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Avoid the common myths about solar energy

4 Myths About Solar Energy

You’ve likely heard a lot about solar energy lately, especially if you’re interested in environmental, energy, technology or political news. You’ve probably seen solar panels as you go about your daily lives. Maybe you even get some of your energy from the sun. Solar energy use has been increasing for residential customers, businesses, and utilities. The U.S. solar energy industry…

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Teach our children well. The benefits of solar in schools

Schools and Solar: What Are the Benefits?

As parents know, every other note that comes home in a school kids’ folder is a bake sale request or a fundraiser form. The other notes are friendly reminders to clip the pink rectangles off their pantry items that include Box Top for Education initiatives. Each label is a dime toward the school, and every dime counts when it comes…

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Failure of materials in solar panels already in the field. DuPont calls for more rigorous "real-life" testing standards

Heat and Beat: Why DuPont is Calling for More Rigorous Testing Standards for Solar PV

Solar power is no longer a boutique industry. At least 900 million solar panels are deployed across the globe. Eighty-one percent of those came online within the last five years. From rural villages in India to the rooftops of suburban America, photovoltaic solar is fast becoming a mainstream source of energy. Every one of those panels is only as good as…

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An early conceptual drawing of NASA Space Solar Power

NASA and a Solar Revolution

It’s no secret that the Earth is in dire need of clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels. The source of that clean energy, however, doesn’t necessarily have to be on Earth. The Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI) is a team of scientists from Caltech that includes researchers from NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory. These scientists propose building the largest-ever space structure…

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Proposed space-based "suntower," one of many examples of solar innovation

The Golden Age of Solar Innovation

From efforts that mimic nature like leaves and trees, to arrays that float on water or in space, there has been a wide range of solar energy innovations in 2016.  From tiny solar applications of nanotechnologies to massive space-based arrays, the growth of solar power is being fueled by market forces, including increasing efficiency and decreasing cost. The number of…

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Lockheed Latest Major U.S. Corp. to Sign Duke Energy Solar PPA

Duke Energy’s solar power business is on a roll. Duke Energy Renewables on Feb. 2 announced a new solar power agreement with Lockheed Martin that will meet all the latter’s domestic energy needs.

Researchers Richard Lunt and Yimu Zhao test cutting edge transparent solar cells at their Michigan State University lab

EarthTalk: Beyond Traditional PV Solar Panels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells? Are we really moving beyond huge photovoltaic panels anytime soon?                                    — Michael Williams, Hartford, CT Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of renewable energy….

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