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*****USA solar: The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Solar accounts for 2x+ more American jobs than coal. Solar power breaks #UK records thanks to sunny #weather - shame the #Tories aren't sunny about #renewable #energy. *****And FYI, I bet a record for the biggest solar percentage will be set this weekend. >30%. #solarbingo @UKPowerNetworks watch these tweets! Japan: 'solar islands' replace nuclear power 2 more plants announced. How much space needs to be covered in solar to power Earth @MohsMarlyn. *****This island in American Samoa now runs on nearly 100% solar energy by @TeslaMotors. Solar power is transforming the lives of some of the world's poorest farmers. Here's how. *****World's first solar-powered road. *****Smartflower: This #solar energy system has forms of petals that follow the movement of the sun, as sunflowers do.

*****Solar energy potential: Google helps analyze if rooftop solar panels are good deal. The company that lets you compare air fares and translate foreign languages online wants to make it easier to weigh the costs and benefits of installing solar panels on household rooftops.

*****Solar energy potential: Google helps analyze if rooftop solar panels are good deal

Google is rolling out a new online service that quickly tallies up considerations of going solar and whether homeowners should consider buying or leasing photovoltaic panels costing thousands of dollars. Google's Project Sunroof combines the eye-in-the-sky images behind Google Earth with calculations on how much shade trees cast over a rooftop, data on local weather patterns, industry pricing and available subsidies to arrive at its bottom line. The service expanded in December to analyze properties in the Raleigh area, as well as 15 other metro areas in Arizona, Nevada, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Colorado.

*****Solar energy potential: Google's Project Sunroof Claims 80% Of US Roofs Analyzed Are Suitable For Solar Panels. Clean Power Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley March 22nd, 2017 by Steve Hanley Originally published on Solar Love.

*****Solar energy potential: Google's Project Sunroof Claims 80% Of US Roofs Analyzed Are Suitable For Solar Panels

Google has updated its Project Sunroof to include 3-D models of every rooftop in all 50 states. The new software takes into consideration the trees on your property, how much sun or shade hits your rooftop, and figures in the prevailing weather in your area. *****Solar energy potential: Google's Project Sunroof expands to 7 million homes in Germany. *****Solar power might be getting cheaper (chart), but most things don't run on it #climate. *****Renewables' deep-sea mining conundrum. Image copyright NOC/NERC British scientists exploring an underwater mountain in the Atlantic Ocean have discovered a treasure trove of rare minerals.

*****Renewables' deep-sea mining conundrum

Their investigation of a seamount more than 500km (300 miles) from the Canary Islands has revealed a crust of "astonishingly rich" rock. Samples brought back to the surface contain the scarce substance tellurium in concentrations 50,000 times higher than in deposits on land. Tellurium is used in a type of advanced solar panel, so the discovery raises a difficult question about whether the push for renewable energy may encourage mining of the seabed. The rocks also contain what are called rare earth elements that are used in wind turbines and electronics.

Energy implications Known as Tropic Seamount, the mountain stands about 3,000m tall – about the size of one of the middle-ranging Alpine summits – with a large plateau at its top, lying about 1,000m below the ocean surface. "It's a dilemma for society - nothing we do comes without a cost. " *****Ever cheaper solar energy: The Increasing Returns on Investment of #Solar Energy by #tripleimpactsolutions #renewables #renewableenergy.

*****Kentucky Coal Mining Museum will now run on solar power. Average Sunshine in Hours per years in France (1998 - 2007) *****"Electricity demand in Great Britain was lower during the afternoon than it was overnight due to high solar generation" Forbes Welcome. *****US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, says report. The US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, a new report from the Solar Foundation claims, with most of the jobs in power panel installation.

*****US solar industry now employs more workers than oil and gas, says report

Last year, the US solar industry grew by 20% for a third year in a row, according to the foundation’s National Solar Job Census 2015. By the end of 2015, it employed nearly 209,000 solar workers, more than those employed in oil and gas extraction. However, the growth in the solar industry was not shared equally across all types of jobs. Manufacturing, project development, and sales jobs have all remained steady over the past five years. Only the jobs in installation increased, from 43,934 jobs in 2010 to 119,931 in 2015. “Employees of installation companies accounted for 22,900 or 65% of the new jobs added in 2015,” according to the report. According to the US Department of Labor, there were just 184,500 Americans working in oil and gas extraction in December 2015 – nearly 17,000 fewer workers than a year ago.

Discreet new SolarSkin panels completely blend in with their environment. Sistine Solar is out to change the way people view rooftop solar.

Discreet new SolarSkin panels completely blend in with their environment

Started by MIT graduate students, the company is developing SolarSkin solar panels that can match rooftops or the surrounding environment. This means the solar panels on your roof could look like clay tiles, slate shingles, or even grass. Inspired by companies like Apple and Tesla, Sistine Solar co-founders Senthil Balasubramanian and Ido Salama aim to combine elegant design with revolutionary technologies. They dream of a world that runs entirely on renewable energy, and felt that more people would get on board with solar energy if the panels were more beautiful. To transform that dream into reality, they teamed up with an artist trained in Italy and an MIT PhD candidate in photovoltaics to come up with a more aesthetically-pleasing design.