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The solar industry will grow faster than expected in the next few years as American utilities drive demand with large solar farms.
Date: 06/23/2009
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
According to several solar-industry experts, the solar industry has been underestimated by the federal government and not given sufficient incentives.
Date: 08/03/2009
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at Caltech have designed materials that can bend visible light at precise angles regardless of its polarization. These materials could improve transparent solar-cell coatings so that solar cells can more fully utilize sunlight.
Date: 04/28/2010
Type: News
In this first installment of a three part video blog series from SunPower, Dr. Richard Swanson discusses solar cell efficiency and explains how higher efficiency solar panels benefit home owners.
Date: 07/09/2010
Type: Blog, Video
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
MIT engineers have created a tough solar cell that cannot only flex, but still function properly after being bent or folded.
Date: 07/11/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The biggest new word in solar these days is the littlest—nano.
Date: 04/14/2010
Type: News
Scientists at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have developed a new type of concentrating solar array with a concentrating acrylic lens and reflective walls to focus the sun’s rays onto a strip of photovoltaic (PV) cells, enabling the number of PV cells to be cut by 75 percent.
Date: 03/14/2010
Type: News
SunPower has partnered with the California School Boards Association to bring solar power to more than ninety schools across the state
Date: 08/21/2011
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A unique arrangement of silicon oxide and metal allows the absorption of broad wavelengths from many angles, an improvement that could be used in traditional solar cells.
Date: 11/02/2011
Type: News
In 2011, utilities interconnected more than 62,000 PV systems, according to new findings by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). These new systems resulted in almost 1,500 megawatts of new utility solar capacity, over twice as much as was added in 2010, which itself had been a record year.
Date: 04/18/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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