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Solar plant shines at the end of Tonopah's tunnel — PHOTOS

Solar plant shines at the end of Tonopah's tunnel PHOTOSHeliostats is seen Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at the Crescent Dunes Solar Project, located 11 miles northwest of Tonopah. The molten salt 110 MW facility has over 10,000 tracking mirrors. Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal Follow him @jlscheidSolar plant shines at the end of Tonopah's tunnel PHOTOSCrescent Dunes Solar Project, located 11 miles northeast of Tonopah is seen Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. The 110 megawatt solar thermal p...

This solar system isn't big enough for the both of us. — Jupiter

It's like something out of an interplanetary chess game. Astrophysicists at the University of Toronto have found that a close encounter with Jupiter about 4 billion years ago may have resulted in another planet's ejection from the solar system altogether. The existence of a fifth giant gas planet at the time of the solar system's formation — in addition to Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune that we know of today — was first proposed in 2011. But if it did exist, how did it get pus...

The US is Finally Heeding Warnings About a Monster Solar Storm

Were all too familiar with the dangers posed by earthquakes, droughts, and hurricanes. But theres another natural phenomena that represents a growing threat to our tech-driven society, and thats space weather. And at long last, the US government seems to be taking the issue seriously. Space weather scientists at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and NASA have warned for years that if a massive solar storm were to strike the Earth, the effects could be catastrophic. Think worldwid...

The Alliance For Solar Choice Statement On Reversal Of Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis., Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the Dane County Circuit Court in Wisconsin struck down discriminatory charges on solar customers. In a verbal ruling, Judge Peter Anderson reversed the Wisconsin Public Service Commission's December 2014 decision to add a discriminatory fee on distributed generation customers in We Energies' territory. The reversal is the result of the appeal filed by The Alliance for Solar Choice TASC and Renew Wisconsin. The Court found that th...

Historical solar project moves ahead at newest Kamloops park

KAMLOOPS - The newly renovated West Highlands Park Community Centre will soon be home to the largest solar project in Kamloops history. Installation has begun on rooftop solar panels that will harvest 27,600 kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, or the equivalent of the electricity used by two and a half average B.C. households. “Featuring a solar array of this scale in the heart of our newest park underscores our message of sustainability through innovation and healthy living initiat...

A California Supervisor Defends Rooftop Solar

A California Supervisor Defends Rooftop Solar October 30th, 2015 by Roy L Hales  Originally published on the ECOreport Many hoped California’s net-metering war was ending two years ago, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 327. The state’s Public Utilities Commission CPUC was given until the end of this year to create a new tariff that will kick in once the state’s big three investor owned utilities PG&E, SCE and SDG&E reach 5% nameplate generation capaci...

Port Hope student Curtis Clifford helps create solar water pump

COBOURG -- Curtis Clifford, a Trinity College School Grade 12 student from Clarington, invented a solar panel water pump with help from his father and brother. The pump is designed to irrigate farmers fields in developing countries. He developed the device at the family workshop in Cobourg. October 21, 2015.

Please, PUC, don't cast a cloud over the solar boom

Southern California, the land of sunny days and houses as far as the eye can see, is particularly suited to take advantage of rooftop solar.And though solar was slow to take off, it is sizzling now, thanks to government incentives and subsidies to offset the steep installation costs. Almost 400,000 California homes have solar panels on their roofs, turning the rays of the sun into kilowatts to run toasters and TVs.

Separate utility rates for solar owners defeated in New Mexico

Separate utility rates for solar owners defeated in New Mexico 30. October 2015 Financial & Legal Affairs, Markets & Trends By:  Christian Roselund El Paso Electric Company would have been the first utility in the nation impose a separate rate structure for solar owners, were the proposal not thrown out by regulators.

Solar Panels are the Overlooked Workhorses of the International

Solar arrays are the unsung heroes of the International Space Station, drawing power from the sun to create an oasis of warmth and safety in the vast darkness of space. Eight wings form four matched solar arrays on the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA