Solar

On Thursday (March 12), NASA is set to launch the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, or MMS, to study a phenomenon known "magnetic reconnection." These energetic events, sometimes referred to as "explosions in space," are the driver of solar weather. (NASA)

NASA Launching Satellites To Study Magnetic Fields Just As Sun Unleashes Monster Flare

NASA is launching a fleet of spacecraft Thursday to investigate the mystery behind a cosmic phenomenon in the Earth’s magnetic field just as the sun unleashed its first massive flare of the year.

03/11/2015

Wind turbines near the Altamont Pass. (CBS)

Google Invests In Altamont Pass Wind Farm To Power Its Mountain View Headquarters

Google announced on Wednesday, a 20-year deal with the Altamont Pass wind farm that will allow its Mountain View headquarters to be entirely powered by wind energy.

02/11/2015

Apple campus, spaceship, headquarters

Apple To Build Huge Solar Energy Farm In Monterey County To Power ‘Spaceship’ Complex, Retail Stores

Apple will spend $850 million on a massive solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant’s new office campus, retail stores and its other California operations.

02/10/2015

Roof solar panels. (CBS)

Tiburon May Soon Mandate Solar Panels On All New Homes

It’s easy to look on the sunny side of life when you can afford to live in Tiburon. But it could soon get even a little bit more costly to call one of California’s most expensive zip codes home.

02/10/2015

Partial solar eclipse. (EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP/Getty Images)

Partial Solar Eclipse To Appear Over Bay Area Thursday – But Don’t Stare At It

On Thursday afternoon, Bay Area residents and visitors will be able to view a partial eclipse of the sun in the southwestern sky, but experts warn that looking at the sun for more than a glance without proper protection or a filter can damage eyes.

10/22/2014

Solar panels.  (CBS)

Marin Homeowner Denied Solar Panels Over Fear That Neighbors Might See Them

Betty Segars’ Kentfield home is barely visible from the street but it’s got a great view of the sun, so Betty thought it would be perfect spot for solar panels.

10/19/2014

A total lunar eclipse is seen behind a ferris wheel in Tokyo, on October 8, 2014. In Tokyo's Roppongi fashion and entertainment district, enthusiasts were planning to perform yoga exercises under the blood moon. Many others had climbed atop the city's skyscrapers to view the sky. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

7 Stunning Photos Of The Blood Moon Eclipse

Low clouds made for poor visibility in the Bay Area, but several great photos of the event were snapped elsewhere. Here are a few of the best.

10/08/2014

(Photo credit: MORRIS MADURO, UC RIVERSIDE.)

Blood Moon Returns: Total Eclipse On Wednesday Will Be A Rare ‘Selenelion’

California and several other states in the western United States are getting front row seats early Wednesday morning to the second and final total eclipse in the “Blood Moon” tetrad series of 2014.

10/07/2014

solar panels

Davis Building Largest Solar Plant In UC System To Power Campus Buildings

The University Of California at Davis plans to build a major new solar instillation to generate roughly 14 percent of the campus’ energy, a feat university officials are calling “the largest solar power plant to offset the electricity demand of a U.S. university or college campus.”

09/26/2014

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

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