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Hand appearing to hold sun between thumb and index finger. (© Design Pics via AP)

Energy in one Texas city: Good planning makes good business

Texas may be known for its oil and gas, but one city there plans to get nearly all of its electricity from renewables, such as wind and solar.
David Williamson smiling, with text added (State Dept.)video

One approach for bringing jobs to low-income neighborhoods [video]

A company in Washington trains young men and women to install solar panels in low-income communities at no cost to residents.
Close-up of electricity meter (Shutterstock)

Want cheap electricity? Try net metering.

Homeowners and businesses that rely on solar panels and wind turbines have cheaper electric bills, thanks to a system called “net metering.”
Three men holding solar panel (© AP Images)

Solar energy comes in big and small packages

Different technologies capture the sun's light or heat to generate power. It may be done on a large or small scale.
A passenger jet with solar panels in foreground (Getty Images)

Airports look to the sun to save money

Airports around the world are looking sunward to power their facilities — and they find solar energy makes good business sense.
Man in black hat furtively touching silver metal briefcase (Shutterstock)

I paid a bribe and I’ll tell you about it online

Entrepreneurs and activists are using technology to fight corruption and graft, and the cultures that create it.
Illustration of figure plugging in to giant outlet (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

What is the power grid and how does it work?

Did you know you are looking at part of the power grid every time you see power transmission lines? How does renewable energy become part of the grid?
Power plant smokestacks emitting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (Shutterstock)

Castles in the air? Carbon dioxide could produce building materials.

A new technique that takes CO2 emissions generated by factories and cars could create new material for buildings, aircraft and athletic equipment.
Solar panels in circle around tower in middle of plain (Courtesy of SolarReserve)

Salting away renewable energy for future use

Molten salt could be the key to unlocking a future full of renewable energy. During peak times the salt stores solar power that can be saved and used later.