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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
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
There are many alternatives to home PV systems, including solar water heaters and solar powered steam engines. Zenman Energy, a nonprofit that focuses on solar research, is developing an inexpensive solar steam engine generator.
Date: 08/15/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Intel is researching how to get organic photovoltaic cells past the low efficiency stage and into commercial development.
Date: 06/19/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
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
PG&E will expand net metering from 2.5 percent of peak demand to 3.5 percent.
Date: 10/30/2009
Type: News
Institute for Energy Efficiency Production and Storage Solutions Group Head Guillermo Bazan made a major advance in organic polymer solar cell research.
Date: 10/19/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
A simple, easily fabricated metal-insulator-metal device has the ability to create electricity from a range of infrared and visible light.
Date: 11/09/2011
Type: News
Researchers at the UCSB Center for Polymers and Organic Solids are finding ways to reduce the cost of solar cells to make photovoltaics at least as cheap as the grid.
Date: 12/01/2007
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Physicists at Rutgers University have discovered that energy-carrying particles generated by packets of light can travel a thousand times farther in organic semiconductors than scientists previously observed. The discovery could result in more efficient and inexpensive plastic solar cells.
Date: 10/13/2010
Type: Blog
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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