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Today: Exhibit opens of U.S. solar decathlon entry
January 30, 2017

PULLMAN, Wash. – An exhibit of Washington State University’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 will open to the public at 4:30 p.m. today, Jan. 30, on the ground floor of Carpenter Hall. Team members will answer questions and refreshments will be served.

Chemists make major strides in organic semiconductors
January 26, 2017

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University chemists have created new materials that pave the way for the development of inexpensive solar cells. Their work has been recognized as one of the most influential studies published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry in 2016.

$1.1 million award funds solar technology advances
September 14, 2016

lynn-crystal-sample-2-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative cooperative award to improve the performance and lower the cost of solar materials for the multibillion dollar industry.

Nanostructures researcher Hipps elected as AVS fellow
July 20, 2015

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Hipps-2015PULLMAN, Wash. – Kerry Hipps, Washington State University chair and distinguished professor of chemistry, has been elected one of 10 new fellows of the American Vacuum Society (AVS). He joins Thomas Dickinson, Regents professor of physics, as the second AVS fellow at WSU.

Pumping electricity into grid pays 15 cents a kilowatt-hour
July 11, 2006

Solar pioneers who have been feeding electricity into the Northwest power grid have until July 31 to apply for retroactive incentives under the state’s newest alternative-energy law. The law provides a payment of 15 cents for every kilowatt-hour of electricity that backyard producers have sent into the grid.

“This finally makes solar a viable investment for the little guy, which is how I’ve always looked at it — as a capital investment,” said Mike Nelson, director of the solar program for Washington State University Extension.

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Solar home moving to Washington D.C.
September 21, 2005

A group of WSU students enrolled in architecture, construction management, interior design and engineering programs are disassembling their homemade solar home for its trip on flatbed trucks to Washington D.C. Set to depart Friday, Sept. 23, the home will be on display as part of a solar village—part of the national Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition starting Oct. 7 on the National Mall. Participants were required to design and build a 500-800 square-foot house with all the modern conveniences powered by solar energy, including heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, hot water, lighting, appliances and communications. The homes are judged on their energy production, efficiency … » More …

Laws power up renewable energy efforts
August 19, 2005

Legislature and WSU lead state to broad development of wind and solar energyHailed as the most progressive renewable energy legislation passed in the United States, two energy bills took effect this summer after earlier approval by the Washington State Legislature. The next step is making renewable energy available, affordable and understandable to the public. WSU’s Mike Nelson and Matt Taylor are working to do just that. Taylor, assistant professor of architecture, is testing various solar beds to see which work best in the Pacific Northwest environment. Nelson, manager of the Northwest Solar Center and the WSU solar and wind extension program, worked actively with the … » More …

Students begin construction on solar home project
March 29, 2005

A group of Washington State University engineering and architecture students are beginning construction on a solar home that will become part of the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C., this October.A groundbreaking ceremony for the project will be held at noon on March 31 in the Thermal Fluids Laboratory on the WSU campus.Sponsored by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab, the competition gives students two years to plan and build a 500-800 square-foot house that receives all of its energy needs from the sun.The competition aims to increase public awareness of solar energy and inspire innovative solutions in ecological design. Of 18 teams … » More …