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

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White House, USDA Give Clean Energy Sector $68 Million Boost

Following through on President Barack Obama's plans to combat climate change and boost energy productivity, the Agriculture Department on Sept. 18 announced it's…
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Google Invests $145 Million to Turn an Old Gas Field Into a Solar Plant

Google invested $145 million in an 82 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Kern County, California. The solar power plant, called the Regulus…
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Shining Hot to Get It Cold: Unilever Tests Solar-Powered Freezers

The freezers being tested in Central Park operate free of electricity — vendors can even charge their own mobile devices by plugging them…
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Solar System Will Power New Dropbox Office

Dropbox’s new San Francisco office will feature a solar energy system designed by UGE, a global distributed renewable energy company. The 25.2 kilowatt…
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The Importance of Gender Diversity in the Solar Technology Workforce

If women don't take an interest in science and technology, who's really losing out? Well, the truth is, it's the companies, the industry,…
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China Leads Global Solar Growth; New PV Capacity Up 232 Percent

China installed 12 GW of new solar PV power generation capacity in 2013, a whopping 232 percent year-over-year increase. New solar PV power…
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Kohl’s Solar Power Portfolio Moves Forward with Solar Tree Chargers

Kohl's solar power investment now includes solar trees built by Envision Solar, a San Diego-based solar design company.
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Indy Motor Speedway Completes World’s Largest Sports Solar Farm

Co-developed by SunWize Technologies and Blue Renewable Energy and installed on the backstretch of the famed raceway, the 9-MW solar farm is the…
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Solar Leases May Scare Off Potential Homebuyers

Now that some homeowners with solar leases are putting their homes on the market, the deal doesn't seem as sweet. Solar leases may…
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Germany Sets Three National Solar Records in Two Weeks

New records for solar power production are coming and going at a fast pace in sunny Germany, where the latent effects of a…
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SolarCoin: How Digital Eco-Money Can Be More Equitable

SolarCoin is a novel strategy for accelerating investment in solar power, but it's not inherently socially equitable. Fortunately, there are ways to increase…
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EVs and the Emerging Solar-Powered Energy Ecosystem

Elon Musk has crafted a triple bottom line business template based on EVs, charging stations and solar energy. It's not the only one…
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SolarCoin: Good for the Environment but Not Social Equity?

SolarCoin rewards solar power producers. Handing out digital cash to people with solar panels can benefit our electricity systems and the environment, but…
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Report Charts Renewable Energy’s Rapid Advance Into the Mainstream Mix

Global renewable energy capacity rose 8.3 percent in 2013, fueled by technological advances, cost reductions and supportive government policies, particularly among developing countries,…
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Interview: Jonathan Bass, VP communications for SolarCity

Jonathan Bas is VP of communications for SolarCity. I spent some time talking to Jonathan about SolarCity's success and the state of the…