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Look for a Solar Tour Near You

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Oct 3, 2014 8:37:00 AM

Solar tours start now! The first weekend in October might just be called Solar Tour weekend. For nearly two decades, solar home owners in communities across the country have opened their homes for tours in the fall.

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Study: Washing Solar Panels Probably Not Worth the Cost

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 8, 2014 3:21:00 AM

I received a pitch this morning from a company that specializes in washing solar panels. That's a business I didn't know existed, but I'm glad there's a growing number of customers for them. Photos of people scrubbing away at solar installations on green buildings made me wonder. How much does dirt on panels affect solar PV performance?

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Spray-On Coating Turns Any Window into a Solar Panel

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 29, 2014 1:52:00 PM

IMAGINE AN ORGANIC SUBSTANCE that can be sprayed on to any window in a home--making the window behave like a photovoltaic panel, generating electricity. The technology is real, and according to its creators, it's ready for prime time.

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Create a Solar-Powered Walkway

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 25, 2014 8:31:00 AM


These glass blocks illuminate garden paths, and suggest many other possible applications.

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Renewable Energy in Iran

Posted by Wyatt C. King

Aug 19, 2014 5:17:00 PM

MOST OF THE TIME WHEN we read about Iran in the news these days, at least in the U.S. media, the focus is on the international negotiations over the fate of the country’s nascent nuclear program. Apart from the nuclear issue and references to Iran’s enormous oil and gas reserves, we hear little else about the country’s energy plans. So it may come as a surprise to learn that Iran is stepping up its commitment to renewable energy, particularly wind and solar.

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