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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
By replacing the liquid in dye-sensitized solar cells with a solid iodine-based semiconductor, Northwestern University researchers hope to eliminate the leakage and corrosion issues seen in other prototypes.
Date: 05/30/2012
Type: News
California's utilities need to produce 20,000-plus megawatts of energy from renewable sources by 2020. Governor Brown wants at least 12,000 megawatts to be decentralized generation. Rooftop and ground-mounted solar will be one of the main technologies used to accomplish this goal.
Date: 06/11/2012
Type: Article
GTM Research reports that the U.S. photovoltaic (PV) market has grown, over the last ten years, at an average annual rate of approximately 70 percent.
Date: 06/19/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Program is working on minimizing the soft costs of distributed solar. The goal is to make distributed solar competitive with the most affordable sources of gird electricity supply.
Date: 06/26/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Two solar arrays will be constructed on nearly 200 acres of land at the Dos Rios Water Recycling Center in Texas. The project is a step closer to reaching Texas utility company, CPS Energy's goal of generating 1500 MW from renewable resources by 2020.
Date: 07/02/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The price of solar panels are dropping, so many companies are turning their attention to reducing installation costs. Two leading solar companies, Solon Energy and Trina Solar, released new solar panel designs that they claim will reduce installation time by more than half.
Date: 07/06/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The California Solar Initiative is more than halfway to its goal of 1,940 megawatts of solar capacity by the end of 2016, according to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) assessment report.
Date: 07/11/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
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
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

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