Japan Announces Solar Feed In Tariffs

In an attempt to spur on uptake of renewable energy sources and stimulate a flagging economy, Japan’s government is launching a net model feed-in tariff scheme where owners of grid connected solar power systems will be paid a premium rate for surplus electricity generated.

Solar Energy Lighting Up Schools

Increasing numbers of schools around the world are taking a leadership role in renewable energy education by installing solar energy systems to help power their campuses, financed by government grants and rebates.

Australia’s Printable Solar Cells

Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Peter Batchelor, announced yesterday the beginning of trials to print solar cells using technology developed by the CSIRO, a partner in the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium project.

Australia’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array

SunPower Corp. announced yesterday the completion of construction of a 305-kilowatt SunPower solar panel based system on the roof of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Alice Springs, Northern Territory. The installation is the largest rooftop solar power system in Australia currently.

Hansen: Australian Government Not Green But Coal Black

Dr. James Hansen, a leading authority on climate change, has lashed out at the Australian Government, stating that it had been elected on a platform of solving the climate problem, but under the influence of industry, set emission targets that will guarantee untold disasters for the current and future generations.

Solar Energy Jobs Boom In The USA

USA President Obama today signed the USD $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 into law. The US solar energy industry has rejoiced over the package as USD $43 billion will be spent in the energy sector; with a sizeable chunk dedicated to solar power.