Coal crunch gives impetus to India's solar switch

Mar 2, 2014

Coal crunch gives impetus to India's solar switch

For six years in a row, India’s monopoly coal producer has missed its production targets, leading to chronic electricity shortages and sending power producers scrambling to secure pricier imports. But what looks like a looming crisis could turn out to be an almost accidental ...

U.S. opens biggest solar thermal plant

| Feb 14, 2014

U.S. opens biggest solar thermal plant

by Brian Skoloff

Hundreds of thousands of mirrors have transformed a windy stretch of the Mojave Desert into the largest solar power plant of its type in the world, a milestone for a growing industry that is testing the balance between wilderness conservation and the pursuit of ...

White House reinstalling symbolic solar panels

Aug 16, 2013

White House reinstalling symbolic solar panels

Jimmy Carter first installed solar panels in 1979. Ronald Reagan called them a joke and had them removed in 1986. And this week, nearly three years after promising to restore them as a sign of the administration’s commitment to renewable energy, President Obama is ...

Panasonic gets home solar sales lift

Mar 27, 2013

Panasonic gets home solar sales lift

Panasonic Corp. said its solar-panel operation will probably remain profitable amid growing demand from domestic homeowners. Shipments in February reached a record level as the nation’s feed-in-tariff system for electricity triggered demand for rooftop systems, Kazuhiro Yoshida, who heads the business, said in Tokyo ...

Plan for 10% solar price cut retains incentives for boom

Mar 13, 2013

Plan for 10% solar price cut retains incentives for boom

Japan’s proposal to cut the price paid for solar power by 10 percent leaves in place incentives for a boom in installations this year, the industry’s lobby group said. A committee of experts advising the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry recommended Monday that ...

Solar lanterns brighten future for Afghans

Jan 25, 2013

Solar lanterns brighten future for Afghans

by Masami Ito

Where would we be without light when night falls? It is hard to imagine all of the constraints during the long hours of darkness before the sun rises again — no work, no study and no recreation. But this is the reality for people ...