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  • Hampton Roads Solar Tour: See how local homes use the power of the sun to operate

    Hampton Roads Solar Tour: See how local homes use the power of the sun to operate
    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...
  • Council hears solar panel review

    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...
  • Feds give SDSU prof solar energy grant

    Feds give SDSU prof solar energy grant
    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...
  • Mailbag: School officials deserve our praise

    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...
  • Obama fundraiser linked to loan program that aided Solyndra

    Obama fundraiser linked to loan program that aided Solyndra
    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...
  • Sacrificing the desert to save the Earth

    Sacrificing the desert to save the Earth
    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...
  • Coal plants dominate list of Chicago's biggest polluters

    Coal plants dominate list of Chicago's biggest polluters
    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...
  • Air pollution: Chicago-area coal plant to shut down earlier than expected

    Air pollution: Chicago-area coal plant to shut down earlier than expected
    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-...
  • Jellyfish a model of efficiency

    Jellyfish a model of efficiency
    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...
  • EU investigates suspected Chinese solar panel 'dumping' scheme

    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...
  • Saving desert tortoises is a costly hurdle for solar projects

    Saving desert tortoises is a costly hurdle for solar projects
    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....
  • Land speculators see silver lining in solar projects

    Land speculators see silver lining in solar projects
    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...