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The mayor of Lancaster has required all new homes in the city to either come equipped with solar panels or be in subdivisions that produce one kilowatt of solar energy per house, part of his plant to make Lancaster the solar capital of the universe.
Date: 04/10/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers have shown that nanowires have some very interesting properties that could help create solar panels that are more efficient than was previously thought possible.
Date: 04/01/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Materials
An analysis by BNEF has shown that the Chinese government expects 10 gigawatts of new solar projects in 2013, more than double its previous target and three times last year’s expansion.
Date: 03/11/2013
Type: Article
Feldheim, a German town with 150 inhabitants has gone off the grid, becoming energy independent and saving 30 % in electricity costs.
Date: 02/19/2013
Type: Article
Solar Junction -- a Silicon Valley start-up -- has raised solar cell efficiency to 44 percent. Their triple-junction technology absorbs a broader spectrum of light compared to conventional solar cells.
Date: 12/10/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Wind and solar accounted for all 433 megawatts of new electrical generating capacity installed in the U.S. in September.
Date: 10/29/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Utilities
As part of his We Can't Wait Initiative, President Obama announced seven solar and wind projects that will be expedited. Together these projects will produce 5,000MW of clean energy. Two of these projects are in California.
Date: 08/07/2012
Type: Article
Intel has ranked first in the nation for using renewable energy, since 2008. The firm is raising the bar on energy efficiency goals, aiming to increase energy efficiency of notebook computers and data center products to 25 times the 2010 levels by 2020.
Date: 05/21/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Data Centers
China’s top tier solar manufacturers do have a legitimate cost advantage over U.S.-based solar manufacturers. China’s solar manufacturers are winning for good reason: they’re more competitive than their American counterparts.
Date: 05/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Economic Impact
Korean cell manufacturer Shinsung Solar Energy has achieved a 20.03% efficiency rate for its crystalline solar cell by using next-generation Laser Doped Selective Emitter (LDSE) technology.
Date: 05/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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