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Solar power in suburbia: what’s not to like? Gray Watson

Utilities, solar energy and the fight for your roof

Utilities are pushing back against the spread of rooftop solar power and charging bigger fees to solar homes. Who is right in this solar-versus-utilities fight?
A solar array goes up in New York. Is this the best place to locate solar, given the relatively clean New York state grid? Lucas Braun

To cut emissions faster, U.S. should ditch tax credit-based subsidies for renewable energy

The wind and solar industries scored a huge win by getting extended tax credits, but research shows this isn't the best policy for lowering emissions through renewable energy.
South Africa has installed solar water heaters in low cost housing areas. It should be installing solar PV for energy. Shutterstock

How South Africa can spread renewable energy to low income areas

South Africa has been slow to adopt renewable energy sources. One option, which has proved successful elsewhere, would be to install solar photovoltaic panels on rooftops in low-income areas.
Small solar panel installations can provide electricity and jobs, while not adding to emissions. Manukrishna CK/Praveen R/Wikimedia Commons

India is focused on energy and poverty, but it can still sign a global climate deal

Much of India's huge population is still without electricity, perhaps making climate action a tough sell. But India's vision for green development chimes well with the world's climate agenda.
Renewable energy developers choose sunny locations, which can be near protected lands. jsmoorman/flickr

Can we expand solar power dramatically without damaging protected lands?

Study shows that many of the utility-scale solar power plants in California have been placed near protected and environmentally sensitive lands.
Australia has 1.4 million solar rooftops. But it is with the addition of battery storage that energy grids will really be revolutionised. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Malcolm Turnbull wants to embrace ‘disruptive technology’ – he can start with solar power storage

New prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has stressed the importance of embracing 'disruptive' technologies that shake up existing business models. Solar power and battery storage is one of the most enticing options.
To no one’s surprise, a US study found that solar panel cells produce infrasound and low frequency noise which is way below audibility. AAP/Dean Lewins

Infrasound phobia spreads … to solar energy cells! What’s next?

Internoise is the world’s premier research conference for acousticians. The 2015 meeting is being held right now in San Francisco. Buried among the hundreds of papers is one that you could easily take…
Will alternate solar technologies get a boost if solar overall grows? Walmartcorporate/flickr

Do we need a solar power technology breakthrough?

Hillary Clinton's renewable energy plan is ambitious but, on a technical level, doable. Would it foster more solar technology innovation?
Townsville’s roads (pictured) may have their busy periods but is it the best place to start a solar charged ‘electric super highway’? Flickr/John Skewes

Where to put the first electric car charge station in the Sunshine State

If you want to kick-start the "electric superhighway" in Queensland then it makes sense to start in a populated area with the busiest traffic.

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