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Report: Solar Paired With Storage Is a 'Real, Near, and Present' Threat to Utilities

February 28, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar Threat to Utilities

As Superstorm Sandy rocked the East Coast, 75 residents gathered in the Midtown Community School in Bayonne, New Jersey. The elementary school was operating as an emergency shelter, the school was also an experiment in hybrid solar photovoltaics that may herald structural change in the power sector.[read more]

Can Solar Energy Help with California's Water Woes?

February 20, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

California, Water, and Solar

Want good beer? You need clean water. Now, there’s strong motivation to keep our water supply clean -- whether you prefer drinking water or beer. And that makes a good case for moving away from coal and gas production. More than half of all toxic water pollution comes from coal-fired power plants.[read more]

Ivanpah Solar Thermal Officially Opens

February 16, 2014 by Rod Adams

BrightSource Energy’s 377 MWe (net at peak) Ivanpah solar thermal power station officially opened on February 13, 2014. Secretary Earnest Moniz, in a rather amusing turn of phrase, called the plant a “shining example of how the United States is becoming a world leader in solar energy.”[read more]

The Solar Energy Industry at a Crossroads: Predictions of 2013 Reviewed

January 31, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Solar Industry Predictions

It is in now way easy to accurately predict the future, and that’s especially true of the highly volatile solar energy industry -- and industry that is often compared to an infant. And like an infant, the industry is still experiencing some growing pains.[read more]

Graphene Heats Up Race For Cheap Organic Solar Cells

January 5, 2014 by Tina Casey

Cheaper Solar?

Graphene, the notoriously hard-to-handle nanomaterial that could turn out to be the material of the new millennium, has actually been domesticated to the point where it could, in the future, help to drive down the cost of solar energy cells.[read more]