Solar Power

Solar Zone U of A

Arizona Utility Offers Solar Power Direct

If you live in Tucson, Arizona, and you’re interested in solar, here’s an item of interest: as of February 1, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will be offering juice from its new 1.6-megawatt (MW) tracking array at the University of Arizona’s… Read More
Caltech solar reactor, Sossina Haile

Caltech’s Solar Oven Bakes Up Fuel

The way they describe it, the technology developed by Sossina Haile and her colleagues at Caltech could practically have been done right at home. A self-cleaning oven, a magnifying glass and, voila, a breakthrough in converting carbon dioxide and water… Read More
solar power, First Solar, Antelope Valley

230 MW California Solar Power Looks A Go

First Solar is sounding confident that the 230-megawatt (MW) Solar Ranch One planned for California’s Antelope Valley is cleared for takeoff. The company said the failure by any group to fight the use permit and environmental impact report for the… Read More
Ivanpah solar power plant, lawsuit

Green Vs Green In Another Solar Lawsuit

It’s a story that seems to be repeating itself every few weeks: group files lawsuit to stop solar plant. There was the one against a whole slew of projects in the Southern California interior; and the one that succeeded against… Read More
utility-scale thin-film solar, Masdar PV, Germany

Thin Film Solar Feeds German Grid

Much of the excitement around thin-film solar is related to the lower cost and relative ease of installing it on rooftops, particularly on existing buildings. But the technology has its backers for utility-scale solar power generation as well, as evidenced… Read More
solar power, Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Corps

Marines Embrace Solar In Afghanistan

It’s all about the mission. That’s been the overriding message from the various branches of the U.S. military as they pursue renewable-energy solutions – and Marines in Afghanistan are providing real-world evidence to back that up. Members of the 3rd… Read More
solar concentrator

A Solar Research Park Rises in Phoenix

If you’re planning on flying into Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport in Arizona in the next year, you may notice a new facility rising just south of the airport, the focal point of which–a 75 foot diameter concentrating solar dish–will actually… Read More