Close to a third of the world’s 37 largest aquifers are being drained faster than they are being replenished, according to a recent study by scientists at the University of California, Irvine. “The aquifers are concentrated in food-producing regions that support up to two billion people. A companion study indicates that the total amount of water in… Keep reading →

Consolidation and scale are the buzzwords in the solar component manufacturing world today as companies fight the impact of falling costs. But in the assembly and installation parts of the supply chain, the US industry is showing signs of fragmentation.

As traditional contractors retrain to green standards and chase increased demand for small-scale and domestic solar installations, many are taking market share from larger installers even as the total number of installations climbs. A new company freshly arrived from the world’s largest solar market, Germany, has landed on US shores to bring clarity to what it says is an American solar industry teetering on the brink of market maturation. Keep reading →