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In shift, more homeowners are buying solar panels than leasing them

The solar market has flipped, from more people leasing rooftop panels to buying them outright as vendors such as Tesla’s SolarCity and Vivint Solar have increased their direct sales efforts in order to attain more cash upfront.

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Bill Nye-backed startup uses particle accelerator to make solar panels 60% cheaper

Startup Rayton Solar is running a crowdfunding campaign to attract investors to its proton accelerator technology used to more efficiently slice off silicon for solar panel production, making the manufacturing process 60% cheaper.

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U.S. solar growth blows away previous records

The solar market in 2016 grew 95% over the previous year, which for the first time made photovoltaic power the top source of new electricity-generating capacity on an annual basis.

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Toshiba's in chaos, but not quitting PCs -- yet

Toshiba is more than a laptop maker, but the vast Japanese conglomerate shrunk on Tuesday under a wave of bad news.

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Storage tank operator turns to IoT for energy savings

Granular insight into energy usage at the sprawling facility, and emerging predictive capabilities, could lead to savings of up to 25%

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UPS to spend $18M to install 26,000 new solar panels

The shipping giant today announced it will expand its solar energy capacity by 26,000 solar panels, or an additional 18 megawatts of power.

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Renewables missing from Trump's energy plan

The White House published its "America First" energy plan this week, and notably missing from it was any mention of renewable energy.

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Report: 1 in 50 new U.S. jobs came from solar last year

The latest National Solar Jobs Census shows that solar industry job growth outpaced the overall U.S. economy 17-fold last year.

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The world's largest solar farm contains 2.5 million solar modules

With the construction of the world's biggest solar farm, India is taking a step toward its goal of generating 40 percent of its power using non-fossil fuels by 2030.

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The world's largest solar farm can fit 60 Taj Mahals

The farm is located in Tamil Nadu, India and is capable of producing 648 megawatts of electricity.

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Apple to build 200MW solar farm to power data center

Apple announced a joint venture with NV Energy to build a 200-megawatt solar farm to power its Nevada data center.

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Energy storage will increase 40-fold in developing countries

Over the next decade, energy storage capacity through batteries and other stationary technology in developing economies is expected to increase from 2GW to 80GW.

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U.S. intelligence agencies envision the world in 2035

A new government intelligence assessment produced every four years paints a dark portrait of the future, with technology offering both peril and promise.

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Panasonic shows off a flexible battery for wearables

Panasonic has developed a flexible lithium ion battery for use in wearable devices that maintains its electrical characteristics even after repeated bending.

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Solar power is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity

Unsubsidized solar power is beginning to outcompete coal and natural gas -- and new projects in emerging markets cost less to build than wind turbines.

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Gates, Bezos, others launch energy tech VC fund

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son are investors in a new clean energy technology venture firm launched Monday.

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45% off Epica Emergency Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio, Flashlight, Cell Phone Charger - Deal Alert

Are you ready for a hurricane situation or other emergency weather? Looking for the perfect camping radio that will last for years? Be the prepared one in your group with this no-hassle, sure-fire emergency radio and flashlight.

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Nearly half of residential distributed solar power is owned by private companies

About 44% of all solar power that's installed on residential rooftops, known as distributed solar capacity, is owned by private businesses, such as SolarCity or Vivint Solar, according to new government data.

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