This New Solar-Powered Device Can Pull Water Straight from the Desert Air
You can't squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity. The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day, and researchers say future versions will be even better.  More

What's Driving the Cost of Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Systems?   
The residential solar-plus-storage market has certainly received a lot of attention in recent months. With the release of new, lower-cost products and implementation of utility time-of-use and demand-charge rate structures, the overall economics of solar photovoltaics (PV)-plus-storage systems continue to improve -- but questions remain as to what's ultimately needed to achieve widespread deployment.  More

Solar Market to Hit 85GW in 2017 -- Double the Amount Installed in 2014 
Record solar demand in China has shifted the outlook on global PV installations for 2017, according to the latest Global Solar Demand Monitor from GTM Research. Chinese demand exceeded 34 gigawatts last year, pushing global installed solar capacity just over 78 gigawatts. That's up from the 51 gigawatts of solar installed in 2015, and puts cumulative installed capacity beyond 306 gigawatts worldwide.  More

Toyota's New U.S. Headquarters is Getting a SunPower Solar System
Toyota is building a new U.S. headquarters in Plano, Texas. When it is ready for occupancy later this year, the facility will be powered in part by an 8.79 megawatt SunPower solar system. Right now, some 50 certified workers are busy installing high efficiency SunPower solar panels on steel carport structures that enclose four parking garages.  More

High School Girls Develop Solar-Powered Tent for the Homeless 
A team of female high school engineering students at San Fernando High School have collaborated on the design of a solar powered tent to provide shelter for the homeless. The girls utilized insulated fabric and solar panels for their tent design, which also includes a safety locking system and a UV system to help sanitize it.  More

Solar Employs More U.S. Workers than Apple, Google, and Facebook Combined
The rapid rise of solar power is one of the most astonishing transformations in the history of global energy use. A decade ago, solar photovoltaics (PV) was just a tiny sapling, easily dismissed by fossil fuel advocates. Today, after a remarkable 30-fold increase in PV sales in just nine years, it has become a giant redwood forest.  More

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April 25, 2017, Portland, OR

April 26, 2017, Portland OR

April 26, 2017, Webinar 

May 1-2, 2017, San Diego, CA

May 2, 2017, San Diego, CA

May 2, 2017, San Diego, CA

May 4, 2017, Washington, D.C.

May 8-12, 2017, Mexico City, Mexico

May 17-19, 2017, Vancouver, Canada

May 22-24, 2017, Minneapolis, MN

June 13-14, 2017, Austin, TX

June 16-18, 2017, Cluster, WI

June 20-22, 2017, Atlanta, GA

June 26, 2017, Bari, Italy

June 27-29, 2017, Bari, Italy

July 10-13, 2017, San Francisco, CA

July 11-13, 2017, San Francisco, CA

September 4-8, 2017, Dublin, Ireland

September 9-10, 2017, Saint Paul, MN

September 10-13, 2017, Las Vegas, NV

October 9-12 and October 5-15, 2017 Denver, CO

October 29 - November 2, 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE

December 5-7, 2017, Mumbai, India 

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"Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of ... permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power." - Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States

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