July 17, 2013, 8am PDT
No form of energy production comes without controversy, including solar, despite it being renewable. In advance of the world's largest solar thermal plant opening in Calif's Mojave Desert, KQED's Lauren Sommer shows both sides of the green debate.
June 24, 2011, 2pm PDT
By the numbers, solar energy comes with a hefty price tag in comparison to other sources. But energy experts claim that the overall value to society offsets the initial high production cost.
Renewable Energy World Magazine
October 4, 2010, 10am PDT
In one of the most remarkable spurts of renewable energy investment in the U.S., six solar plants have been approved in six weeks in the California desert totaling almost 3 gigawatts. More are on the way, including new Stirling dish technology.
October 30, 2009, 7am PDT
SMA Solar Technology AG, the German company responsible for about 40 percent of the world's solar market will be opening a plant in Denver.
July 16, 2009, 2pm PDT
Environment California has released a study that shows significant growth in the state's solar power construction, and ranks cities by how many solar roofs they have. San Diego is tops.
February 16, 2009, 1pm PST
Nobel laureate and new Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu is interviewed on what it will take to solve the climate change crisis - three major technological improvements plus carbon pricing. While no fan of coal, he acknowledges improvements are needed.
August 24, 2008, 9am PDT
Concentrating solar, or 'solar thermal', is an old technology getting an update as solar power spreads across the Southwest.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 10, 2008, 9am PDT
Solar sculptures light up at night to take the place of energy-intensive streetlights.