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May 28, 2015

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The daylit Covert House in London is a Passivhaus stunner

May 28, 2015: London-based architecture firm DSDHA completed their daylit Covert House in Clapham Old Town, London, UK. The semi-underground home clad in glass and cast concrete features several sustainable mechanisms and, according to the architects, conforms to The…

MPOWERD Delivers Over 2,000 Solar Lights to Victims of Nepal Earthquake

May 27, 2015: NEW YORK, NY--(eSolarEnergyNews)--MPOWERD, Inc., the maker of Luci inflatable solar lights, announced today that they have delivered over 2,000 lights to victims of the deadly Nepal earthquake. Following the disaster, MPOWERD, a Certified B Corp, immediately mobilized a large-scale donation of 1,200 lights and began offering special discounted pricing to individuals, groups and charities…

Green Power EMC Continues To Grow Georgia's Solar Energy Supply

May 27, 2015: HAZLEHURST, GA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), has reached a new agreement to purchase the full output of a new 52 megawatt (MWAC) solar array planned for construction in southeast Georgia. This is the second such agreement that Green Power EMC has executed with owner-operator Silicon Ranch Corporation.

Kyocera, Gaia Power, Kyudenko and Century Tokyo Leasing Announce Construction of 92MW Solar Power Plant in Japan

May 27, 2015: KYOTO, JAPAN--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Kyocera, K.K. Gaia Power, Kyudenko, and Century Tokyo Leasing announced that the companies have made a joint investment in Kanoya Osaki Solar Hills LLC, a solar power operating company, to construct and operate a 92-megawatt (MW) solar power plant. Planned for construction on a site stretching across Kanoya City and Osaki Town in Kagoshima Prefecture, the project…

Plug n Play is a modular classroom that can be modified to suit local conditions

May 26, 2015: The aim is to provide creative and comfortable spaces for children where they can grow learn and “play” This is achieved through the proposed modular design that offers the end user with the flexibility and ease to “plug” various materials as…

SPI Announces Agreement with K.K. Uniroot to Jointly Develop Over 500 MW of Solar PV Projects in Japan

May 26, 2015: SHANGHAI, CHINA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Solar Power today announced that SPI and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPI Solar Japan G.K. have entered into a strategic partnership agreement with K.K. Uniroot ("Uniroot"), a diversified Osaka-based corporation with significant solar PV project development interests, to jointly develop a pipeline of more than 500 megawatts (MW) of solar PV power plant…

sPower Breaks Ground on Sierra Solar Facility, 22.5MW in Los Angeles County

May 26, 2015: SALT LAKE CITY, UT --(eSolarEnergyNews)--sPower, a leading renewable energy provider, today announced that it has broken ground on a 22.5MW solar project in Lancaster, Calif. The Sierra Solar project is sPower’s first in Los Angeles County. ”sPower is pleased to help Los Angeles County meet its goal to become a leader in renewable energy in a cost-effective and environmentally-responsible manner…

Fine-tuned molecular orientation is key to more efficient polymer solar cells

May 25, 2015: Polymer solar cells are a hot area of research due to both their strong future potential and the significant challenges they pose. It is believed that thanks to lower production costs, they could become a viable alternative to conventional solar cells with silicon substrates when they achieve a power conversion efficiency--a measure that indicates how much electricity they can generate from a given amount of sunlight--of between 10 and 15 percent. Now, using carefully designed materials and an "inverted" architecture, a team of scientists has achieved efficiency of 10 percent, bringing these cells close to the threshold of commercial viability. …

Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a raised park in The Netherlands

May 25, 2015: The Paleisbrug raised park and pedestrian and cycle bridge is a 250-meter-long connection between the historic center and the Paleiskwartier neighborhood in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. The bridge, designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects, will not…

Take a first look at the gigantic Gigafactory Tesla is building in Nevada

May 25, 2015: https://youtu.be/YSyE2RorjRI If you were still on the fence about whether to get a drone camera for personal use, this video might just change your mind. A newbie user captured HD footage of the new Tesla Gigafactory in Storey County, Nevada, where a…

Solar-powered Ecocapsule lets you live off-the-grid anywhere in the world

May 22, 2015: The compact Ecocapsule fits all the home necessities within an egg-shaped space measuring 4.5 meters (14.6 feet) in length, 2.4 meters (7.9 feet) in width, and 2.5 meters in height (8.2 feet). The total usable floor space is eight square meters (86 its…

