Global solar energy capacity to surpass nuclear capacity by end of year

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Report highlights the rapid growth of the solar energy sector The world’s solar energy capacity may soon surpass global nuclear energy capacity, according to a new report from GTM Research. Solar power has been attracting strong support throughout the world in recent years. Several countries have embraced this form of clean energy in order to become environmentally friendly. They have also done so to take advantage of various economic prospects that are offered by new solar energy projects. This is all happening as many countries begin to move away from…

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Tesla uses solar energy to bring power back to Puerto Rico’s children’s hospital

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Solar energy is providing Puerto Rico’s children’s hospital with reliable electrical power Tesla has used its solar energy and battery systems to restore electricity to a prominent children’s hospital in Puerto Rico. San Juan’s Hospital del Nino has been without reliable access to power since Puerto Rico was rocked by two powerful hurricanes in September of this year. In the wake of these disasters, Tesla began seeking to work with officials and organizations in Puerto Rico to bring electricity back to the U.S. territory through the use of solar energy…

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Singapore to invest in solar energy prediction methods

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Singapore will be investing nearly $5 million to develop new prediction methods to gauge solar potential Singapore will be setting aside some $4.57 million to develop new capabilities to predict solar energy potential. According to the Energy Market Authority, this funding will be used to provide support research initiatives that are focused on how solar energy can be used. Much of this funding is meant to go toward a consortium, which is being led by the National University of Singapore. The consortium has expertise in various fields that could affect…

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Researchers develop new transparent cells that produce solar energy

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New solar cells can be used on rooftops and could eventually replace windows Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a new transparent solar cell that may showcase how solar energy will be used in the future. The researchers believe that the new solar cells can be used to replace their more conventional counterparts that are installed on rooftops. They could also be used on other transparent surfaces, such as windows. As such, they would effectively transform windows into solar energy generators. Transparent solar cells can be affixed to nearly…

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Solar energy is suffering in China due to air pollution

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Research shows that air pollution is cutting into solar production in China Air pollution is having an impact on solar energy production in China, according to research from Princeton University. China has been aggressively expanding its solar capacity in recent years. The country has become one of the world’s leading renewable energy markets, but China’s air pollution problem is having a detrimental impact on some of the country’s solar energy systems. In order for solar energy to continue to thrive in China, the country will have to take steps to…

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Solar energy is surpassing expectations in the United States

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New report shows that solar energy is growing much more quickly than expected The United States government has severely underestimated solar energy, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Statista. The two organizations have analyzed a 10-year prediction coming from the Energy Information Administration concerning the growth of solar energy throughout the country. In 2006, the Energy Information Administration predicted that solar power would only generate 0.8 gigawatts of electrical power by 2016. This has proven to be a massive underestimation. Solar power has surpassed estimations…

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Norwegian company looks to bring solar energy to Iran

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Saga Energy is working on a $2.9 billion deal with Iran’s Amin Energy Developers Saga Energy, a manufacturer of solar panels based in Norway, has announced that it is forming a new deal with Iran’s Amin Energy Developers. Through this deal, the two companies will work together to develop new solar energy systems. The deal is valued at approximately $2.9 billion. This new deal is among several other agreements that Saga Energy has made with foreign companies. Iran has become a popular destination for new solar energy projects due to…

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New car using solar energy wins praise at the World Solar Challenge

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Solar-powered car attracts major support at annual event A new family car has won significant praise during the World Solar Challenge in Australia this year. The challenge is held to highlight the use of solar energy. Some 41 vehicles, all equipped with photovoltaic technology, were brought to the event, where they competed in a 1,860 mile trek. One vehicle, in particular, won the competition for the third consecutive time. One vehicle from Dutch company Eindhoven won crowd support, however, with many heralding the company’s vehicle as the future of transportation.…

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Rooftop solar energy market set to reach new milestone by 2022

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Report predicts that rooftop solar market will reach $4.14 billion by 2022 The solar energy industry has been growing quickly in recent years, especially within the residential sector. Many homeowners are beginning to invest in solar panels as a way to generate their own electricity. A new report from Crystal Market Research shows that the rooftop solar market will reach new heights in the near future. According to the report, the rooftop solar market will be valued at approximately $4.14 billion by 2022. Solar panels are becoming more accessible to…

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New solar energy system comes online in Michigan

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Lapeer Solar Park is now operational A massive solar energy system has become operational in Michigan. The state is somewhat notorious for its frigid, unforgiving winters; a time when sunlight can be scarce. Michigan has plans, however, to make use of the power of the sun in order to generate the electricity it needs and cut down on emissions. The state’s Lapeer Solar Park is now fully operational and is one of the largest utility-owned solar energy systems in the region. The system is managed by DTE Energy, which is…

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Renewable energy in India gets more support from European Investment Bank

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Bank is investing more than $900 million into India’s renewable energy market The European Investment Bank has announced that it will be providing more than $900 million to India’s renewable energy space. The bank is also partnering with the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency and the India Infrastructure Finance Company. Through this partnership, the bank will help deploy new affordable solar energy systems. The funding will help provide more momentum to India’s growing clean energy space, which has been growing in recent years due to government support. Funding will help…

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Solar energy outpaces other forms of power in terms of growth

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Report shows that the solar sector has made monumental progress Solar energy is the fastest growing segment of clean power, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. The report shows that the solar sector has seen monumental growth over the past year, largely due to the efforts of companies specializing in the development of photovoltaic technologies. Many of these companies are based in China, which is home to a thriving solar energy sector. Chinese companies have helped reduce the cost of photovoltaic technologies by aggressively producing solar panels.…

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Solar energy has become the fastest growing form of power

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Report shows that solar energy has grown aggressively Solar energy has become the fastest growing source of clean power, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. Last year, the solar sector saw aggressive growth throughout the world. According to the report, solar energy accounted for two thirds of all new energy capacity installed globally. The solar sector has found success by attracting strong government support, but much of its success is due to a boom in photovoltaic installations and the falling cost of solar technologies. Solar installations…

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ITC ruling could have an impact on the solar energy industry

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ITC finds that imported solar panels have been a problem for domestic companies A recent ruling from the International Trade Commission (ITC) could have a major impact on the solar energy industry in the United States. The organization is now suggesting that low-cost, imported solar panels, specifically from China, have caused problems for two domestic panel manufacturers. These companies are Suniva and SolarWind, which may have experienced some economic damage due to the influx of solar products that have been manufactured outside of the United States. Companies are having trouble…

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Solar industry is thriving as costs fall

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Report shows that the cost of solar energy continues to decline The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a new report concerning the cost of solar energy. The report covers how much the cost of solar power has fallen over the past year, particularly in the first quarter of 2017. Notably, the report comes a mere ten days before the solar industry discovered whether or not it will have to navigate new trade regulations formed by the Trump Administration. These trade regulations could have a significant impact on new solar…

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Researchers develop new system to use solar power to produce clean fuels

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New system leverages the power of the sun to produce sustainable fuels Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new system that can generate fuel using solar power. The new system represents reaching another milestone in efforts to use renewable energy to produce sustainable fuels. Researchers based their efforts on several previews endeavors, many of which involved mimicking photosynthesis in order to turn sunlight into electrical power. This electricity is then used to trigger chemical reactions. System can convert fuel precursors into ethanol and ethylene In the…

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