Category: Solar

  • Look out Putin — Ukrainian woman invents ‘solar for balconies’ to wean Europe off Russian gas | TechCrunch

    Much has been made of how European countries are, on the one hand, supporting Ukraine in its fight against the heinous and illegal invasion by Russia but at the same time remaining heavily dependent on Russian energy sources. WeDoSolar, launched in February 2022 (the month Russia invaded Ukraine) and says it has so far received […]

  • Texas Will Get Billions for Environmental Projects from $1.2T Infrastructure Bill, from Clean Water to EV Charging to Public Transit » Dallas Innovates

    $550 billion in new infrastructure spending is coming to projects nationwide—and a big slice is bound for Texas. From new electric buses to rail projects to improved power infrastructure to lead water service line removal and more, Texas’ environment may be one of the biggest beneficiaries of all. AECOM CEO Troy Rudd says the bill […]

  • Solar Panel Recycling in 2019: How it Works

    October 16, 2020 Update: America’s Largest Solar Panel-Maker Leads the World in Panel Recycling–Recovering 95% of Materials Solar panel recycling is important for the future of solar. Solar panels have a lifetime of about 30 years. With the increasing number of solar panels being sold and installed in the United States each year, it’s only […]

  • Where Batteries are Replacing Power Plants

    A curious thing recently happened in Southern California. One of the largest utilities in the country scrapped a proposal to build a new peaker plant, opting instead to build a battery system that could store excess electricity from solar and wind when conditions are good and cleanly dispatch it when needed. Batteries paired with wind […]

  • Book-Sized Solar Panels Could Power a Whole Home in New Breakthrough

    Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that could generate enough electricity to power an entire home – all by using solar panels that are much smaller than current models. A team of experts from the University of Exeter has discovered an innovative way for generating photovoltaic (PV) energy – or ways in which to convert light into power. The new technique relies on ‘funneling’ the sun’s energy more efficiently directly into power cells, such as solar panels or batteries. While current solar cells are able to convert around 20% of the energy received from the sun, the new technique has the potential to convert around 60% of it by funneling the energy more efficiently.

  • Power-Hungry Texas Oil Drillers Get a Little Help From Solar

    Texas, home to the world’s largest oil reserve and America’s biggest source of coal-fired power, is on the verge of a clean-energy boom. Wind already supplies about 15 percent of Texas’s electricity, and now developers are about to quadruple the state’s solar capacity, adding enough panels by 2022 to light up all of Dallas. But […]

  • The military is cutting its dangerous dependence on diesel – with solar power and microgrids

    The US Army is not particularly shy about adopting the latest high-tech gadgets, and renewable energy is a case in point. Despite all the fossil friendly rhetoric emanating from the White House, the Army is still pursuing microgrids with renewable solar energy to improve operations and cut costs at its domestic bases here in the […]

  • Solar energy is green. Solar panels are not. AI can revolutionize their design

    Solar panels are manufactured at 2,000˚C, a temperature so high it requires fossil-fuel power. They are also made using rare earth elements, the supply of which has both capacity and political issues. A new and global project is using artificial intelligence (AI) to rapidly create new designs with new materials that can make their manufacture […]

  • How Rural States Are Leading the Clean Energy Revolution

    In rural communities struggling with limited job growth and a roughly 40 percent net decline in farm incomes since 2011, wind and solar royalties have dramatically boosted economic development. In 2017 alone, farmers and ranchers received $267 million in wind farm lease payments, while other communities have seen their tax base increase from clean energy […]

  • Texas Could See $100 Million In Solar Investments

    A deal announced Monday could mean a $100 million towards solar projects in Texas. Austin-based solar power company PowerFin Partners will develop and build the projects and Toronto-based real estate investors Fengate will finance the deals as part of today’s announced co-development deal. “Financing of solar projects is pretty difficult,” said Tuan Pham, president of […]

  • The Burden — American Resilience Project

    The San Antonio chapters of the Citizens Climate Lobby, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance held a panel discussion on June 9, 2018 about how fossil fuel dependence affects national security — and how the military is primed to lead the transition into clean energy. “The Burden makes a compelling case […]

  • San Antonio ranks 6th in U.S. solar

    The Alamo City — which was in eighth place last year — now has 161 megawatts of direct current solar power installed, according to the latest Shining Cities report from Environment America. The numbers are through the end of 2017. Direct current is the power produced by solar panels before being converted to alternating current, […]

  • Butterfly wings inspire a better way to absorb light in solar panels – The Verge

    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 […]

  • Mission Solar Energy’s New President to Debut at Solar Power International – Mission Solar Energy

    On June 12th, Jae Yang was appointed President of Mission Solar Energy. This new endeavor has become a source of passion and excitement for him. We sat down with Jae and chatted about the job, his expectations and his plans to take the Mission Solar Energy into the future. LAYERS OF EXPERIENCE Jae previously worked for […]

  • San Antonio Outshines Other Texas Cities In Solar Energy Capacity

    San Antonio is the state's leader in solar energy capacity, according to a recent report assessing local "smart" policies across America. Within the last decade, growth in the solar energy industry has brought numerous businesses and new initiatives to San Antonio. CPS Energy, the city's municipal utility, for example, extended $15 million of funding to […]

  • eLab Accelerator Projects Sustain Hope for Clean Energy Innovation

    Starting yesterday, the 2017 eLab Accelerator teams has convened at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah to accelerate their initiatives with the support of nationally renowned expert faculty and eLab’s specially trained facilitators. At Accelerator and beyond, projects from across the country are continuing to develop solutions for a transformed electricity system that will grow […]

  • Solar Embrace

    More than a year ago, RMI announced it would focus on community-scale solar. Now, as we enable power purchase agreements (PPAs) at prices 40 percent below median bids, we are seeing increasing interest in community-scale solar, and we are expanding our efforts across the nation. Source: Solar Embrace

  • 3 Trump Targets: Here’s What’s at Stake

    President Trump signed another executive order on Friday aimed at eliminating regulations. The Washington Post has reported that the Trump administration may announce a number of executive orders in the coming days. The rumored targets—the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule and the federal coal leasing moratorium—protect our air and water, save lives and take action to stop climate disruption. By the numbers, […]

  • Jimmy Carter’s Short-Lived White House Solar Panels

    What took so long for solar power to return to the White House? In 1979, President Jimmy Carter installed 32 solar panels on the roof of the White House. Long before many Americans even knew what solar power was, Carter’s effort was an attempt to educate the nation on the benefits of alternative energy. (The […]

  • CPS Energy renews rooftop solar rebate program with $15M in funding

    CPS Energy is renewing its rooftop solar rebate program with another $15 million in funding. CPS Chief Operating Officer Cris Eugster announced the program's renewal Monday afternoon during the city-owned utility company's board meeting. Under the new plan, CPS has set aside $9 million for residential projects and $6 million for commercial projects. Eugster said […]