There’s never been a better time for schools to add solar panels to their energy mix, given lots of public and private grants that can help foot the bill for the conversion….
Rooftop Solar: Which States Are Friendliest? Northeast & Southwest best for residential solar; sunny Southeast lags behind
Northeastern and southwestern states among the best for residential solar, while some sunny southeastern states lag behind…
What’s on the horizon in terms of new solar power technologies? Researchers explore transparent solar cells, better batteries & panels at sea
Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest in cutting-edge, hyper-efficient solar cells? Are we really moving beyond huge photovoltaic panels anytime soon? —Michael Williams, Hartford, CT Many people still consider environmentalists’ favorite black panels as the cutting edge of renewable energy. However, the burgeoning solar industry has […]
Can solar desalination help an increasingly thirsty world? Using the sun to cure Central Valley water woes
Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is solar desalination and how can it help an increasingly thirsty world? —Maryann Dell’Amore, Howard, MN Solar desalination is a technique used to remove salt from water via a specially designed still that uses solar energy to boil seawater and capture […]
Is solar power cost-competitive with the grid yet? Future looking bright for residential photovoltaics
Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the price of getting solar panels installed on a home is lower than ever, but has it gotten to the point anywhere in the U.S. where it’s actually cheaper than traditional grid power yet? — Lester Milstein, Boston, MA Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, […]
Solar roadways used to be just a concept, but Scott and Julie Brusaw have built them to withstand the weight and wear of trucks and heavy traffic, while producing electricity. Now the question is whether they can raise enough money to set up mass production…
Dear EarthTalk:What is solar geo-engineering and how can it help stave off global warming?
Stanford environmental policy wonk Dan Reicher discusses new modes of financing renewable energy and why now is the time to make the move to solar, wind and other green forms of power.
Portland Loos, Portland’s newest outdoor public bathrooms, are 100% solar-powered and graffiti-proof-coated — and really put the “public” in public restroom.
Solar Cooking Helps Struggling Communities Fighting Deforestation, Global Warming and Disease with Solar Cookstoves
Solar Household Energy is a nonprofit spearheading a global effort to fight deforestation, global warming & respiratory disease through solar cooking…