Solar Energy News and Facts

Sun is a constant source of energy. Every day, the sun enriches the Earth with uncountable amounts of solar energy, most of which comes in the form of yellow light. All around planet Earth, sunlight is by far the most important source of energy for all living things. Without it, Earth is lifeless.

Solar light can be a free source of renewable energy for such everyday jobs as cooking, heating water, or warming up homes. The challenge is to find ways to transform solar energy into usable heat. The most efficient way to transform sunlight into heat is to shine lots of sunlight onto a dark surface. Dark surfaces absorb most of the visible light that interacts with them, and reflect very little. Visible light that is absorbed this way usually causes the dark-colored surface to warm up. Of all colors, black is able to absorb the most light, and produce the most heat.

After a brief introduction to solar energy this section is dedicated to solar energy news to keep our valuable readers informed about the solar world advances.

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jagler: We Energies' Gale Klappa flips the switch for solar energy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In their place, WEC Energy Group plans to build natural gas-fired plants in Marinette, Michigan's Upper Peninsula and other sites and will invest $460 million in two new solar energy farms that will generate 350 megawatts of power in Wisconsin. The ...


Who Saved US Electric Vehicle, Solar Energy, & Wind Energy Tax Credits?
The United States Congress hasn't yet passed a tax heist reform bill. However, word on the street is that it's very close. Regarding clean energy tax credits and electric vehicle tax credits that were eliminated in previous versions of the bill, the ...
Tax bill keeps renewable energy tax credits alive, but hits banks that finance green projectsWashington Examiner
Tax Bill Largely Preserves Incentives for Wind and Solar PowerNew York Times
Clean Energy's $12 Billion Financing Tool Spared in Tax DealBloomberg
Reuters -Forbes
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Harrisburg plans solar energy project to benefit residents
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Gov. Tom Wolf announced in November that the Solar Energy Program guidelines have been updated to include grants and loans. The program will begin accepting applications and is offering nearly $30 million in funds to help ...

Science Trends

Solar Energy Pros And Cons: The True Advantage Of Solar Panels
Science Trends
Before we take a look at the pros/cons of solar energy, let's define solar energy. Solar energy is the energy that the sun releases, and we can capture it using a wide array of technology. Different sources of solar energy exist, such as solar thermal ...

FVCC adds solar energy course
Daily Inter Lake
Flathead Valley Community College has announced the addition of a new course on solar energy to the spring 2018 academic catalog. The course, entitled “Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems,” will offer students interested in learning how to install and ...

New York Times

BP to buy 43 pct stake in solar energy firm Lightsource for $200 mln
Dec 15 (Reuters) - British oil producer BP said on Friday it would buy a 43 percent stake in solar energy firm Lightsource for $200 million. BP will pay Lightsource $50 million when the deal is completed, with the balance paid in instalments over three ...
BP Makes $200 Million Investment in Solar-Energy Developer LightsourceFox Business
BP, Once a Renewables Leader, Bets $200 Million on SolarNew York Times
BP returns to solar with £200m Lightsource
Bloomberg -The Guardian -Seeking Alpha
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Ars Technica

Residential, utility solar installation falls due to investment trends, Tesla
Ars Technica
Residential photovoltaic installations slowed 10 percent, quarter over quarter. According to Reuters, some of this slowdown may in fact be due to Tesla's purchase of SolarCity in late 2016. Tesla announced earlier this year that it would cease ...
SolarCity's Sales Drop Is Darkening Solar's Prospects Around the CountryGizmodo
Tesla largely responsible for slide in US home solar salesYahoo Finance

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Arizona State University

ASU engineering grad plans to use solar energy to better the Philippines, her home country
Arizona State University
Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for fall 2017 commencement. See more graduates here. While Brigitte Lim was working on her applied project to promote employment in her home country of the Philippines through solar energy, she ...

Dallas News (blog)

Texas installs enough solar panels in last three months to power ...
Dallas News (blog)
Texas continues to have one of the nation's hottest solar markets, according to an industry report released Thursday. The state added 227 megawatts of solar capacity in the third quarter, trailing only Nevada and North Carolina. That amount — enough ...
US Solar Installs Fall to Their Lowest Level Since 2015, as Uncertainty Swirls and Prices RiseGreentech Media
US Solar Market Notches Another Quarter of 2 GW Growth, But Uncertainty Holds Back InstallationsPR Newswire (press release)
As Tesla Pursues Solar Profit, US Residential Market SlumpsBloomberg

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Pueblo County recognized for solar energy efforts Colorado Springs and Pueblo News
Pueblo County is being recognized for its contributions to solar energy. SolSmart, a program funded by the federal government, named the county one of the most solar friendly communities in the US. Pueblo County Commissioner Terry Hart says with the ...
Pueblo County gets solar power award from fedsPueblo Chieftain

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