A solar tarp could be a practical way to deliver electricity to those who need it

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Flexible solar panels could be just as efficient as traditional solar panels. A team of scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) are working on a way to develop a “solar tarp;” flexible solar panels that would be as efficient as a silicon solar panel but also lightweight, thin and bendable. Solar panels are not always a viable option for certain parts of the world. Developing this solar tarp could mean that the many parts of the world that currently do not have regular electricity, would benefit from…

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Coaches on Indian Railways are to be powered by solar energy

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The national transporter will reportedly be retrofitting its trains with flexible solar panels. Solar energy is coming to Indian Railways passenger trains. Earlier this week, India’s national transporter revealed the first non-AC coaches retrofitted with flexible solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The solar PV panels power the coaches’ comforts. The solar energy panels that have been installed on the roofs of the coaches, power lights, fans and mobile charging points. The solar panels were developed by the Indian Railway Organization for Alternate Fuels (IROAF), and most of the panels have been…

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Simple solar energy technology could change the world

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The SunSaluter solar panel has gone open source. The solar energy technology behind the simple solar panel efficiency device known as the SunSaluter has been made open source so that anyone can build it. Now that it is no longer patented, the device can bring renewable energy to those who need it the most. The SunSaluter also produces clean drinking water. Developed by Chinese-Canadian software/mechanical engineer Eden Full Goh, the SunSaluter rotates and follows the sun throughout the day and boosts efficiency by 30%. Additionally, it produces four liters of…

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New York City renters and homeowners can benefit from community solar groups

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Many New York apartment dwellers may soon have access to solar power savings. Joining community solar groups may be an option this summer for some New York City renters and homeowners who live in buildings that do not have or that cannot support solar panels. These groups can help someone who doesn’t have direct access to solar power, lower their electricity bill. For instance, if someone in a Manhattan apartment wanted to lower their electricity bill with renewable power, they could join a community solar group. This would allow them…

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Researchers build new cheap and sustainable biogenic solar cell

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A solar cell that uses bacteria can convert light to energy. Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) have discovered a new way to build cheap solar cells that are also sustainable. Called biogenic solar cells, they use bacteria that converts light to energy, even under cloudy skies. The bacteria-powered solar cell works equally efficient in both bright and dim light. This innovative biogenic solar cell generated a current more powerful than any previously recorded from this type of device. Its ability to convert light to energy, even in…

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UK solar power briefly overtakes gas as top energy source

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The heatwave in Britain has broken multiple solar energy-generation records. UK solar energy made headlines this past weekend when the nation’s solar power briefly overtook gas power stations as the United Kingdom’s top energy source. Last week, solar broke the record for weekly output in the UK. Although UK solar energy installations have “virtually flatlined” over the past year, according to a report from The Guardian, a week of mostly cloudless days has contributed to a series of record-breaking highs for this renewable form of power generation. According to Sheffield…

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Transparent solar cells could one day generate power for homes and office buildings

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A team of researchers wants to turn windows into viable solar panels. Windows of homes and office buildings could one day generate solar energy via transparent solar cells, according to research conducted by scientists at Michigan State University. New technologies could revolutionize traditional solar windows. While glass windows generating solar power isn’t anything new, the trouble is that these windows traditionally have light-absorbing films embedded in their glass, which removes their transparency. Instead, they have a brown or reddish tint. Although this lack of transparency maximizes their efficiency to convert…

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India sets new clean power goal

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Government has announced a new goal for renewable energy The government of India has announced a new clean power goal. The country has been pursuing renewable energy aggressively in recent years. India is committed to combating climate change and increasing accessibility to electricity for its residents, especially in rural areas. The government’s efforts have made the country one of the largest and fastest growing solar energy markets in the world. New goal set at 227 GW The government has raised its renewable energy target to 227 gigawatts, up from its…

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China is boosting it’s focus on solar farms

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Country aims to embrace solar power more aggressively China has big plans for solar power and will be investing in this form of renewable energy quite heavily in the coming years. The country has embarked on an ambitious plan to derive much of its electrical power from solar farms. By 2020, the country aims to have some 110 gigawatts of installed solar capacity in place. This would be enough to power approximately 30 million average homes. China wants to replace fossil-fuels with renewable power China’s investments in solar farms highlights…

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Cost of solar energy continues to fall worldwide

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Solar power is now less expensive to produce than coal The cost of solar energy is falling at rapid pace, according to a new report from Lazard. The report shows that the solar production is now less expensive than coal and this trend is expected to continue well into the future. Notably, the electricity being generated from utility-scale solar plants has seen the most significant price drop: An 86% decrease since 2009. The report from Lazard shows that it costs approximately $50 to produce 1 megawatt-hour of electricity from a…

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Solar energy systems could power all new homes in California

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State could become the first to require all new homes to be powered by solar panels California may become the first state in the country to require all new homes to have their own solar energy systems. The California Energy Commission is set to vote on the matter this week. If approved, the new measure will go into effect in 2020. For the past seven years, solar energy has been optional for new homes being built in the state. The measure is meant to accelerate the adoption of solar power…

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Solar energy in Japan faces challenges from environmentalists

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Environmental groups are decrying the development of some solar projects Japan’s solar energy sector is beginning to face new challenges that could slow or completely halt the development of new projects. Environmental advocates throughout the country are beginning to protest the construction of new solar farms, claiming that these projects could have an adverse impact on the ecology. Residents in the Chiba Prefecture have taken issue with a particular solar farm that is meant to be built near the city of Kamogawa. New solar farm will need to clear 300…

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University of Hawaii announces commitment to solar energy

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University will receive all of its electricity from solar power The University of Hawaii will soon derive all of its electricity from solar energy. The university has been aggressively working to install solar panels and battery storage systems at its Maui College campus in an effort to become more environmentally friendly. These efforts are beginning to show results, as the university will receive 100% of its electricity from solar power, adding further momentum to Hawaii’s overarching endeavors concerning the use of renewable energy. Hawaii continues to show strong support for…

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India seeks to promote solar energy throughout the world

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Government leaders flock to India for the International Solar Alliance summit Leaders from 40 countries have come to India to participate in the world’s first official International Solar Alliance summit. The International Solar Alliance is a non-profit, treaty-based organization comprised of some 121 countries. The organization is committed to promoting the use of solar energy throughout the world. The summit is meant to encourage cooperation between countries that have a strong interest in clean power and combating climate change in the coming years. India aims to help other countries embrace…

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Massive solar energy system launched in India

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Kanataka becomes home to a new large-scale solar farm What may be the world’s largest solar energy farm has been launched in India’s Kanataka. The solar farm is called Shakti Sthala and covers an area of 13,000 acres. The project was developed by the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp., which is a joint venture from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development and the Solar Energy Corp. of India. The solar farm represents a milestone in participation among several villages, with farmers leasing their land so that solar panels can be installed. Farmers…

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Maryland lawmakers seek to revitalize state’s solar energy sector

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Lawmakers are looking to show more support for clean power Lawmakers in Maryland are currently working to weighing the cost of the state’s growing focus on renewable energy. Two new legislations have been introduced that could have a major impact on Maryland’s solar power sector. Solar companies have been having a difficult time in the state due to uncertainty coming from homeowners over how much more expensive solar energy systems will be if new tariffs are introduced. These tariffs were proposed earlier this year and became active in February. Tariffs…

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