Solar power

A Bay Area neighborhood plotted by Google's "Project Sunroof" (Photo Credit: Google)

Google’s New ‘Project Sunroof’ Will Tell You How Much Solar Power You Could Be Generating

Google researchers say a lot of people have been asking the company’s algorithm how many solar panels would fit on the roof, how much energy they could produce and which contractor should be hired to get them installed.

08/17/2015

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Apple’s Chinese Solar Project, US Forest Conservation Gains Greenpeace Recognition

Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solarpower project and preserving 36,000 acres of “sustainable” timberland in Maine and North Carolina.

04/16/2015

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

SolarCity, Nest Join Forces To Get More Homeowners To Install Solar Panels, Smart Thermostats

California already leads the nation in home solar installations, but now there’s a deal that could literally put sales through the roof.

04/13/2015

Tenderloin Pit Stop (photo courtesy SFPD Tenderloin Station)

Six Months Later, San Francisco’s Tenderloin Cleaner Thanks To Portable Toilets For Homeless

Streets in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood blocks away from fancy stores and long lines of tourists waiting for cable cars have been cleaner since solar-powered toilets began rolling in four afternoons per week.

04/08/2015

Crosswalks Upgraded

5 Pedestrian Crosswalks In South City Upgraded With Solar-Powered LED Signals

The city of South San Francisco has upgraded five pedestrian crosswalks in a continuing effort to enhance pedestrian safety.

11/29/2014

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Electric-Car Drivers Trading Gas For Solar Power

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.

10/29/2014

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

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