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Gigaom: Pay-as-you-go solar startup signs up 100K solar users in East Africa

Mobile payment enabled solar is working its way across rural Africa and India.

Grab your convenient Tinder Hotbox Solar Firestarter at 30% off

You need to start a fire in an emergency situation. You have limited resources, and you do not have any wizard nearby... What will you do?? Tinder Hot Box Solar Fire Starter No moving parts, no flint, no fuels, no gases, and no batteries...Show More Summary


Can solar power save South Asia? Emily Cadei, Sept. 13, 2014 (Ozy via USA Today) “…[The nonprofit EcoEnergyFinance] is out in the villages of Pakistan's Sindh Province, going where no electricity line has gone before. It sells solar lanterns that charge themselves under the baking South Asian sun, and then provide eight to 16 hours of electricity. Show More Summary

Frank Barbiere Takes "Superboy" & His Career Beyond "Futures End"

Beyond DC's one-shot, the Teen of Steel lives on with Frank Barbiere's "Secret Origins" as he preps more "Five Ghosts," "Solar" and "Avengers World."

Matthew McConaughey Advertises Solar… in Stealth (VIDEO)

Solar power advertising has, for the most part, been sparse and lame. There have been a handful of excellent solar ads that I’ve seen over the past several years, but just a handful. A new video ad from NRG Home is narrated by Matthew...Show More Summary

The four more likely places to host alien life in the Solar System

5 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

NASA's astronomy picture of the day is nothing especial today. At least for more people. For me it is special because I like to look at the four moons that tantalize Earth scientists with the possibility of life—four moons that we should explore soon, shown here to scale. So beautiful, they never get old. Read more...

SolarCity Introduces New Tech To Hugely Improve Rooftop Solar Output

Solar Love. SolarCity this week released the ZS Peak, a new system which has potential to increase solar rooftop output for businesses and other organizations. Coming from its line of  Zep Solar products, SolarCity notes that it’s quicker to install while bringing down the cost of solar electricity. Show More Summary

Going Solar Means Converting Liabilities Into Assets

In general, the process of going solar described in my book is about converting liabilities into assets. You showed yourself [in the previous chapter] that you have the money for energy already. You already spend it every month. A utility bill is a liability. Show More Summary

Canadian Solar Joins China Solar Financing Club

By Doug Young: Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) has joined a growing field of Chinese solar panel makers entering the risky business of speculative development in China, with its launch of a new locally-based fund for solar power construction. Show More Summary

A more efficient, lightweight and low-cost organic solar cell: Researchers broke the 'electrode barrier'

For decades, polymer scientists and synthetic chemists working to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells were hampered by the inherent drawbacks of commonly used metal electrodes, including their instability and susceptibility to oxidation. Show More Summary

3D Solar Panel Printing, Integrating Solar Into Grid Not So Hard… (Solar News)

Time for another solar energy news roundup. Enjoy! 3D printing of solar panels may soon be coming to a home near you. (Solar Love) Duke Energy is investing $500 million into solar power in North Carolina. (Solar Love) Goldman Sachs is offering solar PV financing for lower than banks in Japan. Show More Summary

Wisconsin voters back clean energy

15 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Wide margins of Wisconsin voters say they want their state to do more to get energy from clean, renewable sources — wind, solar and bioenergy — and to improve energy efficiency. via Wisconsin voters back clean energy | Wisconsin Gaze | Wisconsin Gazette – Smart, independent and revealing. News, opinion and entertainment coverage.

New solar, efficiency programs will curb millions of tons of emissions and save billions of dollars

17 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Proposed efficiency rule on new commercial air-conditioning units will cut their energy usage in half. The Obama administration took several small steps in the right direction on energy policy Thursday when it announced the Department...Show More Summary

Miranda: An icy moon deformed by tidal heating

Boulder, Colo., USA – Miranda, a small, icy moon of Uranus, is one of the most visually striking and enigmatic bodies in the solar system. Despite its relatively small size, Miranda appears to have experienced an episode of intense resurfacing...Show More Summary

Play Interstellar’s Solar System-Building, Physics-Based Space Exploration Game Right Now - The Internet has really turned movie tie-in games around.

19 hours agoOdd : Geekosystem

Interstellar hits theaters on November 7, but until then, you can play their nifty web game to get your fix of science-based space entertainment. Build your own solar system, fly around to others nearby in the galaxy, stay on target to enter wormholes—whatever your inner space explorer desires. For an online movie tie-in game, this thing has a lot to offer.

Solar Lease or Solar Ownership? The Ultimate Solar Calculator “App”

A few weeks ago I wrote about the potential comeback of solar ownership relative to leasing, as the cost of rooftop solar PV continues to fall and new financing options make ownership easier than ever. It’s been an ownership pile onShow More Summary

Our Planet Dances In The Fire Of The Solar Wind

20 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The dancing lights of an aurora can be awe-inspiring down here on Earth, but when seen from the International Space Station they take on a magical quality. Astronaut Alex Gerst describes it as swimming through a living ocean of glow; I'm just happy they send us photographs. Read more...

'Interstellar' Gets New Poster + Solar System Creation & Travel Game

Following two posters for Christopher Nolan's space travel drama Interstellar, one more gorgeous one has arrived, this one with a bit more hope and inspiration in the tagline "Go further." And now, if you just can't wait to see Matthew McConaughey trek across space in November, you can do some space exploration of your own. Show More Summary

Get ready! NASA's MAVEN mission is about to reach Mars

21 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Home stretch! This Sunday, after a 10-month journey across the inner solar system, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft will finally reach the Red Planet. The orbiter could provide the elusive answer to a simple question: If Mars once had enough atmosphere to allow for liquid water on its surface,...

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