Monthly Archives: October 2018

Solar Garden Atop A Parking Structure, Dream or Realty?

rooftop solar garden

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has teamed up with a renewable energy cooperative to build a community solar garden on the top level of the Ramp A parking garage in downtown Minneapolis, the first such project to be built on MnDOT right of way. In the spring, Minneapolis-based Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) will install a […]

Solar Energy Could See Growth of 6,500% by 2050

solar energy

Solar power now accounts for around 1% of the world’s electricity generation, up from a negligible amount of solar capacity only a decade ago. But that’s just scratching the surface of the industry’s potential. Solar energy is the most abundant form of energy on earth, with enough solar energy hitting the planet’s surface every hour […]

A Solar Farm in Chernobyl? Ironic or Symbolic?

A Solar Farm in Chernobyl_ Ironic or Symbolic_

A new solar-electric farm has opened in what might seem like an ironic location: about 300 feet from the remains of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which suffered a meltdown in 1986, a disaster that ultimately killed thousands of people and spread radiation across Europe and Russia. But it’s symbolic, rather than ironic. Following the breakup of […]

How a ‘solar battery’ could bring electricity to rural areas

rural area solar

Solar energy is becoming more and more popular as prices drop, yet a home powered by the Sun isn’t free from the grid because solar panels don’t store energy for later. Now, researchers have refined a device that can both harvest and store solar energy, and they hope it will one day bring electricity to rural and underdeveloped areas. […]