OVER the past few years, as venture capitalists poured money into solar companies and green technology start-ups, the mood in Silicon Valley resembled the sunny days of the dot-com boom in the late 1990s.

PHOTOVOLTAIC cells are already a familiar sight on rooftops. But one day, miniature cells may also be found in more unconventional places: power-generating windows, car sunroofs or even awnings.

LOCKHEED MARTIN is best known for building stealth fighters, satellites and other military equipment. But since late 2006 the company has taken on a different kind of enterprise

First Solar Inc on Wednesday reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street estimates, sending the U.S. solar company's shares up 9.4 percent in extended trade.

The company also said it began the process of finding a replacement for current CEO Michael Ahearn.

China must swiftly decouple its rapid economic growth from rising carbon dioxide emissions for global greenhouse gas levels to stay manageable, the authors of a new study said, urging sweeping support to help that transition.

Tens of thousands of Japanese homes and businesses are preparing to put new solar panels on their roofs, spurred by a subsidy plan going into effect this month. It is a step towards regaining Japan's once-dominant position in solar energy, something that has become a matter of pride for the country's policy-makers.

Praveen Bose / Bangalore April 28, 2009, 0:55 IST

Selco Solar has illuminated the lives of many poor with over 95,000 solar installations.

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) will soon be a testing area for solar thermal technology and the host for a 10 MW solar thermal plant on its campus.

IISc signed a MoU with the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (C-STEP) on Monday, for partnership in technologies in energy, information and communication, materials and infrastructure.

DEHRA DUN: Not content with being Asia

AHMEDABAD: Imagine a house running only on solar energy. From water heater to every light bulb. This thought could turn into a reality soon, with a sharp rise in number of takers for this alternative and green power source.

Advanced solar appliances have become popular among educational institutes and corporate houses to generate thermal and electric energy.

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