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French company Total steps into solar energy market

French company Total steps into solar energy market

Business
Sept. 19 (UPI) -- In an announcement ahead of the French president's speech before the U.N. General Assembly, Total said it took a greater stake in a renewable power company.The French supermajor said Tuesday it made a $ 284.7 million investment to take an indirect 23 percent stake in renewable power company EREN RE. Total said could eventually take the company over completely within the next five years."EREN RE's momentum will allow us to accelerate our growth in solar energy and move us into the wind power market," Philippe Sauquet, the president in charge of gas, renewables and power for Total, said in a statement. "The agreement with EREN RE is a major step towards our objective of achieving 5 gigawatts of installed [renewable energy] capacity in five years."The French company is comin...
Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early

Obama-era solar power program reaches goal early

Business
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. solar power initiative enacted by former President Barack Obama reached a goal for cost competitiveness three years early, the government said.The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory said in a report that the cost to install solar power during the first quarter of the year reached a record low because of higher efficiencies, lower labor costs and the decline in the price for photovoltaic components.For utility-scale projects, those supplying energy to the nation's grid, the costs are down about 30 percent when compared with first quarter 2016."These results suggest that the DOE's SunShot Initiative, which was launched in 2011 to make solar cost-competitive with other forms of energy, has met its 2020 cost target for utility-scale solar sys...
Wear solar specs or make a viewer to safely watch eclipse

Wear solar specs or make a viewer to safely watch eclipse

Technology
Solar glasses are a must for safe viewing of Monday's total solar eclipse, the first to span coast to U.S. coast in 99 years. And parents beware: Eye doctors urge strict adult supervision for eclipse watchers under 16 years old. There should be absolutely no peeking without eclipse glasses or other certified filters except during the two minutes or so when the moon completely blots out the sun, called totality. That's the only time it's safe to view the eclipse without protection. When totality is ending, then it's time to put them back on. Totality means 100 percent of the sun is covered. That will occur only along a narrow strip stretching from Oregon, through the Midwestern plains, down to South Carolina. The rest of the U.S. gets a partial eclipse that extends into Canada and to the t...
Solar eclipse 2017: Americans gaze at sky spectacular

Solar eclipse 2017: Americans gaze at sky spectacular

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA total solar eclipse has wowed the US.A huge shadow cast by the Moon as it passed in front of the Sun swept across the nation, from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east.Millions of people moved to get into the path of darkness, putting on their protective glasses to gaze at the sky in wonder.It was the first total solar eclipse visible from America's lower 48 states in 38 years, and the first since 1918 to track from coast to coast.The spectacle got under way in earnest in Oregon at 10:16 local time (17:16 GMT; 18:16 BST).Skywatchers gathered at coastal beaches and towns witnessed the Sun's disc being completely obscured by the Moon for two minutes.But just before and just after "totality", they also got to see some of the classic fe...
How to watch the solar eclipse move across America

How to watch the solar eclipse move across America

Science
Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Monday's total solar eclipse is expected to break records, with about 220 million people expected to watch.Some believe the event will inspire the largest temporary migration in human history. With camera-equiped smartphones now ubiquitous, it's also likely to become the most documented event ever.When and whereThe moon's shadow will make landfall in Depoe Bay, Ore., at 10:17 a.m. PDT. The eclipse will move west and south across the United States, tracing what's called the path of totality. By 2:47 p.m. EDT, the moon's shadow will move across Charleston, S.C., and out into the Atlantic Ocean.The shadow's trip across the country will last just 90 minutes. The path will intersect 14 states, including Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois...