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Home Solar Installations Doubled in 2011

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Even though many Republican politicians are fighting against the growth of alternative energy, it seems as though there are many Americans that are attempting to change the world for the better by installing home solar systems, and adding to the grid rather than just using up energy.

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Ripasso may have Doubled Solar Power

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Swedish company Ripasso may have just doubled solar power technology, increasing it’s effectiveness to an astonishing 34% of sunlight directly in to solar power.

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Australia’s First Utility-Scale Solar Plant

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With production up to 10 megawatts, the new Greenough River Solar Farm will be the biggest operating solar plant in Australia. What will all that energy be used for? A seawater desalination plant in Western Australia that is currently being expanded. This summer, it was announced that, due to near-drought conditions, the desalination plant capacity would have to be doubled to meet the expected water demands of 2012 and 2013.

Apple Patents Solar Powered iPod and iPhone

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Apple has filed a patent for a full range of media players with integrated touch sensor solar panel surfaces. The recent design change for the iPhone from a metal backside to a glass back would allow for an internal double-sided solar panel. This makes it obvious that Apple is moving in the direction of integrating solar cells. The patent shows that the solar cells would charge the rechargeable battery, which will run the media player or the battery can run the media player directly.

Apple’s New $850M Solar Plant Will Power Their California Operations

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Tim Cook gave an impassioned speech at the Goldman Sachs technology conference this week in San Francisco, revealing Apple’s plans to build a massive solar complex in Monteray County, California. Cook, Apple’s CEO, gave the audience some details of the plan, including the projected cost, which is approximately $850 million. The plant will generate enough power to fill the needs of Apple’s two campuses, a data center and each of ths company’s 52 Apple stores in the area.

A Solar-Powered Green Christmas

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During the holiday season, every home is busy buying and decorating for Christmas. The most bought Christmas decoration during this season is Christmas lights. It is expected that about a trillion Christmas lights are used to light up and decorate houses and. buildings.

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Solar Home Glazed Solar Air Heater

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The SolarSheat 1500G is a glazed recirculation solar air collector designed for space heating applications. Air is drawn from inside the room through the bottom of the collector and blown out through a duct in the top.

Flipo Solar LED Christmas Lights

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Solar technology is becoming more and more efficient, and more and more handy around the house! WE’ve been waiting a long time for a good set of solar-powered Christmas lights – and these red and green LEDS from Flipo do exactly that.

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Solar Jobs on the Rise in the US

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Even though the economy in the US is in a slump, there is one job market that seems to be on the up and up. Solar jobs are growing steadily, along with a number of other green jobs.

Voltaic Spark Solar Tablet iPad Charger

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With 8 Watts of power, the Spark provides about an hour of iPad runtime for every hour in direct sunlight. The Spark includes a battery to store power. It holds one complete iPad charge and can be re-charged from sunlight or a wall charger. It has two USB ports, one with “normal” USB output of 650 mA and a second “high-power” port which puts out 2A. Without this, charging an iPad takes a very, very long time as the battery is about 5 times that of a typical phone.

Oregon Solar Plant Provides 1,000 Jobs

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SolarWorld just announced that its plant in Hillsboro, the largest solar manufacturing plant in the country, has hired its 1,000th worker. SolarWorld came to the town of Hillsboro, which lies 15 miles west of Portland, three years ago, setting up shop in an old computer chip factory. Bob Beisner, managing director and vice president of the company’s U.S.

Zegna Ecotech Solar Jacket

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We’re not just nerdy ninjas, we love fashion too! So we were pleasantly surprised to find this remarkably well-designed Zegna Ecotech Solar Jacket. It’s made from recycled plastic and the subtly placed solar panels on the upper sleeves juice up a heating device inside that keeps you warm.

Lease or Buy Solar Panels, That is the Question!

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Well, summer is nearly upon us and there’s no better time to save money with solar panels.

Japan Considers Solar Power Pull-Back

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Japan has been experiencing a solar energy boom in recent years but rapid expansion has left utilities claiming they’re unable to accept and regulate the amount of sources that are generating power only when the sun is shining.

Lease or Buy Solar Panels, That is the Question!

