Posted on December 15, 2015 by Envirothink
Infratech’s floating solar array at a water treatment plant in Jamestown, South Australia
Solar power is continuing its explosive growth. In the first half of this year, the solar industry has supplied 40% of all new 2015 electric generating capacity. The U.S. solar industry is expected to reach nearly 8,000 MW for the year, and 28,000 MW in total.
The ways solar is being utilized is also expanding. Earlier this year, we wrote about solar successfully being used as floating arrays generating power across one of India’s state’s 85,000 km long canal system. Now a city in Southern California’s Imperial Valley plans to float a solar array across the top of a new water treatment plant that will be used for the town’s drinking water supply and irrigation.
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Posted on May 14, 2015 by Envirothink
Bolivian university students have created and are road testing a solar-powered car. Outfitted with eight large solar panels, this boxy-looking vehicle runs silently through the streets. Check out the video here.
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Posted on April 30, 2015 by Envirothink
Over the past decade, the amount of solar power produced in the United States has grown 139,000 percent. The International Energy Agency projects that solar will be the world’s biggest single source of electricity by 2050. Solar power is currently a fraction of one percent of our total energy production.
Filed under: Solar Power | Tagged: energy, energy production, International Energy Agency, solar, solar innovation, Solar Power, technology, The Kiplinger Letter | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 27, 2014 by Envirothink
Large solar arrays are killing wildlife at an alarming rate, with no solution in sight
There’s an aphorism that’s played out over and over again these days.” Every solution brings new problems.”
For every new innovation, a whole array of issues pop up needing to be solved. Such is proving to be the case with the large solar arrays that exist and/or are on the drawing board.
Filed under: Nature, Solar Power | Tagged: bird kills, California's Mojave Desert, Center for Biological Diversity, collateral damage, concentrated solar power, endangered species, I, Ivanpah Solar, oshua Tree National Park, renewable energy, solar, solar arrays, solar panel farms, solar power plants, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | 3 Comments »
Posted on July 20, 2014 by Envirothink
Mew Energy Technologies’ new SolarWindow™
The growth of solar is exploding. As the technology continues to improve, the focus for commercial buildings is solar, but with a twist.
Not all commercial buildings can handle large solar arrays on their rooftops. Between the weight of the solar panels and the fixed angle of the buildings, standard solar panels aren’t a one-size-fits-all. Because of this, the new technology of smaller solar cells embedded in glass has become a race to see who will perfect and make this available first.
One of the leading contenders in the U.S. is New Energy Technologies, a building integrator photovoltaic (BIPV) developer in Maryland. Their chief focus – a product called SolarWindow™ – is a spray-on solution of solar cells that allows windows to generate electricity.First announced in 2010,/the idea of this solar film caught the attention of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2011. NET now has an exclusive world-wide licensing agreement with the University of South Florida, and a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with NREL to advance SolarWindow technology.
To learn more about this exciting new innovation, see the full article here.
Filed under: Solar Power | Tagged: commercial buildings, innovation, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, New Energy Technologies, photovoltaic, solar arrays, solar cells, solar panels, solar powered windows, Solar window technology, U.S. Department of Energy | 1 Comment »
Posted on May 20, 2014 by Envirothink
Posted on October 31, 2013 by Envirothink
Colored Solar offers an array of colors and styles to enhance any home
I recently wrote about a company in Southern California called Colored Solar, which provides high quality colorful solar panels. These high-efficiency durable panels offer comparable performance to standard solar panels but compliment the architecture and style of any building.
Now the company is seeking additional funding to expand and improve and they’re asking for help. All it takes is a click and a vote for them to capture a grant from Google and Chase called the Main Street Grant.
So take a moment and click here to help them in their efforts to give we consumers some beautiful choices in color and energy efficiency we can be proud of.
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