Solar energy

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The world's largest solar farm rises in the remote Egyptian desert

Published: 
Wed, 08/01/2018 - 1:17pm

In 1913 on the outskirts of Cairo, an inventor from Philadelphia named Frank Shuman built the world’s first solar thermal power station, using the abundant Egyptian sunshine to pump 6,000 gallons of water a minute from the Nile to irrigate a nearby cotton field.

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The roiled solar power market shows how Trump's tariffs can disrupt an industry

Published: 
Wed, 07/11/2018 - 2:04pm

A 30% U.S. tariff on imported solar panels put in place last winter should have caused prices here to jump.

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Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is turning to another resource to power the kingdom — sunshine

Published: 
Thu, 05/31/2018 - 6:19pm

Ever since a team of American geologists discovered oil in the Saudi Arabian desert 80 years ago, the kingdom’s vast crude reserves, estimated at one-fifth of the world’s total, have been the primary engine of its economic growth — and a major source of its international clout.

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California regulators approve mandate for solar panels on new houses

Published: 
Fri, 05/11/2018 - 11:04am

California regulators on Wednesday mandated that all newly built single family houses have solar panels, part of the state's aggressive push to combat climate change.

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California heads toward requiring solar panels on all new houses

Published: 
Tue, 05/08/2018 - 3:41pm

California is set to require solar panels on all newly built single-family houses, the first statewide mandate in the nation. That's expected to save buyers money in the long run, but will raise their upfront costs at a time many are already struggling to afford a mortgage.