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Last year 31,100 megawatts of solar PV was installed worldwide, which pushed the global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. Germany, Italy, and China are the global leaders with the highest amount of megawatts generated by PV.
Date: 08/01/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at UCSD find that rooftop solar photovoltaic panels offer shade to buildings and help keep them cool.
Date: 07/26/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: HVAC, Solar/Photovoltaics
NREL researchers have built flexible solar cells from Corning's Willow glass. These type of cells could be used in place of roof shingles; the cells are strong and durable and could last decades. Solar costs could be lowered by combining the costs of roof and solar installations.
Date: 07/05/2013
Type: Article
Apple is building a new data center in Nevada that will be powered by a large, new solar array built in partnership with Nevada Energy. Apple is making efforts to power its U.S. facilities with renewable energy. The company states that all of its data centers use 100% renewable energy.
Date: 07/02/2013
Type: Blog
Two separate research groups have developed light-harvesting filters that can be added to LCD displays to recharge batteries in portable electronic devices.
Date: 08/16/2011
Type: Article
Unite to Light
The Institute's Unite to Light Program is featured by the Santa Barbara Independent.
Date: 01/17/2011
Technologies: Lighting & Displays
Given their unobtrusive nature, building-integrated photovoltaics were once touted as the next big thing in solar power. They are now facing a tough challenge in the market, however, due to their higher costs and lower efficiency compared to competing products.
Date: 08/11/2010
Type: Article, News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
SolOptics has created a thin polymer film for stick-on texturing on glass or film that improves solar panel efficiency.
Date: 08/02/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Although some detractors have already written off amorphous silicon (a-Si) photovoltaics, several companies are still developing the technology and improving its efficiency.
Date: 07/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Low PV costs and a shaky economy have slowed the development of large-scale concentrating solar power plants, but CSP producers are fighting back.
Date: 07/15/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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