Energy trends in the United States, Canada, Germany and other major industrialized nations are rapidly changing. As a result of aging infrastructure, increasing costs associated with fossil fuels and growing environmental concerns, increasingly traditional energy sources (i.e. natural gas, nuclear, coal) are being replaced with more environmentally forward-thinking sources, such as wind, thermal and solar […]
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If you live rent an apartment, own a condominium, live in a shady neighborhood, or simply don’t want solar panels on your roof, residents of Colorado have a solution: community solar gardens. What’s a community solar garden? It’s a unique idea to allow residents to purchase a share of a large solar array that would […]
Necessity is the mother of invention, and garage inventors have been meeting the challenge of climate change head on. From building their own electric cars to home alternative energy systems, many pioneers of the green movement are regular people who love to tinker. Take for example Idaho resident Scott Brusaw. Brusaw has built a 12 […]
As a preschool teacher, glitter is part of my world. These tiny, shiny flecks are loved by little children, yet are detested for the problem their tiny size makes clean-up. Solar energy used to have the opposite problem: the large size of photovoltaic panels needed to produce energy was considered prohibitive for many applications. Such […]
In the move toward renewable energy, solar energy advocates in desert areas may be facing a “dirty detail”. Across the desert, large solar arrays are being planned, but residents are beginning to wonder just how much water these solar plants will require. Developers downplay the water usage as only needed to “to run the office […]
For the year 2008, solar output and installations grew globally! Leading the world in photovoltaic markets, almost half of all new installations globally in 2008 occurred in Spain. The United States came in third for top PV markets last year.