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First Hybrid Solar Facility in the World

Florida Power & Light began work on what may be the first hybrid solar facility in the world to combine a solar-thermal field with a combined-cycle natural gas power plant. The plan consists of 180,000…

Pope Goes Green

St. Peter's Basilica at Early Morning. Image credit: Andreas Tille As part of its efforts to become the world’s first carbon neutral state, the Vatican has completed installation of a 5,000 square meter rooftop solar…

LA to get 1,280 MW from Solar Power…

The mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, has unveiled a solar power plan for the city that the LA Times calls ‘ambitious’. The plan calls for the city to get 1,280 MW of power from…

A Block Off the old Grid

The San Francisco startup Virgance has acquired a solar-power cooperative effort called 1 Block Off the Grid (or 1BOG) that will give homeowners in 20 cities the financial leverage to go green. 1BOG is about…

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Do-It-Yourself Solar Water Heater

Heating water can be as much as 50% of a households energy use, so when a device comes along that can reduce that by up to 50% it's an investment well worth making. And this…

First Solar invests in SolarCity

First Solar, the leader in the thin-film solar industry, has invested in SolarCity, a residential and commercial solar installer in San Francisco. This could prove revolutionary for the solar energy market. SolarCity will receive $25…