solar power

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

Tesla’s Mounting Challenges Include SEC Inquiry and EV Rivals

Tesla is facing more challenges -- including a disappointing quarterly financials report, another SEC investigation, and new startup competitors in the electric car…

Tesla and Panasonic Introduce Sleeker Solar Panels

Tesla and Panasonic introduced a new line of solar panels that practically blend in with the typical roof - gone are those boxy…

Creative Ways to Make Solar Pay Back for Commercial Buildings

Local permitting challenges and utility demand rates can lower the rate of return on a commercial solar project. But solutions abound!

Two Keys to Successful Commercial Solar

3p economic correspondent Bill Roth explains how utilities use demand charges to put a cloud over customer-owned solar power.

The Next Big Thing in Renewable Energy for Homeowners

Capacity for home energy-storage technologies continues to rise while costs go down. This will make solar a no-brainer for many families.

Residential Solar: Competition Can Create Confusion

Rather than increasing consumer confidence, competition among solar installers might be undermining sales.

Co-Ops Bring Solar to Hundreds Of Rural Communities

A Barack Obama-era solar energy program is helping hundreds of rural communities access low-cost solar through electricity co-ops.

U.S. Energy Dept. Touts New ‘Solar Fuel’ Catalysts for the Hydrogen Economy

A dozen new catalysts offer opportunities to produce renewable hydrogen and other fuels using sunlight and water.

New York Reaps 800 Percent Solar Growth in Five Years

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state's support of solar power resulted in an 800 percent rise in the solar sector since…

India Is Set for Solar Success in 2017

India expects to commission 7.7 gigawatts of utility-scale solar projects this year, a 90 percent increase from 2016.

India’s Air Pollution Catching Up to China as Worst on Earth

According to a recent study, India’s air is becoming the deadliest on Earth -- outpacing even China, which loses over a million people…

Jimmy Carter Turns a Peanut Farm Into a Solar Array for His Hometown

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is leasing 10 acres of what used to be peanut and soybean fields for a solar array. The…

UPS to Boost Onsite Solar By 500 Percent This Year

UPS plans to invest $18 million in solar installations this year, increasing its onsite solar power generation capacity fivefold.

Australian Company Raises Money from Customers to Fund Clean Energy Projects

The concept of asking utility customers to pay higher rates may sound dubious. But if a case study in Australia is any indication,…

Report: EVs and Solar Will Displace Oil and Coal By 2020

The double-whammy of falling of electric vehicle costs, plus rapidly falling solar power prices, could slow the world’s demand for both oil and…