Solar Energy


Tue January 1, 2013

Rift With China Clouds Solar Industry's Future

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 7:44 am

Solar panels come off the line at SunPower's solar manufacturing plant near San Jose, Calif.
Lauren Sommer for NPR

It's been a banner year for solar energy. The United States is on track to install a record number of solar power systems — thanks in large part to low-cost solar panels from China. That's been challenging for American manufacturers, and federal officials have put trade tariffs on Chinese panels.

Things look busy at the SunPower solar manufacturing plant in Silicon Valley. Workers are screwing frames onto shiny, 6-foot solar panels as they come off the line.

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Thu December 20, 2012

Coal Mining Museum Welcomes Solar Panels

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 9:37 am



Good morning. I'm David Greene. It's the dawn of a new era at the Big Pit National Coal Mining Museum. The former mine in Wales celebrates the fossil fuel that sparked the Industrial Revolution. Now it's embracing solar energy. Renewable Energy World reports that 200 newly installed solar panels could save the property as much as $650,000 over 25 years on power. Put another way, the museum celebrating coal won't have to dig so deep to pay the electric bill. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Sun November 4, 2012

New Solar Farm For Greeley

Mike Weston Flickr

Construction is scheduled to begin this month on a 500-kilowatt solar farm in Greeley. The city is partnering with three companies to build the 3 acre farm to generate electricity for Greeley’s wastewater treatment facility.

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Thu November 1, 2012


Fri October 26, 2012

Bankrupt Abound Solar Under Investigation

Jim Hill KUNC

A bankrupt northern Colorado solar panel manufacturer is facing further scrutiny. The Weld County district attorney’s office says it is investigating Abound Solar to see if the company intentionally misled consumers.

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