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Solar Energy Revolution: A Massive Opportunity

Peter Diamandis Forbes My friend Ray Kurzweil projects the U.S. will meet 100 percent of its electrical energy needs from solar in 20 years. Elon Musk is a bit more conservative, pegging it at 50 percent in that timeframe. While the growth of solar may seem slow to some, it’s fair to say it’s in the midst of its “deceptive ... Read More »

Solar Energy Takeover: Applying Moore’s Law To Solar Power Technology

by Joseph Tohill on 07/06/2011 in Business,Earth,Technology Without a doubt, solar energy has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past thirty years, as technology has improved and fabrication costs have decreased. In 1980, the price per Watt of a solar module was roughly $22. Now the price per Watt hovers around $3 and shows signs of continuing downward ... Read More »

Federal investigations of SolarCity lead GOP to attack Buffalo Billion

The Buffalo News By Jerry Zremski on October 2, 2014 – 6:23 PM WASHINGTON – SolarCity, the solar energy systems installer that’s aiming to bring nearly 3,000 jobs to Western New York with the help of the state’s Buffalo Billion initiative, finds itself square in the middle of two political campaigns. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo touts the economic-development effort as ... Read More »

Why Elon Musk Is Doubling Down on Solar Power

Bloomberg Businessweek By Ashlee Vance June 19, 2014 Making solar panels is a huge mistake. That’s been the big story of the solar industry over the past few years. A glut of solar panel makers flooded the market with their products, forcing prices of solar panels down to crippling levels. The biggest culprit in all of this was China, which ... Read More »

Solar at Scale

By Elon Musk, Peter Rive and Lyndon Rive June 16, 2014 SolarCity has signed an agreement to acquire Silevo, a solar panel technology and manufacturing company whose modules have demonstrated a unique combination of high energy output and low cost. Our intent is to combine what we believe is fundamentally the best photovoltaic technology with massive economies of scale to ... Read More »

Google Acquires Smart Thermostat Maker Nest For $3.2 Billion

Forbes 1/13/2014 @ 4:18PM Three years after redefining what thermostats are capable of, Palo Alto-based Nest is being bought by Google GOOG -1.95% for $3.2 billion. “Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone. We’ve had great ... Read More »

How Texas Lost the World’s Largest Super Collider

Texas Monthly October 21, 2013 By Trevor Quirk The Higgs boson, a particle that has shaped the theories of modern particle physics, was discovered at a super collider in Geneva. It was a hugely significant moment for Big Science, one that received a Nobel Prize earlier this year—and it should have been discovered in Texas. Magnablend, a chemical blending plant, ... Read More »

The myth of renewable energy

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Dawn Stover | 11/22/2011 – 15:29 DAWN STOVER Stover is a science writer based in the Pacific Northwest and is a contributing editor at the Bulletin. “Clean.” “Green.” What do those words mean? When President Obama talks about “clean energy,” some people think of “clean coal” and low-carbon nuclear power, while others envision shiny solar ... Read More »

National Energy Policy Goals Proclamation by US Engineers

NATIONAL ENERGY POLICY GOALS PROCLAMATION 111TH CONGRESS MARCH 2009 We, the leaders of America’s engineering community, call on the new President and Congress to act quickly on establishing National Energy Policy Goals to help ensure the nation’s economic and national security and to guide the development of energy technology for the 21st Century. GUIDING PRINCIPLES America’s National Energy Policy Goals ... Read More »

Letter to Google’s Eric Schmidt

February 12, 2009 Mr. Eric Schmidt, Chairman & CEO 366 Walsh Road Atherton, CA 94027 Dear Mr. Schmidt: A series of recent articles, including a prominent one in the New York Times, shows your passion for energy conservation. Further, your family foundation addresses issues of sustainability and the responsible use of natural resources. I do not have to tell you ... Read More »

Spending on smart meters shows solid growth 5 SEPTEMBER 2006 Sacramento, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 5, 2006 – Consulting group Global Smart Energy says that spending on smart meter hardware totaled $800 million in the US in 2005, and this figure is expected to grow by 20 percent a year for the next decade as utilities move from electromechanical meters to their more sophisticated ... Read More »