Solar Panels

Solar-powered water taxi under construction in PEI

A couple of entrepreneurs in North Rustico are working on a solar-powered water taxi to be launched in time for P.E.I.'s tourism season. Steve Arnold and Peter Ixks are converting an existing vessel to solar electricity a first for P.E.I. 'P.E.I. needs some systems like a solar transport system.'  Peter Ixks "It involves tearing out the old diesel motor which is smelly and big and noisy and heavy, and putting in a very sleek, electric motor," explained Arnold from inside a warehouse with t...

We were tricked, but solar works

Regarding the letter NV Energy must keep promises Las Vegas Sun, Dec. 30 : I, too, put solar panels on my house at great expense, only to find out that I will not be able to pay for it over 10 years like I planned and that the added value to my property from solar does not exist. What has happened is one of the oldest tricks in the book; its called bait and switch. We were told if we put in solar we were helping clean air and would be given incentives to put solar on the house. Thats the bait. N...

CES 2016: Las Vegas solar project faces trouble

A bitter row has pitched the energy regulator and Nevada's monopoly energy provider against one of Silicon Valley's boldest entrepreneurs.The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has changed the rules to make the use of solar panels less attractive, and as a consequence Elon Musk's SolarCity firm - which installs the equipment - has announced it is pulling out of Nevada.Read Rory Cellan-Jones' blog for the full story.

The future looks bright for solar power in India

NEW DELHI, India Free speech in cartoons can get tricky. The Australian newspaper learned a lesson about what crosses the line in December, when a cartoon in its pages drew international accusations of racism.Something about the stereotypical illiterate Indian trying to eat with mango chutney solar panels sent by the United Nations just didn't elicit a laugh.

Rates for rooftop solar customers set to increase Friday

John Harrington / Sunrun / AP Real estate experts Drew Scott, left, and Jonathan Scott, center, stars of the HGTV show “Property Brothers” and solar enthusiasts, help install Sunrun solar panels Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, on their “smart home” in Las Vegas.

Ethical spending rose in 2014 but solar cuts could hit this year's figures

Stronger sales of solar panels, electric cars and free-range poultry helped to grow the UKs overall ethical market by 8% in 2014, a new report claims. However, the reports authors warned that recent government changes such as cuts to subsidies for householders installing rooftop solar panels would make it tougher to repeat this growth in spending on low carbon home energy and cars. The overall value of sales for a sector that spans charity shops, vegetarian food and energy efficient lightbulbs, ...

The year of the outer solar system: how space exploration reached

The surface of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet as seen from the Philae lander, which stirred back to life this year after extra sun fell on its solar panels. Photograph: Handout/ESA via Getty Images The European Space Agencys Rosetta spacecraft, the first to drop a lander on a comet, continued to orbit the body, sniffing oxygen in its gas cloud and flying close enough to film its own shadow on the comets surface. The Philae lander which landed not once, but thrice, fell silent three days aft...

Nevada consumer advocate seeks pause on solar rate changes

CARSON CITY, Nev. >> The Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection is asking regulators to put a hold on a controversial new rate structure for customers with rooftop solar panels. Nevada Consumer Advocate Eric Witkoski filed the request Thursday, two days after the Public Utilities Commission voted to move forward with new rates that phase out subsidies and raise prices over five years. Witkoski says solar customers who bought their panels years ago may not have been aware that their rates cou...