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Solar startup M-KOPA leapfrogs Africa’s electricity grid

Across East Africa more than 300,000 households previously without electricity are powering homes and devices with solar panels and using mobile money to pay for it. Read More

More than a moral imperative: Giving to get power and influence a righteous act of self-help

Devastated fans mourning Prince's passing were surprised and delighted to learn of his history of charitable giving as his friend Van Jones shared details including providing solar panels to marginalized communities to providing funding...Show More Summary

Taiwanese government should provide more support for solar panel industry

The Taiwanese government should provide subsidies for the solar panel industry to help it survive in that country, University of Exeter researchers have recommended. Solar photovoltaic production in Taiwan is not competitive, a new study has found, and more support should be given to producers through publically-funded research and development. read more

For Sale: Solar Panels at IKEA

Our Solar Shops launch today in selected stores & online! More info: — IKEA UK (@IKEAUK) April 25, 2016 While they disappeared for a little bit there, IKEA shoppers in the UK can once...Show More Summary

Lightweight solar platforms stay steady on ocean waves

A new prototype for floating solar panels could allow them to be used in the ocean.

SaveOnEnergy Infographic: How Solar Panels Work

Originally published on Planetsave. As international interest in renewable energy grows, I want to send thanks to SaveOnEnergy for providing this infographic about how solar panels work. How Solar Panels Work “Solar power is talked about a lot these days. Show More Summary

First Solar First Quarter Preview: Bookings & Efficiency Improvements In Focus

First Solar, the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer, is expected to publish its Q1 2016 earnings on April 27th. We expect the company’s performance to improve on a year-over-year basis, driven by higher power plant sales, as well as lower module and balance of system costs. Below, we take [...]

Apollo 45L Solar-Powered Outdoor Backpack Keeps Your Devices Charged

Hong Kong-based design team Syzygy Outdoor Gear has released the Apollo 45L solar-powered backpack, which guarantees a sustainable power source no matter the activity. Equipped with a thin-film solar panel, the backpack has an output of 6W and 1A, enough power to charge most devices and portable energy banks. The pack itself is made from […]

What’s the real impact of an environmentally certified home?

For those who are new in their environmental awareness, one of the first things they look to change is their home, whether it's through home improvements, such as installing energy-efficient appliances and solar panels, or moving into a new, environmentally certified home. Show More Summary

Mapping the Many Living Roofs of San Francisco

Last week, San Francisco became the first city to mandate solar panels on the roof of new buildings (provided they're less than 10 stories), but also winding its way through the city's legal apparatus is a partner bill that would allow...Show More Summary

Not Dead Yet

Last year the success of wind and solar power made headlines as installations of new turbines and PV panels soared. Meanwhile, “nuclear is dead” think pieces mushroomed in the press as old plants closed and new projects floundered in...Show More Summary

Solar Panels Go More Mainstream While Capacity Grows And New Technologies Improve To Reduce Cost

As technology for solar panels continues to improve, the price of solar panels has gone down about 80 percent, making the price more affordable for anyone who wants to install them and cut their electric bills. Capacity of the panels continues to increase, making it a more viable form of energy. Show More Summary

Renewable Meter Adapter Lowers Installation Costs

Originally published on the ECOreport. Installing solar panels on San Diego’s existing homes used to involve a 4-6-week long process. San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) Renewable Meter Adapter cuts solar installation costs by eliminating the need for costly panel upgrades. Show More Summary

Solar Panels in Seattle

Given its reputation as the rain-and-cloud capital of the US, Seattle may not seem like a place where one could save money via solar energy. And yet, Seattle actually enjoys a considerable amount of sun in the summertime — enough to make switching to solar energy something worth evaluating. Show More Summary

Ikea To Start Selling Solar Panels in U.K. Stores

Ikea's U.K. stores will be selling solar panels by the end of the year despite a “challenging situation” in the energy market, the company has said. Shoppers will be able to order panels online—and at three stores, initially Glasgow, Birmingham, (West Midlands) and Lakeside (Essex)—before the Solar Shops appear in all the Swedish company’s U.K. Show More Summary

San Francisco to Require Rooftop Solar On New Construction

The ordinance passed unanimously, making San Francisco the first major U.S. city to require solar panels on new construction.

San Francisco becomes first US city to require solar panels on every new building

San Fransisco has introduced a green building code. A new city ordinance will now require all new buildings to have solar panels. It’s the first requirement of its kind seen in a major […]

Green Roofs – It’s The Law In France

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels April 8, 2016 (CS Globe) “A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partiallyShow More Summary

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