U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples

by Bobby Magill, Climate Central

Solar power capacity in the U.S. will have nearly tripled in size in less than three years by 2017 amid an energy shakeup that has seen natural gas solidify its position as the country’s chief source of electricity and coal power continue to fade, according to monthly data published by the U.S. Department of Energy. Read more:

Solar Power On Brink of Huge Boom, Social Research Indicates

by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica

Solar power stands at the precipice of explosive growth, according to Brewster McCracken, CEO of Pecan Street, a research institute located in Austin, Texas, that focuses on the utility industry. He bases his prediction on the economic theories of Everett Rogers first published in 1962. Read more:

Why Some Las Vegas Casinos Are Gambling on Solar

by Tovin Lapin, Atlantic City Lab

As the Great Recession sunk its teeth into the U.S., bursting Las Vegas’ housing bubble along the way, MGM Resorts looked into building a large solar array on one of their multiple properties along the Strip. Read more:

Roads of the Future: Solar Highways Becoming a Reality

by Jamie Ayque, Nature World News

A rest stop along Route 66 in Conway, Missouri will be the site of a new experiment that will create roads covered with solar panels and the starting line for many more solar road projects all over the world. 

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New Chip Material Makes Solar Shine Like A Diamond

by James Conca, Forbes

Scientists at GE’s Global Research Center have been developing a better material for use in the solar industry. First discovered in attempts to produce artificial diamonds, silicon carbide (SiC) is likely to replace silica in the semiconductor and solar industries, significantly increasing their efficiency and speed. 

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