Solar energy can be used to produce clean water

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Research team can convert seawater into drinking water using sunlight Researchers from Rice University have developed a new way to desalinate seawater using the power of solar energy. The new method could potentially be used to provide communities throughout the world with potable water. The conventional method of extracting drinkable liquid from seawater involves distillation, which is an energy intensive and somewhat inefficient process. By using solar energy to produce potable water, researchers believe this method could eventually be replaced. New system is comprised of commercially viable materials The new…

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Solar energy may strike a blow against coal industry by 2040

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Inexpensive solar energy may prove to be a problem for the coal industry By 2040, inexpensive solar energy may deal a grievous blow to the coal industry, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The study highlights the rapidly falling cost of solar power and its associated technologies. As prices continue to drop, it is becoming easier to embrace solar energy. Bloomberg predicts that solar power will actually be less expensive than coal in most parts of the world by 2021, which may trigger a major shift…

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New research project aims to help homeowners share solar energy

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Researcher wants to develop a way for homeowners to share solar energy with one another A researcher from the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom is working to develop new technologies that would allow people to share the solar energy they produce themselves. Mahmoud Dhimish, a PhD student at the university, has launched a project focused on making this a possibility. The project is being supported by the University of Huddersfield School of Computing and Engineering. If successful, the project may eventually lead to a future where homeowners will…

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Solar energy industry is leading job growth in Montana

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Montana is experiencing a surge in its solar energy industry Solar energy has had a successful year so far in 2017. Last year, the state ranked 40th in the country in terms of renewable energy job growth. Now, however, the growth of the solar energy industry during the first half of this year has set the state on course to reaching 22nd in clean job growth. The solar energy industry has powered job growth in the state, creating new economic opportunities and allowing the state to become more energy independent.…

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Google aims to promote solar energy adoption with Project Sunroof

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Project Sunroof will now show users that have installed solar energy systems Google’s solar energy initiative, called Project Sunroof, intends to encourage the adoption of solar power by showing homeowners who in their neighborhoods have already installed solar panels. Project Sunroof has been around for some time, but its use has been somewhat limited as Google worked to perfect the system. Using Project Sunroof, homeowners can determine how viable their homes are for solar energy systems. The system allows homeowners to estimate the cost of solar installations and evaluate how…

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World’s largest floating solar energy system now completed in China

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Development of world’s largest floating solar energy system has been completed China has successfully completed development of the world’s largest floating solar energy system, which is based in the Anhui Province. The project is meant to represent yet another step toward the country’s goal of reducing its consumption of fossil-fuels and eliminating air pollution. Solar energy has become a major priority in China, especially as the country grows more concerned over the potential impact of climate change. With China announcing that it will play a larger role in the Paris…

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Mercedes-Benz and Vivint solar to offer new solar energy system in California

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Companies come together to offer a combined solar energy and storage solution Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be combining solar energy with an innovative new storage system. To accomplish this, the company has partnered with Vivint Solar. The new solution may be particularly attractive to homeowners that are showing interest in clean power. Solar energy has come to establish a powerful presence within the residential sector, where homeowners are purchasing solar energy systems in order to save money on electricity. New system will initially be available in California Mercedes-Benz…

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India is beginning to move away from coal in favor of solar energy

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Coal developers are struggling to adapt to the falling cost of solar energy Several of India’s coal developers are beginning to question the future of fossil-fuels in the country as the cost of solar energy continues to plummet. As costs continue to fall solar power is gaining more popularity and support. This is opening up new economic opportunities that those focused specifically on fossil-fuels may not be able to take advantage of. With solar energy now the least expensive form of power in the country, coal developers are beginning to…

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Solar power sets a new record in the United Kingdom

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Solar power helps meet 24% of country’s peak energy demand Solar power has set a new record in the United Kingdom for the second time in a month. On May 26, the country’s solar power systems generated a total of 8.7 gigawatts of electrical power. This was able to meet 24% of the UK’s peak energy demand during the middle of the day. Earlier this month, the country’s solar energy systems were able to generate 8.48 gigawatts, the previous record in terms of energy generation. Renewable energy is playing a…

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Solar energy industry in the US is experiencing strong growth

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Solar energy industry has adding jobs faster than the US economy is growing The solar energy industry is having a major impact on employment in the United States. According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency, solar jobs are growing 17 faster than the country’s economy. The report draws upon data from the Solar Foundation. The solar energy industry now has significant economic potential and will likely continue to experience growth despite potential changes to federal energy policies. More than 260,000 people now work in the solar…

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US officials to investigate tariffs on imported solar energy products

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Petition calls for safeguards to be placed for the sake of the US solar energy market The United States government is considering imposing tariffs on solar panels that are imported into the country. The International Trade Commission has announced that it has launched an investigation concerning the matter. The investigation is in response to a petition filed by Suniva, a solar manufacturer that has declared bankruptcy. The company suggests that China is responsible for flooding the U.S. market with photovoltaic products. This has caused the price of such products to…

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Hope shines for Nevada’s solar energy market

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Nevada Assembly has approved an initiative to support the state’s solar energy space Nevada’s solar energy sector may soon see a revival due to legislative action. The Nevada Assembly has given support to an initiative that aims to make solar energy much more accessible to consumers throughout the state. Solar power has struggled to thrive in Nevada recently due to state legislation issuing massive fees on solar customers. State policies have caused several solar energy developers to leave the Nevada market, with some suggesting that the state is not a…

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Tucson Electric Power to purchase solar energy at a record low price

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Utility will be purchasing solar energy from a new project taking form in Arizona Tucson Electric Power has announced that it will be purchasing solar energy from a new project that produces enough electricity to power 21,000 average homes. The project combines both solar panels and energy storage solutions, ensuring that electricity is available at all times. Tucson Electric Power plans to begin purchasing electricity from the new project when it becomes fully operational at the end of 2019. The utility also plans to purchase electricity from another large wind…

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Mercedes-Benz aims to compete in the residential solar energy space

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Automaker joins with Vivint Solar to offer new residential energy solution Automaker Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be partnering with Vivint Solar, a solar energy company based in the United States, in order to compete in the residential solar energy and storage space. Notably, the two companies are looking to compete with Tesla, which has established a powerful presence within the residential space despite its focus on clean transportation. This partnership may provide homeowners with more options when it comes to making use of clean power and technology, allowing…

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Report highlights the promising future of distributed solar energy and storage

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Distributed solar energy is becoming more popular throughout the world A new report from Navigant Research predicts that the global market for the deployment of distributed solar energy and storage systems will expand in the coming years. The demand for solar power is on the rise throughout the world. As more consumers and businesses seek to make use of this form of clean power, the demand for energy storage solutions is on the rise as well. In the coming years, this global market is expected to see aggressive growth, creating…

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Floating solar energy systems set to become more common

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Report highlights the growing attractiveness of floating solar energy systems The market for floating solar energy systems is on the rise, according to a new report from Global Market Insights. Floating solar panels are a relatively new concept, with developers using such panels to alleviate the limited land resources that are available in some markets. Such solar energy systems could be popular in several countries throughout the world, including Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The report predicts that the market for floating solar panels will grow by 45% between…

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