solar power

Read our latest stories on efforts to power homes and businesses with the sun’s rays.

Oil Recovery Using Solar Energy

A Fremont, California-based solar company says it has developed sun-powered technology for use in a surprising location: oil fields.

NGO Urges California to Investigate the Solar Industry

D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability is urging California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the state's solar power companies after mounting customer complaints.

Elon Musk Says His Solar Roof Is Cheaper Than a Normal One

In short, homeowners will be able to install Tesla's solar roof for less money than a roof made from regular materials. Does Musk's…

Tesla’s Bold Vision to Vertically Integrate Clean Energy

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is working to create a roofing product that is more durable and insulative than a traditional roof, yet with…

World’s Largest Floating Solar Test Bed Comes Online in Singapore

A new floating solar photovoltaic system in Singapore is just one hectare in size and is meant as a prototype. But it could…

SolarCity Partners with Airbnb to Offer Solar Power Rebates

SolarCity is offering up to $1,000 in cash to Airbnb hosts who install solar power systems on their rooftops. Both companies are leaning…

Heat and Beat: DuPont Calls for Real-World Testing of PV Solar

Cost pressures, untested materials and lagging standards: These and other issues now confront an industry still finding its way in a burgeoning marketplace.…

Today’s Solar Sales Tactics are Misleading Homeowners

If you’re a homeowner considering solar, you’re not alone. Yet many struggle to distinguish a good deal from a good sales pitch.

Solar Cell Innovation Shines a Clean Power Spotlight on Arkansas

An Arkansas startup partnered with the global solar powerhouse Yingli to bring a new low-cost, high-efficiency solar cell to the marketplace. And that's…

Recycling Solar Panels Could Represent a $15 Billion Opportunity By 2050

Recycling solar photovoltaic panels is expected to represent a $US15 billion opportunity worldwide by 2050.

Optimizing Climate Resilience Through Solar Plus Storage

Solar combined with storage can serve as a resiliency mechanism to prepare communities to handle extreme weather events caused by climate change, and…

Energy Needs More Panels, Blades and Software — Not a Miracle

The renewable technology stack is strong, with decades of iterations producing reliable and cost-competitive products. Let's deploy more of them, not try to…

It’s Time for Energy to Go Digital

Homeowners often find themselves jockeying between dense government databases and Doomsday preppers’ blogs in their quest to seek out real, fact-based information about…

New Solar-Powered Device Revives Hydrogen Economy Dream

Swiss researchers have developed a low-cost, solar-powered water-splitting device that offers new hope to fans of the hydrogen economy of the future.

Half A Billion Solar Panels By 2021: U.S. Army Makes It Look Easy

The U.S. Army is plunging forward with solar projects that make Hillary Clinton's ambitious solar power goal look like a done deal.