Lakes and ponds used by water utilities have long been viewed with a single purpose: holding water. Now a handful of pioneering water utilities are looking at their aquatic real estate with a new purpose in mind: installing solar panels for solar energy generation. Large-scale floating solar projects have been installed in Japan and China, as well as on ponds at California wineries. But solar energy has remained primarily a
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Now a Chinese energy company said they were building the world's first solar panel farm that looked like giant pandas, the country's national treasures. The solar farm, located in Datong, northern China's Shanxi Province, was connected to the grid on June 29. The 248-acre solar farm was designed to look like a cute panda. The black sections are monocrystalline silicon (the light-absorbing part of most solar panels) while the white parts are
Wholesale solar power prices have reached another record low in India, faster than analysts predicted and further undercutting the price of fossil fuel-generated power in the country. The tumbling price of solar energy also increases the likelihood that India will meet – and by its own predictions, exceed – the renewable energy targets it set at the Paris climate accords in December 2015. India is the world’s third-largest carbon polluter,
Ever wonder if the benefits of installing solar panels will outweigh the costs? Curious as to how much solar exposure those panels would even get on your roof? Google’s latest sun map looks to answer those exact questions for solar proponents. The endeavor comes as a part of Google’s commitment to renewable energy. It’s been very public with its plans to be entirely carbon neutral from here on out. The
MIT professor David Wilson developed a new solar powered energy technology that will bring a solar cooker that functions at night. This invention will significantly benefit developing nations who depend on wood for cooking. Unfortunately, our grills are harmful to the environment. Whether you use wood chips, charcoal, or propane, it releases emissions and creates poor air quality. Up until now, solar-powered cookers needed to the sun in order to
France’s Minister of Environment Ségolène Royal has officially opened the world’s first solar panel road this week with one kilometer and 2,880 solar panels in Tourouvre-au-Perche. Now the country is waiting to see if the road, built with construction company Colas‘ Wattway technology, will live up to the hype surrounding the clean energy experiment. The road is designed to produce sufficient power to electrify street lighting in the 3,400-person village.
If you can keep your gaze off the hilltops, imagine away the pylons and forget the occasional tractor of an uncertain vintage coughing along the narrow roads, little appears to have changed in the valleys of north-eastern Portugal for decades, perhaps even centuries. But look up, past the villages, the clumps of stout ponies and the wolf-haunted forests of pine, oak and eucalyptus, and the harbingers of a renewable energy revolution are
A new solar energy efficient electricity generation system that developers claim is the most efficient in the world, is being tested in South Africa’s Kalahari desert. The Swedish company behind the project - which combines military technology with an idea developed by a 19th-century Scottish engineer and clergyman - says it is on the verge of building its first commercial installation. In the remote Northern Cape province, huge mirrors reflect
As part of its Climate Leadership Plan, the Alberta Government is making funding available for the installation of solar panels at 36 school projects that are now in the planning or design phase and have not gone to tender. “We have heard directly from students from across Alberta and their message is clear – they want us to be leaders on climate change. A number of school boards had already