Tesla has begun taking orders for its transformative new solar roof, the final piece for Elon Musk’s grand clean-energy ambition – combining solar power, home batteries, and electric cars.
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Once largely confined to the sunny Southwest, utility-scale solar power plants are now being built everywhere from Minnesota to Alabama to Maine. Aided by plunging costs and improving technologies, these facilities are expected to provide a big boost to U.S. solar energy production.
Most of us have had the nasty experience of opening up a power bill that’s more expensive than you expected. But imagine how frustrating this is for those people who’ve put solar on their roof – only to find out their power bill is just as expensive as ever.
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All over the country, the Kochs and utilities have been blocking solar initiatives — but nowhere more so than in Florida
Australian Aboriginal-owned company AllGrid Energy has launched WattGrid, a new 10kWh solar energy storage system it says is around 30 per cent cheaper than Tesla Powerwall.
An Australian company says its new solar thermal technology could produce power more cheaply than coal
West Australia energy minister says the future is in solar, noting that it is cheap, democratic, and was likely to displace the state’s ageing coal generators. And this man used to head the IPA!
A new transparent solar cell that could be used as a window was recently developed by researchers at Michigan State University.
This is a feat that was once thought to be impossible, because traditional solar panels absorb light and turn it into energy, but a transparent surface is not typically able to absorb light.
To make a transparent solar cell, researchers opted for a different system called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC), which contains organic salts that absorb specific non-visible wavelengths of ultraviolet and infrared light. This light is then guided towards traditional photovoltaic solar cells which are able to trap the energy and convert it into electricity.
Not only can this material be used for windows, but it can also be used for displays on electronic devices, giving them another source of power and potentially extending their energy life significantly.