solar power

A Solar Revolution

Jonathon Porritt
| 5th September 2014
The advance of solar power around the world is bringing instant, dramatic improvements to people's lives, so why aren’t more governments overhauling their dysfunctional energy policies?

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The Gemasolar plant near Seville: Pointing the way ahead? Photo: DESERTEC Foundation.

Round-the-clock solar power comes of age

Paul Brown
| 1st May 2014
With the help of some clever engineering, writes Paul Brown, the power of the Sun can now produce electricity on demand - day and night, bright or cloudy. The key technology has just won a prestigious DESERTEC Award.

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Dykes Lumber’s rooftop solar installation in Long Island City near the Queensboro Bridge. Photo: Steve Burns, EnterSolar.

Tenfold solar expansion approved for New York state

The Ecologist
| 25th April 2014
New York has approved a major expansion of the state's 'NY-Sun' initiative - a program that is boosting solar power across the state. The program has been extended through 2023 and aims to deliver a tenfold increase in the clean energy source.

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US Solar installations by quarter through 2013. Image: SEIA / GTM.

Sun shines on US solar sector

John Rogers
| 8th March 2014
The US Solar sector boomed in 2013, with a record breaking volume of new solar capacity added - almost 5,000MW. And as John Rogers reports, the party is set to carry on through 2014.

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The Solúcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt
| 1st March 2014
The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan.

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Andy enjoys the sunshine outside 'The Shack' - while solar panels charge up the batteries. Photo: Solar Events.

My solar life

Andy Hope
| 15th January 2014
Andy Hope has been working with solar power for over 25 years and pioneered renewable energy at festivals. He talks to The Ecologist about his passion for sustainability and his self-built, off grid home - 'The Shack' ...

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Power On - Solar Power

Jon Hughes
Mark Anslow
| 1st November 2007
Every year, each square metre of the UK receives between 900 and 1200 kWh of solar radiation. Capturing just some of this energy could make a significant contribution to fulfilling our energy requirements.

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