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Jul 29, 2015

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The SunPort lets you power any device with solar energy

Jul 29, 2015: A little company called SunPort is launching a crowdfunding campaign that could change the clean energy game in a new way. SunPort is a smart device that looks like an ordinary outlet extender, save for the neon hues in which it is available, but it the…

SkyPower to Donate Two Million Home Solar Kits in Kenya

Jul 28, 2015: NAIROBI, KENYA --(eSolarEnergyNews)--SkyPower, the world's largest developer and owner of utility-scale solar projects, recently signed a landmark US $2.2 billion agreement with the Government of Kenya during the 6th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit to develop 1 GW of solar projects. As part of this historic moment for Kenya, Skypower is pleased to announce it will be gifting two million…

SolarCity to Help Mom and Pop Sized Businesses Go Solar

Jul 28, 2015: SAN MATEO, Calif., July 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SolarCity  introduced a new solar energy service today that will make it possible for many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to pay less for solar electricity than they pay for power from their local utility for the first time. SolarCity will initially offer its SMB service to owner-occupied business locations in California, but expects to…

ConEdison Solutions and SunPower Launch Residential Solar Power Leasing Program in NY

Jul 28, 2015: VALHALLA, NY & SAN JOSE, CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- ConEdison Solutions, one of America's largest energy services companies and a prominent developer of renewable projects for businesses and government, and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWR), a leading global provider of solar technology and services, have joined forces to offer New York State homeowners the opportunity to lease high efficiency SunPower®…

Generate Solar Power on Greenhouse Roofs With Zero Negative Impact on Plant Yield

Jul 28, 2015: FREMONT, CA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Solaria Corporation, global provider of solar module technologies, and Soliculture, provider of greenhouse integrated photovoltaics (GIPV) for commercial greenhouse growers, today announced a strategic collaboration for PV-agriculture applications. Solaria’s timely equity investment in Soliculture allows the companies to combine their technologies to create PV…

Baltimore Ravens Go Solar with 375 kW Rooftop Solar Power System at Team's Headquarters

Jul 28, 2015: BALTIMORE, MD--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Constellation, a leading competitive retail energy supplier, and the Baltimore Ravens today announced an agreement to construct a 375-kilowatt (DC) solar generation project at the team’s headquarters and training facility in Owings Mills, Md. Constellation, a longtime sponsor of the Baltimore Ravens, provides energy services to the team and is the “Official…

Lobster-eye imager detects soft X-ray emissions

Jul 28, 2015: A group of scientists have described developing and launching their imager, which centers on "Lobster-Eye optics," as well as its capabilities and future applications in space exploration.

ReneSola Signs 30MW Solar Module Sales Agreement

Jul 28, 2015: JIASHAN, CHINA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- ReneSola, a leading brand and technology provider of energy efficient products, today announced it has agreed to provide Cofely Solar Technics, a major player in energy efficiency, with 30 megawatts ("MW") of solar modules, which will be used in a ground-mounted, utility-scale project in Nottinghamshire in the UK. Under the terms of the agreement, ReneSola's…

Canadian Solar Completes 100 MW Solar Farm in Ontario

Jul 28, 2015: GUELPH, ONTARIO --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., reached substantial completion on its 100 MW AC (133 MW DC) utility-scale Grand Renewable Solar Project ("GRS"). This project, located in the county of Haldimand, consists of approximately 445,000 CS6X MaxPower…

Reshaping the solar spectrum to turn light into electricity

Jul 27, 2015: Solar energy could be made cheaper if solar cells could be coaxed to generate more power. A huge gain in this direction has been made by a team of chemists that has found an ingenious way to make solar energy conversion more efficient. The researchers combined inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules to 'upconvert' photons in the visible and near-infrared regions of the solar spectrum.

