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New online tool to nominate buildings for solar projects

Source: 
USA Today

Mosaic, which uses crowdsourcing to fund solar projects, has launched a new online tool that lets people nominate buildings to receive rooftop solar panels, with the company donating $100 toward an installation each time one gets 50 clicks, USA Today reports.

Elon Musk takes on carbon with solar, battery bets

NEW YORK (AP) — The energy world is not keeping up with Elon Musk, so he's trying to take matters into his own hands.

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories "an order of magnitude" bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels.

"If we don't do this we felt there was a risk of not being able to have the solar panels we need to expand the business in the long term," Musk said Tuesday in a conference call.

Duties may hinder Modi's solar plans for India

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Bloomberg

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's goal to expand solar power in the nation may be derailed if the government moves ahead with his predecessor's plan for new duties on imported solar panels, Bloomberg reports.

Scientist Peter Glaser dies, had suggested harnessing solar power from space

Source: 
The New York Times

Scientist Peter Glaser, dead at age 90, had proposed in the late 1960s collecting solar power in space and transmitting it to Earth via microwave, The New York Times reports.

Chinese solar firms violating agreement, European companies say

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The Wall Street Journal

A trade war over solar panels is threatening to reignite, with European manufacturers, including SolarWorld, complaining to the European Commission that Chinese firms are violating an agreement reached last year, just as the U.S. is moving to impose new tariffs on panels from several Chinese companies, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Commerce move to impose tariffs on Chinese panels gets mixed reaction

Source: 
The New York Times

SolarWorld, which had complained about Chinese panel makers finding a loophole to avoid paying duties, hailed the Commerce Department announcement about a preliminary move to impose tariffs of up to 35 percent on some companies, but Rhone Resch, chief of the Solar Energy Industries Association complained that the “damaging” tariffs would increase consumer costs, The New York Times reports.

Commerce suggesting duties on solar panels from Chinese manufacturers

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Reuters

In the wake of a complaint from SolarWorld about dumping from Chinese manufacturers, the Commerce Department has made a preliminary move to impose duties ranging from 18 to 35 percent on solar panels made by companies including Suntech Power and Trina Solar, Reuters reports.

Bigger carbon footprint for Chinese solar panels

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Bloomberg Businessweek

The manufacturing process in China adds more carbon to the footprint of solar panels, according to researchers from Northwestern University and the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, publishing their findings in the July issue of Solar Energy, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Solar projects expanding to roadways

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NBC News

An Idaho couple, Scott and Julie Brusaw, are working to develop solar roadways and solar pavements instead of rooftop solar panels, NBC News reports, noting that Gothenburg, Sweden is using a similar idea to power electric buses.

Solar installations increasing, with push from residential panels: Association

Source: 
Bloomberg

The 1.33 gigawatts of solar panels installed in the 1st quarter is up 79 percent from the period a year earlier, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, with panels installed on residential property up 38 percent, Bloomberg reports.

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