Solar Keeps Smiling: Going Mainstream, Organic Photovoltaics, and More!

SOLAR KEEPS SMILING

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Organic photovoltaics, the cheap but less efficient cells that can be produced in flexible films, are getting closer to mass production with improvements in efficiency, production and investment.

In the US, the solar home market is going mainstream as it becomes affordable and accessible. Now, customers who can’t own or lease rooftop systems can to buyinto shared or community solar arrays. Meanwhile, new ways to connect investors to solar projects are emerging.

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Check it out here, right now!

To meet the resulting rise in demand, Elon Musk, SolarCity CEO, plans to build a factory to churn out 1 Gigawatts worth of solar panels annually.

In Utah, unsubsidized solar power is now as cheap as or cheaper than fossil fuels, convincing one utility to sign up for 20 years of it. Oklahoma may fight new EPA pollution regulations, but it is expanding its clean energy portfolio, including solar and cutting carbon emissions.

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California is investing over $400 million in clean energy development and storage. In Texas, a utility doubled its large-scale solar source and says it will be coal-free by 2016.

Nationally, new tariffs on Chinese solar modules will raise US prices 14 percent; get them while they’re still cheap! The good news is, going towards a low carbon future with wind and solar power also makes economic sense.

Ggg german parliament building is powered by clean renewable energy.

Clean energy powerhouse Germany set major records in solar power recently butneeds to develop more storage. The UK now plans to build what could be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

Climate disrupting drought and expense limits energy access to much of Pakistan, but encourages the expansion of off-grid solar power, and companies are learning quickly how to do so.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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