Oh, Las Vegas. The heartache of yet another senseless tragedy makes it difficult to go through the motions; to deal with the mundane, everyday bits. Yet we must. You see terrorists–no matter who they are or where they hail; no matter their ideology or motivation–thrive on chaos. They want us to lose heart and give up. They want us to question our actions and look over our shoulder in fear. They want us to divide in terror, so they might conquer. And that can mean but one thing: the crazier the world gets, the more we must remain steadfast–in hope, love, and doing what we can to make our time here better.

With that, here’s a glimpse at the week in solar news . . .

Solar power grew faster than any other source of fuel for the first time in 2016. “What we are witnessing is the birth of a new era in solar PV,” says Fatih Birol, executive direction of the International Energy Agency (IEA). “We expect that solar PV capacity growth will be higher than any other renewable technology through 2022.” (Bloomberg)

Hurricane season has wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico, producing many a disheartening story. But there’s a glimmer of hope coming from a certain flower nursery in Barranquitas. You see, Hector Santiago’s nursery experienced considerable damage due to the fury of Hurricane Maria, but he was able to regroup more quickly thanks to a solar power system installed on his property. “Everybody told me I was crazy because it was so expensive,” he says. “Now I have power and they don’t.” (Business Insider) Well, that’s certainly one way to win (or lose) an argument.

Emily Jones (Marketplace) takes a look at how one community is working to help low-income residents benefit from solar power. In short, they plan to take an empty lot behind the city’s public works building, and “. . . turn it into a field of dreams,” according to Brunswick economic and community development director, Travis Stegall. And by field of dreams, he means community solar. Here’s hoping if they build it, more will follow.

General Motors has announced plans to up their electric car game over the next five years. According to GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra, the company is focused on “zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.” (Clean Technica) We like the sound of that.

And here’s a look at the world’s first solar-powered Smartwatch, LunaR. “We love watches, we LOVE technology, AND we hated the fact that we’re always stressed out about recharging our devices,” the company explains. “We felt those elements hadn’t been tackled and we wanted to express a harmonious connection between the beauty and simplicity of an elegant timepiece with the ‘smarts’ of a smartwatch.” (EcoWatch)


Now, for our disclaimer: Friday Field Notes is a weekly post about the goings on in (and possibly around) the field of solar. We simply link to news articles from the week to help you stay in the loop. While we try to stick with more reputable sources, we cannot attest to the accuracy of each and every piece. Furthermore, the links and subsequent commentary are purely the opinion of the writers. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the company, nor should they be considered professional opinion, backing, and/or advice.