energy
First Large-Scale Solar Road Opens in France

Normandy village Tourouvre-au-Perche has finished building what it calls the world's first solar embedded road, which is a bit wrong as there have been some small ones created before -- but this is definitely the first big proper one that goes all the way off into the distance like that. Read More >>

Tesla
Elon Musk Says His Smart Solar Roof Could Cost Less Than Your Dumb Old Regular Roof

Shortly after shareholders approved the acquisition of renewable energy firm SolarCity on Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed that his company’s new solar shingles could cost less than conventional versions of the same thing, even before saved energy costs are accounted for. Read More >>

environment
Tesla is About to Buy America’s Biggest Solar Energy Provider

Elon Musk is on the brink of acquiring the next critical component in a solar-electric transportation future. Tesla Motors has made an offer to buy SolarCity, one of the largest solar providers in the US — a company founded by Musk’s cousins, which Musk holds a large stake in already. Read More >>

drones
New York Company Tests Solar-Powered Drone in Quest to Bring Internet to the World

Those black wings aren’t just for show. This manned, prototype aircraft utilised solar panels to keep itself afloat for around 20 minutes on Friday. Read More >>

energy
New Solar Cell Turns Light Into Heat to Potentially Double Effiency

There’s an annoying theoretical limit on the efficiency of solar cells that limits the amount of electricity they can create from sunlight. But now a team of MIT engineers has developed a system that overcomes the problem by first converting light to heat—and it could double the efficiency of solar cells. Read More >>

power
The World’s Largest Solar Plant Just Torched Itself

Misaligned mirrors are being blamed for a fire that broke out yesterday at the world’s largest solar power plant, leaving the high-tech facility crippled for the time being. It sounds like the plant’s workers suffered through a real hellscape, too. Read More >>

aircraft
Solar Impulse Has Made It to Oklahoma

Solar Impulse has chalked up another 1,000 miles in its bid to circumnavigate the globe. The all-electric solar-powered aeroplane successfully flew from Phoenix to Tulsa, Oklahoma landing in the dead of night. Read More >>

energy
Ikea Resurrects UK Solar Panel Sales Despite Subsidy Collapse

Ikea's getting back into the solar panel business today after giving up on a trial last year, hoping that the people are now ready to try to carry a few home in order to lessen their reliance on the UK's creaking energy infrastructure. Read More >>

aircraft
Solar Impulse 2 Successfully Crossed the Pacific Ocean to Land in California

After taking off from Hawaii at 6:30am, pilot Bertrand Piccard reported that he felt great after a day of travel, and after a total 62 hours of flight time, he successfully landed at Moffett Airfield, California. Read More >>

aircraft
Solar-Powered Airplane Solar Impulse 2 to Continue Round-the-World Flight

Over a year ago, the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 started its audacious round-the-world trip, but it became so damaged that it had to pull up short in Hawaii. Now, it’s ready to fly again. Read More >>

science
A New Solar Cell Generates Electricity From Rain as Well as Light

Rain means clouds and clouds mean less sunlight. That’s bad news for most solar cells, but a new design can actually make use of rain drops that fall on its surface, allowing it to generate electricity even when the weather’s bad. Read More >>

energy
Boris Says No to London Feed-in Tariff Idea to Boost Solar Energy

London's mayor appears to have stuck the boot into those campaigning for the pushing of solar installations in the capital, saying there's no need for a local feed-in tariff to encourage solar power in London as the returns on investment are good enough already. Read More >>

future earth
Elon Musk is Probably Our Best Hope Yet For Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels

As the leaders of 196 countries negotiate a carbon emissions goal for the planet to prevent an environmental apocalypse, the real work will fall to the companies that will need to deliver change to consumers. And, arguably, no single person is doing as much to help change our energy consumption as one Elon Musk – founder of PayPal, man behind SpaceX and revver of Tesla's engines. Read More >>

science
New Coating Radiates Heat to Keep Solar Cells Cool — and More Efficient

Solar cells suffer a strange problem: the hotter they get as the sun pours down on them, the less efficient they become at converting light into electricity. But now a team of Stanford researchers have developed a new transparent coating that can help them keep a little cooler — and more efficient. Read More >>