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.
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.
The US's fossil fuel industry is scared at the growth of solar power, and its ever-declining market cost. So it's fighting back, reports Trip Van Noppen, doing its best to quash solar growth by imposing new costs and restrictions.
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.
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' ...
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.