Solar Power Now Cheaper Than Natural Gas, Coal, & Nuclear Power in Texas!

Remember when solar power was expensive? You know, just a couple years ago. Things change fast, don’t they, especially in Texas? Austin Energy For example, in 2009, Austin Energy agreed to pay 16.5 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for electricity from a solar power plant (via a 25-year power purchase agreement, or PPA). Just 5 years…

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Solar Energy Jobs Provide Veterans a Continuation in Mission to Serve Nation and Environment

There is an increasing number of veterans getting into solar power.  As a result, Veterans make up 9.2 percent of the almost 143,000-member workforce. Compare this to  7.6 percent of the workforce nationwide. This information was provided in a new report released about a month ago by the Truman Project’s Operation Free and the Solar…

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Buy or Lease Solar Panels for Your Home

Going Solar is so easy these days, all you have to decide is whether to buy or lease solar panels for your home or business. “Installing solar on your home is cheaper and easier than ever – whether buying or leasing,” says Tom Kimbis, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) vice president. “The average price of…

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Japan is set to Build One of the World’s Biggest Solar Power Plants

Japan is building the worlds biggest solar power plants. Big government subsidies are attracting big businesses. Japan suffered a big nuclear tragedy.  As a result, in the years following the Japanese people lost their faith in Nuclear energy.  This cleared the path for the creation of two of the worlds biggest solar power plants. Japans…

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How Solar Power in U.S. Has Grown Up

Looking at the nation’s electric utilities, you may see a warning light flashing from how Solar Power in the U.S. has grown up.  Big and Small Utility companies, whether for profit or not is facing a serious disruption from Solar Power Technology. Can remember way back to the Seventies? You might recall that energy was…

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In 2013 Almost One Third of New U.S. Electricity Came From Solar Installed in Homes

Solar power finally crashed its way onto the U.S. power grid last year.  This changes the way we produce and consume energy. We can look forward to Solar being a primary power source. 2013 was a record year for the solar energy industry.  There was 4.75 gigawatts of solar energy systems installed. Plus there were…

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Could the New Bionic Leaf Solve the Solar Energy Storage Problem?

Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are developing a new bionic leaf to solve the Solar Energy Storage Problem. A leaf that can convert energy from sunlight into an energy-dense fuel, imitating the photosynthetic process of plants.  We have covered the artificial leaf concept before.   Aside from using a cool new name, the Berkeley project…

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California turns to solar powered desalination to solve their drought problems. 

California is turning to solar powered desalination to solve their drought problems.  The drought is so bad.  Seventeen communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120 days. But what if the solution to California’s water crisis is as simple as sunlight?  Sunlight is one resource the state…

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99% of New Power Generation In January Came From Renewable Energy

More than 99% of new power generation in January Came From Renewable Energy. This according to data released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Thursday. Of the 325 megawatts of new capacity installed, solar led the way with 287 megawatts in January.  Next up is geothermal power producing a total of 30 megawatts. …

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