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Apple to spend $850 million on solar energy. This story was reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Apple to spend $850 million on solar energy

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced a massive new investment by the company in solar energy: an $850 million installation that will cover 1,300 acres in Monterey County, Calif. Apple is partnering with First Solar — the nation’s biggest utility-scale installer — on the project, which will produce enough power to supply 60,000 California homes, Cook said. Observez le pouvoir hallucinant d'une loupe géante fabriquée avec un écran télé. SolaRoad, la première piste cyclable solaire capable de produire de l'électricité.

Liens solaire / végétaux

LUNA RING/Shimizu's Dream - Shimizu Corporation. The Energy Paradigm Shift Opens the Door to a Sustainable Society A shift from economical use of limited resources to the unlimited use of clean energy is the ultimate dream of all mankind.

LUNA RING/Shimizu's Dream - Shimizu Corporation

The LUNA RING, our lunar solar power generation concept, translates this dream into reality through ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies. La plus grande centrale solaire du monde est opérationnelle !!! Solar is keeping California’s lights on as hydro dries up. We told you recently that wind turbines kept the heaters working in Texas during a cold snap that shut down several natural-gas power plants.

Solar is keeping California’s lights on as hydro dries up

And now we have similar superhero news from that other great renewable energy source — the sun. The San Jose Mercury News reports that solar energy is helping to meet California’s power needs amid a drought that has caused hydroelectric supplies to shrivel: Despite last week’s showers, the lack of rain in California this winter is having a dire impact on the rivers and reservoirs that power the state’s hydroelectricity plants.But the abundance of sunshine has been ideal for solar power, which is stepping in to fill the anticipated drop-off in hydroelectricity generation.

“We’re going to have enough power to keep the lights on: We are not concerned about blackouts or outages,” said Robert Weisenmiller, chairman of the California Energy Commission. The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today. Une société veut entourer la Lune d'une ceinture de panneaux solaires. Let’s source all of Earth’s energy from moon-based solar panels.

A company called Shimizu wants to power Earth by building a band of solar panels around the moon’s equator that beam the harvested energy back in microwaves.

Let’s source all of Earth’s energy from moon-based solar panels

This plan would require moon mining and robots, but Todd Woody writes for Quartz that it isn’t totally unrealistic: If that sounds like a sci-fi fantasy — and fantastically expensive — it’s not completely crazy. When will solar get cheap enough for everyone to use? These giant singing flowers are also creating solar power. In Seattle, artist Dan Corson has partnered with the city to create this installation of solar panels that look like giant flowers, right out of a Dr.

These giant singing flowers are also creating solar power

Seuss book. The project is called Sonic Bloom. designboom writes: created on behalf of seattle city light’s green up program, which supports the development of renewable energy systems, five giant solar flowers absorb the sun’s energy — reflecting it at night with patterned LED lighting. sensors located in each flower are triggered by people’s movement, as the 40’ high by 20’ wide super-sized flowers set off a chorus of interactive harmonic tones.

Une PME française vend au Japon une centrale solaire flottante. Peru’s poorest will soon have solar power. Solar is for rich people — or so it often seems.

Peru’s poorest will soon have solar power

There’s the cost of the panels themselves (although they’re slowly becoming more affordable) and the fact that getting your landlord to plop solar panels atop your apartment building might be a lost cause (unless you live in these Seattle apartments). Community solar is catching on, but solar is still out of reach for most of us. Unless you live in Peru. China plans a major solar spree. A solar-panel manufacturing blitz by Chinese companies has left a glut in the market, driving down prices for photovoltaic systems.

China plans a major solar spree

And China thinks that’s a pretty good excuse to throw itself a huge solar party. The government has announced plans to add 10 gigawatts of solar capacity each year for three years. That would take advantage of cheap prices and help the country’s manufacturers move product in a difficult market. Reportage sur le forum scientifique du 18 Mai 2013 à LAAYOUNE. California town of Sebastopol will require solar panels on all new homes. Vineyards won’t be the only things flourishing when the sun shines on the fertile city of Sebastopol, Calif., in Sonoma wine country.

