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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 Investment Attractiveness Sees China Soar, US & UK Lose Ground

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:00:02 CDT

Filed under: Energy News

Jordan To Commission 1,800 MW Renewable Energy Capacity By 2018

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:00:02 CDT

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Recharge Wrap-up: Musk sees solar future, Uber sued for tips

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:00:01 CDT

Filed under: Solar Energy News

Mainstream Renewable Power Just Acquired 10% Of Ghana’s Power Generation Capacity

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:00:02 CDT

Filed under: Energy News

300,000-Plus People March for Climate Action, In Pictures

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:00:01 CDT

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Fracking's environmental impacts scrutinized

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:00:01 CDT

Filed under: Solar Energy News

Oil Rich Rockefellers to Divest Charitable Fund From Fossil Fuels

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:00:01 CDT

Filed under: Energy News

Kyocera To Develop Japan’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:00:01 CDT

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Federal Energy News: Senate Finance Talks Energy Tax Reform, EPA Extends Comment Period, and No Review for Demand Response Ruling

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:00:01 CDT

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Magnetic fields make the excitons go 'round: New way to improve efficiency of solar cells

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:00:01 CDT

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Mayor de Blasio's Pledge to Cut Climate Pollution by 80% Can Lower Bills, Safeguard New York

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:00:01 CDT

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Paul Krugman’s Errors and Omissions

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:00:01 CDT

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Renewable Energy News

Magnetic fields make the excitons go 'round: New way to improve efficiency of solar cells

Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:51:08 EDT

A major limitation in the performance of solar cells happens within the photovoltaic material itself: When photons strike the molecules of a solar cell, they transfer their energy, producing quasi-particles called excitons -- an energized state of molecules. That energized state can hop from one molecule to the next until it's transferred to electrons in a wire, which can light up a bulb or turn a motor.

Fracking's environmental impacts scrutinized

Sun, 21 Sep 2014 09:29:38 EDT

Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually fared better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research.

Solar-cell efficiency improved with new polymer devices

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:28:43 EDT

New light has been shed on solar power generation using devices made with polymers. Researchers identified a new polymer -- a type of large molecule that forms plastics and other familiar materials -- which improved the efficiency of solar cells. The group also determined the method by which the polymer improved the cells' efficiency. The polymer allowed electrical charges to move more easily throughout the cell, boosting the production of electricity -- a mechanism never before demonstrated in such devices.

Superabsorbing ring could make light work of snaps, be ultimate camera pixel

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:08:50 EDT

A quantum effect in which excited atoms team up to emit an enhanced pulse of light can be turned on its head to create 'superabsorbing' systems that could make the 'ultimate camera pixel'.

A more efficient, lightweight and low-cost organic solar cell: Researchers broke the 'electrode barrier'

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:14:52 EDT

For decades, polymer scientists and synthetic chemists working to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells were hampered by the inherent drawbacks of commonly used metal electrodes, including their instability and susceptibility to oxidation. Now for the first time, researchers have developed a more efficient, easily processable and lightweight solar cell that can use virtually any metal for the electrode, effectively breaking the 'electrode barrier.'

Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Electric utility executives all over the world are watching nervously as technologies they once dismissed as irrelevant begin to threaten their long-established business plans.

X-ray imaging paves way for novel solar cell production

Tue, 09 Sep 2014 11:33:36 EDT

The sharp X-ray vision of DESY's research light source PETRA III paves the way for a new technique to produce cheap, flexible and versatile double solar cells. The method can reliably produce efficient tandem plastic solar cells of many meters in length.

Sun-powered desalination for villages in India

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:37:49 EDT

Around the world, there is more salty groundwater than fresh, drinkable groundwater. For example, 60 percent of India is underlain by salty water -- and much of that area is not served by an electric grid that could run conventional reverse-osmosis desalination plants. Sun-powered desalination could deliver clean water for off-grid villages.

Doped graphene nanoribbons with potential

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:33:42 EDT

Graphene possesses many outstanding properties: it conducts heat and electricity, it is transparent, harder than diamond and extremely strong. But in order to use it to construct electronic switches, a material must not only be an outstanding conductor, it should also be switchable between ”on” and ”off” states. This requires the presence of a so-called bandgap, which enables semiconductors to be in an insulating state. The problem, however, is that the bandgap in graphene is extremely small. Empa researchers from the ”nanotech@surfaces” laboratory thus developed a method some time ago to synthesize a form of graphene with larger bandgaps by allowing ultra-narrow graphene nanoribbons to ”grow” via molecular self-assembly.

Construction Starts on a Solar Plant

Sat, 06 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400

First Solar and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources have started construction on a $1 billion, 250-megawatt solar power generating station in the desert 50 miles south of Las Vegas.

Interest in Solar Water Heating Spreads Globally

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0400

Many developing countries, which struggle with high energy prices relative to income, have embraced the technology.

Breakthrough for carbon nanotube solar cells: Twice as efficient as current models

Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:58:41 EDT

Lighter, more flexible, and cheaper than conventional solar-cell materials, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have long shown promise for photovoltaics. But research stalled when CNTs proved to be inefficient, converting far less sunlight into power than other methods. Scientists have now developed a carbon nanotube solar cell that is twice as efficient as its predecessors.

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