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Let There Be Solar! The Vatican Goes Green With New Panels

Pope Benedict XVI has touted a message of ecological sustainability and conservation since his election in 2005. On the “World Day of Peace” in January of 2007, the Pope even proclaimed concrete ecological programs and initiatives for the Vatican which are actually coming to fruition. Prep work for installation of solar panels on the roof of …

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The Solarial: Floating Mobile Solar Power For Disaster Relief

With so many disasters appearing in the news over the last 10 days, something like the Solarial should be made a reality as soon as possible. According to the creator, this unmanned airship provides “mobile support infrastructure for disaster relief and remote communities, generating renewable energy and supplying communications links where they are needed most.” …

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Solar Lily Pads To Soak Up The Rays On Clyde River, Help Power Glasgow

Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, is debating the implementation of a naturally-inspired solar design to help ease the use of traditional power sources and add some green to the city. Called a “Solar Lily”, the pads of photovoltaic cells would be anchored in the Clyde River — and potentially even computer-controlled — to take …

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Does Solar Make Economic Sense? NYT Says No, San Francisco Chronicle Says Yes

The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle had stories this weekend that presented opposite views of the economics of residential solar power. While the NYT says solar power “makes no economic sense” for the average homeowner, the San Francisco Chronicle says “the economic benefits are impossible to ignore.” Who is right? Maybe both papers… We’ll start with this story in the Chronicle, a …

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Space based solar power goes terrestrial!

  Emcore Corp, a leading supplier of space based solar power and communication systems has signed a contract to supply 60MW of solar power systems to Pod Generating Group in Ontario, Canada. From their space-based experience, Emcore has formed a Solar Power division to bring advanced technology to terrestrial applications. On the ground, Emcore provides multi-junction solar …

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Mobile Solar-Powered Water Purification Systems Headed to Iraq

WorldWater & Solar Technologies Corp. will soon be shipping 12 of its Mobile MaxPure solar-powered water purification systems to the US military, which will use them to bring clean fresh water to farmers and families in the Euphrates Valley region of Iraq. The portable systems have the ability to supply 30,000 gallons per day of …

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Fly Green: Denver International To Get Big Solar Array

The nation’s fifth-busiest airport will get about half of its electricity from the sun – and it isn’t costing Denver International Airport or the city of Denver a dime up front. The two-megawatt system will supply half the power needed to run the airport’s shuttle between terminals and is projected to cut the airport’s carbon …

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