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

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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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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,…

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…