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We've been in the business a long time, but we're still amazed at the rapidly changing photovoltaic industry - PV installation, equipment, incentives, market growth, new state initiatives, etc.

This section rounds up news from several sources available to us all. Come back often to check the constantly updated news headline.

Solar Power Digest

Richard King-Founder of Solar Decathlon-TEDxTalk (VIDEO)

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:00:01 CDT

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Nissan LEAF Sets New Annual US Electric Car Sales Record — Yet Again

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:00:02 CDT

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SunEdison Wins 150 Megawatts Of Solar Photovoltaic Projects In Karnataka India

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:00:01 CDT

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Canadian Solar Supplies Modules to Major Project in Nicaragua

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:00:01 CDT

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Minnesota Renewable Energy Experts JJR Power See ‘Unprecedented’ Demand for Solar Power

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:00:01 CDT

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Autumn Vineyards Fade to Brown, While One Temecula Winery Goes Green

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:00:01 CDT

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SolarCity’s New ZS Beam Solar Carport System Makes it Faster, Cheaper, Easier and Safer to Install Solar in Parking Lots

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:00:01 CDT

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Come Help Put the Park To Bed on Saturday November 8

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:00:02 CDT

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GM Reveals 2016 Chevy Volt Drivetrain Improvements

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:00:02 CDT

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Solar Energy: Quantifying Emissions Reduction

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:01 CDT

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Cleantech Open Honors Innovators At 5th Midwest Summit

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:01 CDT

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Functional nanomaterials to advance vehicle battery tech

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:00:01 CDT

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Renewable Energy News

U.S. Solar Panel Maker to Add 200 Jobs and Expand Its Plant

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Strong demand for solar modules is leading SolarWorld to expand its plant and capacity to make panels.

A Way With Nature

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Designed by UNStudio, the house near the sea has a skin that looks like wind rippling through dunes.

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:54:54 EDT

A multidisciplinary engineering team developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures. The new material can also withstand temperatures greater than 700 degrees Celsius and survive many years outdoors in spite of exposure to air and humidity.

Steering the Climate Change Coverage

Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:00:09 -0400

Adam Bryant recently became editor of The Times’s expanded team covering the environment. We asked him how he is approaching the position.

Acousto-optic tunable filter technology for balloon-borne platforms

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:07:33 EDT

A balloon-borne acousto-optic tunable filter hyperspectral imager is ideally suited to address numerous outstanding questions in planetary science. Their spectral agility, narrowband wavelength selection, tolerance to the near-space environment, and spectral coverage would enable investigations not feasible from the ground. Example use cases include synoptic observations of clouds on Venus and the giant planets, studies of molecular emissions from cometary comae, the mapping of surface ices on small bodies, and polarimetry.

Home Solar Power Discounts Are Worker Perk in New Program

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Conceived at the World Wildlife Fund, the initiative uses bulk purchasing power to allow for discounts on home systems.

Cheaper silicon means cheaper solar cells

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:42:50 EDT

Researchers have pioneered a new approach to manufacturing solar cells that requires less silicon and can accommodate silicon with more impurities than is currently the standard. Those changes mean that solar cells can be made much more cheaply than at present.

Researchers patent a nanofluid that improves heat conductivity

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:12:35 EDT

Researchers have developed and patented a nanofluid improving thermal conductivity at temperatures up to 400°C without assuming an increase in costs or a remodeling of the infrastructure. This progress has important applications in sectors such as chemical, petrochemical and energy, thus becoming a useful technology in all industrial applications using heat transfer systems such as solar power plants, nuclear power plants, combined-cycle power plants and heating, among other.

Crystallography: Towards controlled dislocations

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:53:31 EDT

Scientists have used atomic-resolution Z-contrast imaging and X-ray spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope to explore dislocations in the binary II-VI semiconductor CdTe, commercially used in thin-film photovoltaics. The results may lead to eventual improvement in the conversion efficiency of CdTe solar cells. These novel insights into atomically resolved chemical structure of dislocations have potential for understanding many more defect-based phenomena.

Keeping Prices Up in a Co-op

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Worries over low-priced apartments next door; personal data on co-op applications; and insurance for homes with solar panels.

Austin Plan for Renewable Energy at Odds With Utility

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

As Austin’s City Council passed legislation to commit to a progressive energy policy, the city-owned utility has balked at the proposal saying it would be too expensive.

Balancing renewable energy costs and optimizing energy mix

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:04:47 EDT

Increasing reliance on renewable energies is the way to achieve greater carbon dioxide emission sustainability and energy independence. As such energies are yet only available intermittently and energy cannot be stored easily, most countries aim to combine several energy sources. Scientists have now come up with an open source simulation method to calculate the actual cost of relying on a combination of electricity sources.

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