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The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is seen in an aerial view on February 20, 2014 in the Mojave Desert in California near Primm, Nevada. The largest solar thermal power-tower system in the world, owned by NRG Energy, Google and BrightSource Energy, opened last week in the Ivanpah Dry Lake and uses 347,000 computer-controlled mirrors to focus sunlight onto boilers on top of three 459-foot towers, where water is heated to produce steam to power turbines providing power to more than 140,000 California homes. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Birds Bursting Into Flames Above Solar Farm Stirs Calls To Slow Expansion

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant’s concentrated sun rays — “streamers,” for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

08/18/2014

President Barack Obama discusses energy efficiency at Walmart in Mountain View. (CBS)

President Obama Announces New Solar Technology Push At Mountain View Walmart

President Barack Obama announced pledges by more than 300 companies and state and local governments to use solar technology during remarks at a Walmart in Mountain View.

05/09/2014

Solar panels on the roof of a Bay Area home. (CBS)

Californians Installing Solar At High Rates; Incentive Programs Running Out

This despite the state’s incentive program winding down with its goal nearly achieved.

07/12/2013

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA plane takes off from Moffett Field in Mountain View, May 3, 2013. (CBS)

Solar-Powered Plane Attempts Historic Flight From Mountain View

A plane with the wingspan of a jumbo jet lifted off from Moffett Field Friday morning to attempt a historic cross-country journey using only solar power..

05/03/2013

SoloPower's flexible solar panels are lightweight and can be installed quickly on commercial buildings, the company says. (SoloPower)

San Jose Solar Power Firm Shutting Plant; Oregon Taxpayers On The Hook

A struggling Silicon Valley solar power company will suspend its Portland operations in June and lay off 29 workers, leaving Oregon agencies that provided funding to the company on the hook for millions of dollars.

04/23/2013

Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sun-Powered Plane Completes Bay Area Test Flight

A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe took to the skies Friday over the Bay Area in a successful test flight.

04/19/2013

Solar Panels (AP)

Solar Industry Grapples With Hazardous Wastes

While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal or natural gas, many solar panel makers are grappling with a hazardous waste problem.

02/10/2013

solar panels

Watchdog Group Issues Warning Over California Clean Energy Plan

A California watchdog group says the state’s clean energy strategy will saddle ratepayers with soaring utility bills unless officials act soon to organize state energy agencies.

12/04/2012

The shuttered Solyndra headquarters in Fremont. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Fremont Solyndra Factory Sold To Seagate For Fraction Of Original Price

Disk drive maker Seagate has reached a deal to buy the former Solyndra solar panel factory in Fremont for less than a third of the building’s original price tag.

11/15/2012

solar mirror

Feds Approve Setting Aside Western Public Lands For Solar Power Plants

Federal officials have approved a plan that sets aside public lands across the West for big solar power plants, cementing a new government approach to renewable energy development after years of delays and false starts.

10/12/2012

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