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MIT startup offers camouflage solar panels that will match any roof

Sistine Solar wants to help sustainability-minded homeowners who also care about aesthetics No one would argue for the aesthetic beauty of the average solar panel—the dark, gridded rectangles blend into rooftops about as well as a penguin at a peacock party. Show More Summary

EU court rejects bid to nix tariffs on Chinese solar panels

A European Union court has dismissed a bid by 26 companies to annul anti-dumping tariffs imposed by the bloc on Chinese solar panels more than three years ago. The 28-nation … Click to Continue »

New Mexico Senate backs solar contracts for state buildings

A legislative initiative that could spur the installation of solar panels on New Mexico state buildings has been approved by the state Senate. The Senate on Monday voted 36-4 to … Click to Continue »

Indiana Senate approves bill to curtail solar incentive

Much of the financial incentive for installing solar panels would be eliminated in the coming years under a bill passed by the Indiana Senate. Solar panel owners who feed surplus … Click to Continue »

Apple Park looks set for business in latest flyover video

Apple’s “Apple Park” campus finally has a name, and thanks to a new drone flyover video we can see just how close to complete it is. Installation of the hundreds of solar panels on its cavernous garage roof is now done, while those being positioned on the main “spaceship” roof are almost finished as well. With […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens)

First drone footage since naming of Apple Park shows completed parking garage & more [Video]

It’s a few days since the official naming of Apple’s new campus as Apple Park, and we’re today seeing the first drone footage following the announcement. The solar panel installation on the garage roofing is now 100% complete, and looks stunning. Show More Summary

4 Million Solar Panels Seen from Space

On the Tibetan Plateau in eastern China, 4 million solar panels silently soak up the sun as part of the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park.

Solar Panels That Can Get Energy From Raindrops

Imagine a solar panel that generates energy not just from the sun, but also from the rain that hits it. Scientists have combined an electron-enriched graphene electrode with a regular solar cell in order to create just that. More »      

Wrong statements by lawmaker on solar energy stir backlash

The third-ranking state Senate Republican wrongly said that an Indiana financial incentive for installing solar panels would disappear unless lawmakers supported his bill to revamp it. At least one lawmaker … Click to Continue »

This system can purify 2000 liters of water per day with solar thermal energy

The Tenkiv Nexus modular renewable energy system can also use the sun's heat to power anything "for 1/13th the cost of existing solar panels and 1/5th the cost of fossil fuels."

NASA releases images of the world's largest solar farm from space

China is home to the world's largest solar farm, which is so immense, it is visible from space. With around four million solar panels, Longyangxia Dam Solar Park has a capacity of 850 megawatts (MW) - pushing the country closer to its ambitious renewable energy goals. Show More Summary

Inspired by Gullah culture, this Roswell firm builds houses that are ecofriendly and chic

Simone du Boise and Denise Donahue developed a model called the EcoCraft Hybrid Home, which aims for “Net Zero Energy”—a building that consumes no more energy than it produces. In a Cadmus prototype, solar panels heat 80 percent of the household’s hot water and fuel at least 50 percent of required electricity (new technology may soon capture even more energy).

Home Foreclosure Cases Raise Questions About SolarCity Policies

The company, owned by Tesla, relies on monthly payments from solar panel customers. But foreclosures can halt those payments, and SolarCity relies on only one credit check to vet customers.

Futuristic canopy made of knitted textile solar panels wins 2017 Young Architects Program at MoMA

Since 2000, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1 art gallery brings to life experimental outdoor installations every summer—and this year’s winning design is shaping up to be its most innovative project yet. Ithaca-based design...Show More Summary

Lancaster, Calif. Requires Newly Built Houses to Fully Power Themselves with Solar

Lancaster, California has moved beyond requiring solar panels on the rooftops of new houses. A newly passed city ordinance stipulates that those rooftop arrays meet the energy needs of those homes. The city started requiring solar on...Show More Summary

Dragon’s Guide To A 100% Renewable Home — Part 3 (Axe Gas)

In Part 2, we talked about heating hot water with electricity with a goal of supplying 100% of that electricity with solar panels.R emember, we aren't trying to cover 100% of instantaneous electricity use with solar PV, just 100% of the average electricity use for the entire year in a grid-connected system without batteries. Show More Summary

This blooming solar system harvests energy from the sun like a flower

'Smartflower' claims to be the world's first "intelligent energy plant." It's a solar system that unfolds its giant solar panel petals in the morning and follows the sun throughout the day. It closes up at night or during heavy weather...Show More Summary

After A Tough Quarter, Premium Products Can Help SunPower Drive A Turnaround

SunPower, the second largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer, published a challenging set of fourth quarter 2016 results, posting a wider than expected loss, while guiding lower than expected revenues for next quarter, on account of oversupply and tough pricing conditions in the global solar market.

Review: GoalZero Flip 30 + Nomad 7 Plus Kit

The Flip 30 + Nomad 7 Plus Kit from GoalZero includes a USB battery pack and solar charging panel. For people who spend lots of time outdoors away from AC power, the Nomad 7 Plus panel lets you charge the Flip 30 battery directly -- or any phone or other USB-compatible device -- using the power of the sun.

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