Meridian Solar Installs Second Round of Solar at LegalZoom’s Austin,TX Facility

May 21, 2015: AUSTIN, TX --(eSolarEnergyNews)--Solar now spans the entire roof of LegalZoom’s north Austin facility as Meridian Solar has completed the second and final phase of the solar energy system. The two-part installation makes up 520 kW of solar, and the energy generated will be interconnected and operated in parallel with the local utility grid. The project was installed in two rounds of 260 kW due…

SunEdison Awarded 33 Megawatt Deal To Modernize The Grid In Southern California With Solar

May 21, 2015: BELMONT,CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)--  SunEdison, the world's largest renewable energy development company, today announced that it has been awarded contracts to build 33 megawatts (MW) DC of rooftop solar with Southern California Edison (SCE) in the utility company's latest round of solar procurement. The solar systems will be built on rooftops throughout the Orange County and Inland Empire…

Sunrun and Westfield Corporation Launch Interactive Home Solar Shopping Experience

May 21, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO,CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the U.S., today announced a partnership with the Westfield Corporation to bring interactive stations to malls in New York and California. Beginning this week, Westfield malls will unveil stations that educate consumers on the ease and cost savings of making the switch to solar, and provide customized…

Alta Energy Announces Completion of 504kW Solar Installation at Los Angeles Shopping Center

May 21, 2015: SAN MATEO, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Alta Energy today announced the completion of 504.7kW solar generation system project at Westfield Century City shopping center in Los Angeles, California. Managed by Alta Energy, Inc., this project represents the sixth solar PV system deployed at Westfield Corporation properties, continuing Westfield’s goals of reducing energy consumption and sustainability.

VIDEO: How to install Voltaic solar panels on your car

May 21, 2015: In the old days, if you wanted a solar panel, you had to buy one of those giant clunky things that were not only pricey, but also a real pain in the you-know-what to install. But times have changed, thanks to companies like Voltaic Systems who are leading…

American energy use up slightly, carbon emissions almost unchanged

May 20, 2015: Americans' energy use continued to grow slowly in 2014, fueled by increases in the use of natural gas, wind and solar, according to the most recent energy flow charts.

SolarWindow Announces Easy Power Connection System for Installation of its Electricity-Generating Windows

May 20, 2015: COLUMBIA, MD--(eSolarEnergyNews)--SolarWindow Technologies today announced plans to replace traditional electrical wiring connections with a simplified next-generation system for collecting the power produced by its see-through electricity-generating windows. In addition to reducing costs, ease of electrical installation will be important to window fabricators, glass installers (i.e., glaziers),…

Panasonic to Expand Its Solar Module HITTM Production Capacity to 1 GW

May 20, 2015: OSAKA, JAPAN--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Panasonic Corporation announced today that it will boost production capacity of solar cells and modules for its solar panels HITTM at its two domestic plants. The company will invest 9.5 billion yen to expand production lines at the Shimane Factory (Shimane SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), which produces solar cells, and at the Shiga Factory, a module production site.

Nanobionics supercharge photosynthesis

May 19, 2015: A new process has been developed for spontaneously incorporating and assembling carbon nanotubes and oxygen-scavenging nanoparticles into chloroplasts, the part of plant cells that conduct photosynthesis. Incorporation enhanced electron flow associated with photosynthesis. When these nanocomposites were incorporated into leaf chloroplasts of living plants, the electron flow associated with photosynthesis was enhanced by 30%.

Prefab solar-powered home is a modern take on the traditional Slovenian farmhouse

May 18, 2015: Scapelab clad the Simple House’s basic pitched-roof volume with a contemporary facade made of zinc sheet metal and wood. The architects created interesting and clean geometry by pairing horizontally oriented timber louvers on the north and south with…

Rewilding Stuyvesant Cove Park on Saturday June 6 at 5pm

May 18, 2015: Rachel Frank will be presenting a performance based on rewilding, an environmental practice that seeks to reestablish the landscape’s former ecosystems and increase sustainability by reintroducing species to areas in which they had formerly thrived but have since gone extinct. In Frank’s performance, actors wearing……

UNplug lets you reduce your dependence on the grid and stay powered during outages

May 18, 2015: Software engineer Markus Loeffler wants to help consumers reduce dependency on the electric grid while saving on electric costs. “One Fridge off the Grid” was initially conceived during a power outage caused by severe storms in 2011, when Loeffler a…

Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1%

May 18, 2015: Researchers have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1 percent efficiency on nanostructured silicon solar cells. An almost 4 percent absolute increase to their previous record was achieved by applying a thin passivating film on the nanostructures and by integrating all metal contacts on the back side of the cell.

