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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.

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Renewable Energy News

Physicists bind single-atom sheets with the same force geckos use to climb walls

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:19:21 EST

The approach is to design synergistic materials by combining two single-atom thick sheets, for example, that act as a photovoltaic cell as well as a light-emitting diode, converting energy between electricity and radiation.

Blu-ray disc can be used to improve solar cell performance

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:18:16 EST

Who knew about Blu-ray discs? One of the best ways to store high-definition movies and television shows because of their high-density data storage, Blu-ray discs also improve the performance of solar cells, according to a new study. Researchers have discovered that the pattern of information written on a Blu-ray disc -- and it doesn't matter if it's Jackie Chan's 'Supercop' or the cartoon 'Family Guy' -- works very well for improving light absorption across the solar spectrum.

Good News on Energy

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is simply another step in the transition to cleaner energy.

Solar and Wind Energy Start to Win on Price vs. Conventional Fuels

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The cost of electricity from wind and solar power plants has plummeted, making it cheaper than coal or natural gas in some places.

India’s Obligation on Climate

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Modi vows a big push on solar power. But that won’t mean much unless he can also cut back on coal.

NRG Seeks to Cut 90% of Its Carbon Emissions

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500

The company, which operates coal and other conventional power plants, plans for a reduction of 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050.

Abu Dhabi Energy Company Aims for Solar-Powered Travel

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0500

The Solar Impulse experimental flight program is one of a slew of international projects in which Masdar, a renewable energy company, has invested.

A Carbon Tax Could Bolster Green Energy

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500

Despite technological innovations, investment in alternative power generation is lagging. But one tool could trim carbon emissions on a meaningful scale.

Scientists get to the heart of fool's gold as a solar material

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:25:00 EST

As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite could do the job, but when it works at all, the conversion efficiency remains frustratingly low. Now, a research team explains why that is, in a discovery that suggests how improvements in this promising material could lead to inexpensive yet efficient solar cells.

SunEdison and TerraForm Buy First Wind, Gaining a Toehold in Turbines

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:55:56 -0500

SunEdison said the purchase would make it the world’s largest renewable energy development company.

Revolutionary solar-friendly form of silicon shines

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:06:13 EST

Silicon is the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust. When purified, it takes on a diamond structure, which is essential to modern electronic devices -- carbon is to biology as silicon is to technology. Scientists have synthesized an entirely new form of silicon, one that promises even greater future applications.

New materials for more powerful solar cells

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:31:50 EST

Applying a thin film of metallic oxide significantly boosts the performance of solar panel cells. Researchers have developed a new class of materials comprising elements such as bismuth, iron, chromium, and oxygen. These 'multiferroic' materials absorb solar radiation and possess unique electrical and magnetic properties.

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