Solar

  • Making solar affordable

    Google, Citi, and others are reaping nice returns by funding solar rooftop power projects. Will it last? 

    By Brian Dumaine, senior-editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- When Bruce Buller looked into installing solar panels on the roof of his ranch house in Diamond Bar, Calif., he suffered severe sticker shock. "We had been thinking about solar for years," says Buller, "but we found the cost -- about $35,000 -- to be prohibitive." He then discovered SunRun, one MORE

    Nov 16, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • What's the fallout of the Solyndra scandal?

    In the wake of President Obama's solar debacle, the U.S. government needs to rethink its role in backing green energy.

    By Paul Keegan, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Republicans are hoping it will become President Obama's "Mission Accomplished" moment: Standing at a podium in a California solar-cell factory in May 2010, surrounded by a cheering crowd and television crews, he declared, "It's here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter MORE

    Oct 4, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Washington's green jobs killing act

    Lawmakers looking for sacrifices could wind up hurting one of the few industries that's hiring.

    By Brian Dumaine, senior-editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- As Congress looks for things to cut, it's worth noting that green jobs are one of the few bright spots in otherwise dim economic news. The solar industry employed an estimated 93,000 workers in 2010, and that number is expected to reach 120,000 this year, according to the nonprofit Solar Foundation. MORE

    Aug 31, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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