IKEA Store in Bloomington Has Gone Solar

IKEA Store in Bloomington Has Gone Solar

Minnesota has deployed its largest solar PV array so far and it sits atop IKEA in Bloomington. The 142,000 square foot, 1,014 kW system, was built with 4,316 panels and will produce approximately 1.2 million kWh of clean power annually – the equivalent of reducing 801 tons of carbon dioxide. IKEA worked with Xcel Energy and SoCore Energy for the development, design and installation of the customized solar power system.

The 1-megawatt system is the largest solar array in Minnesota. It generates the equivalent of the power needed by 100 homes, or roughly the output of one small wind turbine. The Bloomington store marks the 31st U.S. solar project for Ikea, with eight more locations in development. The company said it has invested $590 million in renewable energy projects around the world. Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: 2012 Solar Eclipse

Photo of the Day: 2012 Solar Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse occurs as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun as partially seen at sunrisefrom the coastal township of Gumaca, Quezon province, 187 kilometers (116 miles) southeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP)

Photo of the Day: Solar Storm

Photo of the Day: Solar Storm

A solar flare erupts on the Sun’s northeastern hemisphere. Space weather officials say the strongest solar storm in more than six years is already bombarding Earth with radiation with more to come. It’s mostly an issue for astronauts’ health and satellite disruptions, and it can also cause communication problems for airplanes that go over the poles. (NASA/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Solar-powered Catamaran Makes a Stop in Singapore

Solar-powered Catamaran Makes a Stop in Singapore

The MS Turanor PlanetSolar yacht arrives in Singapore for a stop on its global tour on October 12. PlanetSolar is the largest solar powered boat in the world and hopes to be the first to circumnavigate the world’s oceans in a 22,000 mile two-year odyssey. (Stephen Morrison / EPA) Continue reading »

Turanor PlanetSolar: The First Solar-powered Boat

Turanor PlanetSolar: The First Solar-powered Boat

The Turanor PlanetSolar, the first solar-powered boat to travel around the world, arrives in Hong Kong. The Swiss-flagged boat, which was built in Germany and cost $26 million, is topped by 500 square meters of black solar panels. (Laurent Fievet/AFP/Getty Images)

Solar Storm Threatens to Slam Into Earth, Spectacular Flares Detected by NASA

Solar Storm Threatens to Slam Into Earth, Spectacular Flares Detected by NASA

Solar blasts of energy from the sun began reaching the Earth on Friday and could disrupt some communications, according to scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Storms are brewing some 93 million miles away and three solar flares erupted on the sun starting Tuesday, touching earth’s magnetic field on Friday in the form of fast-moving “solar wind” and is blowing by the Earth. (NASA / NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center / IBITimes) Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Solar Panels at Cemetery of Santa Coloma de Gramenet

Photo of the Day: Solar Panels at Cemetery of Santa Coloma de Gramenet

Solar panels at cemetary? Yes. Santa Coloma de Gramenet is a suburb of Barcelona, Spain.
Photo: Reuters.