Renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar energy extensively use certain rare earth metals. The availability of these materials, including indium, may be affected by export restrictions for rare earth elements declared in China. The associated industries are trying to restrict usage of the necessary rare earth metals.
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The 1,316 solar panels at Weslaco’s southern wastewater treatment plant gleamed in the heat last week as they were officially plugged in and the facility went from being an energy consumer to a self-supporting energy generator.
In the past two years, the price of solar panels has dropped dramatically. In Ohio, the industry is creating jobs and helping boost our economy in a big way. And the growth is just beginning.
The U.S. Solar Institute, a Fort Lauderdale school, has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to train former military service members without jobs in how to install solar-panel systems.
No energy source is more American than solar. Technologies to convert sunshine to electricity were pioneered in the U.S. half a century ago at Bell Labs, and quickly became a source of inspiration and imagination. In the last several years, solar energy has awoken from yesterday’s dream to today’s reality.
The Commerce Department is scheduled to decide in a month whether Chinese solar panels should be subject to an import tariff, after fielding a complaint from domestic manufacturers that the Chinese are illegally subsidizing their solar export market. The department has not said how it will rule.
Solar energy is an alternative energy source that is moving into the mainstream and nothing proves this more than the Solar Decathlon. In these competitions, university students from around the world display family-friendly off-the-grid homes that they design and build themselves.
The people of California have plenty of reason to want to invest in solar power. Aside from its plentiful sunlight, the state boasts some of the country's most stunning natural landscapes. It also suffers from some of the worst air pollution in certain places, with the Rockies to the east trapping emissions in the region.
What's ahead for energy and environment issues in the wake of President Obama's State of the Union address last week?
KB Home, a leading homebuilding company, announced this week that it has started offering solar panels as a standard on its "Built to Order" homes in certain communities in central Florida.