New Solar Cell Breaks Efficiency Record

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have broken the world record in solar cell efficiency with a photovoltaic module that converts nearly 41% of sunlight it’s exposed to into electricity.

Australian solar rebate figures released

In spite of the Australian Federal Government’s recent $100,000 annual income means test on solar power rebates, figures recently released relating to the Solar Homes & Communities Plan show an average of 522 applications have been lodged each week since May’s budget.

SunPower Extends its Global Reach into Australian Market

SunPower Acquires Solar Sales, a Leading Australian Distributor SAN JOSE, Calif., July 24, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — SunPower Corporation (Nasdaq: SPWR), a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels and solar systems, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Australian integrator and distributor, Solar Sales Pty Ltd. With […]

Sahara sun to provide green energy to Europe?

While the thought of transmitting electricity from thousands of kilometres away may sound inefficient, scientists in the European Union are proposing just that as a way of ensuring the energy needs of a growing population are met while reducing electricity generated greenhouse gas emissions.

Ask Dr Solar: Heat Pumps Explained

A solar heat pump is a different way to use renewable energy to heat water – that doesn’t need solar panels! Solar heat pumps can save you a bundle of cash onyour hot water bills, as they use approximately one third the energy of an electric water heater.