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  • Just How Does Solar Power Work?
    How Does Solar Power Work, Anyway?

    Apr. 4, 2018 -Today, solar power is everywhere – from home roofs to Ikea superstores to the Nevada desert. And thank goodness. It’s a win-win solution to the climate crisis that creates jobs, saves money, and helps cut the carbon pollution changing our planet.

    Plus, when it comes to energy, solar might be the closest thing to free money out there – and we haven’t even begun to touch its full potential.

    Click now to see how
    from The Climate Reality Project.

  • Geothermal - What It Is/How it Works
    How Exactly Does Geothermal Energy Work?

    While it’s hard to miss a massive solar array or a field full of wind turbines, so much of the action with geothermal energy happens out-of-sight that it tends to not generate as much love as its buzzier brothers in the renewable energy landscape.

    And that’s too bad, because geothermal energy is pretty awesome. It takes the natural functions of the Earth and puts them to great use heating homes, creating electricity, and helping to propel the global shift from the dirty fossil fuels driving climate change to renewables.

    Click now to learn more
    from The Climate Reality Project.

  • Clean Energy California
    Clean Energy In California:
    The Golden State Deserves a Gold Star

    May 11, 2018 -California has faced its fair share of challenges due the climate crisis. But now it’s fighting back with a powerful weapon: renewable energy.

    More than that, the Golden State is proving that we can start a renewable energy revolution right now.

    With the White House stepping out of the climate fight, California has stepped up in a big way, leading a coalition of 16 states and the District of Columbia suing to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from weakening fuel efficiency standards.

    Click now for more from the Climate Reality Project.

  • Al Gore Explains Renewable Energy
    Climate 101: What is Renewable Energy?

    Renewable energy is energy generated from ongoing natural processes like wind or sunlight that are not depleted when used. Unlike fossil fuels, these types of energy are theoretically unlimited. In contrast, fossil fuels like oil and gas are finite resources formed in the earth over hundreds of millions of years from the remains of plants and animals.

    Importantly, and unlike fossil fuels, renewable energy is clean and doesn’t release carbon pollution into the atmosphere (which drives climate change). Burning fossil fuels does.

    Click now read the PDF from The Climate Reality Project.

  • What Smart Grids Can Do for You
    Could the Next Disaster in Puerto Rico Be Prevented?

    Mar. 20, 2018 -Months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still struggling to become fully energized. A number of grassroots efforts think solar energy can speed the recovery and prevent a total blackout when the next storm hits.

    Click to learn more from PBS News. A video is included.

  • How Would You Like That Car Printed?
    Your Next Car Could Be A 3D-Printed Electric Car

    Mar. 24, 2018 -With all the talk of hyper-performance electric vehicles (EV) and other ‘unobtainium’ cars, we’re happy to report a refreshing story that should appease those unhappy with electric vehicle (EV) affordability. How about a 3D-printed EV for $7,500? And the best part is that you won’t have to wait for it very long.

    Click to read more from Clean Technica.

  • Green Jobs - They’re Booming
    Career Pathways and
    Possibilities in Renewable Energy

    Feb. 27, 2018 -Are you passionate about green energy and protecting our planet? Are you looking for a career you can be proud of that offers possibilities we aren’t even aware of yet? Look no further than the renewable energy industry.

    You could be working in wind or solar power in no time with the right education and tools to get you set on this exciting path. Here are some of the best degrees to pursue and the career choices that may come your way.

    Click now for the good news
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Solar Can Get Even Cheaper
    A Break-through to Create Low-cost Solar Cells

    Jan. 21, 2018 - A team of talented scientists from Stanford University situated in Stanford, in Silicon Valley, 20 miles (approximately 30 Km) out of San Jose, California, USA have successfully displayed the usage of nanotechnology. The method to manufacture crystalline silicon (c-Si) thin-film solar cells which are being claimed to be more efficient at capturing solar energy.

    Click now for the story.

  • Hydrogen & Solar: Together At Last
    Like Two Lost Souls, Hydrogen and
    Concentrating Solar Power Find Each Other

    Jan. 2, 2018 - Not too long ago, the mention of hydrogen, or concentrating solar power, or both at the same time, would be met by a roll of the eye from alternative energy insiders. Hydrogen is an abundant and clean-burning fuel, but the primary source of hydrogen is natural gas. Concentrating solar power has a built-in energy storage element, but it is more complicated and expensive than other solar technologies. Et cetera, et cetera, and so on and so forth.

    Click now for the story
    from Clean Technica.

  • Renewable Energy Trends for 2018
    Four Renewable Energy Trends to Follow in 2018

    Dec. 27, 2017 - Much of what will trend in 2018 in the renewables and broader energy space will be founded in the advancement of the digital grid, but there are other important trends to keep an eye on where sustainable energy is concerned..

    Click now for the four
    trends to follow in the New Year.

