It can’t have escaped the keen-eyed among our readers that there has been a veritable flare of solar-oriented stories of late. From “green” architectural projects such as London’s Walkie Talkie, solar-powered flights, the rise of the Green Party, to the renewable-energy revolutions in the likes of India, the Far and Middle East, and parts of Africa – the Internet is pulsating sexily with tales of tumbling costs, improved technology, and a belated official recognition of solar fuel’s viability. Thomas Edison famously said “We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy.” Tragically he’ll never collect that bet, having died in 1931. If only he could have hung around another 80-odd years, because whisper it – solar’s on the rise. HYDROMAG peek through the curtains like some nosy neighbour to investigate.