This Brilliant Initiative Is Sending 100 Solar Trailers to Puerto Rico for Free

Posted on Friday, November 24th, 2017 by

A remarkable collaborative effort to deploy portable solar energy systems to relieve critical areas in Puerto Rico is well underway. The “Power On Puerto Rico” project from the Amicus Solar Cooperative, a nationwide solar energy cooperative, and Amurtel, an international disaster relief nonprofit, is sending 100 off-grid Solar Outreach Systems (SOS) to the storm-battered island. New England-based solar company ReVision Energy is building the […]

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Solar XL – A Wave of Renewable Energy Resistance

Posted on Friday, November 10th, 2017 by

This 8-minute film tells the story of the Solar XL campaign, from where we started to where we’re going. It takes you to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota where the pipeline would run half a mile outside its border. It also shows the family farm of Jim Carlson in Nebraska where the […]

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Solar ‘smart’ greenhouses produce both clean electricity & food crops

Posted on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 by

A new breed of solar panel can do double duty on greenhouse roofs by not only generating renewable electricity, but also by using a light-altering dye to help optimize photosynthesis in the plants beneath them. Normally, putting solar panels on the roof of a greenhouse wouldn’t be a bright idea, as the panels would […]

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Butterfly wings inspire a better way to absorb light in solar panels

Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by

The wings of a butterfly have inspired a new type of solar cell that can harvest light twice as efficiently as before and could one day improve our solar panels. Solar panels are usually made of thick solar cells, and are positioned at an angle to get the most amount of light from the sun […]

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High-tech umbrella follows the sun to give you shade

Posted on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 by

Courtesy of ShadeCraft Sunflower Home-tech aficionados who already have robotic dog toys, smart salt shakers, and wireless turntables, here’s your next big product: A solar-powered, 7-square-foot umbrella that rotates and tilts as the sun moves across the sky. The ShadeCraft Sunflower solves a problem you didn’t even know you had. Instead of having to laboriously move your $29.99 […]

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Glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

Posted on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 by

Academics from the University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science have developed a clean energy solution for buildings that could revolutionise the construction industry. Professor Tapas Mallick and Dr Hasan Baig and IIB Research Commercialisation Manager Jim Williams have created streamlined solar technology that fits neatly into glass blocks. Facades using the innovative product, called […]

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Could This Be the Most Efficient Solar Panel Ever?

Posted on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 by

Solar panels have been around for a while now, but the materials they’re made from make them incapable of converting more than about a quarter of the sun’s energy into usable electricity. According to MIT calculations, an average house in sunny Arizona still needs about 574 square feet of solar panels (assuming about 15 percent efficiency) […]

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Solar Revolution Turns These Women Into Powerful Entrepreneurs

Posted on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 by

A solar revolution is transforming the lives of women in the remotest parts of Asia. They no longer have to wait decades to be connected to a power grid but are able today to exploit the huge potential of the abundant sunshine. In societies where women normally play a subservient role and spend much of their […]

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China plans 100 panda-shaped solar plants on new Silk Road

Posted on Wednesday, July 26th, 2017 by

In a country where you can find everything from chopsticks to slippers designed to look like pandas, one Chinese energy company is going a step further by building 100 solar farms shaped like the bears along the route of the ambitious Belt and Road initiative. Panda Green Energy Group (0686.HK) has already connected one such […]

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Flexible solar panels recycle indoor light

Posted on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 by

Integrating solar panels into windows and walls seems to be the obvious next step for the technology, but what about all of the light indoors? What if there could be a way to harness, or recycle, that light energy along with the light from the sun? Researchers at Virginia Tech have proven that it’s possible. Mechanical engineer […]

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