Author: Solar Calfinder


According to a UK solar panel expert, silicon—the primary material in solar panel manufacturing today—may soon be a thing of the past. So what material has the versatility to take its place? You guessed it: plastic. While there is a variety of reasons plastic trumps silicone, it comes down to three main points: flexibility, weight […]


Yes, you read that correctly. In an assessment eerily similar to one delivered by Mark Delucchi and Mark Jacobson (and broken down here) less than a week ago, BP – the energy company that we all love to hate – Read more…


EarthTechling is calling the official state visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao (to American President Barack Obama) a “meeting of the minds.” Though not in so many words, and certainly not using those words, the message is clear. Presidents Jintao Read more…


Many people would applaud Glade Bilby for improving his New Orleans home with rooftop solar panels—except, apparently, the city officials who recently slammed the breaks on that progress. Instead, the Vieux Carre Commission is more concerned with another issue: keeping Read more…


Rebuild the U.S. manufacturing sector through green technology? If you’re a pessimist, you may immediately respond, “Yeah, tell that to the Chinese”… and use this month’s news of Evergreen Solar moving its factory from Massachusetts to China as evidence. Yes, Read more…


People around the world may be getting more accustomed to seeing wind turbines or solar panels, but most aren’t aware of how much of the population’s energy needs can be met through the sun, wind, heat and ocean waves. According Read more…


When it comes to solar energy systems, especially solar photovoltaic, bigger is better, and the biggest one to date is the 5-megawatt rooftop solar system proposed for the top of the White Rose Building in Cateret, New Jersey. The building Read more…


By this time, most people have seen or heard the news about Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) being shot Saturday afternoon, January 8, in Tucson, Arizona – an episode of violence that left six people dead, including a 9-year-old girl, and Read more…


Massachusetts may seem like an unlikely state for solar power. When you look at its solar insolation value of only 4.0 kilowatt-hours (compared to California’s 6.0 and Florida’s 5.0), the New England state seems lacking in sunshine. In spite of Read more…


It’s not the biggest news of the new week, or the new year, but it is indicative of the gradual tilt toward renewable energy taking place all across America, as Green Mountain Power, a Vermont utility, pledges to install electric Read more…


The Calico Solar project, abandoned like a sinking ship by original planners Stirling Energy and Tessera Solar, has acquired a new owner. The Calico project came up against a smallish band of Native Americans and lost (sounds like Custer’s battle Read more…


As Argonne National Laboratory Director Eric D. Isaacs noted in his recent Huffpo op ed, the U.S. must have a 21st-century energy grid if clean, renewable energy technologies like solar are to thrive. The Argonne Lab is one of 21 Read more…


It’s not good news, but it represents an all-too-human failing, one we call NIMBYism (not-in-my-backyard). Even if a project is beneficial, offering jobs and clean energy, some people don’t want it becoming part of the view out their windows. A Read more…


On Thursday, December 16th, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was scheduled to vote on two provisions that will affect current and future solar energy projects in the Coachella Valley. That vote is still delayed, and apparently will remain so Read more…

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