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Rooftop solar market set to grow more in 2013
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Companies providing rooftop solar modules and services are expected to get a nice boost this year, especially in markets where government led initiatives are making residential and business solar powered buildings cost-effective. More



New composite greatly increases solar conversion efficiency
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As the threat of more expensive fossil fuels looms, scientists have focused with increased intensity on solar cell efficiency, or the portion of energy that is converted into electricity from the sunlight that falls on a cell. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the most advanced single-crystalline silicon photovoltaics have an efficiency of about 25 percent. A new composite devised by researchers at Princeton University promises to raise this threshold significantly. More

Minnesota's largest solar installation begins producing electricity
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The largest solar-electric generator in Minnesota has flipped on the switch — the latest sign of a banner year for solar installations. A new system built near Slayton, Minn., with more than 7,000 solar panels is part of the boom in solar installations in Minnesota and across the United States. More

High-tech shack brings solar power to South African slums
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From a distance, it is its shiny exterior that first catches the eye. As you step closer, a rooftop solar panel, an outdoor security light and a roof overhang make Nosango Plaatjie's shack stand out amid the sprawling cluster of makeshift wooden structures and rusty corrugated iron dwellings where her neighbors live. Welcome to the iShack, or improved shack, an innovative approach to housing that's being tested in the windswept slum of Enkanini, just outside Stellenbosch, South Africa. More

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Utah governer's summit to explore energy future
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Hundreds of energy industry professionals, scientists and policy experts are gathering in Salt Lake City this week for Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's Energy Development Summit, an annual forum addressing some of the energy issues confronting the Intermountain West. The summit is an outgrowth of the governor's 2011 strategic energy plan designed to put Utah at "the forefront of solving the world's energy challenges." More

New Colorado State project to boost school, state solar energy capacity
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According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Colorado has a total of 208 megawatts, enough to power more than 37,700 homes. Since 2009, the solar photovoltaic capacity has increased tremendously, bringing on an additional 152 megawatts. Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., made headlines in 2011 when it was named as one of the top four public universities in the nation for solar power, according to the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. More

Mosaic offers solar crowdfunding
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Crowdfunding — the idea of pooling small investments online to back a project — has paid for plays, films, fashion accessories and park benches. Now an Oakland, Calif., startup will use it to fund solar power installations. Mosaic Inc. will offer anyone in California or New York a way to invest in solar for as little as $25. Investors will receive a fixed 4.5 percent annual return on their money, which will help pay for solar installations on small businesses, community centers and other facilities. More


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Solar panels installed on townhouses
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SolarCity will finish installing solar panels on seven townhouses owned by Georgetown University, completing a months-long collaboration among the Social Innovation Public Service Fund, Georgetown Energy and the university. In addition to installing solar panels, the project also involved upgrading electrical systems of these townhouses to handle higher voltage and installing meters to measure energy savings. More

Deep sea bacteria could provide breakthroughs for solar panels
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Bacteria that live almost a mile under the surface of the ocean, where light is scarce, have adapted biological ways to harness tiny amounts of light very efficiently, and in some cases can use photosynthesis to convert 100 percent of the light they find into electricity. In contrast a typical solar panel commonly converts around 15 percent of sunlight into electricity. Now researchers at the University of Cambridge are studying the light-harvesting proteins of the deep sea Green Sulfur Bacteria to see if they can provide breakthroughs for solar energy and other electricity devices. More

Florida science museum discovers the sun
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Solar power is getting a high-profile position at the Museum of Discovery & Science — a spot right above the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., museum's main entrance. The solar panels are being installed on the front façade of the museum facing Southwest Second Street and will serve double-duty as an alternative energy source for the museum and as an educational tool for visitors. More



France launches plan for solar power rescue
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France has doubled its capacity target for photovoltaic power generation and offered more financial support to small solar power farms that use European-made panels in a bid to rescue the country's ailing solar industry. Energy Minister Delphine Batho announced the measures, which are expected to spur investments worth more than $2.6 billion, during a visit to a solar panel factory in Western France. More

5 surprising uses of solar power
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As Earth's resources become more depleted over time, alternative energy sources gain priority. Solar power is not a new idea, but it is gaining more traction in an era of environmental concern. It works through the use of panels that absorb the sun's light over the course of a day and then convert it into electricity. Here are five creative uses of solar power. More

The future of photovoltaics is now
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According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, more energy from the sun falls on the earth in one hour than is used by everyone in the world in one year. With energy demands continually increasing — along with the need for new and clean energy sources — the world's fastest-growing energy technology is solar. Metal roofing systems are the perfect photovoltaic host, a fit that provides many benefits for the building and its owner. What follows are some next-generation PV technologies on the solar power horizon. More
 

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