Hillary Clinton wants to increase U.S. solar power 700% by 2027

Jul 27, 2015: As the race to the White House heats up, Hillary Clinton is in the spotlight more than ever. Like her opponents, Clinton has begun issuing proposals for responding to climate change and the first phase of her announcements is a bold one. She is calling…

SkyPower Signs $2.2 Billion Agreement to Develop 1 GW of Solar Energy Projects in Kenya

Jul 27, 2015: NAIROBI, KENYA--(eSolarEnergyNews) SkyPower, the world's largest developer and owner of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects, signed a landmark agreement with the Kenyan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum for the development of 1 GW of world-class solar projects to be built in four phases in Kenya over the next five years. The monumental US $2.2 billion agreement was signed in…

SunEdison Signs Largest Open Access Solar PPA with India's Largest Utility

Jul 24, 2015: CHENNAI, INDIA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- SunEdison, the world's largest renewable energy development company, today announced that it has signed a long-term power purchase agreement with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) to provide 180 megawatts (MW) AC of utility-scale solar power for the people of New Delhi. TPDDL is the largest electricity distribution utility in Delhi, and provides…

SunPower to Build 100-Megawatt Solar Power Plant for NV Energy

Jul 24, 2015: SAN JOSE, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- SunPower announced today that it has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with NV Energy to build a 100-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant planned for construction in the Eldorado Valley of Boulder City, Nevada. "Today, power generated from solar plants is cost-competitive with power from traditional, fossil fuel burning plants – and becoming…

PG&E Commits $1 Million to Solar-Powered Habitat for Humanity Homes

Jul 24, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced its $1 million commitment to support the installation of rooftop solar on 79 homes with 18 different Habitat for Humanity local affiliates throughout Northern and Central California. From the Mendocino Coast to Merced, PG&E’s Solar Habitat Program, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, is making…

Changing the Color of Light

Jul 23, 2015: Researchers have developed a method that could improve medical imaging and cancer treatments and increase the efficiency of commercial solar cells by 25 to 30 percent.

This solar-powered gadget pulls water from the air while you ride your bike

Jul 23, 2015: As bikers enjoy the wonderful mid-summer weather, it is essential, for good times and good health, that they stay hydrated. In the heat of it all, even the most conscious cycler can forget to refill their water bottle, putting them in a precarious to a…

New finding could lead to cheap, efficient metal-based solar cells

Jul 23, 2015: Although the domestic solar-energy industry grew by 34 percent in 2014, fundamental technical breakthroughs are needed if the U.S. is to meet its national goal of reducing the cost of solar electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. New research could make it easier for engineers to harness the power of light-capturing nanomaterials to boost the efficiency and reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar cells.

Smart building monitoring to respond to all climate conditions

Jul 22, 2015: A grid of sensors embedded into an innovative building insulation activates specific façade components to optimise energy savings while improving aesthetics.

PG&E Surpasses 10,000 Solar Customer Milestones in California

Jul 22, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--PG&E today celebrated connecting 10,000 solar customers each in three of California’s largest cities – Bakersfield, Fresno and San Jose – as part of PG&E’s milestone of connecting the 175,000th solar customer to its electric grid. These achievements, along with a new survey finding that 25 percent of Californians are considering solar panels for their home,…

Super-thin, foldable Solar Paper can charge a smart phone in 2.5 hours

Jul 20, 2015: Combining nature with technology can be thrilling, relaxing, or money-making, whether it be by blasting your favorite tunes through earbuds on an epic trail run, catching up with your favorite audiobook while lounging by the lake, or getting some work a…

Insane Skysphere is a solar-powered man cave with voice-activated electronics

Jul 20, 2015: Jono Williams has built the world's most coveted man cave. After shooting the breeze one night with his mate Grant Ramsay, a mechatronics engineer, the Australian inventor committed to building the ultimate app-controlled treehouse. After working on the…

What’s Blooming in Stuyvesant Cove? Mid-Summer Edition, Pt. 1

Jul 20, 2015: As we approach the end of July, more flowers are blooming than ever. If you want to see native plants at their lushest and most productive, now is the time to pay a visit to the Park. If you stop by the Park in the……

Perovskite solar technology shows quick energy returns

Jul 20, 2015: In the solar power research community, a new class of materials called perovskites is causing quite a buzz, as scientists search for technology that has a better 'energy payback time' than the silicon-based solar panels currently dominating the market. Now, a new study reports that perovskite modules are better than any commercially available solar technology when products are compared on the basis of energy payback time.

Nanowires give 'solar fuel cell' efficiency a tenfold boost

Jul 17, 2015: Researchers have developed a very promising prototype of a new solar celll. The material gallium phosphide enables their solar cell to produce the clean fuel hydrogen gas from liquid water. Processing the gallium phosphide in the form of very small nanowires is novel and helps to boost the yield by a factor of ten. And does so using ten thousand times less precious material.

