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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.

Renewable Energy News

Salvation Gets Cheap

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The incredible recent decline in the cost of renewable energy, solar power in particular, have improved the economics of climate change.

Study Chides U.S. Over Loan Default by Solar Business

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The critical report was issued as the Obama administration prepared to offer as much as $8 billion in additional loan guarantees.

An abundant and inexpensive water-splitting photocatalyst with low toxicity

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:20:27 EDT

Researchers in Japan have discovered a new photocatalyst, Sn3O4, which facilitates the production of hydrogen fuel from water, using sunlight as an energy source.

Scientists achieve first direct observations of excitons in motion

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:08:03 EDT

A quasiparticle called an exciton -- responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits -- has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never been directly observed. Now scientists have achieved that feat, imaging excitons' motions directly. This could enable research leading to significant advances in electronics, they say, as well as a better understanding of natural energy-transfer processes, such as photosynthesis.

Environmentally compatible organic solar cells in the future

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:04:37 EDT

Environmentally compatible production methods for organic solar cells from novel materials are in the focus of “MatHero”. The new project aims at making organic photovoltaics competitive to their inorganic counterparts by enhancing the efficiency of organic solar cells, reducing their production costs and increasing their life-time.

Scientists come up with method of reducing solar panel glare

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:44:19 EDT

The glare from solar farms could be a thing of the past, thanks to new research. Researchers have developed a multi-layer anti-reflection coating for glass surfaces, which reduces the sun's reflection from photovoltaic panels while at the same time improving their efficiency. It is applied using the same technology as that used for depositing anti-reflection coatings on eye glasses.

House windows that double as solar panels? Shiny quantum dots brighten future of solar cells

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:38:20 EDT

A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work. Scientists have demonstrated that superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be applied in solar energy by helping more efficiently harvest sunlight.

Better solar cells, better LED light and vast optical possibilities

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:29:33 EDT

Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. Researchers have discovered that by tuning a small strain on single nanowires they can become more effective in LEDs and solar cells. 

Passive houses save lots of energy

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:17:19 EDT

Housing is the easiest sector to change if we are to reach the climate targets, experts say. Norwegian research shows the housing sector today represents about one-third of the country's energy consumption, or about 35 terawatt hours out of a total of 112 terawatt hours. As a result, it is indirectly one of largest contributors to Norway's greenhouse gas emissions.

A Caribbean Resort Goes Solar

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa on St. Maarten has installed more than 2,600 solar panels to provide energy throughout the property.

Win-win situation: Growing crops on photovoltaic farms

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:39:42 EDT

A new model for solar farms that 'co-locates' crops and solar panels could result in a harvest of valuable biofuel plants along with solar energy. This co-location approach could prove especially useful in sunny, arid regions such as the southwestern United States where water is scarce, researchers said.

Tiny step edges, big step for surface science

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:39:49 EDT

New experiments can explain the behavior of electrons at tiny step edges on titanium oxide surfaces. This is important for solar cell technology and novel, more effective catalysts.

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