Monthly Archives: June 2011

SOL’s Solar Lighting Moves from Remote Spots to City Parking Lots

Michael Sonnenfeldt is president and CEO of solar lighting manufacturer SOL in Palm City, Fla. Photographer: Diane Bondareff via Bloomberg When it became commercially available two decades ago, outdoor solar lighting was prohibitively expensive, used mainly for locations far from … Continue reading

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Coventry Cathedral to install solar panels

Coventry Cathedral is set to become the first in Britain to put solar panels on its roof. Coventry Cathedral to instal solar panels Photo: ALAMY Staff at the cathedral are applying for planning permission to place more than £100,000 worth … Continue reading

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UK’s biggest solar energy farm connects to national grid

Solar panels at Howbery business park in Oxfordshire to generate up to 682MWh a year. Howbery Business Park’s 3,000 solar panels will generate a quarter of its needs. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images Britain’s biggest array of solar panels has begun … Continue reading

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The £197 ‘nano house’ designed to solve India’s slum housing

One of India’s leading companies has designed a £197 ‘nano house’ it believes could solve the world’s housing crisis and lift its two billion poor out of slum housing. Image 1 of 3 The house has the ability to transform … Continue reading

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Market town ‘to become solar powered’

An energy firm has offered to install solar panels on each of the 21,000 homes and businesses in its local area after winning funding that could lead to Britain’s first renewable energy-powered town. Coucillor David Wise is one of the … Continue reading

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The women of India’s Barefoot College bring light to remote villages

Being trained as solar-power engineers enables women from rural India and Africa to introduce electricity in isolated areas Kamla Devi was Rajasthan’s first woman to graduate from Barefoot college as a solar engineer. Photograph: Suzanne Lee/Panos Securing the end of … Continue reading

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Here comes the sun: the cost of solar energy is crashing down

Barack Obama tours a solar power site in Nevada (Photo: Getty) While attention has been focused on the Government’s overblown plans for expanding windpower, something extraordinary has been happening to solar energy. The prices of solar photovoltaic (pv) panels have … Continue reading

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