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College student lives in 96-square-foot solar-powered house

College student lives in 96-square-foot solar-powered house

POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) — A college student in Vermont is living in a 96-square-foot house he built to reduce his carbon footprint — and save money.

Senh: For just $3,000, he's a homeowner. That's amazing. You really don't need all that space, especially when you're in college and single. It's really nice of the landowner to let him built his house there rent-free, although I'm curious to see how they would deal with the situation after he graduates from college


Mexico moving forward with wave powered farms

Wave power is the oft-forgotten cousin of solar and wind power. It has huge potential, but it is not quite as far along as the better known sources of clean power, so it tends to be overlooked. But it shouldn't! To clean up our power grid we'll need all the help we can get. Granted, in many places where wave power would work, offshore wind power would also work, but that might not be the case everywhere (ie. very deep water), and if wave power's cost can be brought down enough, that might not even matter.


Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

Eager for jobs and tax money, Mojave Desert counties welcomed big solar projects. But they may have been too optimistic.


China Files WTO Complaint on EU Solar Subsidies

China filed a complaint to the WTO charging the EU with violating rules governing subsidies to its solar components industry.


Airplane completes solar-powered odyssey

Solar Airplane

A unique airplane has just completed a 4,000-mile journey, making the first solar-powered intercontinental round-trip air journey. Traveling between Europe and Africa, the Solar Impulse experimental solar airplane landed in Payerne, Switzerland at 8:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. ET) on Tuesday. The odyssey began two months ago, on May 24. This wasn't a test to see how fast the plane could make the trip, but to assess its endurance and reliability.


How your windows could be the future of electricity: Scientists create transparent solar panels out of 'glass-like' plastic

The University of California team describes a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) that produces energy by absorbing mainly infrared light, making the cells nearly 70 per cent transparent to the human eye.


Romney’s conflicting remarks on Solyndra-like investments

Earlier in the week, Romney held a news conference at Solyndra, describing the collapse of that federally backed solar-panel maker as proof that the Obama administration was misguided in trying to create jobs with targeted government investments ... But Massachusetts made similar investments when the presumptive GOP presidential nominee was governor of that state, and a small number of those companies have gone bust.


Solar Installers Offer Homeowners Deals, Gaining Converts

Solar Energy

Installers, often working through big-box chains, are taking advantage of hefty tax breaks, creative financing and cheap Chinese-made panels to make solar power accessible to the mass market.


Solar prices drop more, pressuring panel makers

Solar Panels

Solar panels prices have kept marching lower this year, extending steep declines seen in 2011 and keeping pressure on hard-hit manufacturers who have struggled to eke out profits, industry experts said.


Chu, Republicans square off on Solyndra loan

Chu, Republicans square off on Solyndra loan

Republicans probing how a now-bankrupt solar panel company received a $535 million federal loan guarantee excoriated Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Thursday for his decisions on Solyndra at a hearing packed with media and spectators.


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