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Mainstreaming solar energy

Four years ago, Yingli Green Energy broke the mold by becoming the first Chinese company and the first renewable energy company to become a global sponsor of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. With one tournament under its belt and another currently taking place in Brazil, we asked Judy Tzeng Lee, the company’s VP of […]

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Solar-powered chimps

When Jane Goodall’s name comes up in conversation or media coverage, most people think of her groundbreaking studies of chimpanzees as well as her tireless efforts to preserve not just our ape cousins but this glorious planet of ours for future generations. However, the beloved anthropologist and her organizations are not the first that come […]

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The SolarCity-Silevo surprise

The reverberations of the blockbuster news of the SolarCity-Silevo surprise acquisition deal extend well beyond the solar community, with the Wall Streeters in particular scrambling to put their spins on the implications. When Elon Musk speaks, people listen—and then fall all over themselves to contextualize and analyze what he says. He is, after all, the […]

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Intersolar Europe 2014 redux: American dreams

During my previous visits to Intersolar Europe, I had always attended with my EU hat firmly on, having been based out of and travelling from the U.K. This year’s show marked my first visit to Messe Munchen since I had moved Stateside last year, so I entered Europe’s largest solar exhibition with a different mindset. […]

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Big solar, Japanese style

Several massive imagination-capturing solar plants offer power-generating proof that the age of true utility-scale solar has begun. Whether it’s Ivanpah’s trio of sci-fi-like power towers surrounded by hundreds of thousands of heliostats in the Mojave Desert, California Valley Solar Ranch’s sprawling expanse of high-efficiency tracker-based systems, or the newly commissioned Amanacer PV farm shimmering in […]

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World Cup solar power

It’s finally World Cup 2014 time, and Team Solar Curator can’t wait for foot to meet ball in Brazil. We’re not only excited because most of us are avid international soccer-futbol fans, but also since nearly all of the most solarized countries on the planet are represented in the draw. Consider this: among the 32 […]

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Intersolar Europe 2014: Stories from the show floor

MUNICH–After missing Intersolar Europe for the first time in five years in 2013, I’ve been looking forward to visiting the Messe München for many months. Over the course of the first two days, the show has not disappointed. While exhibitor numbers are down over recent years, the show is still viewed as the premier European event […]

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Concentrator photovoltaics tipping point?

Some 250 academics and technologists from 23 countries gathered in Albuquerque, NM, at the recent 10th International Conference on Concentrator Photovoltaic Systems (CPV-10) to discuss the state of CPV technology and deployment. Since its inception in 2002, the “CPV-x” conference series has operated as a nonprofit, with the aim of maintaining an intimate, collegial feel […]

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Rough waters ahead for Indian solar market?

Antidumping duties threaten to torpedo the Indian solar market at a time when the new BJP government led by Narendra Modi has made clear its intention to grow the solar sector in the country. The duties are an ill-conceived and ill-timed vestige of the previous government and serve a very small section of the Indian […]

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