Solar Energy Articles

  • Pentagon Issues $7 Billion Solar Energy Contract

    Pentagon Issues $7 Billion Solar Energy Contract

    28th August 2013

    On Tuesday the US Department of Defense announced a number of new defense contracts worth a total $7.59 billion. The largest by far of these contracts was a giant $7 billion solar power purchase agreement. The contract, a multiple-vendor, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity,…
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  • National Space Society to Propose Space-Based Solar Power Plant to G8 Leaders

    National Space Society to Propose Space-Based Solar Power Plant to G8 Leaders

    18th June 2013

    The National Space Society (NSS), a US and Indian joint society, has declared the launch of a space-based solar power initiative that will present a plan to the G8 leaders on how to achieve economically viable space-based solar power. On…
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  • Solar Boom Set to Hit New York

    Solar Boom Set to Hit New York

    11th June 2013

    Experts who attended the seventh annual NYC Solar Summit last week, held at the City University of New York, discussed the “Tipping Points for Solar in New York” and determined that New York was on the brink of a solar…
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  • Australian Scientists Able to Print PV Cells at 10m a Minute

    Australian Scientists Able to Print PV Cells at 10m a Minute

    3rd June 2013

    The Australian science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), has a new printer that can print photovoltaic cells at a rate of 10 metres per minute, equating to one cell every two seconds. It is one of…
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  • The Coming Solar Boom

    The Coming Solar Boom

    22nd May 2013

    Solar power has the potential to provide us with enough power to easily satisfy even our most extravagant needs. 12.2 trillion watt hours of solar energy fall on the earth each year, more than 20,000 times our actual needs, so…
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  • Suntech’s Journey from a $13 Billion Company to Bankruptcy

    Suntech’s Journey from a $13 Billion Company to Bankruptcy

    15th May 2013

    Shi Zhengrong is the billionaire who ran the world’s largest manufacturer of solar photovoltaic cells, Suntech Power. JoNova wrote the following paragraph about Shi: “In 2008, CNN named Shi “China’s Sunshine Boy.” In 2009, Fortune anointed him “China’s new king…
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  • Europe Set to Lose its Dominance of the Global Solar PV Market

    Europe Set to Lose its Dominance of the Global Solar PV Market

    13th May 2013

    A new report by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has discovered that Europe’s dominant position at the forefront of the solar photovoltaic industry over the past few decades, is finally set to come to an end. Solar PV panels…
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  • First Solar Plans to Secure 5.5GW of Sales this Year

    First Solar Plans to Secure 5.5GW of Sales this Year

    7th May 2013

    First Solar, the largest US solar manufacturer, has announced that it intends to secure as much as 5.5GW of sales in 2013, to make up for the lack of sales it was able to make over the past few months.…
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  • LA to Generate 20% of Energy from Rooftop Solar Panels by 2020

    LA to Generate 20% of Energy from Rooftop Solar Panels by 2020

    6th May 2013

    A new report by the Environment California Research & Policy Centre, titled Solar in the Southland, looks at the benefits that would be experienced if Los Angeles were to generate 20% of its power from rooftop solar panels. Elected officials,…
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  • World to Add 220GW of Distributed Solar Before 2018

    World to Add 220GW of Distributed Solar Before 2018

    2nd May 2013

    According to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) the capacity of solar power generation installed around the world hit a total of 100 gigawatts at the end of 2012. Navigant Research has now released a report suggesting that 220 gigawatts…
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  • How Rooftop Solar Panels Protect us From Terrorists

    How Rooftop Solar Panels Protect us From Terrorists

    26th April 2013

    Bloomberg recently wrote an interesting article which claims that rooftop solar panels are protecting the US from terrorist attacks. I bet you didn’t know that! The growing rooftop solar photovoltaic sector means that many buildings around the country now have…
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  • Global PV Market Set to Decline 20% this Year, will Rebound in 2015

    Global PV Market Set to Decline 20% this Year, will Rebound in 2015

    25th April 2013

    NPD Solarbuzz has reported that the global solar photovoltaic market will decline by 20 percent in 2013, from revenues of $25.5 billion in 2012, down to $20.5 billion this year. This downward trend will continue into 2014 as well, before…
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  • New York’s Rooftop Solar PV Boom

    New York’s Rooftop Solar PV Boom

    24th April 2013

    As part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative to reduce New York’s carbon emissions by 30% by the year 2030, aggressive programs that focus on renewable energy have been growing stronger. According to recent data released by the City College of…
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  • Masdar Unveil Africa’s Largest Solar PV Plant

    Masdar Unveil Africa’s Largest Solar PV Plant

    22nd April 2013

    Masdar, the Abu Dhabi renewable energy company has just unveiled Africa’s largest solar photovoltaic facility, the 15MW Sheikh Zayed Solar Power Plant. Located in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, the $31.99 million power plant will provide the West African country…
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  • Common Oriental Hornet Turns Sunlight into Electricity

    Common Oriental Hornet Turns Sunlight into Electricity

    19th April 2013

    A research team from the Tel Aviv University’s School of Physics and Astronomy has discovered that common Oriental hornets show a remarkable ability to harness energy from the sun, much like a plant. They hope that with further study they…
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  • CSP will Lead Solar Power to be Cost Competitive with Traditional Energy Sources

    CSP will Lead Solar Power to be Cost Competitive with Traditional Energy Sources

    16th April 2013

    In February 2011, US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced the launch of the SunShot Initiative, which had the sole objective of reducing the installed cost of solar energy systems by around 75% in order to make solar energy cost…
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  • Venture Capital Investment in Solar Industry Falling Sharply

    Venture Capital Investment in Solar Industry Falling Sharply

    11th April 2013

    Mercom Capital Group have just released a new report which shows that venture capital funding that goes to solar companies is falling fast. In the first quarter of this year solar venture capital fell almost a third to $126 million,…
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  • Nanowire Ink: a Game Changer for the Solar Industry

    Nanowire Ink: a Game Changer for the Solar Industry

    10th April 2013

    This week, Sweden based Sol Voltaics has announced that it intends to commercialise its new product that it believes could be a real game changer for the solar industry. The product consists of an ink that contains microscopic nanowire semiconductors…
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  • Molten Salt Concentrated Solar Plant can Produce Electricity on Demand

    Molten Salt Concentrated Solar Plant can Produce Electricity on Demand

    5th April 2013

    Workers at the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant near Tonopah, Nevada, have just finished erecting the receiver panels on top of the 540 foot tower at the centre of the facilities Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant. Unlike other CSP plants…
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  • Area 51 goes Green

    Area 51 goes Green

    4th April 2013

    Roswell, New Mexico, probably most famous for the Roswell Incident, may soon become famous for solar energy. Stuck out in the middle of the desert Area 51 may soon turn green. Green States Energy is currently developing two solar projects…
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