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This tiny “e-mailable” solar house snaps together like a 3D puzzle without a single nail

43 minutes agoLifestyle / Green Living : Inhabitat

Submitted as Clemson University’s first U.S. Solar Decathlon entry, Indigo Pine is a stand out contender for its novel construction method, called Sim[PLY], that greatly simplifies the building process. The Sim[PLY] structural system...Show More Summary

Panasonic Steals SolarCity’s Thunder, Unveils World’s Most Efficient Solar Panel

Merely days after SolarCity gleefully announced that it had created the world’s most efficient solar panel with 22.04% efficiency Panasonic has come out with its own claim of creating the world’s most efficient solar panel, the company...Show More Summary

Australia Is Cheapest In Asia For New Wind And Solar Projects

Originally published on RenewEconomy. New research put out by Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that new wind and solar projects in Australia are cheaper than in any other Asia country, yet new coal plants are 50 per cent more expensive and would be the most expensive in Asia. Show More Summary

Austin Lennar Community Features Rooftop Solar As Standard Feature

Originally published on Solar Love. In what’s being referred to as the first “community-wide, ground-up residential solar program in Texas,” Lennar is collaborating with SunStreet Energy Group on a community in Austin, Texas, which includes rooftop solar as a standard feature. Show More Summary


5 Technologies That Could Drive Solar Energy Growth for Decades October 3, 2015 (The Motley Fool) “…[T]he world tends to look at solar energy with a fairly narrow view…[But why create] energy when it's cheapest and saving it for theShow More Summary


SolarCity and Temecula Valley Unified School District Announce Solar and Energy Storage Project Expected to Save the District Millions… Oct. 6, 2015 (Yahoo Finance) “SolarCity and Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) are together...Show More Summary

A Short Summary of Soon, Connolly and Connolly, 2015; “Re-evaluating the role of solar variability on Northern Hemisphere temperature trends since the 19th Century”

Guest essay by Andy May Soon, Connolly and Connolly (2015) is an excellent paper (pay walled, for the authors preprint, go here) that casts some doubt about two critical IPCC AR5 statements, quoted below: The IPCC, 2013 report page 16: “Equilibrium climate sensitivity is likely in the range 1.5°C to 4.5°C (high confidence), extremely unlikely…

Number of UFOs Seen Orbiting the Sun is Rising

While we humans argue about the benefits and costs of solar power on Earth, UFOs seem to be spending a lot of time orbiting the Sun doing … something. The number of UFO sightings large and small around our favorite star is on the rise. Are they...

Solar Update October 2015

Guest essay by David Archibald Introduction While Solar Cycle 24 is well into its decline in terms of F10.7 flux and sunspot number, several types of solar activity have risen dramatically over 2015. The solar wind flow pressure, for example, is now at a two decade high. That in turn means that the low in…

Who's Reserving All Those Tesla Batteries and What Do They Plan On Using Them For?

The prospects for Tesla batteries for residential solar storage and time-of-use arbitrage are dismal, so why so many people lining up to buy? Because there are three additional major applications that have market potential: residential backup power, commercial demand-charge management, and grid-scale storage. read more

China raises solar installation target for 2015

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has raised its solar power installation target for 2015 by 30 percent from its previous goal, state media reported, potentially adding to overcapacity as insufficient grid capacity remains a hurdle for the new plants to deliver power.

Wind And Solar Energy Technologies Eat Into Fossil Fuel Power's Business Plan

Renewable energy has long been seen as the energy of tomorrow – widely praised for its low carbon qualities but seen as too expensive compared to traditional forms of energy such as coal and gas. But new research says that the cost of generating electricity from onshore wind is cheaper today [...]

Krugman Targets Solar, Misses Broadly

It was always a tradition around MIT to remark whenever the Nobel Prize for Economics was announced (and the winner wasn’t from MIT) that the Prize had lost most of its meaning. I had left by the time Paul Krugman, a former MIT professor, won but can imagine what was [...]

Energy firm goes into administration

Solar energy firm Mark Group axes 900 jobs 8 October 2015 From the section Leicester Image caption More than 700 staff are based at the firm’s headquarters in Beaumont Leys A solar energy firm has gone into administration with the loss of more than 900 jobs. Staff at Leicester-based Mark Group Ltd, which was founded […]

200,000-Member Org Fights For FL Solar Choice, China Wind Market… (Clean Electricity News)

Here’s some more solar and wind electricity news, as well as analysis and commentary, from around the cleantech interwebs: Layman’s Guide to the Value of PV Solar The PV solar industry is experiencing explosive growth and many homeowners and business owners are being approached by solar companies to buy or lease a solar system. Show More Summary

121 MW Solar Power Tower In Israel To Get 50,000 Batteries

Originally published on Solar Love. 50,000 lithium-ion rechargeable battery packs will be supplied by Tadiran Batteries to BrightSource’s 121 MW Shalim Thermal Solar Power Station in Israel. These batteries have been designed to last 25 years, even in harsh environments. Show More Summary

SunPower Launches Remote Operations For Large-Scale Solar

Originally published on Solar Love SunPower has announced the launch of a remote operations control center for monitoring and controlling large-scale solar power plants. The remote operations control center (ROCC) is designed to monitor...Show More Summary

Celebrating 20 years of exoplanet discovery

14 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first discovery of a planet orbiting a Sun-like star outside of our solar system – 51 Pegasi b. This event represented a watershed moment in astronomy, and since this point, over 1,800 exoplanets...Show More Summary

Energy firm launches Redback smart solar solution

Australian firm partners with Microsoft to offer internet-connected smart home energy system.

SunEdison: Roth Sees Several Solar Positives in Restructuring

Shares of solar installation firm SunEdison (SUNE) today rebounded in a big way, closing up $1.03, or almost 12%, at $9.72, after falling almost 4% yesterday, after Monday’s after-hours announcement the company will cut 15% of its workforce...Show More Summary

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