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April 19, 2014
Obama launches measures to support solar energy in US
Washington (AFP) April 17, 2014
The White House Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at increasing solar energy production in the United States, particularly by encouraging the installation of solar panels in public spaces. President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress want laws to fight climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but Republicans, who hold the majority in the House of Representatives, have blocked all legislative efforts since 2011. In response, the president has switched tactic ... read more

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Pakistan plans huge desert solar park to fight energy crisis

China's love of luxury cars undimmed by domestic troubles

China auto show opens amid environmental, growth concerns

Chinese foreign minister starts Latin America tour

Malaysia Airlines jet in emergency landing after tyre bursts

Rethink education to fuel bioeconomy

Making dams safer for fish around the world

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Better solar cells, better LED light and vast optical possibilities
Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. NTNU-researchers have discovered that by tuning a small strain on single nanowires they ... more
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Let the Sun Shine In: Redirecting Sunlight to Urban Alleyways
In dense, urban centers around the world, many people live and work in dim and narrow streets surrounded by tall buildings that block sunlight. And as the global population continues to rise and bui ... more
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Microgrid Solar Completes Largest Single-Building Solar Installation on any Missouri School
Placing 386 solar panels on the science building at MICDS was no small feat for Microgrid Solar. This is the largest solar array installation on one building for any Missouri school. Due to th ... more
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Clean Energy Collective and RGS Energy to Deploy First Community-Owned Solar Facilities in Massachusetts
The community solar developer, Clean Energy Collective (CEC), has selected RGS Energy as the general contractor for the construction of the first community-owned solar facilities located in the Comm ... more
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Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon
Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications ... more
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Stanford scientists model a win-win situation: growing crops on photovoltaic farms
Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new ... more
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Japanese solar plant set for tsunami-damaged site
Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corp. said Thursday it started work on a solar power facility situated on land spoiled by the 2011 tsunami. ... more
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EU moves to rein in state support for renewable energy
The European Union announced Wednesday sweeping new guidelines to curtail state support for renewable energy production, while still allowing governments to shield energy-intensive industries from high power bills. ... more
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Sun Gets to Work at the Long Beach Rescue Mission
The Port of Long Beach has awarded the Long Beach Rescue Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children and adults, a $176,045 grant to install solar panels ... more
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Organic Solar Cells More Efficient With Molecules Face-to-Face
New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor mole ... more
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Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments
Renewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14 per cent drop in investments to US$214.4 billion, according to a new report released this w ... more
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String Inverters Increasingly Used in Megawatt-Scale PV Projects
In a sign of their growing acceptance, string inverters are increasingly being considered in megawatt (MW)-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems, with over 40 percent of inverter buyers regarding them as ... more
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Greenpeace sees growth in renewable energy use
Environmental campaign group Greenpeace said Monday major world economies were showing an increase in renewable energy in their grids. ... more
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British solar plan to shift to rooftop installations
British Energy Minister Greg Barker said Friday the government wants to install solar panels on top of the more than 900 square miles of south-facing rooftops. ... more
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Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials
In a recent advance in solar energy, researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible. ... more
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Tiny crystals to boost solar
A new approach to studying solar panel absorber materials has been developed by researchers in France, [Lafond et al. (2014). Acta Cryst. (2014). B70, 390-394]. The technique could accelerate the de ... more
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Japan defence chief puzzled by Russian warplanes

Japan steps up surveillance posture against China

China's shadow to follow Obama around Asia

Ukraine PM says Russia undermining global stability

11 soldiers killed, 14 wounded in Algeria attack: security

Palestinians mull handing territory 'keys' back to Israel

Drone strike in Yemen kills 5 'Qaeda' militants: source

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Japan posts top growth in clean energy: survey
Japan last year stepped up spending on clean energy at a faster rate than any other country, despite a drop in the world's overall investment, a study said Thursday. ... more
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Ukraine turmoil clouds PV outlook
"IHS has revised down the 2014 PV forecast for Ukraine from 430 MW to 100 MW, with the market likely to be made up solely of plants that are currently under construction. For the period 2015 to 2018 ... more
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GDF Suez to add to French solar power capacity
French energy company GDF Suez said Tuesday it secured contracts to develop 10 solar power projects that would add 53 megawatts of power to the French grid. ... more
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SunEdison Manufactures Over 1 GW of Photovoltaic Solar Modules
SunEdison has announced that they have shipped over 1 GW (gigawatt) of Silvantis Solar PV modules, making them one of the top 5 solar module manufacturers in the world. Growth was driven by strong d ... more
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ReneSola Elaborates on US Department of Commerce Investigation
ReneSola has elaborated on a pending U.S. Department of Commerce ("Department")'s anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigation regarding certain crystalline silicon PV products from China. ... more
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Canadian Solar Completes the Sale of Little Creek Solar Power Plant to BluEarth
Canadian Solar has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions has completed the sale of Little Creek, a 8.5 megawatt ("MW") AC solar power plant valued at over C$53.0 milli ... more
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Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Says Solar is Part of the Solution
In a ground-breaking decision the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled in favor of solar as a cost-competitive energy source for Minnesota-based Xcel Energy. On the heels of a long comp ... more
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SunPower Sells 70MW Concentrator Cell Package To Inner Mongolia
SunPower has announced the sale of more than 70 megawatts (MW) of cell packages to the Huaxia Concentrated Photovoltaic Power Co., Ltd., joint venture (JV) in Inner Mongolia, China. These packages w ... more
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