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Why Is the U.S. Meddling in India's Solar Energy Policy?

Given the overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change will wreak havoc on our planet, you’d think the international community would be doing everything it can to promote better energy habits. The good news is that India has spent the past few years working to develop its own solar energy technology. The bad news is that the United States would prefer India to use the U.S.’s technology and is ready to call for trade sanctions to make it happen. Currently, India is primarily r...

California Grandfathers Existing Solar Arrays In, Rates Won't

Originally published on the ECOreport. The California Public Utilities Commission CPUC has ruled that existing rooftop solar arrays can keep selling electricity to the grid at current rates for 20 years. This applies to all customers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company. The CPUCs decision was unanimous and in line with what Governor Jerry Brown intended when he signed Assembly Bill 327 into law. At that time, Governo...

NTPC to start up three new solar power plants

Tweet Link this Share this NEW DELHI Reuters - State-run NTPC NTPC.NS , the biggest power producer in India, said it was preparing to start commercial operations at three new solar power plants, doubling its capacity from solar energy sources. NTPC has vowed to raise the... Email Print

Major Solar Flare Erupts from the Sun (Video)

The sun unleashed a major solar flare on Saturday March 29 , causing a radio blackout for several minutes on Earth, space weather experts say. The brief X1-class flare erupted from the now decaying sunspot AR2017 at 1:48 p.m. EDT 1748 GMT on Saturday, according to a report from the NOAA-led Space Weather Prediction Center. Although AR2017 is dissipating, it may still produce more solar flares in the coming days, the report stated. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory caught sight of the solar blast...

solar powered cumulus parasol by studio toer self-inflates in the sun

solar powered cumulus parasol by studio toer self-inflates in the sunall images courtesy of studio toer         with summer just around the corner, netherlands-based studio toer has designed ‘the cumulus parasol’, a solar powered shade which self-inflates when the sun starts shining. energy generating modules fixed to the top of the stand-alone shade activate a fan with the presence of natural light, inflating the body of the fabric umbrella. expanding to its ful...

First Power and Light, Inc. Opening Solar Panel Distribution Hub in

First Power and Light, Inc. Opening Solar Panel Distribution Hub in Arizona. Anticipates $300,000 in Sales for April VOLT will supply solar panels to meet booming solar demand on West Coast. Company unveils new website as part of expansion launch: http://www.VoltSolarSystems.com.

First Solar Close to Agreements to Supply Mines in Australia

First Solar Inc. FSLR , the largest U.S. solar-panel maker, is close to announcing agreements to supply its technology to remote mining projects in Australia to help resources companies save on fuel costs. The company expects to develop as much as 200 megawatts of capacity for the mining industry over the next three years, Jack Curtis, First Solars Sydney-based vice president of business development for the Asia-Pacific, said in a phone interview. The Tempe, Arizona-based company plans to combi...

Will Solar Power Remain Profitable in 2014?

The staggering rise in the consumption of solar power in the U.S. has provided a tailwind for shares of solar panels manufacturers including First Solar NASDAQ: FSLR   and SunPower NASDAQ: SPWR   . These companies are likely to face stronger competition, however, which could cut down their profitability and impede their progress. Let's further explore these issues. Outlook for 2014According to the Energy Information Administration, the demand for solar power is expected to...

FPL solar dimmed by clouds but still has glimmer of potential

The most ambitious solar plant in Florida has 190,000 mirrors that reflect sunlight onto tubes filled with 1.2 million gallons of oil-like fluid that heats to a blistering 740 degrees. Built by Florida Power & Light Co., the plant is a complex and expensive foray into breaking the state's dependency on oil, coal and natural gas. But it hasn't been working well, having just finished its third year in operation, making less power than expected. FPL's explanation: Blame rainy weather. Unique in the...

Elon Musk On 100% Renewable Energy, Solar Energy Potential, Li

Originally published on Lenz Blog. It is of course correct that eventually all energy will be renewable, and the only question is how fast that happens. Fossil fuel will run out eventually. It is also correct in my opinion that we should rather not gamble with the amount of CO2 that can be safely released. The way to speed that transition up is to make fossil fuels more expensive. The way to make that happen is to mine it at a slower pace, and to keep larger reserves. As it happens, such a cou...