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Forget asteroids: Solar storm could 'cause apocalypse on Earth with

Forget asteroids: Solar storm could 'cause apocalypse on Earth with just 12 hours warning' THE UK government has alarmingly admitted it is "woefully underprepared" for a major solar storm which could cause plane crashes, train derailments, huge fires, mass power blackouts and satellite disruption.

San Diego Unified's Had Some Dark Days With Solar

Four years ago, school district leaders said solar panels at more than 80 San Diego Unified schools and facilities would supply cleaner, cheaper power that would free up more cash for student needs and they signed contracts with companies to make that happen. Those promises didnt pan out. Only about half of those solar systems are on district rooftops and carports today. That means the district’s budget has been hit harder by San Diego Gas & Electric rate increases than it would have ...

Swiss Solar Module Maker EcoSolifer Plans Production Unit In Brazil

Swiss Solar Module Maker EcoSolifer Plans Production Unit In Brazil July 31st, 2015 by Smiti Mittal  Yet another solar photovoltaic module manufacturer is planning to set up production facility in Brazil. Switzerlands EcoSolifer AG is reportedly looking to set up a solar PV module manufacturing unit in Brazil, and is currently scouting for locations. The company plans to produce 80 MW of solar PV modules every year. The company is looking to be among the first international companies to man...

Solar-powered drone breaks record with 81-hour flight

Solar-powered drone AtlantikSolar has broken the world endurance record for unmanned aerial vehicles under 50kg -- by flying continuously for 81 hours. It is also the second longest UAV flight ever, behind Airbus Space's 53kg Zephyr 7. "We had to be extremely energy efficient, as we wanted to fly though the night, so we developed large and efficient batteries that supply that energy while flying in the darkness," says Philipp Oettershagen, 28, one of the engineers behind AtlantikSolar. Developed...

Oolu Is Bringing Solar Energy To West Africa's Off-Grid Population

In rural West Africa, 150 million people are currently living without electricity. Oolu, a Y Combinator company launching today, aims to reduce this number by delivering affordable solar energy to West Africas off-grid population, beginning in Senegal. Despite the surge of innovation in solar storage and panel technology, Oolu founder Daniel Rosa says that many people living in rural areas of West Africa still walk miles to the nearest city to charge their cellphones and purchase kerosene for l...

Solar-Power Fight Hits Home in Arizona

Arizona, the epicenter of a nationwide fight between solar companies and utilities, is introducing new rules for firms that offer solar panel leases, which consumers increasingly prefer to buying the rooftop systems outright. But some solar companies call such rules unnecessary, contending that there have been few complaints. Instead, they say, the regulations are a new effort by traditional utilities to try to stop the spread of...

Ingenious SunPort plug lets you use solar energy — even if you don

If you want to use clean solar energy in your home, your only option is to get some solar panels installed — right? Wrong. Contrary to what you might think, you don’t necessarily have to be a producer of solar energy in order to be a consumer of it — and there’s a brilliant new device on Kickstarter that makes it more accessible than ever before. We’ll get into the details of the device in a moment, but before we do, you’re probably wondering how the hell it&#...

Gov. Charlie Baker plans to propose solar energy legislation

by COLIN A. YOUNG BOSTON - As solar energy advocates rallied on the steps of the State House Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker said at a different event that his administration will file legislation concerning the solar power net metering cap "probably sometime next week." Details of the governor's planned legislation were not immediately available Thursday afternoon, but Baker said he expects "a robust discussion with the Legislature on that." "The administration looks forward to filing legislation ...

GlobalData Says China Will Lead Global Solar Installations In 2015

GlobalData Says China Will Lead Global Solar Installations In 2015 July 30th, 2015 by Joshua S Hill  China will lead the way for global installations of solar PV in 2015, according to GlobalData, with just over 17.6 GW. In a report published towards the beginning of June, global research and consulting firm GlobalData revealed the results of its latest Global Solar Power Market report, which provided analysis of the global market in 2014, with forecasts through 2015. Based on data obtained ...

Council backs solar farm

North Bay politicians are supporting a large-scale solar energy project in the Four Mile Lake area of the city. Mayor Al McDonald said council passed a motion in principle following in-camera discussions this week to support NextEra Energy Canada's proposed Trout Lake Solar Energy Centre. The firm is planning to submit a bid to the province for a solar farm of up to 75 megawatts on a 300-acre site north of Four Mile Lake. McDonald said about half of the firm's bid will be evaluated based on pric...