$5.6 Million In Electricity Savings At California Schools In 2012 Thanks To Solar Power

Published on March 1st, 2013 | by

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World-leading solar panel manufacturer SunPower has installed solar power systems at 92 California public schools (K-12). In 2012, the total savings from these solar power systems came to $5.6 million, SunPower announced this week at the California’s Coalition for Adequate School Housing  (C.A.S.H.) annual conference in Sacramento. “Over the next 25 years, SunPower solar power systems are […]

Solar-Powered Mobile Phone Charging Stations & Solar Candles Offer Big Savings

Published on March 1st, 2013 | by

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Solar power is now cheaper than power from fossil fuels in most of the developed world. It is especially competitive in off-grid markets. There are still huge barriers to deployment — financing, common expectations to “soon be connected to the grid,” and bureaucracy — but several firms are finding a way to connect people with cheap and […]

Solar Power Feed-In Tariff For Poland In March?

Published on February 26th, 2013 | by

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Poland is about ready to put into place a solar feed-in tariff policy similar to that used to propel solar power growth in Germany, the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Japan, and other leading solar power countries. I recently gave a guest lecture to a group of renewable energy graduate students here in Poland and happened […]

Improving Solar Power Forecasts

Published on February 25th, 2013 | by

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“Applying its atmospheric expertise to solar energy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is spearheading a three-year, nationwide project to create unprecedented, 36-hour forecasts of incoming energy from the Sun for solar energy power plants,” NCAR writes. “The research team is designing a prototype system to forecast sunlight and resulting power every 15 minutes […]

Czech Company Investing €400 Million ($530 Million) Into Ukraine Solar Power Plants

Published on February 25th, 2013 | by

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The Czech Republic is actually the #3 country in the world for solar power per capita. Unfortunately, the feed-in tariff policy that spurred the growth was cut a couple of years ago, and solar has practically been banned from the country since then. Nonetheless, some Czech businessmen and investors must have gotten a first-hand sense […]

Los Angeles Department Of Water & Power Gets Flood Of Solar Applications

Published on February 24th, 2013 | by

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Feed-in tariffs have driven most of the solar power growth in the world. Yet, they are not widely used in the U.S. However, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) recently implemented a feed-in tariff (FiT) for solar power, and it has already spurred a good bit of solar demand. 107 megawatts (MW) worth […]

Microfinancing For Home Solar Bringing Solar Power To Tens Of Thousands In Sri Lanka

Published on February 23rd, 2013 | by

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About 1.6 billion people don’t have reliable electricity from the grid. The good news is that solar power is now cheaper than diesel for the huge majority of these people, and innovative companies and organizations are working their way into developing countries to get electricity to more and more people. One such innovator is Sarvodaya Economic […]

Panasonic Claims Solar Cell Efficiency Record Of 24.7%

Published on February 23rd, 2013 | by

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Records are meant to be broken — at least, that’s what many people say. It’s certainly the case in the fast-developing solar energy industry. Tons of research teams around the world are working on improving solar technology — within universities, governmental research institutes, and companies. It seems there’s a new solar efficiency record of one […]

Ultra-Thin Solar Cells From New Class Of Materials

Published on February 23rd, 2013 | by

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Single atomic layers are combined to create novel materials with completely new properties. Layered oxide heterostructures are a new class of materials, which has attracted a great deal of attention among materials scientists in the last few years. A research team at the Vienna University of Technology, together with colleagues from the USA and Germany, […]

Japanese Banks Project Japanese Solar Market To Be Worth $19 Billion In Next Few Years

Published on February 23rd, 2013 | by

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Japan’s relatively new feed-in tariff for solar power has been spurring good solar power growth. Furthermore, it has set the environment needed for the market to mature. With the market maturing, the countries biggest banks are seeing it as an important market in which to get involved. Bloomberg writes: Japan’s biggest banks are following Goldman Sachs […]