It would be wrong to overwork the metaphor of the Church of England turning to that most pagan of symbols, the sun, rather than prayer, for salvation. It’s a neat solution nevertheless, solving the perennial problem of paying to heat a large, cavernous and extremely old building with solar power. The successful scheme to… Continue reading
Posts tagged photovoltaic
Greece embraces solar power – could Turkey follow?
It was easy to describe the weather on our recent break in Turkey. The sun shone powerfully throughout the day, every day, without a break, for two weeks. Friends and family who just endured a particularly grim August in the UK gave me a pained look and quickly change the subject. A first-time visitor to… Continue reading →
Car plant to generate enough solar power to make 7000 cars a year.
There’s nothing like a wind turbine to excite local passions, and fill village halls to bursting with angry villagers who have nothing against renewable energy except that they don’t want it here. Solar panels are harder to oppose. The best opponents of one particular scheme close to where I live could come up with was… Continue reading →
More efficient solar panels catching carbon's shadow
It’s been hard to feel particularly positive about the state, and future, of the planet over the past few days. Record global CO2 emissions, after a fall during the recession. Germany easing back on nuclear power. Ongoing climate change denial among the crazy right in the US. And in the UK, a huge number of… Continue reading →
Company creates solar power, floating on water
Solar has been making steady progress over the past few years. In some countries its costs are coming close to parity with those of energy produced from conventional sources. But until now the breakthrough that would propel it from a miniscule share of the world’s energy generation to a big player has proved elusive. Could… Continue reading →
Tony Blair backs technology to solve eco problems
photo credit: World Economic Forum Now there’s a name I didn’t expect to see, promoting hard from the heart of business for technological solutions to our environmental problems. Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister. Blair happens to be, his many roles in the world, a senior adviser to US venture company Khosla Ventures. Khosla is… Continue reading →