Solar Energy

1:35am

Wed March 27, 2013
All Tech Considered

Solar-Powered Plane Uses Its Lightness To Fly In The Dark

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 5:54 am

The Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane, flies over Switzerland. The makers will be journeying across the U.S. this spring, hoping the flight helps challenge assumptions about what solar technology can do.
Courtesy of Solar Impulse

8:44am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinese Solar Panel Maker Suntech Goes Bankrupt

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:25 pm

Workers at a Suntech plant in Wuxi last month.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

The future doesn't look so bright for China-based Suntech, one of the world's largest makers of solar panels: On Wednesday, it was forced into bankruptcy after missing a $541 million payment to bondholders.

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11:33am

Tue March 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Flush With Oil, Abu Dhabi Opens World's Largest Solar Plant

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 12:34 pm

Rows of parabolic mirrors at the Shams 1 plant in Abu Dhabi.
Marwan Naamani AFP/Getty Images

Abu Dhabi, the most oil-rich of the United Arab Emirates, is now home to the world's single-largest concentrated solar power plant.

The 100-megawatt Shams 1 plant cost an estimated $750 million and is expected to provide electricity to 20,000 homes, according to the BBC.

Why, you might ask?

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12:56pm

Sat March 2, 2013
Business

A Ray Of Sunshine For Abound As Former Rival Offers To Recycle Panels

Solar panels soak up rays on the Colorado State University campus.
Credit Grace Hood / KUNC

1:54pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Business

Bankrupt Abound Solar Dealt Another Blow

Solar panels soak up rays on the Colorado State University campus.
Grace Hood KUNC

Problems continue to mount for bankrupt solar panel maker Abound Solar. The company is now in violation of Colorado’s hazardous waste laws.

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