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Animated infographic from MIT Technology Review showing how flexible, efficient solar cells will make solar power cheaper.
Date: 09/20/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The White House has begun installing American-made solar panels as part of a commitment to renewable energy. The installations will also serve as a demonstration of incorporating solar into a historic building.
Date: 08/21/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
IBM has created weather modeling software that uses data analysis and predictive models to forecast renewable power output. The software could make utilities less reliant on costly energy storage and backup power to support intermittent renewable power sources.
Date: 08/13/2013
Type: Article
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
The Solar Electric Power Association released a report to promote better understanding of Net Energy Metering through understanding of utility rate-setting regulation and evaluation of the value of distributed solar.
Date: 07/18/2013
Type: Article
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
Palo Alto, California has some of the cheapest solar in the United States. The price is 6.9 cents per kilowatt-hour for the 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Date: 07/01/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Harvard researches released a database of 35,000 organic molecules that are potentially over 10% efficient in converting solar energy into electricity. One thousand of the molecules are potentially over 11% efficient. The database will assist in the search for new organic photovoltaic materials.
Date: 06/27/2013
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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