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Media Reports Another Solar Company Bailout, But They're Wrong

The Ivanpah Solar Project in California may not be a beacon of success, but it's also not in need of a bailout like some in the media think.

A cheaper, practical battery solution for renewables in remote locations?

10 hours agoUtilities / Energy : Smart Grid

Aquion Energy has brought to market a battery designed to provide energy storage for wind and solar power, and has delivered its first batteries to microgrid operators. According to an article in MIT Technology Review, the batteries are the least expensive of a new crop of batteries with long life cycles that could well make Continue reading ?

The Solar Panels You Buy Matter--A Quick Guide for Better Decisions

Not all solar panels are created equally and knowing what makes them different can make you a better buyer of solar energy.

India’s Largest Power Producer Expands Solar Energy Plans

State governments across India are implementing highly ambitious plans to rapidly expand solar power generation capacity. While a few are roping in private sector companies, most are opting for large government-owned companies with proven track records in the power sector. Show More Summary

SunEdison, TerraForm Buy First Wind For $2.4B to Become Renewable Project Giant

SunEdison and its YieldCo Teraform acquired wind developer First Wind for $2.4 billion. Now SunEdison is in the wind business and can add wind projects to the solar project pipeline of its YieldCo, TerraForm. The purchase price was comprised of $1.9 billion in an upfront payment and a $510 million earn-out. read more

India Eyes 100 GW Solar Power Capacity By 2022

While we have reported recently that India has hiked its solar power capacity target by five times and seeks to install 100 GW capacity by 2022, we’ll now consider some of the aspects of this enormous target. India’s recently announced...Show More Summary

Keystone, Schmeystone: US Marines Want More Portable Solar Power To Fight The War Of The Future

All that hot air over the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline doesn't mean beans to US Marines: they want more portable solar power for the war of the future Keystone, Schmeystone: US Marines Want More Portable Solar Power To Fight The War...Show More Summary

This Is What the Future of Solar Panels Looks Like

In the near future, solar installations may look a lot cleaner because of one technology improvement solar panel makers are including.

Brown Dwarfs

The layout of the solar system is at least moderately atypical. There should be roughly four Earth masses worth of planets inside Mercury’s orbit. And Jupiter, with its large mass, its close-to-circular orbit, and its 10+ year period is an oddball at the 10% (and probably more impressive) level. At the start of the 1990s, […]

Solar & Waste Heat (TalkSolar Podcast)

Leveraging waste heat is a model for making any energy production more efficient. In the TalkSolar podcast below, I interview Phil Brennan, I his company’s technology fits in with the solar equation and the DOE project that is exploring waste heat and the solar connection. Show More Summary

First Solar Increasing Manufacturing Staff At Ohio Fabrication Facility

First Solar is in the process of adding 120 new employee positions at its Perrysburg, Ohio, fabrication facility. The new employees at the US-based thin-film solar producer and project developer are a “necessity,” owing to the company’s plans to increase output at the Ohio facility by around 100 MW. Show More Summary

Trina Solar Has Achieved New Conversion Efficiency Records For P-Type & N-Type Silicon Solar Cells

New conversion efficiency world records for high-efficiency p-type and n-type silicon solar cells were recently set by researchers at Trina Solar’s State Key Laboratory of PV Science and Technology of China, according to recent reports. Show More Summary

Solar is Disrupting the $2 Trillion Energy Industry: This CEO Tells You How

Just after the company's latest Analyst Day, SunPower CEO Tom Werner sat down with Motley Fool solar specialist Travis Hoium to discuss how his company is positioned to grow into a multitrillion-dollar market.

How science is accelerating our search for alien life

Why are scientists so optimistic? The Kepler space telescope gets much of the credit. Before it was launched into orbit in 2009, astronomers couldn't be sure whether planets existed outside our solar system. The search for extraterrestrial...Show More Summary

NASA's New View of Jupiter's Ocean Moon --Is Europa the Solar System's Best Bet for Life?

The puzzling, fascinating surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa looms large in this newly-reprocessed color view, made from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s. This is the color view of Europa from Galileo that shows the...

Caption This Hilarious Photo Of An Audi Presenter At The LA Auto Show

yesterdayVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

What's he doing? What's he saying? Has he just announced that the new Audi A476TTaddrandomlettersandnumbershere will be run on a combination of solar, hydrogen, diesel, Doc Brown's Mr. Fusion, and some hamsters on wheels? You decide! Let us know in the comments! Read more...

Reminder: Humanity has made the moon into a garbage pile, wants to keep doing it

yesterdayHealth : The Checkup

"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator," Mahatma Gandhi is thought to have said of the wonders in our solar backyard. The moon, an endless point of fascinationShow More Summary

4K Sun Time-lapse

JamesTyrwhitt-Drake – who made the color-enhanced time-lapse of Earth – made this 4K animation of the Sun from over 17,000 images taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The sound is based on the sun’s magnetic activity.

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