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Tariffs Boost Solar-Panel Makers in U.S. 26.7.2014 Wall St. Journal: US
New tariffs on Chinese solar panels, including widely anticipated duties imposed by Washington on Friday, are spurring companies to manufacture more solar-power equipment in the U.S.
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Apparently Earth ‘Just Missed’ a Solar Superstorm in 2012 26.7.2014 Boston Globe: Latest
A new report by NASA shows that in 2012, we had a close shave with a solar superstorm that could have caused widespread power blackouts.
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Letter: I don’t get the reason for solar fee 26.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
I don’t get the reason why Rocky Mountain Power should charge customers with a solar panel installation for the connection they already have. We are paying for that connection through the use of power and existing fees. As a homeowner considering the option of having a large solar panel array on my home, I feel it would be an injustice to have to pay an additional fee to the power monopoly for the connection I already have. Rocky Mountain Power should instead be providing incentives to customers...
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Massoud Amin explains how a solar storm could knock out the world's power 26.7.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
In the next ten years there is a twelve percent chance that a solar storm could knock out the world's power grids resulting in a "post-apocalypic nightmare," according to NASA scientists.
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Apple's new sapphire screens for iPhone 6 will be made with solar power 25.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Solar manufacturing facility in Arizona just one part of technology company's wide-ranging plan to green its act

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What have you done with your life since 2012 solar storm nearly wiped us out? | Open thread 25.7.2014 Guardian: Comment is Free
You may not have heard of coronal mass ejections, but the solar storm they created very nearly caused us humans big problems A solar storm two years ago narrowly missed our planet , it has been revealed. Two coronal mass ejections happened on 23 July 2012, resulting in a storm that would have had huge ramifications for Earth that we would still be dealing with today had it hit us. Services such as banking networks and agriculture would have been badly affected, and power and communications seriously damaged. Near misses like this are few and far between, but still give us time to stop and think: have we done anything of worth since? What have you done in the past two years that makes you grateful that a massive solar superstorm didnt wipe us out? Have you had a baby, or rescued a cat, or made a massive medical breakthrough that makes this extra time so precious? Or have you pottered about in your normal way, and refused to live with the worry of possible near annihilation from pesky solar ...
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'Extreme solar storm' could have pulled the plug on Earth 25.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
Satellites, power and water supplies would have been hit if billion-ton plasma cloud had erupted from sun a week earlier

The date of 23 July 2012 could have been the day the lights went out, along with suddenly not-so-smart phones, computers, satellite transmissions, GPS navigation systems, televisions, radio broadcasts, hospital equipment, electric pumps and water supplies.

On that day an "extreme solar storm" did its best to end life on Earth as we know it. The sun forced out one of the biggest plasma clouds ever detected at a speed of 3,000km per second, more than four times faster than a typical solar eruption. Fortunately it missed.

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The inconvenient truth in the push to scrap the renewable energy target 25.7.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

The government's determination to scrap the RET is based on shaky foundations in their economic modelling and in the Senate, the numbers just don't add up

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Planetary Society hopes tiny satellite sets sail above Earth 25.7.2014 LA Times: Business
Satellites about the size of a loaf of bread may one day explore space, propelled across the vast expanse by an unfurled sail.
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Icy moon explorer gets an Alaska road test 25.7.2014 New Scientist: Focus on America
Camped on a glacier, Lisa Grossman meets a robot that could pierce the ice of Jupiter's moon Europa and check its hidden ocean for signs of ...
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Oz solar racing car team breaks 26-year-old world record 24.7.2014 New Kerala: Technology
Washington, July 24 : A solar car racing team from Australia has broken a 26-year-old electric car world record that has stood since 1988.
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Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters 24.7.2014 AP National
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. science advisory report says a key lesson from Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident is that the nation's nuclear industry needs to focus more on the highly unlikely but super-serious worst case scenarios....
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UK renewable energy subsidies capped at £200m a year 24.7.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

Solar industry says contracts for difference budget represents a large reduction in the support they receive

A ceiling of £200m a year will be placed on subsidies to some of the major forms of renewable energy from this autumn, affecting the funding of large-scale low-carbon installations from wind and solar farms to biomass-burning power plants.

The money will be available under the coalition's new contracts for difference, which subsidise renewable energy companies who offer electricity at a lower rate of carbon emissions than fossil fuel generators, and are paid for by levies on household energy bills.

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Faith, business groups blast proposed fee on solar-equipped homes 24.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A growing chorus from across the sociopolitical spectrum is denouncing Rocky Mountain Power’s proposal to impose a monthly $4.65 fee on its net-metered customers — those who generate their own power from solar rooftop arrays and pipe what they don’t use into the grid. The state’s largest utility says the “facilities charge” is warranted to ensure its solar-equipped customers are covering their share of the fixed costs of the transmission and distribution system. Critics, who gathered at an east ...
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Letter: Rocky Mountain clouds my Blue Sky 24.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Rocky Mountain Power must be joking. I just received an email from RMP informing me that “if everyone enrolled in our Blue Sky renewable energy program, we could support enough renewable energy to have an equivalent impact of avoiding over 7 million tons of CO2 in one year.” RMP then asks me to spend at least $1.95 a month (“You choose your participation level”) to enroll in the program to purchase wind power. Hmmm. Let me see. I am a consumer who paid $25,000 two years ago to install rooftop so...
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Utah faith, business groups blast proposed fee on solar-equipped homes 24.7.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
A growing chorus from across the sociopolitical spectrum is denouncing Rocky Mountain Power’s proposal to impose a monthly $4.65 fee on its net-metered customers — those who generate their own power from solar rooftop arrays and pipe what they don’t use into the grid. The state’s largest utility says the “facilities charge” is warranted to ensure its solar-equipped customers are covering their share of the fixed costs of the transmission and distribution system. Critics, who gathered at an east ...
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Weather Gang: How a solar storm nearly destroyed life as we know it two years ago 24.7.2014 Washington Post
On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.
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Not investing in new nuclear power would be a costly gamble for the UK 23.7.2014 Guardian: Environment

Nuclear must be a part of the UK's low carbon energy mix because renewable sources cannot provide power 24/7

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Solar power takes road trip 23.7.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built to generate power aren’t meant for rooftops. They’re for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.
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Solar power takes road trip 23.7.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built to generate power aren’t meant for rooftops. They’re for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.
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