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Well, summer is nearly upon us and there’s no better time to save money with solar panels. With the ever growing popularity of ‘going green’ or ‘going solar’ as well as improved solar cell technology many find themselves asking if it’s time to finally dig in to this idea and see what the panel + install cost and grid savings factor looks like.

Japan Considers Solar Power Pull-Back

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Japan has been experiencing a solar energy boom in recent years but rapid expansion has left utilities claiming they’re unable to accept and regulate the amount of sources that are generating power only when the sun is shining. Five of the nation’s largest utilities have begun restricting access of recently completed solar farms to their power grids.

Guest Post: In Many Locations, Rebates Make Solar Power a Good Deal

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If you’re interested in saving money on your energy bill, you may have considered installing solar power generation capabilities at your home or business. The central question behind such an endeavor is always whether the move makes financial sense.

Home Solar Installations Doubled in 2011

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Even though many Republican politicians are fighting against the growth of alternative energy, it seems as though there are many Americans that are attempting to change the world for the better by installing home solar systems, and adding to the grid rather than just using up energy.

Tûranor PlanetSolar Launches at 2012 World Future Energy Summit

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A solar powered boat docked in Abu Dhabi just before the 2012 World Future Energy Summit has made a 48,000 kilometer voyage entirely on electrical power to get there.

Global Solar Sunlinq Portable Solar Charger

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If you went just ten years back in time to show solar power developers the kind of chargers that would be available in just ten short years, you would blow their science-loving minds.

Global Solar Sunlinq Portable Solar Charger

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If you went just ten years back in time to show solar power developers the kind of chargers that would be available in just ten short years, you would blow their science-loving minds.

Solar Powered Christmas Tree Path Lights

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We came across these solar powered lights while researching the best new solar lighting solutions, and realized that we needed to post about them in time for the holiday season. What a great way to welcome you or your guests home during the festive winter weeks!

Guest Post: In Many Locations, Rebates Make Solar Power a Good Deal

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If you’re interested in saving money on your energy bill, you may have considered installing solar power generation capabilities at your home or business. The central question behind such an endeavor is always whether the move makes financial sense. A big part of the answer is determined by geography. If you’re located in an area where sunlight is strong enough to make solar power worthwhile, then consider yourself lucky! Much of the world is located outside of this zone.

How It’s Made – Solar Panels

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From the wonderful show on Discovery Channel – How It’s Made – comes this video segment which explores how solar panels are made. Videos How It's Made How to make solar panels

Tûranor PlanetSolar Launches at 2012 World Future Energy Summit

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A solar powered boat docked in Abu Dhabi just before the 2012 World Future Energy Summit has made a 48,000 kilometer voyage entirely on electrical power to get there. The boat wanted to prove that there were ways for the shipping industry to reduce the amount of green house gases that boats emit into the atmosphere. The PlanetSolar may not have been designed to carry a large amount of cargo but as a concept ship, the vessel has completed its mission.

5 Great Tips for Investing in Solar Technology

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Investing in photovoltaics, or solar energy, can be a little tough for some people due to the high initial price of solar panels and similar technology. However, the environmental and financial benefits of this investment far outweigh the cost. If you are looking to invest in solar power, then check out these tips to make it easier for you. Check Tax Incentives. There are many cities and states that are willing to give consumers and investors refunds or incentives for purchasing solar panels.

A Solar-Powered Green Christmas

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During the holiday season, every home is busy buying and decorating for Christmas. The most bought Christmas decoration during this season is Christmas lights. It is expected that about a trillion Christmas lights are used to light up and decorate houses and. buildings. However, the long strings of Christmas lights, which are often incandescent or fluorescent, significantly affects the environment.

Cost of PV Solar Systems Dropping in the U.S.

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The installed cost of solar PV power systems in the United States fell quite a lot last year and then further into the first half of 2011, according to a report released on September 15 by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The average installed cost of residential and commercial PV systems completed in 2010 fell by roughly 17% from 2009, and by an additional 11% within the first six months of 2011.

FBI Raids Solyndra Head Office

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This past Thursday, the FBI and inspectors from the Department of Energy reportedly raided the offices of now bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra. An FBI spokesperson confirmed the raid without offering further details. The DOE inspector general’s office typically investigates allegations of fraud or wrongdoing at the agency and within entities the agency does business with. Solyndra just filed for bankruptcy last week, laying off 1,100 workers. Government / Industry Solyndra

Solyndra Files For Bankruptcy

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US solar panel manufacturer’s, Solyndra, has announced that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after failing to successfully compete against lower-cost solar panel manufacturers in China. This was the beginning of a bad week for the environment in the United States, being capped off at the end on Friday with an announcement by President Obama that he would be halting a move towards stricter air quality laws.

