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Le Maroc inaugure Noor 1, l'une des plus grandes centrales solaires au monde. Le roi du Maroc, Mohammed VI, a inauguré le 4 février dernier la centrale solaire Noor 1.

Le Maroc inaugure Noor 1, l'une des plus grandes centrales solaires au monde

S'étendant sur 480 hectares et présentant une capacité de 160 mégawatts, c'est l'une des plus grandes installations de ce type au monde. Le Maroc vient de franchir un pas majeur dans le domaine des énergies renouvelables. Près de deux mois après la fin de la COP21, le pays a inauguré le jeudi 4 février sa nouvelle centrale solaire baptisée Noor 1. Son ouverture était initialement prévue le 28 décembre 2015 avant d'être reportée. Le roi du Maroc, Mohammed VI l'a finalement annoncée cette semaine, en présence de nombreux officiels.

Avec un Kit à 10 000 € clé en main, Tesla révolutionne le solaire domestique…en Australie. It’s a wonderful life for the solar industry right now. This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

It’s a wonderful life for the solar industry right now

We all know the hallmarks of the classic business-themed Christmas movie. A good, well-meaning executive faces some tough business fundamentals as the holiday season approaches. Video: Meet the architect who builds solar homes from recycled materials. In Taos, N.M., recycled tires are the building blocks for a community of radical, off-the-grid homes called “Earthships.”

Video: Meet the architect who builds solar homes from recycled materials

Meet their architect, Michael Reynolds. He’s the rugged, eccentric star of a seven-minute short film from The Atlantic, directed by Flora Lichtman and Katherine Wells for The Adaptors podcast, which gives us a snapshot of life in these captivating solar homes built from natural and recycled materials. Even though his architectural vision appears to be centered around the idea of sustainability, Reynolds isn’t your typical environmentalist. In the film, he says, “I’m so sick of recycling and sustainable and green and organic. They’re rhetoric things.” However, he doesn’t shy away from climate change — quite the contrary, in fact. Those life rafts may be constructed out of Coke bottles and takeout containers, but hey — at least someone’s planning for the future.

North Carolina town bans solar for fear it will “suck up all the energy from the sun” Is North Carolina the new Florida?

North Carolina town bans solar for fear it will “suck up all the energy from the sun”

Something odd is going down in the Old North State. Once the relatively blue island in a sea of red, North Carolina underwent a conservative takeover in 2012, which led to the introduction of some embarrassing legislation: There was the motorcycle abortion bill, the bill that made nip slips a felony, the one that banned Sharia law, the repeal of the Racial Justice Act, and the bill that allows guns in bars — because the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a drunk guy with a gun. L'ombrage des vignes par l'énergie solaire va réduire le haut degré alcoolique du vin catalan.

A Montpellier, la société SunR en partenariat avec l'INRA a lancé depuis 2009 une expérimentation qui mêle agriculture et photovoltaïque.

L'ombrage des vignes par l'énergie solaire va réduire le haut degré alcoolique du vin catalan

L'objectif est de montrer qu'il est possible d'augmenter le rendement des cultures en les ombrageant avec des modules photovoltaïques. Un procédé qui intéresse aussi la viticulture pour limiter les taux de sucre qui s'affolent et font des vins trop chargés en alcool. India and France launch a solar alliance — and a book of environmental quotes. PARIS, France — On the first day of the Paris Climate Conference, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande made a big joint announcement: They have cowritten the preface to a 175-page collection of inspirational green quotes.

India and France launch a solar alliance — and a book of environmental quotes

Entitled Ecology of Our Worlds: Views on Climate and the Environment, the book contains meditative nuggets from the likes of Tolstoy, Confucius, and the Egyptian Book of the Dead. The leaders also launched Grammy winner Ricky Kej’s new album of “world music for environmental consciousness.” But forget inspirational quotes and Ricky Kej for a moment. At the same press conference, the duo announced a related, multimillion-dollar solar alliance intended to spur investment in solar energy in 121 countries in the tropics. The so-dubbed International Solar Alliance, described by Hollande as climate justice in action, aims to reduce “the cost of finance and cost of technology for immediate deployment of competitive solar generation.” Cyberaction La presqu'île de Crozon revendique sa centrale solaire. Solar is mostly for the wealthy. Here’s how Obama plans to change that. This story is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Solar is mostly for the wealthy. Here’s how Obama plans to change that

Rooftop solar power systems cost a lot less these days than they did five or 10 years ago, and with many solar companies now offering leases and loans, it’s safe to say that going solar is more affordable than ever before. That trend goes a long way to explaining why solar, while still making up less than 1 percent of the total U.S. energy mix, is the fastest-growing power source in the country. But access to solar power is still overwhelmingly skewed toward affluent households.

