Solar energy involves the use of heat engines and photovoltaic solar panels for electrical generation. Applications includes space heating and cooling, distillation and disinfection of potable water, daylighting, water heating and industrial purposes.
At the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, NRG Energy CEO David Crane discusses how smart meters, distributed-solar projects, and plug-in electric vehicles could potentially cause disruptive change...
3 | March 27, 2012 1:28pm
Let the sun's energy take care of charging your e-reader with this product. Just make sure you don't do what our SmartPlanet team did - crack the Kindle screen while trying to remove it.
12 | March 21, 2012 9:40am
More than 1,700 rooftop solar panels generate hundreds of kilowatts of electricity at CBS Television City, where the network has produced programming for nearly 60 years. Learn how the LA...
4 | July 20, 2011 3:14pm
See the largest and tallest green roof in New York City -- installed for the same price as a regular roof. Learn how solar film and better equipment maintenance help reduce CBS Corporation's...
2 | July 11, 2011 3:21pm
Sonoma, Calif., homeowner Catherine O'Neill decided last year to "green" her home, so she called on Rick Milburn, owner of Solar Knights Construction, to look at Passive House--a sustainable...
7 | March 28, 2011 3:58pm
High oil prices and the BP spill are just two real reminders of how energy dependent we truly are, but tomorrow's solar technology promises cleaner power at lower costs. SmartPlanet correspondent...
3 | January 11, 2011 7:38am
The Philadelphia Eagles recently announced plans to power Lincoln Financial Field with renewable energy, including wind, solar and dual-fuel generated electricity. SmartPlanet shows you digital...
2 | December 15, 2010 4:46pm
Dow Chemical Company's Powerhouse solar shingles convert sunlight into electricity. The product integrates low-cost thin-film photovoltaic cells into roofing shingles that can be installed...
9 | December 8, 2010 2:56pm
SmartPlanet visits Honig Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley and sees their 'green' practices up close, which include a solar array that produces energy for 100 percent of the winery's operations and...
3 | October 27, 2010 8:43am
A solar-powered plane has succeeded in its first attempt at a 24-hour voyage. Taking off from Switzerland, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA hit the skies on Wednesday powered only by the sun's energy....
4 | July 9, 2010 4:34pm
At the Intersolar Conference in San Francisco, Scott Stephens, Photovoltaic Specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy, explains why he's optimistic about the future. He expects the market to...
1 | July 30, 2009 4:08pm
How does solar conversion work now and how do we want it to work in the future? Paul Altivisatos, interim director for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at UC Berkeley, explains how a solar...
4 | July 22, 2009 9:18am
The historic California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has re-opened for business and is being called the 'greenest museum' in the world. Correspondent Sumi Das talks to Aaron Pope, the...
1 | March 31, 2009 8:50am
At a Churchill Club event in Santa Clara, Calif., Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems and partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, calls on the government to require using alternative...
1 | February 12, 2009 2:58pm
Autodesk tools aim to help designers conceptualize projects on a computer before starting the costly (and energy-intense) production process. Correspondent Sumi Das takes a tour of Autodesk's new...
1 | December 8, 2008 2:01pm
At the Always On Venture Summit in Half Moon Bay, Calif., a panel of solar energy executives debates whether or not silicon prices will fall as the industry matures. While they all think margins...
1 | December 4, 2008 1:28pm
Since 1853, the California Academy of Sciences has been considered one of the world's most respected institutions. Now more than 150 years later, it's continuing to lead by example, showcasing how...
November 21, 2008 12:35pm
California utility giant PG&E has made it one of its business goals to invest in clean energy. In the last few years, the company has signed contracts with renewable energy providers in the areas...
August 4, 2008 10:50am
At the Intersolar and Greentech Media conferences, J. Michael Horowitz of the Stanford Group moderates a discussion on solar-thermal technologies and the challenges solar-energy companies face...
July 17, 2008 12:43pm
J. Michael Horowitz of the Stanford Group moderates a discussion on 'green' finance and operational and maintenance costs associated with new solar projects at the Intersolar Conference 2008 and...
July 16, 2008 8:52am