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Solar Home Kits, Machine Tools, Irrigation Pumps Improving Lives

Compact, efficient, durable and long-lasting, social enterprises and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are coming up with new ways that make off-grid solar lighting and power affordable for local residents in Africa and around the world. Solar home kits, machine tools and irrigation pumps are being installed across Africa, India and other nations, bringing reliable, affordable and emissions-free energy to residents, businesses and communities.

SolarCity to Offer Solar Home Loans, Forms New Project Fund

SolarCity is now offering homeowners loans to install PV systems. The downstream solar company also announced it is setting up a new project fund with Honda.

5 myths about solar energy in the United States

I Have a Solar Job: Insider Dispels 5 Myths about Solar Energy in the U.S.

There are over 120,000 people with solar jobs in the US and I am one of them. I sell solar PV (photovoltaic) to home and business owners in Washington State and the majority of my job is education. The more the public is educated on the facts of solar power the better the solar industry will do. Can you think…

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More Wind & Solar Can Reduce Utility Costs and Emissions

Those opposed to spurring development and adoption of renewable solar and wind energy resources continually assert that their intermittent nature not only reduces grid reliability and raises the cost of electricity, but negates the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions reductions that contribute so greatly to their rapid adoption in the first place. While it’s true that bringing greater amounts of…

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A Small Business Solar Energy Success Story…in New Jersey

Trinity Solar’s an example of how technological advances, coupled with government incentives and consumer enthusiasm, is spurring renewable energy growth, job creation and carbon emissions reductions.

Applied Materials Summer Solstice Solar Survey: Chinese, Indians Want More Solar Faster

That’s one of several encouraging responses from Chinese, Indians, Japanese and Americans who took Applied Materials’ fourth annual solar energy survey. Others: Industry data show that solar will be cost-competitive with conventional fossil fuel-derived electrical power this year, and Chinese and Indians want more solar faster than current government targets.

Renewable Energy Key Vehicle on Rio+20 Sustainable Development Roadmap

The drive to forge equitable, sustainable “green” economies and develop and deploy renewable energy and clean technologies are front-and-center in the media in the run-up to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which is to take place in the iconic Brazilian city June 20-22. Three bits of essential reading, and reference, relating to global renewable energy growth and its role in sustainable development programs were released yesterday: the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) “Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012,” the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century’s (REN21) 2012 “Renewables Global Status Report,” and the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Renewable Energy Scorecard.”