYOCERA Solar

Mar 10, 2015: ENSENADA, MEXICO--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Nestled in the verdant Valle de Guadalupe winemaking region and with an eye on sustainability, El Cielo Winery in Baja California now offsets approximately 75 percent of its energy needs with a new Kyocera solar installation. El Cielo, which translates as “The Sky,” has installed 220 high-reliability Kyocera 245 watt solar modules for a 53.9kW system as part…

Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered entirely by sunlight

Mar 9, 2015: The experimental Solar Impulse 2 carries 17,000 solar cells that, coupled with onboard batteries, allow the plane to fly day and night. Despite its massive 72-meter-long (236 feet) wingspan, the ultra-lightweight aircraft weighs just 2,300 kilograms (5,070…

Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

Mar 7, 2015: The 100-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The rounded wooden roof is topped by a 60-square-meter photovoltaic…

Tiny Heirloom’s luxury micro homes let you live large in small spaces

Mar 6, 2015: Style isn’t the only thing that’s big in Tiny Heirloom’s luxurious and beautifully detailed tiny homes—the custom base model package starts at a hefty $65,000 price tag. For that price however, clients can expect high-end materials like granite countertops…

The global energy challenge: One billion people have no access to electricity

Mar 6, 2015: More than one billion people world-wide have no access to electricity to cook food or light their homes, despite the technology being in place. A study on options for getting more electrical access has taken place in Bangladesh.

OneRoof Energy Continues Sales Channel Expansion with Blue Raven Solar

Mar 5, 2015: SAN DIEGO, CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- OneRoof Energy, Inc., a residential solar services provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of OneRoof Energy Group, Inc. today announced that Blue Raven Solar has been added to the Company's growing list of sales channel partners.   Blue Raven is headquartered in Utah with growing markets throughout northern and southern California, as well as expanding…