China built a giant solar field in a desert. Deserts don’t exactly have the best rep for me.

China built a giant solar field in a desert

They inspire images of horrific sunburns and dying of thirst – and at best, some sweet cacti, grand sandcastle visions, or a certain noseless Egyptian monument. Irrigation solaire au goutte à goutte : une technique gratuite à la portée de tous - ecoloPop. Baptisé kondenskompressor, ce système ingénieux de micro-irrigation solaire au goutte à goutte allie astucieusement recyclage, réduction du gaspillage et conservation de l’eau.

Irrigation solaire au goutte à goutte : une technique gratuite à la portée de tous - ecoloPop

Un système fonctionnant à l’énergie solaire transforme de l’eau salée en eau potable. Dharnaï : quand l’énergie solaire apporte bien plus que de l’électricité. 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. According to a press release from First Solar, Apple will receive 130 megawatts from the project under a 25-year deal, which the release describes as the largest such agreement ever. Cook called it Apple’s “biggest, boldest and most ambitious” energy project to date, designed to offset the electricity needs of Apple’s new campus, the futuristic circular building designed by Norman Foster, and all of Apple’s California retail stores.

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. The LUNA RING, our lunar solar power generation concept, translates this dream into reality through ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies. Virtually inexhaustible, nonpolluting solar energy is the ultimate source of green energy that brings prosperity to nature as well as our lives. Shimizu Corporation proposes The LUNA RING for the infinite coexistence of mankind and the Earth. La plus grande centrale solaire du monde est opérationnelle !!! Solar is keeping California’s lights on as hydro dries up. The World's Largest Solar Plant Started Creating Electricity Today.

Une société veut entourer la Lune d'une ceinture de panneaux solaires. La firme japonaise Shimizu Corporation envisage d'installer des panneaux solaires tout autour de la Lune afin de fournir la Terre en énergie renouvelable et non polluante. Avez-vous déjà partagé cet article? Partager sur Facebook. Let’s source all of Earth’s energy from moon-based solar panels. When will solar get cheap enough for everyone to use? These giant singing flowers are also creating solar power. 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. 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. 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. From Reuters: China aims to more than quadruple solar power generating capacity to 35 gigawatts by 2015 in an apparent bid to ease a massive glut in the domestic solar panel industry.The target has been stated previously by the State Grid, which manages the country’s electricity distribution, but now has the official backing of the State Council, the country’s cabinet and its top governing body.The sector has been hit hard by the excess capacity, falling government subsidies and trade disputes.

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. 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. From the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

Just stick this portable outlet to your window to start using solar power. We have seen a lot of solar chargers in our day. 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. That was the whole point, according to the designers, Kyohu Song and Boa Oh: “We tried to design a portable socket, so that users can use it intuitively without special training,” they write. It is really simple.

The solar panels suck energy from the sun. Solar-Powered ‘Window Socket’ Lets You Charge Devices At Windows. Subventionnement Photovoltaique. In India, Solar Ambitions Are Suddenly Outsize. SonUmbra Solar Powered Tree Lights up the Night. The Solar Trade War Demystified. Une guerre pour le solaire ?

Stockage énergie solaire et ENR

En Europe. Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight. Giant Marble Harvests Energy from Sun and Moon. 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. Solaire thermique. Solar Charger SBC3001. Véhicules solaires (Tûranor, lol !) Fonctionnement des réacteurs-météorologiques, cheminée-solaire flotante, tour-énergétique, vortex. Google invests $280 million to spur home solar. 69% Increase for Solar Installations. Native sun: In the Deep South, a solar farm rises on a former cotton plantation.

Obama makes a push for solar power. Solar wins: How sunshine will save the planet (really!) Solar bridge unveiled at Blackfriars station. How Can This Island Nation Go 100% Carbon Neutral by 2020? Solar Could Provide One-Sixth Of the World's Heating and Cooling. Une nouvelle vague d’hydroliennes. Comment la Chine a raflé le marché du solaire.