Why don’t power-thirsty smartphones incorporate solar cells, to reduce the reliance on batteries? Because in general, the kind of solar cell that can be fabricated in a lightweight, flexible and durable form does not capture enough energy per square inch to make it worthwhile.
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Someday, solar panels could be just as common as wind turbines in West Texas and the two renewable energy sources would use the same infrastructure.
If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve global warming, how might you go about it? For years, the main approach in the environmental movement has been to sound the alarm bell and implore people to consume less, switch to green products, recycle, and speak up to companies and politicians.
In the early 1980s, after an energy crisis that gripped the world, a Catholic priest in the Texas city of Lubbock took a stand for the environment.
The US solar industry has welcomed the nomination of physicist Ernest Moniz as the country’s new Energy Secretary.
Federal financial support of renewable energy has taken a whole lot of heat in the months since Solyndra went bankrupt. Opponents of federal policy have claimed that solar grants and subsidies increase the federal deficit while doing little to promote new sources of energy.
The Kansas City Star
There's a lively debate under way about the Department of Energy's loan guarantees to American companies that are developing advanced renewable energy technologies. Unfortunately, many opponents are generating heat but are not properly representing the facts around the DOE program's strong success.
Bruce Pfeffer and Amy Beth Kressel are self-described environmentalists who have made energy- efficient improvements to their Indianapolis home over the past five years.
Unfortunately, another solar company, Amonix, has some bad news to share. Not all companies will make it...in any industry. But especially not in a very fast-growing, maturing industry.
Real Goods Solar, a national installation company, will participate in the GRID Alternatives Bay Area Solarthon this Saturday, July 21, in San Jose, installing free solar arrays for low-income homeowners.