Sebastopol is second Californian city requiring solar on new homes
May 13, 2013, 12:51 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Following in the Republican-led footsteps of Lancaster, the super-liberal town of Sebastopol becomes the second city in California requiring all newly built homes to be photovoltaic-ready.
WakaWaka Power: A solar charger with a humanitarian bent
May 10, 2013, 8:30 p.m. by Matt Hickman
A compact, powerful and do-gooding solar charger/lamp dubbed the WakaWaka Power (best pronounced in a thick Dutch accent) launches just in time for the high season of outdoor expeditions.
Solar industry is evolving — and experiencing growing pains
May 8, 2013, 4:14 p.m. by John Platt
A well-known Chinese solar power company has filed for bankruptcy, but this may actually be a sign of health for the industry.
NASA's Grover will explore Greenland ice sheet
May 3, 2013, 9:43 a.m. by Douglas Main, LiveScience's OurAmazingPlanet
Since the Arctic sun shines 24 hours a day during the summer, the solar-powered rover will be able to operate continuously.
Solar-powered plane to begin cross-country flight
May 3, 2013, 9:12 a.m. by Denise Chow, LiveScience
Solar Impulse founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will alternate piloting the single-seater plane over the 5 legs of the journey.
A solar-powered plug that sticks to windows and out from the crowd
May 3, 2013, 9:08 a.m. by Matt Hickman
Sure, there are a few kinks to be worked out, but the designers behind the clever and unfussy Window Socket are onto something: A solar converter-charger that serves as an outlet on windows, not walls.
EV living: Honda breaks ground on net-zero concept home
April 29, 2013, 1:53 p.m. by Matt Hickman
In a project that links net-zero energy home building with electric vehicle ownership, Honda breaks ground on a super-efficient demo home on the campus of UC Davis.
America now has more solar energy workers than coal miners
April 26, 2013, 2:09 p.m. by Michael Graham Richard
Some might dismiss the solar energy industry because it’s small compared to the oil & gas industry, but more solar projects means hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Solar cell coating could dramatically boost energy harvest
April 19, 2013, 9:38 a.m. by Tia Ghose, LiveScience
A new solar cell can produce two electrons for every particle of light that hits it, at least at certain wavelengths.
Dwell on wheels: Vintage trailer reborn as low-impact mobile abode
April 17, 2013, 8 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Squeeze on in for a tour of the COMET ('Cost-effective Off-Grid Mobile Eco Trailer'), a carpenter ant-ravaged 1960s Avalon camper transformed into a solar-powered mobile abode by tiny house devotee, Mariah Coz.
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