Off-Grid Micro Solar Is Booming

This social enterprise has loosened the grip fossil fuel has on 65 million people, through the use of solar power. Now it’s cashed up and ready to do more. The enterprise is d.light, which was founded in 2006 with a goal to manufacture and distribute solar lighting and power products to the more than 2 […]

The EU’s First Tesla Powerpack Installation

The first commercial Tesla Powerpack project in the European Union is currently being installed in Somerset, UK. A Camborne Energy Storage project, the Powerpack installation will be working with a ground mounted solar PV facility capable of supplying power for more than 500 homes and will provide ancillary services to the UK’s National Grid. “The […]

Solar Ship To Cruise African Skies

Manaf Freighters has announced it will purchase four of Solar Ship’s aircraft for use in cargo delivery and disaster relief in remote areas of East and Central Africa. A solarship is more than just a blimp. It’s a hybrid aircraft that combines aerodynamic lift, aerostatic lift and solar power into a long range and very […]

Apple And Others Join RE100

Apple is among a number of influential companies to have just joined the RE100; a collaborative, global initiative of major businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. The newly-minted member companies have made their pledges during Climate Week NYC. 93% of Apple’s global operations in 23 countries were already running on renewable power last year. “Apple […]

RayGen Awarded $1 Million Grant To Support Solar Tech

Australia’s RayGen Resources will receive more than $1 million from the Victorian Government under its New Energy Jobs Fund grants. RayGen’s specialty is Concentrated Solar PV (CSPV) technology, a system using mirrors known as heliostats focusing concentrated sunlight onto a central receiver embedded with very high efficiency  triple junction GalnP/GaAs/Ge solar cells. Two 200kW pilot […]

Tesla Chosen For World’s Largest Lithium-ion Battery Project

Tesla has been selected to provide a 20 MW/80 MWh Powerpack energy storage system at Southern California Edison’s Mira Loma substation. Tesla says that when completed, the installation will be the largest lithium ion battery storage project in the world. “When fully charged, this system will hold enough energy to power more than 2,500 households […]

Road-Registered Solar Electric Cars To Be Built In Australia

Brisbane will be home to a design and manufacturing hub producing the world’s first commercial and road- registered fully solar powered electric cars. A new facility for the project at Macarthur Avenue, Eagle Farm was opened by Queensland’s Minister for Energy, Mark Bailey, yesterday. The solar-electric cars will be made by Team Arrow. You may […]

Volvo SuperTruck Features Solar Panels

Volvo Trucks North America has unveiled a SuperTruck demonstrator that has achieved a freight efficiency improvement of 88 percent – and solar power gets a look-in on the high-tech vehicle. Volvo began the SuperTruck project five years ago after the U.S. Department of Energy set a challenge to build a truck that improves freight efficiency […]

Amazon And Facebook’s Latest Renewable Energy Efforts

It wasn’t all that long ago Facebook and Amazon were heavily criticised for their carbon-intensive operations, but both companies have rapidly transformed from laggards to leaders. First, to Amazon. The company announced late last week the Amazon Wind Farm Texas project, which will be a 253-megawatt power station in Scurry County, Texas. The facility will […]

A More Generous Solar Feed In Tariff For Victoria?

Last year, the Victorian government made good on an election commitment to commence a process it said would help ensure the state’s solar households and businesses receive fair payment for the solar electricity they export to the mains grid. The Essential Services Commission (ESC) was tasked with the investigation, and while the exercise has run […]