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Energy and the Environment

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American Solar Energy Society
Established in 1954, the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is the non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the use of solar energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies in the U.S.

Harvesting Solar Power : 1901 Style
San Francisco Call, March 24, 1901 from Chronicling of America.

International Solar Energy Society
UN-accredited NGO present in more than 50 countries, the Society supports its members in the advancement of renewable energy technology, implementation and education all over the world. 

Million Solar Roofs Initiative
Government program enables businesses and communities to install solar panels on 1 million rooftops across the U.S. by 2010. Be sure to check out the Learning Center.

Scitable Solar Energy Portal
The potential benefits — and many challenges — of solar energy raise a host of important questions for our society. How can the cost of solar energy be reduced so that it becomes competitive with fossil fuel energy? Should government, industry, or consumers take the lead in this effort? Are large-scale government subsidies an economically feasible solution given current global economic challenges? How can the environmental impact of large solar power plants be mitigated?...In this Spotlight, we guide you through a range of perspectives on these critical questions. We look at the mechanics of solar energy production, recent developments in the solar energy industry, the environmental impact of solar energy, and solar energy economics. We also look at promising emerging technologies that may improve solar energy efficiency and reduce costs, bringing solar energy one step closer to parity with traditional energy sources. Portal provied by Nature Education.

Solar Energy Industries Association
Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of solar energy industry. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.

Solar Energy Renewable Energy Technology Basics
Solar energy technologies use the sun's energy and light to provide heat, light, hot water, electricity, and even cooling, for homes, businesses, and industry. There are a variety of technologies that have been developed to take advantage of solar energy.

U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Solar Energy Technology Program
The Solar Energy Technologies program focuses on developing cost-effective solar-energy technologies that have the greatest potential to benefit our nation and the world. Solar technologies diversify our energy supply, reduce our dependence on imported fuels, improve air quality, and offset greenhouse gas emissions. A growing solar industry also stimulates our economy by creating jobs in solar manufacturing and installation.

Why Not the Sun? Advantages of and Problems with Solar Energy
This Discovery Guide is not about passive solar, but about more "active" uses of solar as a direct means of replacing energy currently generated mainly by fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Ethan Goffman. A Proquest Discovery Guide. December 2008.

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