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Published on August 19th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solar News: Recycling Solar Water Wheel, Vivint Solar Rundown …

August 19th, 2014 by  

Time for some more solar news. Enjoy!

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The solar-powered water wheel pictured above can collect 50,000 pounds of trash per day. (Solar Love)

If you want a rundown of the politics of solar energy, this article by Carter Lavin is it. He covers 5 things we should all know about solar politics. (Red, Green, and Blue)

You can surely name the #1 residential solar installer in the US (hint: SolarCity). But what do you know about #2 Vivint Solar? (Greentech Media)

At 2:00 pm on August 18, renewable energy sources produced enough electricity to hit 75% of the Germany’s demand. (Renewables International)

Perhaps the biggest company that is “all-in” on cleantech has its hands in solar power, as well as electric vehicles, wind power, smart grids, energy efficiency, and more. (Sustainnovate)

This company is working to combine solar farms with actual farms. It may not lead to buckets full of gold, but it make some sense. (Sustainnovate)

Bringing solar power to the developing world is all the rage now, but SELCO Solar has been doing that in rural India since the mid-1990s. (Sustainnovate)

d.light aims to bring solar lighting to 100 million people by 2020. (Sustainnovate)

Yingli Solar is expanding into the Latin American market further, recently opening an office in Chile, a very hot solar market. (Solar Love)

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  • Pat Campbell

    That cover will catch the wind and do damage to the machine and perhaps nearby people. Harbors and rivers are not places where the wind is always calm and the water current consistent. At best this device as presented would require a person on duty 24/7.

    This basic idea was the fish wheel that “successfully” used to harvest salmon on the Columbia River.

    Why you would attach a solar array to this fish wheel escapes me. 50K lbs of trash a day … maybe if you hand fed it.

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