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Rosetta approaching its destination after a 6 billion km journey. Image: ESA.

Rosetta shows - we can keep space plutonium-free!

Karl Grossman

5th August 2014

Deep space missions have previously run on nuclear power, writes Karl Grossman - and have twice showered Earth with radioactive debris. But the ESA's Rosetta probe, about to reach its destination, is 100% solar-powered - showing that space can be nuclear-free. more...
The Gemasolar plant near Seville: Pointing the way ahead? Photo: DESERTEC Foundation.

Round-the-clock solar power comes of age

Paul Brown

1st May 2014

With the help of some clever engineering, writes Paul Brown, the power of the Sun can now produce electricity on demand - day and night, bright or cloudy. The key technology has just won a prestigious DESERTEC Award. more...
Dykes Lumber’s rooftop solar installation in Long Island City near the Queensboro Bridge. Photo: Steve Burns, EnterSolar.

Tenfold solar expansion approved for New York state

The Ecologist

25th April 2014

New York has approved a major expansion of the state's 'NY-Sun' initiative - a program that is boosting solar power across the state. The program has been extended through 2023 and aims to deliver a tenfold increase in the clean energy source. more...
US Solar installations by quarter through 2013. Image: SEIA / GTM.

Sun shines on US solar sector

John Rogers

8th March 2014

The US Solar sector boomed in 2013, with a record breaking volume of new solar capacity added - almost 5,000MW. And as John Rogers reports, the party is set to carry on through 2014. more...
Solar PV hard at work on a hotel roof in Hawaii. The state has resisted proposals for heavy charges for solar connections to the power grid. Photo: ShellVacationsHospitality via Flickr.com.

America's corporate revolt against clean energy

Trip Van Noppen

3rd March 2014

The US's fossil fuel industry is scared at the growth of solar power, and its ever-declining market cost. So it's fighting back, reports Trip Van Noppen, doing its best to quash solar growth by imposing new costs and restrictions. more...
The Solúcar PS10 20MW solar tower near Seville, Spain. Saudi Arabia is now planning to build much bigger versions of the technology. Photo: Alejandro Flores via Flickr.com.

Solar is going great - but could be greater!

Jonathon Porritt

1st March 2014

The solar industry is going great, with tens of gigawatts of new capacity planned for 2014 alone. But as Jonathon Porritt writes, the solar revolution could be going even faster - with smart, consistent policies for solar power in Europe and Japan. more...
Andy enjoys the sunshine outside 'The Shack' - while solar panels charge up the batteries. Photo: Solar Events.

My solar life

Andy Hope

15th January 2014

Andy Hope has been working with solar power for over 25 years and pioneered renewable energy at festivals. He talks to The Ecologist about his passion for sustainability and his self-built, off grid home - 'The Shack' ... more...

China: nuclear and coal giants go solar

Oliver Tickell

10th January 2014

Chinese coal and nuclear energy giants are suddenly piling into the solar industry. Is this the way of the future, not only in China but around the world? more...
Power in paradise: the Catalgazi coal-fired power plant on turkey's Black Sea coast.

Erdogan's Turkey embarks on massive 'dash for coal'

Oliver Tickell

5th November 2013

Ignoring its significant solar and wind power potential, Turkey is planning a massive 'dash for coal' with over 37,000 MW of new coal fired power stations. more...

Nuclear power gets twice the price of solar!

Oliver Tickell

28th October 2013

The UK government's policy to pay for more for nuclear power than for power from solar PV is in direct contradiction of EU rules on state aid. more...
India's first Sauvignon blanc

India’s 'Napa Valley': Sula vineyard pioneers eco-friendly wine in an emerging market

Joseph Mayton

4th May, 2012

A unique winery in Western Maharashtra is utilising water recycling, solar power and waste reduction in an effort to avoid the environmental damage linked to wine production in California more...
Solar power in Brixton

How solar power came to a Brixton council estate

Mark Briggs

25th April, 2012

Following a successful share issue, the UK's first 100 per cent community owned inner-city social housing solar power project went live last month. Mark Briggs visited to find out more more...

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Installing solar panels

The communities taking renewable energy into their own hands

Ed Mayo

5th January, 2012

A new report by Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Group examines those investing time and money in installing solar panels, wind turbines or hydro-electric power for their local communities more...
green train

The ‘Solar Tunnel’: a greener future for our railways?

Henry Gass

8th June, 2011

The opening of Belgium’s ‘Solar Tunnel’ railway project has raised questions about the use of solar for UK transport projects, says Henry Gass more...
wind

Power: keeping it green

Henry Gass

3rd June, 2011

Angela Merkel’s decision to dispense with nuclear power has left environmentalists around the world exploring alternatives. Henry Gass weighs up the options more...
Installing solar panels

Renewables offer cash boost for local communities - think tank

Emily Shelton

16th September 2010

If climate change isn't enough motivation, the increasing financial benefits from renewable energy could pave the way for lower carbon lifestyles, a leading think tank has claimed more...
Carbon dioxide emissions

How to make money from fighting climate change

Reg Platt

16th September 2010

Renewable energy presents a unique opportunity for getting communities engaged in reducing their emissions - and benefiting financially - says Reg Platt of IPPR more...
CSP trough-based system

Solar power – the hidden threat to water supplies

Andrew Williams

18th August, 2010

Concentrating solar power plants seem in many ways like a silver bullet for the world's energy problems - but have we looked closely enough at their environmental impacts? more...
Unveiling the Ecohouse

The solar powered house of the future?

Ecologist

4th March, 2010

This gallery of images shows a prototype solar powered, zero carbon house designed by students at Nottingham University more...
Desert world

What's stopping us getting solar power from deserts?

Mark Jansen

10th February, 2010

Plans to use concentrating solar power plants in the Sahara to generate and export electricity have been on the table for years. Now, it looks as though political will might help move things forward more...

India's plan for a solar power revolution

Anna da Costa

18th August, 2009

India is set to embark on the country's largest solar endeavour - increasing solar capacity from 3 megawatts to 20 gigawatts by 2020 more...
Map of plan to bring solar power from Africa to Europe

Solar power from Sahara a step closer

Ashley Seager

2nd November, 2009

The German-led Desertec initiative believes it can deliver power to Europe as early as 2015 more...

10p to create a solar power sector in UK

Ecologist

29th September, 2009

A higher tariff for green electricity generation would help the UK catch up with the rest of Europe more...
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The case for harnessing renewable energy

Tim Helweg-Larsen and Tim Holmes

9th April, 2009

The authors of the recent Climate Safety report make the case for harnessing the UK's renewable energy resource. By Tim Helweg-Larsen and Tim Holmes more...

Power On - Solar Power

Jon Hughes, Mark Anslow

1st November, 2007

Every year, each square metre of the UK receives between 900 and 1200 kWh of solar radiation. Capturing just some of this energy could make a significant contribution to fulfilling our energy requirements.
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