Unique material created for the next generation solar cells

Jul 17, 2015: Researchers have developed material which offers much cheaper alternative to the one which is currently being used in hybrid solar cells. The efficiency of the semi-conductors created by the team of chemists has been confirmed.

Trina Solar to Supply 51 MW of Dual Glass Modules to Tea Plantation PV Power Project in Yunnan

Jul 17, 2015: CHANGZHOU, CHINA--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Trina Solar, a global leader in photovoltaic ("PV") modules, solutions, and services, today announced that it has signed an agreement to supply 51 MW of its Dual Glass Modules to Yunnan Electric Power Design Institute, a subsidiary of China Energy Engineering Group Co., Ltd., and the EPC provider for the agricultural PV power plant project located in…

AspectSolar Portable Power Solutions Announces EnergyBar 100

Jul 17, 2015: LAFAYETTE, CO--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- AspectSolar, an innovator in Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) solar-powered batteries, has announced an industry-leading, environmentally friendly and portable power solution for every aspect of work, play and home. With a lightweight and compact design, the EnergyBar 100 affords users twice the battery life of similar products and up to five times the duration…

SolarWindow to Unveil Commercial Pathway for First-Ever Electricity-Generating Windows

Jul 17, 2015: COLUMBIA, MD.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--SolarWindow Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW), developer of first-of-its-kind transparent electricity-generating coatings for windows on tall towers and skyscrapers will host its first-ever webcast called “SolarWindow: Power Reinvented”. The event will further demonstrate the company’s commitment to bringing SolarWindow™ products to market. During the webcast,…

New York Finalizes Major Initiative to Expand Solar Access

Jul 17, 2015: ALBANY, N.Y.--(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Today the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) established an innovative Shared Renewables program that will expand consumer access to local solar, wind and other clean energy resources, particularly among low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. More than 70 local and national organizations join together in applauding state leaders for their commitment to a…

Backyard BI(h)OME is a tiny, low-cost house with a light environmental footprint

Jul 15, 2015: This tiny low-cost, low-impact home which contains a bedroom, kitchen, living room, bathroom and dining room, was designed as a semi-permanent housing solution that can be recycled and reinstalled in people's backyards. Students and faculty at UCLA's as…

Solar Impulse grounded in Hawaii until April 2016 for repairs to damaged batteries

Jul 15, 2015: The experimental solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 will remain grounded in Hawaii until at least April 2016, according to the latest update from the team. In the process of its round-the-world journey, SI2 has encountered numerous delays due to but…

A sculptural timber roof turns a crumbling holiday home into a green forest getaway

Jul 15, 2015: Transformation Forest House On top of an existing 1950s holiday home, hidden in the forest, a sculptural, compact and sustainable rooftop extension climbs out of the original structure and seeks it’s way towards the great vista over the open by the…

Plantations of nanorods on carpets of graphene capture the Sun's energy

Jul 15, 2015: The Sun can be a better chemist, thanks to zinc oxide nanorod arrays grown on a graphene substrate and 'decorated' with dots of cadmium sulphide. In the presence of solar radiation, this combination of zero and one-dimensional semiconductor structures with two-dimensional graphene is a great catalyst for many chemical reactions.

Are fuel cells environmentally friendly? Not always

Jul 15, 2015: Fuel cells are regarded as the technology of the future for both cars and household heating systems. As a result, they have a key role to play in the switch to renewable energies. But are fuel cells always more environmentally friendly? An international team of scientists performed a series of calculations and reached a conclusion: It depends on the fuel.

LG Launches Enhanced NeON™ 2 Solar Panel In United States

Jul 15, 2015: SAN FRANCISCO,CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- LG Electronics today announced that its most innovative and efficient solar power system ever, the LG NeON 2, will be available in the United States in August. Demonstrated here in advance of the Intersolar North America trade show, the LG NeON 2 is equipped with newly developed LG "Cello" technology. The innovative Cello technology consists of 12 thin…

Solectria to Deliver 32.5MW of Inverters to Safari Energy for National Real Estate Investment Trusts

Jul 15, 2015: LAWRENCE, MA.--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Solectria, a leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced at Intersolar North America today that it is delivering 32.5MW of its PVI 20TL and PVI 28TL three-phase transformerless inverters to Safari Energy for a nationwide rollout of PV projects for several large national landlords. Safari Energy, a nationwide solar developer, selected a distributed method…

Is the energy system really ready for sustainable energy?

