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Pythagoras Solar, a provider of energy-efficient windows that also generate solar power, will collaborate with Chicago’s Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) on a pilot project to help meet the building’s renewable energy and energy efficiency improvement goals. The pilot project, deployed last November on the south-facing windows of the... Read more
The US subsidiary of solar energy firm Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has formed a strategic partnership with GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit solar installer whose mission is to empower communities in need by providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services, equipment and training. Under the terms of the... Read more
Soitec (Euronext Paris), a supplier of advanced solutions for the electronics and energy industries, has announced that its Concentrix concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology has been selected by Tenaska Solar Ventures to produce 150 megawatts (MW) of clean energy for San Diego Gas & Electric. The new CPV solar power... Read more
How could energy from solar panels affect a utility’s distribution systems? Georgia Power and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have launched an 18-month study aimed at answering that question. As part of the study, 50 photovoltaic systems will be installed in seven cities across Georgia, with sites chosen... Read more
Sanyo this week unveiled a new solar cell that boasts a world-leading efficiency of 21.1 per cent. The release of the improved HIT (hetero-junction with intrinsic thin-layer) solar cell comes at a time when the UK is seeing a rapid increase in demand for solar power in the UK,... Read more
Nature’s been doing it for millions of years, but humans are still trying to unlock the secret: how to effectively and continuously harness the power of the sun’s energy. While photovoltaic devices have dramatically improved — and dropped in price — over recent years, no man-made solar cell yet... Read more
The UK might not have a reputation as the sunniest place in the world, but its prospects as a player in the solar power industry grew a bit brighter this week when Sharp announced plans to double the production capacity at its solar cell plant in Wrexham, Wales. Sharp... Read more
A solar-powered catamaran recently set sail off the coast of Spain to begin a three-summer-long campaign highlighting the need for renewable energy. The 46-foot WWF Solar is part of WWF Spain’s “Embárcate” (Get on Board) campaign to promote clean energy and marine ecosystem conservation. The vessel, which set off... Read more
Two solar energy companies are looking to expand with the help of nearly $2 billion in new financing through the US Recovery Act, President Barack Obama announced over the weekend. During his weekly address, Obama said the Department of Energy would provide $1.45 billion in conditional commitment funds to... Read more
A new programme in Uganda aims to help poor households reduce their dependence on firewood by bringing them solar power. According to MPower, a new initiative by Mercy Corps, $25 can provide two months’ worth of clean and reliable solar energy to families in northern Uganda. The region, still... Read more