WegoWise's Friday Talking Points

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Whether you're networking over some Green Drinks or schmoozing with your in-laws, you're going to need something to talk about this weekend, and WegoWise has got you covered.  For our new talking points series we're combing the internet to give you a primer on the latest energy, sustainability, and technological trends so that you can burn off a Friday afternoon, recharge your list of talking points, and go into your weekend with a fresh take on familiar conversations.

This Week: Solar Energy

1. Forbes Energy reports that the U.S. solar industry grew by 76% in 2012, yowza!

2. All those lovely solar panels don't just pop out, cherubic and green from a cabbage patch. Treehugger lays out the serious e-waste concerns associated with the solar revolution.

3. As long as we're making all these solar panels, we'd better make sure that the grid can use that energy.  The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR, pictured rightwards) is working on sophisticated new weather modelling tools to predict energy levels from the sun up to 15 minutes ahead of time.

4. Knowing when to adjust production for an influx of solar is great, but how do we store excess energy produced? Pacific Gas and Electric recently signed a major agreement to buy energy from SolarReserve's Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant in California, a large new installation that incorporates Molten Salt Storage.

5. Aaand it wouldn't be a "green" links discussion without some far-out tech that's years from practical application. UC Santa Barbara researchers Develop New Way of Harvesting Solar Energy Using Nanoparticles in Wate