Jul 14, 2015: New research into sustainable energy systems focuses on integrating renewable and nuclear power plants into the electrical grid – a topic high on the agenda for scholars, industry and policy makers.

sPower Breaks Ground on 45-megawatt Sandstone Solar Facility in Florence, AZ

Jul 14, 2015: SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(eSolarEnegyNews)--sPower, a leading renewable energy provider, announced that construction has begun on its 45-megawatt (MW) Sandstone Solar project in Florence, Arizona. The facility is scheduled to start delivering clean, renewable energy by the end of the year under a 21-year power purchase agreement between sPower and SRP. “sPower’s portfolio is comprised of projects…

The price of solar power drops to an incredible new low (again)

Jul 13, 2015: A new record low price for solar project bids has been reached, making it the second time this month that previous cost barriers were shattered. This time, the news comes from NV Energy, a Berkshire Hathaway-owned utility company, serving the state of a…

Nanoscale light-emitting device has big profile

Jul 13, 2015: Engineers have created a nanoscale device that can emit light as powerfully as an object 10,000 times its size. It's an advance that could have huge implications for everything from photography to solar power.

The quantum physics of artificial light harvesting

Jul 13, 2015: Plants and bacteria make use of sunlight with remarkably high efficiency: nine out of ten absorbed light particles are being put to use in an ordinary bacterium. For years, it has been a pressing question of modern research whether or not effects from quantum physics are responsible for this outstanding performance of natural light harvesters. Scientists have now examined these quantum effects in an artificial model system.

Discovery of a 'heat-storage ceramic'

Jul 13, 2015: Researchers have discovered a new type of material which stores heat energy for a prolonged period, which they have termed a "heat storage ceramic." This new material can be used as heat storage material for solar heat energy generation systems or efficient use of industrial heat waste, enabling recycling of heat energy, since the material releases the stored heat energy on demand by application of weak pressure.

New design could dramatically boost efficiency of low-cost solar panels

Jul 13, 2015: A new material design could make low-cost solar panels far more efficient by greatly enhancing their ability to collect the sun’s energy and release it as electricity.

Floyd Mayweather Foundation Partners With Green Gorilla Solar

Jul 11, 2015:  MALIBU, CA-- (eSolarEnergyNews)--Green Gorilla Solar, a green technology company, has just announced a corporate sponsorship with the newly formed Floyd Mayweather Foundation. The partnership will join forces in the Floyd Mayweather Foundation’s efforts to "knock out" sarcoidosis and other preventable brain injuries. Green Gorilla Solar specializes in wearable solar products and innovative…

Yingli Supplies 240 MW of Solar Panels for Latin America's Largest Hybrid Solar Power Plants

Jul 11, 2015: BAODING,CHINA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-Yingli Solar, one of the world's leading solar panel manufacturers, today announced that it is supplying 240 megawatts (MW) of solar panels for Latin America's two largest hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) power plants. Both projects, located in northern Chile, will also be equipped with 110 MW of CSP and 17.5 hours of thermal…

Sungevity To Provide Residential Solar Customers With Wireless Energy Hub

Jul 11, 2015: OAKLAND, CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Sungevity, a leading global solar service company, today announced an exciting addition to its Sungevity Energy System offering, the Sungevity Energy Hub. The device wirelessly connects with Smart Meters and is simple to install. It will enable homeowners to track in real time, exactly how much energy their household is using – down to every five to seven…

U.S. Army develops new solar cells that are 1,000 times thinner than current technology

Jul 9, 2015: Military research leads to a lot of cool technological advancements that can benefit the public as much as the troops. United States Army researchers have been working on improved solar technology, and they have developed a tiny photovoltaic solar cell…

Solar-powered Gingko tree charges smart phones in 2 hours

Jul 9, 2015: Smart phones and tablets are now an intrinsic part of daily life, so we may as well charge them up in style. The solar-powered Ginkgo tree by XD Design allows you to do just that. Fitted with an extra large 4.000mAh rechargeable lithium battery and mini…