| Oct 1, 2012
| 11:09 AM
See how homes use solar power in different ways during the Hampton Roads Solar Tour Oct. 6-7.
A major new feature this year is an extension of the tour to the Middle Peninsula, according to Ken Wright, spokesman for the tour, which is sponsored by the...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 3:37 PM
The visual impact of solar panels can be minimized, according to a report presented by the Environmental Sustainability Committee reported at the Oct. 2 City Council meeting.
The committee, tasked by the council to research the availability of...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 3:02 PM
SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego State University engineering professor working to make large-scale solar energy generation more efficient was awarded a $3.9 million federal grant, the school announced Tuesday.
The grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's...
| Feb 22, 2013
| 4:51 PM
Two recent events in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District happily reveal an important truth about our schools: prudence drives some important decisions.
In one event, Estancia High School administrators kept students safe by successfully subduing a...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 7:59 PM
The White House faced mounting political complications as a second top fundraiser for President Obama was linked to a federal loan guarantee program that backed a now-bankrupt Silicon Valley solar energy company, and as two California lawmakers called for...
| Feb 5, 2012
Construction cranes rise like storks 40 stories above the Mojave Desert. In their midst, the "power tower" emerges, wrapped in scaffolding and looking like a multistage rocket.
Clustered nearby are hangar-sized assembly buildings, looming berms of sand...
| Jan 22, 2012
Fed by a steady stream of coal barges, the aging power plants that loom over Chicago's Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods are by far the city's largest industrial sources of climate change pollution.
No other polluter comes close to the 4.2...
| Nov 18, 2011
After deciding it isn't worth cleaning up one of the nation's dirtiest power plants, the owners of an aging coal-burner along the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan are shutting it down sooner than expected.
In its latest financial documents, Virginia-...
| Nov 6, 2010
John Dabiri, assistant professor of aeronautics and bioengineering at Caltech who won a MacArthur Award this year, is fascinated by jellyfish. He believes jellyfish propulsion can inform engineering, which in turn can inform efficiency in wave and wind...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 8:56 AM
The European Commission will probe complaints that Chinese solar panel manufacturers are trying to dominate the hyper-competitive industry by resorting to shady import tactics.
The government body said Thursday that it will launch a formal...
| Mar 4, 2012
Stubborn does not come close to describing the desert tortoise, a species that did its evolving more than 220 million years ago and has since remained resolutely prehistoric.
Its slowpoke take on biological adaptation has exposed modern vulnerabilities....
| Feb 18, 2012
For Sale: 3,400 acres in the desert.
• No paved roads. Check.
• Isolated. Ideal.
• Land not suitable for farming. Perfect.
• Blistering sunshine. Jackpot.
• Asking price: $34 million. Deal.
As large-scale solar...