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Patrick Caughill reports that the use of solar power is on the rise around the world. There are massive solar power generating installations across Asia, with countries like India and China taking turns being the home of the largest arrays.

Even the U.S. is making some massive strides with this source of renewable energy. In fact, solar energy is faring better than coal, even in terms of the economy. There are more people employed by the solar industry than in coal, and the price of solar power continues to fall. A trend that is likely to continue, especially if we continue to impr... More →
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Dom Galeon reports that although India may have the largest solar plant to date, Morocco is building a gigantic solar farm that could even power Europe in part. Dubbed as the Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex (after the city near the place, nicknamed the door to the desert), this gigantic structure covers an area equivalent to about 200 football fields, roughly 1,400,000 sq m (15,000,000 sq ft) of desert.

The solar plant sits at the foot of the High Atlas mountains, 10 km (6 miles) away from Ouarzazate, where it is exposed to around 330 days of pure sunshine. It has hundreds of mirrors,... More →
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June Javelosa reports that the India Kamuthi Solar Power Project has just been unveiled, giving people across the globe a look at the largest solar plant. The facility is equipped with 2.5 million individual solar panels across more than 10.36 square kilometers (4 square miles) in Kamuthi in Tamil Nadu, and construction on it was completed in just 8 months.

The plant adds 648 megawatts to the current energy capacity and is capable of powering 150,000 homes. It is a huge step forward in India plans to make solar power accessible to more of its citizens. By 2022, the country hopes to ... More →
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Matthew Gunther reports that Keith Emery at NREL says that the quoted efficiencies of perovskite solar cells should be taken under consideration. The sun has certainly been shining for perovskite solar cells in recent years. First created in 2012, perovskite solar cells have shown great promise as an affordable alternative to other solar technologies and their performance has gone from strength-to-strength. Reports now suggest they are capable of efficiencies greater than 20%‚ a milestone which took other solar cells decades to reach.

But how realistic are these ef... More →
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Dr. Conca reports that a solar eclipse will occur on August 21st and will have an interesting side effect of shutting off some electricity production in America as the shadow rolls across our ever-increasing number of solar arrays.

The shadow from the Moon will be 70 miles wide as it races across the U.S. at well over 1,000 miles per hour, from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. On the way, it will cut solar power production by about 9,000 MW, about as much electricity as produced by 15 coal-fired power plants.

Then, the solar power will come roaring back as... More →
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