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

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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…
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Power in Outdoor Spaces: How a Few Companies are Leading the Charge

Rather than fight over limited outlets and drive up electric bills, a few innovative companies are finding ways to offer renewable, free solar…
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24/7 Concentrating Solar Power Plant Gains Approval in Chile

Environmental concerns have hindered construction of utility-scale concentrating solar (aka solar thermal) power plants, but Chile's environmental ministry has approved Abengoa's 110-MW Cerro…
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Fast Fashion Retailer Forever 21 Goes Solar, But is it Enough?

Forever 21 recently commenced the installation of a 5.1-megawatt solar power system at its headquarters in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.
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SolarCoin: Accelerating Solar Investment

SolarCoin offers an added reward that can increase the number of solar electricity systems built. As solar expands as a source of electricity,…
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SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money

Any currency has value -- but only if a large community uses and accepts it as payment. For SolarCoin, the new digital currency…
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Global Renewable Energy Investment Drops, But Installed Capacity Rises

2013 global renewable energy investment fell for a second year running, but costs kept falling and renewables' share of power generation kept on…
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SolarCoin: Cryptocurrency with Value for People and Planet

SolarCoin is a decentralized digital currency that has inherent value in trust and goodness. It facilitates transactional trust between strangers, rewards producers of…
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Clean Solar Initiative II To Add 100 MW of Solar Power on Long Island

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and PSEG Long Island increasingly see solar and other forms of renewable energy as a flexible, reliable…
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Water-Energy Nexus: Utah Approves Largest Solar Power Park

Scatec's Red Hills Renewable Energy Park will generate green jobs and revenue for local landowners and the state, as well as 80 megawatts…
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German Renewable Electricity Consumption Hits Record High 25.4 Percent in 2013

There's been no shortage of challenges to German Premier Angela Merkel's "Energiewende" -- an all-out transition to a greener, sustainable economy centered on…