SunPower and Surfrider Foundation Partnership Makes Waves

May 14, 2015: SAN JOSE,CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- At a time when clean energy and water sources are critical to the health of our planet, SunPower and the Surfrider Foundation are jointly empowering U.S. homeowners to create a more sustainable future. Through this new partnership, Surfrider Foundation members can reduce their carbon footprints with solar, while locking in low electricity rates, and protecting…

Azure Power Commissions Largest Solar Power Plant (100 MW) Under India's National Solar Mission

May 14, 2015: NEW DELHI, INDIA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Azure Power, pioneering independent power producer in the Indian solar power sector, has announced the commissioning of its largest (100 MW) solar plant under India's National Solar Mission (NSM) policy in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Azure Power had won this project under the NSM Phase-2 Batch I to supply power to Solar Energy Corporation of India, for 25 years.

Here Comes Solar Gets Some Love from DNA Info

May 14, 2015: Solar One’s newest initiative Here Comes Solar helps homeowners aggregate their economic power and physical proximity to “solarize” their communities, one block at a time. Check out this article from DNAInfo that explains how it’s done, how homeowners feel about the process and then go to the……

SunEdison Signs Agreement with Alameda County for Additional 3 MW of Solar

May 12, 2015: BELMONT, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- SunEdison, the world's largest renewable energy development company, today announced that is has signed an agreement with the County of Alameda, Calif. to install 3 megawatts (MW) DC of solar systems as part of the second phase of the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Program (R-REP). In the first phase of R-REP, SunEdison was awarded more than 18 MW DC of…

Yingli Green Energy and Borrego Solar Sign 40 MW Supply Agreement for 2015

May 12, 2015: BAODING, CHINA & SAN DIEGO, CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Yingli Green Energy today announced that its U.S.-based subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Americas, has entered into a solar panel supply agreement with San Diego-based Borrego Solar Systems Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Yingli Americas expects to supply Borrego Solar with up to 40 megawatts (MW) of solar panels in 2015. Borrego Solar…

Con Edison Development Acquires 140 Megawatts of Solar Projects in California from SolarReserve and GCL

May 12, 2015: SANTA MONICA,CA,  --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Con Edison Development, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., has acquired six shovel-ready solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 140 megawatts (MWDC) from a PV project portfolio developed through a joint venture between SolarReserve, LLC, and GCL Solar Energy, Inc. (GCL). The acquisition adds to Con Edison Development's existing portfolio of…

Artificial photosynthesis: New, stable photocathode with great potential

May 12, 2015: Scientists have developed a new composite photocathode for generating hydrogen using sunlight. The photocathode consists of a thin film of chalcopyrite coated with a newly developed thin film of titanium dioxide containing platinum nanoparticles. This layer protects the chalcopyrite thin film from corrosion, it acts as a catalyst to speed-up formation of hydrogen even shows photoelectric current density and voltage comparable to those of a chalcopyrite-based thin film solar cell.

StandSolar Tapped for 517kw Solar Carport Project

May 12, 2015: ROCKVILLE, MD--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Maryland’s leading nonprofit organization serving people with differing abilities, Melwood, is expanding its sustainability efforts through the installation of a 930-kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its seven-acre campus that serves as the organization’s headquarters in Upper Marlboro. Standard Solar, Inc., a leading solar energy company…

Superhydrophobic glass coating offers clear benefits

May 11, 2015: A moth's eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for an antireflective water-repelling, or superhydrophobic, glass coating that holds significant potential for solar panels, lenses, detectors, windows, weapons systems and many other products.

NYC Selects Envision Solar Mobile EV Charging Stations

May 8, 2015: Did you know that NYC is projected to become one of the leaders in electric vehicle use? Well we are, and the city is preparing by offering an Invitation to Bid to Envision Solar’s EV ARC solar-powered EV charging stations. While in some ways the……

OneRoof Energy and Resolution Solar Partner to Make "Going Solar" Even Easier for Homeowners

May 8, 2015: SAN DIEGO, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- OneRoof Energy, Inc., a residential solar services provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of OneRoof Energy Group, Inc. (TSXV:ON) today announced the Company has partnered with Resolution Solar LLC, a New York-based full-service solar energy provider servicing Massachusetts.  The Resolution Solar centrally-located operational center increases OneRoof Energy's…

Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Nation's First 100% Renewable Energy Requirement

May 7, 2015: HONOLULU, HI --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Hawaii lawmakers voted 74-2 this week to pass the nation's first 100% renewable energy requirement. The measure, House Bill 623, makes Hawaii a global leader in renewable energy policy by requiring that 100% of the islands' electricity must be generated from renewable energy resources--such as wind, solar, and geothermal-no later than 2045. "Hawaii lawmakers…

