GREEN GIANT: A 27-square-kilometre solar farm in China’s Qinghai province underscores the country's determination to transform itself from climate change villain to a green energy colossus.
U.S. solar employs more workers than any other energy industry, including coal, oil and natural gas combined, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's second annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report.
LET IT SNOW: Though it may seem that solar power is ideal for the summer, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels can produce useful power throughout all four seasons. Researchers have shown that #solar can still successfully generate electricity in snowy areas and other harsh environments.
BURNING ISSUE: Other countries convert incinerated waste into electricity and heat. Could this help our trash crisis?
LET IT SHINE: The renewable energy future will arrive when installing new solar panels is cheaper than a comparable investment in coal, natural gas or other options. That day has come.
BRIGHT FUTURE: As solar power heats up, prices are going down. Over the past 40 years, the cost of solar has decreased by more than 99 percent.
FEELING LUCKY: Last year, Google consumed as much energy as the city of San Francisco. Next year, it said, all of that energy will come from wind farms and solar panels.
SUN SALUTATION: India has released images of the world’s largest solar power plant at a single location. And it was built in just eight months.
FORCE OF NATURE: Researches are focusing on unconventional sources of renewable power such as dirt and microbes, underground stores of liquid magma, and even pedestrian footsteps to harvest energy that would otherwise be wasted.
PARADISE FOUND: Tesla is running an island in American Samoa "nearly 100 percent" on a renewable energy microgrid that utilizes 5,328 solar panels and 60 Tesla Powerpacks.