Converting tobacco fields into solar farms can save half a million lives a year

Read the full story at JSTOR Daily. As demand for solar energy grew in recent years, so did the need for land for solar farms. Homeowners’ roof installations proved to be efficient enough to power individual houses and even supply electricity back to the grid, but transforming the energy industry to rely on the power …

Canadian solar companies sue Trump over tariffs

Read the full story in The Hill. A handful of Canadian companies that make solar panels are suing the Trump administration over the 30-percent tariffs the president imposed last month on their products. In their lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the United States Court of International Trade, the three companies say that since Canadian solar imports …

More on solar tariffs

Trump says solar tariff will create ‘a lot of jobs.’ But it could wipe out many more. (WaPo) Trump says a tariff on solar-energy cells and panels will create jobs and revive a U.S. manufacturing sector that has been decimated by imports. The tariff sparked controversy in the solar industry after Trump imposed it Jan. 23. A …

Scientists discover material ideal for smart photovoltaic windows

Read the full story in Science Daily. Researchers have discovered that a form of perovskite, one of the hottest materials in solar research currently due to its high conversion efficiency, works surprisingly well as a stable and photoactive semiconductor material that can be reversibly switched between a transparent state and a non-transparent state, without degrading …

Parkland board approves contract for 8-acre solar farm

Read the full story in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. Parkland College could have its own 8-acre solar farm by later this year. The board of the community college Wednesday night approved a contract with SolSystems LLC of Washington, D.C., to build a 2-megawatt solar energy field on the northwest corner of the campus. The solar field …