We’ve rounded up our top reads of the week about solar and the future of the energy — so you can stay current.
-A report published this week by the International Renewable Energy Agency finds that recycled solar photovoltaic panels could be worth $15 billion by the year 2050. (PV Magazine / Ian Clover)
-Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced it’s closing the last remaining nuclear power plant in the state of California. The decision is accompanied by a proposal to replace the power currently produced by the nuclear plant – enough electricity to power over 1.7 million homes – with a combination of energy efficiency, renewables and energy storage. (LA Times / Ivan Penn and Samantha Masunaga)
-Solar Impulse, the airplane currently making the first round-the-world flight powered completely by solar energy, achieved a milestone this week, becoming the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean running on nothing but sun. (BBC News / Jonathan Amos)
-Scientists in South Korea have created solar PV cells that are thinner than a human hair. (Vox / David Roberts)
-Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy, is no stranger to electricity challenges: the country has a reliable power supply rate of only 18%. A new solar power solution hopes to increase the adoption of renewable energy there by allowing customers to lease solar equipment with an affordable pay-as-you-go subscription model. (Quartz / Yomi Kazeem)