Canadian Solar Signs Loan Agreement with China Minsheng Bank

May 7, 2015: GUELPH, ONTARIO --(eSolarEnergyNews)--  Canadian Solar today announced that it has signed a US$250 million loan agreement with China Minsheng Bank. The loan facility has a three-year maturity and will be used to partially finance the acquisition of Recurrent Energy LLC and the construction of the utility-scale solar projects in USA. "We are very delighted to receive this loan facility from China…

Trina Solar Announces Establishment of New Manufacturing Base in Thailand

May 6, 2015: CHANGZHOU, CHINA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Trina Solar today announced that it has set up Trina Solar Science & Technology (Thailand) Ltd., a subsidiary company in Thailand to build a manufacturing facility with 500 MW of module and 700 MW of cell production capacity. Trina Solar will invest US$160 million in the facility, which is located in Rayong of Thailand. Production is projected to commence…

Sunrun Brings Its Simple Home Solar Service To More Homeowners In California

May 6, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO, CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the U.S., today announced it has begun offering affordable solar service to homeowners in additional California markets, including Anaheim, Glendale, Palo Alto and Pasadena. With the expansion, Sunrun continues to meet the state's growing consumer demand for home solar while delivering high…

Inkjet printing process for kesterite solar cells

May 6, 2015: A research team has developed an inkjet printing technology to produce kesterite thin film absorbers. Based on the inkjet-printed absorbers, solar cells with total area conversion efficiency of up to 6.4 percent have been achieved. Although this is lower than the efficiency records for this material class, the inkjet printing minimizes waste and has huge advantages for industrial production.

Constellation and Community College of Baltimore County Begin Construction of 5.1 Megawatt Solar Project

May 5, 2015: BALTIMORE, MD--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation and a leading competitive retail energy supplier, and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) today announced the start of construction of a 5.1-megawatt (DC) solar generation project in Baltimore County. The solar power system, spread among the college’s three main campuses in Dundalk, Essex and…

Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

May 5, 2015: President Bill Clinton took some time to tour a Solar Sister program site in Karatu, Tanzania. Solar Sister is part of Sustainable Energy Solutions powered by Women's Enterprise - a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. Solar Sister works to a…

Silicon Ranch Selects First Solar Technology for Aerojet Rocketdyne Project

May 5, 2015: TEMPE, AZ. & NASHVILLE, TN--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Nashville-based renewable energy provider Silicon Ranch Corporation and Tempe-based First Solar announce the selection of First Solar technology and products for the 12-Megawatt (MW)AC solar power project that will provide power to Aerojet Rocketdyne and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation in East Camden, Arkansas. Silicon Ranch has selected…

Largest SREC II Solar Project in Massachusetts Now in Operation

May 5, 2015: SOUTHWICK, MA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Kearsarge Energy, a leading renewable energy project developer and financier based in Watertown, Massachusetts, is pleased to announce the largest Massachusetts operating SREC II Solar PV Project, 4.9 MW DC ground-mounted Kearsarge Southwick. The Project, located in Southwick, Massachusetts, is the 13th Solar Project developed by Kearsarge Energy, and it…

First field-effect transistors on hybrid perovskites fabricated for first time

May 5, 2015: Researchers have fabricated halide organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite field-effect transistors and measure their electrical characteristics at room temperature for the first time. Hybrid perovskites are a family of crystalline materials that hold great promise in the clean energy world.

Better battery for storing solar energy?

May 5, 2015: The sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only we knew how to harvest and save it. But storing sunshine is not trivial. Now a student has researched his way to a breakthrough which may prove pivotal for technologies trying to capture the energy of the sun, and saving it for a rainy day.

Enel’s solar-powered Expo pavilion is a virtual forest made of 650 LEDs

May 4, 2015: Enel, Europe's second largest electricity and gas operators and official partner of Expo Milan 2015, unveiled their 900-square-meter pavilion made of 650 polycarbonate grafted vectors. This amazing light installation which overlooks the Decumano-main a…

Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

May 4, 2015: A public building of this size would typically burn 15,000 cubic meters of gas each year to stay warm. Known for their eco designs, Dutch firm 24H Architecture have created a naturally inspired wooden structure that produces energy from the surrounding…

LEED-certified TMB Headquarters raises the bar for the construction industry

May 4, 2015: The building features an underground thermal labyrinth and an active thermal slab cooling system which exploit the diurnal temperature range of the local climate to reduce the energy demands. By covering distance inside the labyrinth the hot air cools…