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NASA Planning to Explore Venus in Manned Solar-Powered Airship

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– ARTICLE BY RYAN WHITWAM OF EXTREMETECH – NASA’s focus for human spaceflight seems to change every few years as we learn something new about what it will take to keep human beings alive out there. However, NASA usually picks one of a few targets. Will we go to Mars next, maybe back to the Moon, or perhaps an asteroid is a ... Read More »

Construction Proceeds on Kansas’ Largest Community Solar Array

MWE panels secured to racking

Crews have begun construction on Kansas’ largest community solar array on East Veterans Memorial Drive, just north of Colby. The six-acre site was chosen for its ideal solar exposure rating and will include state-of-the-art inverters combined with high efficiency 305-watt solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The 3,960-panel Midwest Energy Community Solar Array will feature an advanced solar tracking system—the first-ever solar tracking ... Read More »

Ridgway Public Library Taps Community Solar For Clean Energy Production

SMPA Community Solar Array

Recognizing the Ridgway Public Library’s role as educator and community leader, the library district’s board of trustees has approved the proposal to offset a portion of the power needs of the Ridgway Public Library with locally made renewable energy through community solar. The library has purchased a 9.4 kW solar PV system in the San Miguel Power Association Community Solar ... Read More »

Companies Join Forces to Make Solar More Accessible Than Ever

Denver community solar

Two of the nation’s leading solar companies are joining forces to offer customers the most affordable solar available—making solar power accessible to more Americans than ever before. Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer, has partnered with First Solar, the leading global provider of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems, to broaden the availability of clean, affordable energy for ... Read More »

Minnesota Can Easily Reach 10 Percent Solar by 2030

Minnesota solar

– ARTICLE BY FRANK JOSSI OF MIDWEST ENERGY NEWS —  Minnesota is already well on track to meet a solar power goal established by the legislature last year, according to a report released earlier this month by Environment Minnesota Research & Policy Center. The state currently mandates that investor-owned-utilities produce 1.5 percent of their electricity by solar by 2020. The legislation includes a goal ... Read More »

Five Events in 2014 That Shaped the Year in Energy

World Cup

– ARTICLE BY STEPHANIE KAYS OF THE ENERGY COLLECTIVE —  As we wind down the year 2014, there have been a few moments – some forward thinking and others outright overdue – in the world of energy that we can look back on and be thankful. Overall, countries around the world took a good step forward in the direction of ... Read More »

The Sun is Going Down on the Fight Over Solar

Boulder in summer

– GUEST ARTICLE BY TIM BRAUN — The road to energy independence has been neither straight, nor smooth. Shifting our nation’s power supply to clean, renewable energy is a colossal task and predictably fraught with challenges. Despite good intentions, many Americans motivated to severe the umbilical cord of foreign oil and the fleeting allure of cheap coal-based power get sidelined ... Read More »

Solar Homes Helping to End ‘Power Discrimination’ in Bangladesh

Bangladesh rooftop

– ARTICLE BY PANTHA RAHMAN REZA OF GLOBAL VOICES —  Electricity, the very thing bringing these words to your eyes, is inaccessible to 45 percent of Bangladesh’s population. Fewer than half the people living in the country’s rural areas are on the power grid at all. That’s why the Solar Home System Project, launched in 2007, is particularly good news for Bangladesh. A ... Read More »

How Can I Benefit From Community Solar?

Summit County community solar

In the United States, there are enough solar electric systems installed to power 3.2 million average-sized homes. As 2014 comes to an end, GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) forecast that the total amount of photovoltaic (PV) installations will reach 6.5 gigawatts (GW) by year-end, tripling in size over the past three years. As solar energy becomes ... Read More »

Midwest Rural Co-ops Take Lead on Community Solar

Wright-Hennepin Solar Community

– ARTICLE BY FRANK JOSSI AND KAREN UHLENHUTH OF MIDWEST ENERGY NEWS —  On the front lawn of Connexus Energy’s headquarters outside the Twin Cities sits the largest community solar garden in Minnesota, a 245 kW installation comprised of 792 panels on a plot of land the size of a football field. Connexus Energy is a non-profit cooperative that is exempt ... Read More »