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Solar in Space: Powering Earth and Beyond

Ever since the United States launched the Vanguard 1 satellite into space on March 17, 1958, solar panels have been an integral part of nearly every satellite, orbiter...

Bay Area City to Add Free Solar to 130 Low-Income Homes

Over the next three years, the city of Richmond in the East Bay area will be adding solar to 130 low-income households there – without the city or homeowners paying a...

Will Low PV Prices Kill Small Wind?

With solar photovoltaic (PV) panel prices going lower and lower, solar arrays are quickly taking the place of small wind power projects and residential turbines. Is this...

Why the Solar Impulse Matters

How can a huge, slow, single-seat plane change the world? One day before the United States pauses to celebrate the 239th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence,...

Biomimicry: Using Nature’s Solar Technology

The concept of imitating natural systems in the built environment is known as “Biomimicry,” and it holds great promise for advancements in many areas of technology,...

CSP: PV Not the Only Game in Town

With the price of photovoltaic (PV) panels plummeting and the advent of the era of PV “solar farms,” large scale solar thermal projects have not been getting much...

Second Time Around: Bay Area Gets PACE Financing… Again

The PACE financing program for solar installations – standing for Property Assessed Clean Energy – has recently experienced a revival in the Bay Area. The program...

Lithium Batteries and Solar: Where are We Headed?

Residential Battery Systems (RBS) are the topic of much excitement and speculation in the solar world recently. Tesla, the electric car giant led by entrepreneur and...

What’s Going On With Chinese Solar Stocks?

CNN reported today that as Hanergy Thin Film’s stock collapsed last week, Li Hejun, the company’s CEO, was joking with listeners at a renewable energy conference. In...

From Dump to Dynamo: EPA Launches Giant Solar Project in Bay Area

On May 13, 2015, at Hayward, California, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) celebrated the launching of the first project by the Regional Renewable Energy...

Students Race for Solar (and Life) Knowledge in Riverside County

This past weekend, students from 41 Southern California high schools participated in the 13th Annual Solar Cup race, held on Lake Skinner at Temecula, near Winchester in...

The Little Utility That Could

Warren McKenna, the Manager of Farmers Electric Coop in Kalona, Iowa is a soft spoken fellow. However, it only took one sentence to bring an auditorium full of solar...