SunPower Buys Greenbotics for Solar Panel Washing Robots

SunPower Corp. (SPWR), the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, bought Greenbotics Inc., maker of robots that clean panels to increase the amount of power they can generate. The robots clean dirt and dust off of photovoltaic and solar thermal arrays and cut water use by 90 percent, San Jose, California-based SunPower said today in a statement. Terms of the deal, the seventh acquisition SunPower has done since it was formed, weren’t disclosed. SunPower plans to use the systems at projects it develops, especially in the western U.S., the Middle East and Chile, as an alternative to pressure washers and sprayer trucks. The robots will cut water use, save money and boost annual energy yield in dry, dusty regions by as much as 15 percent, according to the release. “It’s half the cost of normal cleaning,” SunPower Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner said in an Nov. 1 interview. The technology, which he likened to a Roomba vacuum cleaner, “is one we can scale.”

San Antonio: Ground Zero for Renewable Energy in an 'All-of-the-Above' Energy Market

Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, expert in issues surrounding integration of 21st century energy technologies with 20th century systems, is lead keynote at Texas Renewables 2013: Renewable Energy in an ĎAll-of-the-Above' Energy Market.

Plasco Announces Senior Management Changes

Board Member Raymond C. Floyd to Become President & CEO & Roderick M. Bryden to Become Executive Chairman

Solar Power International 2013: Start-Up Alley Challenge

10 finalist companies presented their ideas on the last day of the Solar Power International 2013 (Oct. 23).

International Geothermal Energy Updates Now Available

Presentations from the International Sessions at the GRC Annual Meeting made available by the Geothermal Resources Council

Solar Decathlon 2013 - Final Results

Here are the results of the competition for 2013.

Residential-scale power generation

Residential-sited fuel cells are now becoming an option for consumers, with growing interest and big sales being made primarily outside of the United States.

Are corporations becoming energy responsible?

Major corporations here and abroad are reevaluating their energy usage and looking for ways to run their facilities with green energy in an effort to save the planet.

Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Is It A Viable Technology?

In a world committed to reducing carbon emissions CCS offers a helping hand but not a definitive one. It may offer a partial answer for the rest of this century, but governments are unlikely to provide the needed funds for large-scale deployment.

The Current State of the International Solar Power Industry

U.S. solar PV companies need to find a way to work together with international PV companies, especially those in Mainland China & Taiwan.

Solar Energy Index Outperforms S&P in Q3 2013

Lincoln International's Renewable Energy Group is pleased to present the latest Q3 2013 Solar Energy Stock Index Report, which tracks relevant solar company metrics in this growing industry.

Renewable Energy Opportunities and Challenges in Pakistan

Solar opportunities exist in Punjab province, wind opportunities exist in Sind and Baluchistan province, Coal opportunities exists in all provinces, Hydro opportunities exist in north of Pakistan and Bio-energy exists in all provinces.

Solar Sector Shines on Energy Storage

There is no doubt that PV is becoming a primary source of energy but only when integrated with long duration energy storage.

CEOs commit to international collaboration at major tidal summit

The CEOs of the world's leading tidal device developers have committed to continued collaboration at the major industry meeting point this November.

Solar Power International Wraps in Chicago, Infusing Industry with Yet More Momentum

Infusing Industry with Yet More Momentum

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