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Solar News

For the most recent news, see News:Solar

Note, from this point backward, this index is not populated from the news posted on the News page, but only as it was occasionally posted on the "In the News" section on the Directory:Solar page.


See News:2009:Solar - going forward in time


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    The Amish go solar – in a simple way - Solar energy has been used by a few of the technology-eschewing Amish for decades now. But with soaring energy costs, more families are putting sunlight-collecting panels on their barns and outbuildings. Indeed, area dealers report sales of solar systems to the Amish are up 30 percent to 50 percent this year alone. (Christian Science Monitor; Oct 27, 2008)
  • Solar Roofing Materials - United Solar Ovonic has teamed with CENTRIA to create a metal roof system that generates electricity from sunlight. The partnership offers seven different prefabricated systems, ranging in capacity from 3 to 120 kilowatts. Tests show that the solar roof panels are rugged and can withstand winds in excess of 160 miles per hour. (MIT Technology Review; Sept. 12, 2008)
  • First Solar: Quest for the $1 Watt - The secret involves not the photovoltaic cell itself but the way in which it is manufactured. Instead of the familiar silicon, the design uses a compound of cadmium and tellurium. Not long ago it was little more than a laboratory curiosity, largely because nobody had found a practical way to make the cells much larger than a postage stamp. First Solar has now refined the manufacturing procedure to blow up the cells to poster size. (Newswise Science News; July 22, 2008)
  • California School Sees Benefits of Solar Energy - California is home to some of the best solar resources in the U.S., a fact not lost on its residents and policy makers when it comes to adopting and supporting solar energy. One application for solar that is becoming increasingly popular in California is using photovoltaics to power schools. (Renewable Energy World; May 30, 2008)
  • Solar Power Boom Continues in Europe - The recent growth of photovoltaic energy in countries like Spain and Germany is triggering a reassessment of incentives in Europe to foster a cost-effective, consumer-friendly approach to solar power. (Energy Tribune; April 16, 2008)
  • 12 New Solar America Cities Chosen - The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 12 new Solar America Cities, bringing the number from 13 to 25 in total, and moving along the $2.4 million initiative to provide up to $200,000 per city to build solid solar infrastructures. (Inhabitat; April 7, 2008)
  • SMIT GROW - Teresita Cochran is establishing GROW, a hybrid energy delivery device that provides power via the sun and wind, and draws inspiration from ivy growing on a building. ("; Feb. 2008)


  • Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Cells - StarSolar aims to capture and use photons that ordinarily pass through solar cells without generating electricity, to cut the cost of solar cells in half while maintaining high efficiency. The technology uses a material called a photonic crystal, that enhances infrared light absorption 7x, thus increasing overall power generation by 37%. . (MIT Technology Review; Mar. 21, 2007)
  • Cheap Nano Solar Cells - Researchers have demonstrated improved efficiency in solar cells made from low-cost chemicals used in paints. They added single-walled carbon nanotubes to a film made of titanium-dioxide nanoparticles, doubling the efficiency of converting ultraviolet light into electrons when compared with nanoparticles alone. (MIT Technology Review; Mar. 05, 2007)


  • NanoHorizons™ Signs Licensing Agreement with Solarity for Breakthrough Solar Cell Technology - The design utilizes a nanoscale-engineered structure to perform both absorption and collection. This enables photovoltaic device builders to use an optimally thick layer of absorption material while simultaneously requiring a collection distance of only tens of nanometers vs. tens of microns in today’s best two-layer cells. “Our nanotechnology-based approach offers terrific potential in manufacturing higher-efficiency cells using less expensive materials and high-throughput production lines.‿ (NanoHorizons; August 1, 2006)

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