Author: Solar Calfinder


In the District of Columbia, the city’s Renewable Energy Incentive Plan has been diverted to help prop up the budget. Like many municipalities across the nation, D.C. is in crisis, and the $2-million-per-year fund that was supposed to last through Read more…


The name of the company is Transphorm, and since its inception in 2007 it has been busy transforming the very nature of energy. No bumps on solar cells, no cars that run on jellied jellyfish. Transphorm, emerging at the head Read more…


It may seem like wind farms are a relatively new form of green technology, but they have actually been around for years—decades, even. In fact, the UK’s first commercial wind farm, located at Delabole in Cornwall, celebrated its 20-year anniversary Read more…


Take a look at any one of the concentrating solar power (CSP) projects in the U.S. and elsewhere, and you can see that – while CSP is undeniably the most efficient form of solar energy—the land needed (5 to 10 Read more…


Are your solar panels looking a little grimy? No worries, there is now a team of seasoned professionals to do that cleaning for you. Solar Maid, a one-of-a-kind New Jersey company, first began in 2003 but didn’t receive the boost Read more…


Thanks to pioneering work at NREL, solar power manufacturer Amonix is now delivering commercially-ready, concentrated PV solar power “screens” that deliver 600 times as much electricity per square foot as standard solar PV panels. NREL is the National Renewable Energy Read more…


At least, Campbell’s Soup USA (creator of the slogan above) must think so, because they are adding a solar power system to their facility in Napoleon, Ohio. The solar array will provide about 15 percent of the plant’s energy needs, Read more…


For generations, getting a job in Central Appalachia has almost always translated into “going into the mines.” The coal industry has dominated the economies in West Virginia, Kentucky, and parts of Ohio for 150 years. While that hasn’t changed completely, Read more…


Finally, after all our preaching here about compromise between the wants of environmentalists and the needs of solar energy developers, a California group is getting the message. The California Desert and Renewable Energy Working Group says it wants to skip Read more…


Ascent Solar Technologies, the Colorado makers of WaveSol thin-film solar modules, has recently moved forward with two profit-rich international distribution deals. The first deal is with SW Solarwatt Ltd. based in Cyprus, and the second with Polymer Sun, which will Read more…


It seems counterintuitive, but a recent test by Washington state-based Inland Power and Light shows solar panels outperforming wind turbines by a factor of five. Across much of the nation, and particularly the northern quadrant, wind seems to be perpetually Read more…


Imagine, for a moment, that wind power installations went up on tribal lands all across the U.S. And that those green machines supplied 14-percent of the national energy consumption annually. Says a report released by the Department of Energy, this Read more…


With large-scale solar outfits and individual panels going up all over the country, it’s undeniable that the U.S. solar market is widening its reach. So what’s in store for 2011? Lower prices and a demand that’s nearly double what it Read more…


Inspired by the signing of SB 1, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Million Solar Roofs initiative, the state of California managed to add a whopping 3,000 megawatts of solar energy to rooftops since 2006. It was good news. In fact, it Read more…

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