Google Invests $168M in Mojave Solar Project

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Google is investing $168-million in an alternative power project that hopes to make enough solar energy to power 140,000 homes. The company announced their plan this week as part of the financing that BrightSource Energy needs to build solar power plant in California’s Mojave Desert. BrightSource also has lined up $1.6-billion in loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Energy and a $300-million investment from NRG Energy Inc.

GE Building Biggest Solar Factory In America

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General Electric made a big announcement today that reflects a new outlook on renewables. They are planning to build the largest solar panel factory in the United States, with an annual capacity of 400 megawatts of production of thin-film solar. The company plans to spend over $600 million on the solar project.

US Solar in 2010 A $6 Billion Industry

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The U.S. solar market grew 67 percent from a $3.6 billion market in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010, according to “U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2010 Year in Review,” a report released this month by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. California installed the most photovoltaics last year, with 258.9 megawatts of direct current, followed by New Jersey in second place with 137.1, and Nevada with 61.4. The SEIA estimates that the U.S.

Voltaic AMP Solar Powered Charger for iPhone, iPod and iPad

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The product will recharge all these handheld electronic devices and thousands more. Connect any USB charger direct to the battery’s USB port or select from 9 included adapters. 4-5 hours in the sun will fully charge a typical phone, 1 hour will provide about 3 hours of talk time. Universal USB Battery stores power for use anytime and is specially designed to charge efficiently from solar.

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Hot Liner Solar Stovetop

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The Hot Liner concept, which won the Golden Haechi award at the 2010 Seoul International Design Competition, co-hosted by Designboom, is a flexible panel rigid enough to form a stovetop, but flexible enough to lay flat on the ground or even hang on a tree for recharging. Once the two-piece Hot Liner system is charged, it can be fit together in different configurations, depending on the size of the cooking pot or pots being used.

NPower Solar Camping Kit

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Looking for a handy solar kit to take with you on trips? This NPower solar camping kit has been expertly designed for all your outdoor needs, including camping, boating, fishing trips, etc. It comes with an amorphous solar panel that works even in overcast or cloudy conditions, along with a battery that powers the two included LED lights, along with a USB port for small electronics – as long as the devices use no more than 5W.

Solar Could Supply 12% Of Europe’s Power By 2020

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A report from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association states solar panel generated electricity could make up 12% of Europe’s power demand by the end of this decade and up to 9% of the world’s needs by 2030. PV capacity in Europe is expected to jump from 28 GW last year to close to 100 GW by 2015 – with the potential to nudge 350 GW globally by 2020. This would represent a carbon emissions mitigation level of 1.4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide globally each year.

Spark Solar Tablet iPad Charger Case

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With 8 Watts of power, the Spark provides about an hour of iPad runtime for every hour in direct sunlight. The Spark includes a battery to store power. It holds one complete iPad charge and can be re-charged from sunlight or a wall charger. It has two USB ports, one with “normal” USB output of 650 mA and a second “high-power” port which puts out 2A. Without this, charging an iPad takes a very, very long time as the battery is about 5 times that of a typical phone.

Obama Extends Tax Credits For Solar Power

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On December 17, President Obama signed legislation that extends the Department of Treasury Section 1603 program for another year. The program provides commercial solar installations with a cash grant in lieu of the 30% solar investment tax credit (ITC). The ITC was signed into law by President George W Bush in 2008, but few firms were able to take full advantage of the scheme, due to the global financial crisis. The program has helped over 1100 solar projects and supported US$18bn in investment.

Arizona Airport Building Solar Array

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The Tucson International Airport Board of Directors has decided to license 50 acres of its land to Tucson Electric Power Co. for the next 20 years. Analysts expect the photovoltaic system to be fully functional by the end of next year. The reason for the project, according to its planners at TEP, is a drive by the company to comply with aggressive state renewable energy laws that mandate utilities to increase their use of renewable energy by 15% by 2025.