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Posts tagged “Solar”

Updated June 11, 2012

Premium Lock Report: Renewable power boom leaves nations without backup

Nations adding wind and solar power aren't doing enough to ensure their electricity systems can meet demand when renewable-energy output falls short, according to a Bloomberg Industries analysis.

Duke's new wind power farm in Wyoming Duke's new wind power farm in Wyoming

Updated June 6, 2012

Premium Lock PowerSecure acquires part of Southern Energy Management

The Wake Forest utility and energy technology firm pays $4 million, sets up a new subsidiary called Southern Energy Management PowerSecure in which it holds a 90 percent controlling interest.

Solar energy    Solar energy

May 30, 2012

Premium Lock 'Solar fuels' can reduce reliance on oil, researchers say

In a new paper, a team at the Research Triangle Solar Fuels Institute examine four means of utilizing solar energy to generate power. But they also concede that there currently is "no suitable renewable substitute for oil."

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Updated May 1, 2012

Premium Lock Shine on: Durham solar firm Semprius cracks MIT top 10 tech list

The startup company's leading-edge solar technology "could soon make electricity cheaply enough to compete with power plants fueled by coal and natural gas," says the Massachusetts Institute for Technology in its annual "most important technology milestones" list.

Semprius' solar panel technology Semprius' solar panel technology

Updated April 13, 2012

Premium Lock Capitol Broadcasting builds solar 'farm' at broadcast tower site

solar farm The 1-megawatt solar facility will produce electricty that will in turn be sold to Progress Energy.

Updated February 3, 2012

Premium Lock Raleigh's Convention Center roof soon to be site for a solar farm

The City has leased space on the roof of the massive downtown structure for the construction of solar panels by private firms. They in turn will sell power to Progress Energy.

Raleigh's growing skyline, Civic Center at right Raleigh's growing skyline, Civic Center at right

Updated January 13, 2012

Premium Lock CIA investment arm pours more money into solar tech firm Semprius

The Durham-based firm secures more money from In-Q-Tel and a new investor. Duke Energy Renewables executive is also is named to the firm's board.

The Semprius process The Semprius process

January 12, 2012

Premium Lock Clean energy investment hits record $260B in 2011

Solar energy    U.S. leads the way with solar power investments surging 36 percent. Spending in the U.S. rose by a third to $55.9 billion, surpassing the 1 percent gain in China to $47.4 billion.

December 27, 2011

Premium Lock New dye from NCSU raises solar-cell efficiency

Dye-sensitized solar cell A new "sensitizer" developed at N.C. State University collects more ambient and solar light energy than anything on the market now for use in dye-sensitized solar cells.

December 8, 2011

Premium Lock Buffett invests $2B to cash in on promise of solar power

solar energy "Buffett's investment shows that solar has come of age," a Wall Street analyst says. The end of the grant program "takes away some of the incentive but there will still be viable large scale solar plants."

November 23, 2011

Premium Lock Google pulls plug on renewable energy project, 'green energy czar'

Google  The search giant's "green energy czar" has already left the company. "At this point, other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level," a Google exec writes in a blog.

November 15, 2011

Premium Lock Duke Energy acquires three solar farms in southwestern NC

Duke Energy Renewables The latest three, which are all located near Murphy, were acquired from ESA Renewables. Duke now owns seven such farms in the state.

September 28, 2011

Premium Lock Google to finance solar panel systems for homes

Solar energy    The search giant will provide $75 million to build 3,000 residential solar electricity systems across the country. Google will own the panels, and get paid over time by customers who purchase the electricity the panels produce.

August 1, 2011

Premium Lock Florida-based firm eyes two locations in Triad for $1.4B solar plant

Solar energy    National Solar Power of Melbourne, Fla., has named the North Carolina county among seven finalists for its $1.4 billion solar project. Other contenders are in Georgia and Florida.

June 30, 2011

Premium Lock CIA pours more money into Durham solar tech startup

The secret sauce at Semprius draws more money from the "Wizards of Langley" venture arm as well as Siemens and Durham-based Intersouth in its latest $20 million capital fund raiser. So what can the CIA do with advanced solar power?

Might Semprius someday power a CIA drone? Might Semprius someday power a CIA drone?

June 24, 2011

Premium Lock Solar power startup Semprius raises $20M, looks for $10M more

The Durham-based company, which recently sold a 16-percent interest to Siemens Energy, discloses the funding in a regulatory filing. It's the latest in a streak of good news for the firm and its investors, which include Durham-based Intersouth Partners.

An illustration of Semprius' transfer process An illustration of Semprius' transfer process

June 22, 2011

Premium Lock Progress Energy wants more solar power providers

Solar Power The utility company is looking to add new sources for its electrical grid in order to meet law requiring more power from renewable sources.

Updated June 22, 2011

Premium Lock NC 'clean energy' firms jump by 700 to 1,800 in less than year

According to a new report from the NC Sustainable Energy Association, the state also is the site of more than 1,800 renewable energy system projects with nearly 3 megawatts of generating capacity. That's enough for more than 561,000 homes.

Clean energy Clean energy

June 14, 2011

Premium Lock Google invests $280M in solar power firm

Solar energy    The money will allow installer SolarCity to offer solar systems to homeowners for no money up front. In exchange, customers agree to pay a set price for the power produced by the systems.

Updated May 20, 2011

Premium Lock Pending bills could boost NC's clean energy sector

Opinion: If you're looking for answers to some our state's daunting problems, just look up. Solar power has the potential to create thousands of new jobs in North Carolina while delivering safe and affordable electricity.

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