Solar Powered Helicopter Drone For Mars Mission

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California are developing a small solar powered helicopter to act as an added set of eyes for future Mars rover missions. While Mars rovers have some rather whizz-bang camera technology, their field vision is limited. Spacecraft orbiting Mars can also help guide the planning of rover routes, […]

FPL To Build Three New Solar Farms

Florida Power & Light (FPL) has announced plans to build three new solar power plants totaling approximately 225 megawatts of solar capacity. One facility will be built in DeSoto County; near Florida’s first large-scale solar farm, another in Charlotte County and the third in Manatee County. More than one million solar panels will be used […]

Analysis : Gas Demand In NSW To Plummet

Within a decade, demand for gas in New South Wales could drop by as much as half – and solar may play a role in that occurring. While developers in the gas industry have been warning of  looming gas shortages in New South Wales, which some say has just been attempt to foul more of […]

SunEdison Chief Meets With President Obama And PM Modi

Ahmad Chatila, Chief Executive Officer of SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE: SUNE), has met with President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India in New Delhi. “It’s a great honor to be invited to meet with President Obama and Prime Minister Modi to discuss how renewable energy can benefit the people of both India and […]

Solar Sail Space Test In May

It’s been a long time coming and the moment has finally (nearly) arrived. The Planetary Society has announced the first of two LightSail spacecraft will be launched into space in May, carried by an Atlas V rocket. Solar sails work on the principle of reflected light pressure propulsion through the push of photons against a […]

Whirlpool’s Wind Power Debut

Appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation has announced it will use wind energy to help power its manufacturing facility located in Findlay, Ohio. The Findlay Wind Farm, a USD $18 million “Wind for Industry” project, will have five wind turbines with Whirlpool utilizing two and nearby Ball Company using three. The turbines are expected to offset an […]

Air-Conditioning, Heatwaves And Solar Power

There are now around 6.7 million households with air conditioners installed in Australia, compared to only 1.9 million in 1990 – and solar is helping to alleviate the strain the comfort we demand places on electricity networks. Approximately a quarter of the investment by electricity networks – eleven billion dollars – has gone towards constructing […]

2015 – A Big Year For Big Solar In Australia

A total of 71 MW of PV was registered in Australia in December and commercial solar set a new record; providing perhaps a taste of things to come in the sector this year. According to the latest SunWiz Consulting Australian PV Market Insights, the increase in commercial solar last year pushed the average system size […]

Queensland Labor Promises Solar Support

Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has committed Labor to boosting the state’s renewable energy sector if it wins the election. “In office Labor will call for proposals to generate 40-megawatts of base-load renewable energy including solar power. This will be used as a trial for more renewable power plants,” said Ms. Palaszczuk. Labor would also […]

Wind Farm Noise Study Findings “Questionable” : CEC

While there’s a great deal of evidence to demonstrate wind turbines do not directly affect human health, some continue to try and show otherwise. A study into wind farm noise and residents’ reactions to it claims to have identified a “special noise signature” that could give “new insights for medical research,” reports the ABC. Clean […]