California town of Sebastopol will require solar panels on all new homes

The liberal stronghold of fewer than 8,000 residents this week became California’s second city to require that new homes be outfitted with panels to produce solar energy. A vote by the City Council on Tuesday evening came less than two months after a similar program was approved in Lancaster, Calif., a conservative desert city with 150,000 residents nearly 400 miles away. Just stick this portable outlet to your window to start using solar power. We have seen a lot of solar chargers in our day.

Just stick this portable outlet to your window to start using solar power

And among all of them, this is the first one we’ve seen that we will definitely run out and buy as soon as it’s made available in the U.S. It’s a portable socket that gets its power from the sun rather than the grid. You plug into a window instead of into the wall. It’s easy. Solar-Powered ‘Window Socket’ Lets You Charge Devices At Windows. Designers Kyuho Song and Boa Oh have put their heads together to come up with a portable plug socket that, if created, will allow the user to utilize cost-efficient solar energy.

Solar-Powered ‘Window Socket’ Lets You Charge Devices At Windows

All one would need in order to use The Window Socket is a window with lots of sunlight streaming through. Presently, we do have easy access to solar-powered backup battery devices. Subventionnement Photovoltaique. In India, Solar Ambitions Are Suddenly Outsize. ReutersA worker cleaned panels at a solar plant in the village of Meerwada in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, which aims to add 800 megawatts of solar power within five years. After years of lagging behind China and the West in the adoption of solar power, some states in India are proposing to build solar farms at a galloping pace that leaves them at risk of falling short of electricity (a familiar problem here) or of paying higher prices for it.

In just the last five months, five Indian states have announced plans to bring giant amounts of solar power online within five years, including 1,000 megawatts in Andhra Pradesh, 350 megawatts in Rajasthan, 800 megawatts in Madhya Pradesh, 1,000 megawatts in Chhatisgarh and a whopping 3,000 megawatts in Tamil Nadu. By comparison, the entire nation of India currently has just over 1,000 megawatts of solar power, and California, the leader in solar power in the United States, has around 2,000. SonUmbra Solar Powered Tree Lights up the Night. As advancements in lighting technology unveil fresh materials, we’re thrilled to see designers exploring new ways to light up the night.

SonUmbra is a solar-powered tree composed of strands of light-emitting fabric woven into a lucent web of branches. The installation’s canopy of photovoltaic panels captures light during the day, and once the sun sets the tree blooms in an interactive flourish of light and sound. We were thrilled to catch a glimpse of SonUmbra at this year’s London Design Festival, where its beautiful glow signaled a bright future for energy-efficient lighting. Designed by Loop.pH, the “sonic shade of light” is intended to be “planted” in remote areas, where it offers shelter from the sun by day and serves as a gathering place for the local community at night.

The installation is constructed from a light emitting fabric that is crafted into a lattice of electroluminescent fibers. The Solar Trade War Demystified. NOTE: This is a guest post by Erica Etelson, a blogger for Mosaic, an online marketplace for investing in solar. Follow her at @iluvsolar. Recently, the U.S. Commerce Department imposed tariffs on $3 billion a year worth of Chinese solar panel imports. Non-Chinese solar panel manufacturers contend that China is able to “dump” cheap panels on the global market thanks to lavish Chinese government subsidies. This imbalance compounds the unfair advantage Chinese manufacturers already enjoy thanks to its huge low-wage workforce. Une guerre pour le solaire ?

Stockage énergie solaire

En Europe. Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight. The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) up to 10,000 times. The company claims that its ß.torics system is 35% more efficient than traditional dual-axis photovoltaic designs, and the fully rotational, weatherproof sphere is even capable of harvesting electricity from moonlight.

The ß.torics system was invented by Barcelona-based German Architect André Broessel. He sought to create a solar system that could be embedded in the walls of buildings so that they may act as both windows and energy generators. But the project isn’t only noteworthy for its solar efficiency capabilities - the ß.torics system is designed to generate lunar energy too!

Giant Marble Harvests Energy from Sun and Moon. It looks like a giant, glass marble. But this globe is no game. It's a sun-tracking, solar energy concentrator created by Barcelona-based architects and, according to the designers, is able to collect not just sunlight but moonlight as well. Solar Energy is capable of powering Australia. Up on the Roof. Japon : la plus grande centrale solaire jamais réalisée. Himalayas could become the Saudi Arabia of solar - tech - 18 October 2011.

Panneaux solaires

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