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Solar Power

Bush admin pushed Solyndra loan guarantee for two years

The Obama admin is getting bashed for backing a solar company that recently went under. But it was actually the Bush admin that started the ball rolling on a loan guarantee for Solyndra.

Google, Facebook reap benefits of building hot data centers in cold Scandinavia

Data centers are the gigantic, Borg-like assemblages of computers that run everything we take for granted on the web, from email to social networks. They take a lot of energy, because they do all the …

Gigantic flywheels recover, recycle subway trains' energy

If subway stations could harvest the energy of incoming trains as they hit their brakes, they could re-use that same energy to launch the same train as it leaves the station. That's the idea behind …

Google gets carbon offsets from hog poo

In its recent report on the company's carbon footprint, Google said that it offsets its emissions with high-quality offsets. We are happy as a pig in shit about that. Which is appropriate, because here's one example of …

World solar market to increase 130 percent by 2020

In 2010 the world spent $30 billion on solar panels. By 2020 that figure will be $70 billion, says Korean electronics giant Samsung.

Solar Power

U.S. solar projects boom as PV prices keep falling

The U.S. lags behind in solar PV manufacturing, but falling panel prices mean thriving commercial-scale development.


Don’t buy the job-killing hype: Regulations create jobs, save lives

Environmental regulations often create new jobs, while preventing senseless deaths and improving our standard of living at the same time.

Solar-powered ice cream truck unfolds like a Transformer

Shazam! Is it an Autobot, or an object lesson in the possibilities of distributed generation? We're grooving so hard to the soundtrack on this video that we can hardly tell. Unlike conventional ice cream trucks, …

Can Japan get off nuclear by 2012 without wrecking its economy?

A new plan for a massive shift to renewables could move Japan away from nuclear permanently, even as it creates hundreds of thousands of jobs for the country's ailing economy.