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The Trombe Wall: Energy-Efficient and Beautiful, Too

While the methods of collecting solar energy have improved drastically over the years, some of the most effective tools have been around for decades. Case in point: the Trombe wall, made popular by French engineer Felix Trombe in the 1960s, but...

Posted February 25, 2011    

Boulder City to Get Fifth Solar Plant

In Boulder City, Nevada, the city council has paved the way for a fifth solar power array on 1,500 acres of land in an area called the Black Hills site, located in the Eldorado Valley Energy Zone. It did so by forging a development agreement between...

Posted February 23, 2011    

Colorado Promotes Clean Energy with HB 1228

Under a new bill to be put before the Colorado House on Feb. 23, Colorado’s Office of Economic Development (OED) would be required to institute a study of the likely benefits of distributed generation from renewable energy sources like solar....

Posted February 22, 2011    

Concentrating Solar Power in Shipping Containers

Take a look at any one of the concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in the U.S. and elsewhere, and you can see that – while CSP is undeniably the most efficient form of solar energy—the land needed (5 to 10 acres per megawatt) is considerable....

Posted February 21, 2011    

Solar Power Growth Up 70% Worldwide

While the United States isn’t reaching its solar power potential, new information from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association makes it clear that over the past year growth has been substantial worldwide. In 2009, stymied by floundering...

Posted February 18, 2011    

Making Solar Power Cheaper, Smaller, Easier

Thanks to pioneering work at NREL, solar power manufacturer Amonix is now delivering commercially-ready, concentrated PV solar power “screens” that deliver 600 times as much electricity per square foot as standard solar PV panels. NREL is the...

Posted February 16, 2011    

Solar Plant Nixed to Preserve Native American Artifacts

It’s not good news, but it represents an all-too-human failing, one we call NIMBYism (not-in-my-backyard). Even if a project is beneficial, offering jobs and clean energy, some people don’t want it becoming part of the view out their windows. A...

Posted December 27, 2010    

Wrapping Up 2010: Good News for Solar Industry

First off, as I’m sure most of you are aware, Congress approved a one-year extension of 1603, the Treasury Grant Program, which pays cash grants for 30 percent of solar energy (and other renewable energy) installations in lieu of a tax credit,...

Posted December 22, 2010    

Solar Power to Cut Colossal Cruise Ship Emissions

Good news out of Los Angeles, where the completion of a 1-megawatt (MW) solar power system covering 71,500 square feet will now allow ships docked between cruises to access some 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable solar power instead...

Posted December 21, 2010    

Florida Engineering Students Test Wildlife-Friendly Wave Power System

Unlike solar and wind power, wave energy still hasn’t captured the public imagination… perhaps because it still remains an untapped energy resource. There’s huge potential — over 2 terrawatts worldwide by some estimations — but, like other...

Posted December 14, 2010    

Solar Manufacture Funding May Be Extended with Tax Bill

As Greg Jenner reported yesterday, there may be hope for solar funding in one version of the tax bill currently before the Senate. This version, a compromise between the Senate and the White House, was voted on today, Dec. 14, and includes a one...

Posted December 14, 2010    

Boeing Shatters Solar Power Record with 39.2% Cell Efficiency

It seems like everyone is pushing for a lead in the solar energy game. Who’s catapulting themselves into first place now? The world’s largest aerospace company, The Boeing Co.   Boeing hopes to introduce their high-efficiency C3MJ+ solar...

Posted November 22, 2010