Solar Power

Business & Technology

Sales of residential solar in Japan explode like reactor #4

Sales of solar panels for Japanese homes are up 30.7 percent in 2011, despite -- or, let's be real, because of -- the economic hit the country took in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

Solar Power

How distributed solar can reduce electricity prices

This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States, a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project. What if installing more solar could reduce electricity prices? It’s already happening in Germany, world leader …

Business & Technology

How 1.6 billion people who live on less than a dollar a day afford renewables

If you're not already connected to an electricity grid, renewable energy is a no-brainer, argues Michigan professor of history and ‘scholar of the Muslim world’ Juan Cole.

Cleantech

Solar panels made out of grass clippings

An MIT scientist has developed a quick and dirty way to harness solar power using “anything green, even grass clippings.” So basically, solar panels made out of yard waste. This technology is way, way, way, …

Oil

Even the Saudi oil minister says oil doesn’t create jobs

Ali Al-Naimi also called global warming one of "humanity's most pressing concerns," and advocated for renewable energy investment. When the Saudis are no longer hyped on oil, you know something's got to change.

Coal

U.S. government downgrades projections for coal. Again.

Coal generation keeps falling faster than government predictions, which don't even account for other factors affecting its decline. Could the reign of coal finally be over?

Critical List: Obama boosts clean energy; Bingaman energy standard coming soon

“I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy,” President Obama said in his State of the Union. He didn’t talk about fighting climate change, though. The state of the union is: unsurprised. …

Business & Technology

Army’s newest drone will be ‘green’

The Army is increasingly aware that the only way for its war machine to keep turning is for it to eliminate the long, vulnerable supply chain currently required to get energy to its soldiers. That’s …

Climate & Energy

Critical List: Military could produce 7 GW of solar; British survey hedgehogs

Solar projects at desert military bases could produce 7,000 megawatts of solar energy — a huge amount. EVs have more than enough range to make 95 percent of the trips we take by car. Scotland …

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