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Minnesota Solar Bill To Boost Solar From 13 MW To 450 MW

Minnesota’s governor Mark Dayton has hit a home run for the state’s solar power industry. A new bill introduced called the “Solar Energy Jobs Act” is set to increase Minnesota’s solar capacity from 13 MW to more than 450 MW. With strong leadership, governor Dayton has made it clear that he supports a clean energy future for Minnesota. During his […]

May 28th

Malta Grants €21 Million For Photovoltaic Subsidy Scheme

In an effort to increase its renewable energy generation, Malta has started a photovoltaic subsidy and rebate scheme worth €21 million. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is co-financing the fund and will pay a feed-in tariff (FiT) rate of €0.22/kWh for each unit generated from PV panels and fed into the national grid.

May 23rd

PV Sector Did Not Increase 2012 Tariff Deficit In Spain

A report issued by Spain’s National Energy Commission (CNE) has found that the PV sector did not contribute to the increase in the country’s power tariff deficit in 2012. The annual report was issued on April 18. It analyzed the massive power tariff deficit seen in  Spain’s electricity sector in 2012. Spain’s cumulative tariff deficit has risen to €35.6 […]

May 4th

Amonix Breaks Another World Record For PV Module Efficiency

Amonix Inc. is no stranger to setting peak efficiency records with its concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems. As a matter of fact, it just set a new record that successfully converted more than 36% of direct sunlight into electricity. This new achievement breaks the old record Amonix established in May 2012 of 34.2% peak efficiency. Amonix has been the leading designer […]

April 30th

World’s Largest Solar Power Project, 579-Megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Project, Under Construction

MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corp. have just marked the start of the 579-Megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Projects with a community celebration. The huge three-year construction project is expected to employ around 650 workers and generate more than $500 million in regional economic impact. Split into two projects located in Kern and Los Angeles counties (California), the […]

April 29th

Study Finds Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plants Are Twice As Efficient

A new study by the Reiner Lemoine Institut and Solarpraxis AG has found that solar and wind power generation complement each other better than previously thought. The study examined the surface area where solar photovoltaic systems and wind turbines were installed together. In that same surface area, twice the amount of electricity was being generated, and the shading produced by the […]

April 24th

How To: Solar Oven Cooker

For you next afternoon DIY project, why not create a Hot-Box Solar Oven? This is one project that can really come in handy during a power outage or on a camping trip. This sun-fueled solar oven can bake your favorite dishes in no time and is a great way to conserve energy on those sunny […]

April 23rd

Elon Musk In Time 100 List

Recently, Time Magazine recognized Elon Musk as one of the 100 most influential people in the world — an honor that is deserving of Mr. Musk for all that he has done to help solve environmental, social, and economic challenges. Elon Musk is an engineer and entrepreneur who holds a physics degree from the University of […]

April 22nd