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Arizona Solar Center Blog

Commentary from Arizona Solar Center Board Members and invited contributors.

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Solar Power Rises In 2011

With the growth in the number of plants being built and the increasing cost competitiveness, 2011 looks like solar energy could start to come into its own in the U.S. Even with the entrance of a Republican-controlled Congress, some see a reasonably bright future for solar in the U.S...

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African Huts Far From the Grid Glow With Renewable Power

For Sara Ruto, the desperate yearning for electricity began last year with the purchase of her first cellphone, a lifeline for receiving small money transfers, contacting relatives in the city or checking chicken prices at the nearest market. But charging the phone was no simple matter in this farming village far from Kenya's electric grid. Thanks to a solar panel, Sara Ruto no longer takes a three-hour taxi ride to a town with electricity to recharge her cellphone.

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Solar Energy’s Cloudy Future

The future of renewables is bright, but not necessarily rosy.

Wide-eyed optimism over the promise of renewable energy is giving way to the more sober reality that the new energy economy will look a lot like the old. Coal, natural gas and nuclear will continue to be preeminent while renewables slowly gain market share.

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Self-Cleaning Solar Panels

One of the best places to put a solar panel is in the desert, where it's sunny. But deserts are also dusty, which means the panels have to be washed frequently so the dust doesn't stop them from capturing sunlight. New technology could provide a solution--by letting solar panels clean themselves.

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Report: Solar Energy Projected To Reach Grid Parity By 2013

The solar energy market has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past two years, driven by a new abundance of polysilicon, the effects of the worldwide financial crisis and the plunging price of solar modules, states Pike Research in a new report.

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