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Published on February 26th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan

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10 Top Solar Stories

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February 26th, 2013 by Zachary Shahan 

I’ve got a problem. I want you to read every important cleantech story that I see, or at least the headline or summary. (Yep, I’m one of those guys — be careful if you go to see a movie with me that I love.)

This root problem creates a couple of practical problems for me: 1) we don’t have the revenue necessary to pump out that much content; 2) a lot of our readers don’t actually want us to publish that much content — it’s simply too overwhelming.

For those eager to get more cleantech news than may be good for them, though, I’ve come up with a solution — a 3-tiered network of story sharing.

In the first tier are the stories we do actually cover. In the third tier are all the stories I share in a Google Doc I update daily. And in the middle is tier #2, roundups of top stories I really wanted CleanTechnica to cover, but which simply didn’t make the cut. Here’s a roundup of 10 such solar stories:

  1. How Much Renewable Energy Will Be Installed In 2030? 2040? 2050? – A review of a recent report by Ren21.
  2. 39% Of California EV Owners Have Solar, 17% More Planning It Within 1 Year (Infographic) – A review of a recent report by the California Center for Sustainable Energy
  3. Japanese Banks Project Japanese Solar Market To Be Worth $19 Billion In Next Few Years – Some big news regarding the booming solar power market in Japan following the introduction of an attractive feed-in tariff policy there.
  4. Czech Company Investing €400 Million ($530 Million) Into Ukraine Solar Power Plants – Ukraine the newest solar power market to boom? A Czech company the leading investor?
  5. Ultra-Thin Solar Cells From New Class Of Materials – A review of another recent advancement in solar technology.
  6. Los Angeles Department Of Water & Power Gets Flood Of Solar Applications – Feed-in tariffs works, as is shown yet again. However, as in other markets, the agressive LADWP feed-in tariff has created quite a long list of above-the-quota subscriptions.
  7. Improving Solar Power Forecasts – More scientific work to improve solar power’s attractiveness.
  8. Microfinancing For Home Solar Bringing Solar Power To Tens Of Thousands In Sri Lanka – When’s the last time you heard about solar power in Sri Lanka? Perhaps it’s time to catch up on some decentralized solar power growth there.
  9. Panasonic Claims Solar Cell Efficiency Record Of 24.7% – Ah, another solar cell efficiency record. Congrats to Panasonic!
  10. Understanding The Technology Behind Solar PV Systems – Want to learn about the “basics” of how a solar PV system works? Here’s one for you.

Solar keeps on advancing. You got yours yet?

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About the Author

spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as the director/chief editor. Otherwise, he's probably enthusiastically fulfilling his duties as the director/editor of Solar Love, EV Obsession, Planetsave, or Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and wind energy expert. If you would like him to speak at a related conference or event, connect with him via social media. You can connect with Zach on any popular social networking site you like. Links to all of his main social media profiles are on ZacharyShahan.com.



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