Solar Power

Business & Technology

Crowdsourced solar gets a nod — and a check — from the Department of Energy

Oakland's Solar Mosaic received a grant of up to $2 million to bring it's crowdsourced solar installation model to scale.

Climate & Energy

U.S. market for solar likely to double this year

Cheap prices and incentives from the federal and state governments lead to an additional 3.3 gigawatts of solar power this year.

Solar Power

Solar-powered lasers could save us from asteroids

There are a few key facts to know about Earth being potentially hit by an asteroid, which could happen in about 25 years (so yes, if you’re reading this, you will probably be alive to see it): It’s best to try not being a dinosaur. Bruce Willis will save you. Robert Duvall won’t. And our best hope may be solar-powered lasers.

Business & Technology

Clean energy investments climb, along with Big Oil’s blood pressure

OK, well maybe they're not overly worried just yet. But the investment trend – particularly in the United States – is encouraging.

Election 2012

Lay off the Konarka: Dem energy message risks defeating Dem energy message

The Democrats' "all of the above" energy message is an effective one. Their "Romney backed a solar clunker too" message is not.

Solar Power

A solar-powered cell phone charging station inspired by Occupy Wall Street

Tommy Mitchell wasn’t an Occupier, but when he visited Occupy Wall Street, he found out that OWSers were charging their cell phones at a hot dog vendor’s gas-guzzling generator, The New York Times reports. “I was like, ‘Well that’s awful,’” he said. That’s when he began thinking about inventing a device that could harness renewable electricity in a public space without outlets. “It’s so practical that you can see it,” he said. So Mitchell whipped up a solar cellphone charger, then brought it back to Occupy, where everyone loved it and declared him a hero of the people.

Election 2012

Could Romney’s scorn for wind power hurt him in the heartland?

Mitt Romney promises to revoke federal support for the wind industry. That might not go over well in swing states like Iowa, where the booming wind sector has wide, bipartisan support.

Renewable Energy

U.S. military kicks more ass by using less fossil-fuel energy

To understand the promise of renewable energy for the U.S. military, start as far from D.C. as possible -- say, with a company of Marines in Afghanistan.

Solar Power

Department of Commerce slaps large tariffs on Chinese solar panels

The U.S. Commerce Department plans to impose tariffs of up to 250 percent on Chinese-made solar panels imported into the U.S.

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