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Solar sale could revive Soitec

Solar manufacturer Soitec said it is seeking to reignite production at its San Diego assembly line through the sale of power-purchase contracts for an unnamed solar project under development in California.The contracts, underwritten by San Diego Gas & Electric customers, were originally tied to four solar power plants in the Boulevard area that have run into extended delays in the planning and permitting process.The unnamed buyer would in turn deploy 150 megawatts of generating capacity, using 8...

The Way to Make Solar Energy a Hot investment? Make It a Boring

Back when it was an expensive, unproven technology, solar energy was driven by hippies in sandals rigging up off-the-grid systems. About a decade ago, change-the-world Silicon Valley types hoping to make gazillions of dollars entered the fray, raising venture capital and promoting moonshot projects, like futuristic solar farms in the Southwestern desert.

Tunisia Follows Solar Supplier Dream For Europe

This week, Nur Energy outlined plans to begin construction on a vast solar plant in southern Tunisia meant to only meet domestic energy needs, but also those of European consumers. Planned to begin construction in late 2016, the plan aims to do what other similar projects have failed to do finally harness the months of intense solar power of the Sahara Desert for energy consumers at home and abroad. According to a Voice of America report, the project would spread thousands of solar panels acros...

Solar panel project a win-win, Waterloo Region official says

KITCHENER — They recline, tilted toward the south, in serried ranks on the roof of the Region of Waterloo's water treatment plant in Mannheim. The rows of solar panels look like they're not doing much at all, but even on a cloudy day, they're quietly soaking up the rays of the sun, sending that energy into the provincial electricity grid, and making money for the region. The region's 16 solar systems are quite varied: from a 22-panel, 6-kilowatt installation on top of a Cambridge dayc...

SolarCity Unveils ZS Beam — New System Improves Speed +

October 30th, 2014 by James Ayre  Solar Love. A new product intended to make the installation of solar carport systems easier, cheaper, and safer was recently unveiled by the US-based solar energy giant SolarCity. The new product — ZS Beam, part of the company’s Zep Solar line — will make it possible for a much larger number of businesses, schools, and organizations interested in creating solar carparks to do so. Part of the benefit of using the new technology — acc...

Richard King-Founder of Solar Decathlon-TEDxTalk (VIDEO)

October 31st, 2014 by Amber Archangel  1Sun4All. Have you thought about how the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon got started? Who was the first person to want to have a student competition that demonstrates the use of solar rooftop systems? According to Solar Decathlon, it began with Richard King. In 1999 he had been working at the Department of Energy for 10 years conducting research on solar photovoltaic systems. He says they had developed highly reliable solar panels, but few pe...

US Solar Costs Catching Up to Conventional Energy

For years, one of the big arguments against solar energy is that its too expensive for consumers, and cant compete price-wise with conventional electricity produced by burning fossil fuel in utility plants. But that may be changing. Two new studies indicate that solar is getting affordable more quickly than expected, and that its on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices for most of the United States in just two years. NEWS: Solar Energy Farm Floats on Reservoir One...

'Game-changing' solar company says things are sunnier than reported

Following the failure of a number of solar companies, the investing climate has not exactly been sunny for that industry. It’s a challenge for a Durham, North Carolina-based company that has developed technology it describes as “a game-changer.” But the CEO of Semprius, Joe Carr, told VentureBeat today that the forecast for his company is not as dire as one recent report suggests. The report, in Thursday’s M.I.T. Technology Review, said “the company needs a new inve...

Solar's Future Looks Brighter

Scientists have created a new solar power material they call the “black hole of light” because it can absorb and convert to heat 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. A team of researchers at the University of California at San Diego developed the silicon boride-coated nanoshell material that can be used in concentrating solar power CSP plants, according to a news release. Researchers said the new material could increase the efficiency of CSPs by about 30 percent. CSP plants consis...