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Jobs in the solar power sector grew by 20 percent in 2014, with 36,000 more workers expected to be added in 2015.

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Have Fossil Fuels Officially Lost to Renewables? | IFLScience

We’ve passed the turning point! As a planet, we’re adding more capacity for renewable energy each year than for coal, natural gas, and oil combined, Bloomberg Business reports. Source: Have Fossil Fuels Officially Lost to Renewables? | IFLScience

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Including the poor in the solar energy boom

Thanks to net metering — a practice that lets homeowners sell to utilities excess electricity generated by solar panels — Americans in more than 45 states enjoy cheaper and carbon-free power. Yet one group has missed out on the solar bonanza: low-income families, who are more likely to rent or live in multifamily housing where…

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White House combining push for solar energy with veteran training

Salt Lake City (CNN)The White House wants to put more returning servicemen and women to work manufacturing and installing solar panels, an effort President Barack Obama will add to his growing list of climate actions meant to combat global warming. He visited an Air Force base outside Salt Lake City on Friday to highlight a…

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Solar energy could soon get a 2-for-1 boost with tandem cells

While Europe has embraced solar power technology to the point that an eclipse can cause mild panic, the efficiency of the best solar cells is still hovering around a mere 25%. That’s a lot of free energy that isn’t being harvested. Past research has pointed to a plentiful mineral known as perovskite as a possible…

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Google Joins With SolarCity To Help Homeowners Get Solar Panels

It may already be too late, and the effort too small, to make a significant difference to climate change, but it’s still worth doing. If only we had legislators who tackled issues like this: If you to want to install solar panels on your roof but haven’t yet because it’s too expensive, Google really wants…

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San Antonio takes different tack on solar energy

San Antonio is one of the leading cities for solar energy in the United States, with photovoltaic systems on nearly 2,500 roofs and a solar farm in the works that will power the equivalent of 70,000 homes. Leading the effort is Doyle Beneby, the CEO of the city-owned utility, CPS Energy, which not only instituted…

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Solar panels made with ‘perovskite’ mineral are cheaper and more efficient than ever before

ew generation of solar panels made from a mineral called perovskite has the potential to convert solar energy into household electricity more cheaply than ever before, according to a study from Briain’s Exeter University. Super-thin, custom-colored panels attached to a building’s windows may become a “holy grail” for India and African countries, Senthilarasu Sundaram, one…

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Here’s who wants to sell you solar, and why

Rooftop solar companies are morphing into quasi-utilities as they sign up hundreds of thousands of customers to buy green energy for decades to come. Leading the way is SolarCity, which has seized one-third of the booming household solar market and booked $4.1 billion in future payments from its customers. Like numerous rivals, SolarCity offers air…

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