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Obama's Big Plan To Make Solar Energy More Efficient And Affordable

Earlier this month, US President Obama launched an ambitious plan to move states away from coal plants and towards more renewable energy generation. Now he’s focusing on the consumer side with a suite of initiatives to help Americans collect energy at home, encourage manufacturers to make more efficient appliances, and — perhaps most critically — boost research to find new energy technologies.

Google Sunroof Will Map Our Houses' Solar Potential

At least on paper, installing solar panels on your house makes sense; after the initial slug of the upfront cost, they’ll save you money on your power bills and can even eliminate your reliance on the grid entirely with a battery backup. Getting a trained surveyor to check your roof is expensive though, especially if it’s not suitable and you’ve wasted cash. A new Google project will work out how much money you might save from a solar panel installation, and it’ll eventually roll out to Australia.

33 Queensland Homes Are Trialing Residental Solar Power And Battery Energy Storage

With a bit of help from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Queensland government’s Ergon Energy and California-based Sunverge and SunPower are collaborating on a pilot program, using a combination of solar photovoltaic power production and battery-based small-scale storage, inside 33 houses in Townsville, Toowoomba and Cannonvale.

Getting Started With Solar Power At Home

There are numerous benefits to making your home solar powered — and more than a few pitfalls. Here’s what you need to know about solar powering your home in Australia.

A Paper-Thin Solar Panel Can Charge Your Phone On The Go

Solar panels keep getting lighter and tinier — good news for rugged on-the-go types who can charge their devices on the trail with sun-fuelled chargers. And this particular solar charger on Kickstarter is so thin, you can slip it in your Lonely Planet while it feeds your phone battery.

The Government's War On Wind And Solar Hurts Homes And Businesses

Opinion: Over the weekend, we learned that an Abbott government directive has banned any more investment in wind farms by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a government body that encourages investment in the renewable energy sector. Recently revealed cuts to finance for small- and medium-scale solar power, too, make it harder for individuals and households to effectively lower their reliance on fossil fuels.

Solar Impulse Broke The Nonstop Solo Flight Record Today

Earlier today, pilot André Borschberg set the record for the longest nonstop solo flight, while completing the ambitious Pacific leg of the Solar Impulse’s journey around the world.

You Can Take This Little Wind And Solar Powered Home Anywhere

If life in a future megacity isn’t for you, your hour of escape is fast approaching. Especially if you don’t mind living alone in a 14 x 7 x 7-foot pod. Well, what if I told you the view was fantastic?

Tesla Powerwall: A Battery For Your Home

Tesla has just made a very exciting announcement. It’s now using its clean energy nous not only to make some of the world’s best electric cars, but also to power your home.

Tesla Energy wants the world to be cleaner, and it’s doing so by letting homes, businesses and power companies store their electricity better and reduce peak load on the grid. Here’s the best part — we’ll get the battery in Australia too, at an incredibly cheap price. It’s called Powerwall.

Farmers Without Water In The US Are Installing Solar Panels Instead

Due to the unprecedented drought, many of California’s farmers won’t be allocated any water this year, thanks to the way that the state’s water rights work. But what actually happens to the farms that don’t get water? Some of the farmers are ditching produce altogether for a more profitable alternative to crops — they’re installing solar farms.

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