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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

Renewable Energy News

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.

Lincoln Center Turns to Solar Power to Provide Some of Its Bright Light

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Thirty-six panels have been installed on the roof of the Rose Building in Manhattan, representing another step in a campaign to go green.

How Grid Efficiency Went South

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

The industry is working to provide an adequate amount of both energy and power at a reasonable cost.

SolarCity Joins Rivals in Lending Solar Panels to Clients

Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Customers in eight states will be able to buy solar systems with monthly payments based on how much electricity the systems produce.

2014 Nobel Prize in Physics: Invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 07:17:41 EDT

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Isamu Akasaki, of Meijo University in Nagoya and Nagoya University, Japan; Hiroshi Amano, of Nagoya University, Japan; and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources."

Low-carbon energy future is clean, feasible

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:21:26 EDT

A future where electricity comes mostly from low-carbon sources is not only feasible in terms of material demand, but will significantly reduce air pollution, a study says.

London Phone Booths Find New Lives

Sat, 04 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Two entrepreneurs are transforming some of the city’s decommissioned red kiosks into green Solarboxes, which they say can charge up to 100 phones or tablets a day.

Batteries included: A solar cell that stores its own power

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 06:43:36 EDT

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device is both: the world’s first solar battery. Scientists have succeeding in combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device.

Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:42:58 EDT

Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team has taken a major step in developing long-sought polymer architecture to boost power-conversion efficiency of light to electricity for use in electronic devices.

How to make a 'perfect' solar absorber

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:32:58 EDT

Researchers have developed a solar cell that can tap the sun's full radiation spectrum. The material is a two-dimensional metallic dielectric photonic crystal, and has the additional benefits of absorbing sunlight from a wide range of angles and withstanding extremely high temperatures. Perhaps most importantly, the material can also be made cheaply at large scales.

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