  • Solar Women
    Eight Great Women in the Science of Solar

    Dec. 15, 2017 - It is easier to believe in the future of solar today than it was decades ago. This article honors eight of the women who believed and persevered and pioneered the PV industry of today and without who it might be a very different industry indeed.

    Each woman has in her own way championed the cause of climate change as well as the cause of the solar industry and has worked tirelessly educating, conducting research and deploying solar technologies to ensure the future of the industry.

    Click for the complete
    Renewable Energy World article.

  • Solar PV Spray Ons
    We Soon Be Able to Spray On Solar PV

    Apr. 11, 2017 - Can you imagine a world in which you could spray on your power source and place it wherever you’d like? Maybe on the windows of your home or on the roof of your car. Perhaps on the sides of your tall business building.

    Well, solar technology companies are working on a way to literally spray on solar cells to any convenient surface, which will harness power from the sun and eliminate dependence on wasteful energy. To boot, this futuristic option may be more affordable than the solar panels being created in Silicon Valley today.

  • How Concentrated Solar Works
    Concentrated Solar and 24/7 Power

    Watch this short video, and learn how concentrated solar power works to bring the energy of the sun, even when it is no longer shining.

The Experts

Renewable Energy (AKA Alternative Energy) was here before any living thing on Planet Earth. Call it a gift from nature (and we should never look a gift-horse in the mouth), these free energy sources come in many flavors and are ours to use. Thanks to the skyrocketing cost of fossil (carbon-based) fuels, both in economic and human terms, Renewable Energy's time has truly come. Where can we get 400 trillion watts of power, every second of every day? Why the sun, of course. Myth Vs. Reality

Of Interest

  • 2018 Solar Wishes
    18 Solar Wishes for the Holidays

    Dec. 18, 2017 -Here is a shortened list.

    1) Preserve and extend ITC

    2) Minimal tariffs/quotas on cell & module imports

    3) Blockchain Investment & development of additional use cases

    4) More Solar-Inspired Art & Architecture

    6) Increased Solar + Storage Deployment

    7) Less Solar Degradation from aging)

    Click now to see them all
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Solar Bike Paths in Dutch
    Dutch Solar Bike Path
    SolaRoad Successful & Expanding

    March 12, 2017 - The Netherlands is covered with bike paths, connecting more or less every destination a person might wish to go to and greatly increasing the convenience of cycling as a sustainable mode of transport.

    In the densely populated country, where space is scarce, a consortium of companies and research labs called SolaRoad is endeavoring to make those cycle lanes reduce carbon emissions in yet another way: by having them to generate solar electricity.

    Click now to get up to speed.

  • N.American 100% R.E. Projects
    Renewable Energy for the New World

    View a chart showing all of the reported projects in North and Central America that have 100% renewable energy goals, including some you would not have expected.

  • The Highway or the Wattway!
    First Wattway Solar Road Pilot In
    U.S. Pops Up In Rural Georgia

    Feb. 7, 2017 - The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama.

  • Take the Fossil Fuel Bypass
    Fossil Fuels Bypass is Not Science Fiction

    Feb. 14, 2017 - Here is a vision of the future in a warming world without fossil fuels.

    No switching on the air conditioning because your roof re-radiates the sun’s heat back into space.

    You don’t have to worry that the current from solar energy will turn off at night, because the same sunlight that powered the refrigerator has also turned two greenhouse gases into hydrocarbon fuel that serves as battery back-up.

  • Net-zero Solar Farmhouse
    Net-zero Solar Farmhouse from Deltic

    The new Solar Farmhouse contains everything the quintessential home possesses -- the quaint front porch, the white wood siding, the gabled roof, and the simple lines -- updated with a slew of net-zero features, including a passive solar design, air-tight building envelope, and open plan.

    Click now to learn more
    and to view a slideshow.

  • Finding Alternative Fuel Fill-ups
    Finding Fueling Stations for Electric Vehicles

    Find alternative fueling stations near an address or ZIP code or along a route in the United States. Enter a state to see a station count or see stations data by state.

    Click for the web page

  • Supertree-Sprouting Gardens
    Singapore's Supertree-Sprouting Gardens

    Gardens by the Bay will be Singapore's largest garden project and is central to their continued development of Marina Bay.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Solar Tax Incentives
    Solar Tax Incentives:

    There are various incentives being offered. The article explains it in detail.

    Click now to learn how
    to take advantage of them.

  • Breakthrough Energy Coalition
    Breakthrough Energy Coalition Explained

    The world needs widely available reliable, affordable, carbon-free energy. New tools are needed to power the world.

    Bill Gates, George Soros and others are behind this.

    Click now for more.

  • Storage Advance
    New Foam Batteries Promise
    Fast Charging, Higher Capacity

    Affordable, lightweight, and versatile, batteries made of porous materials could soon transform energy storage.

    Click now to get charged up.

  • Clean Energy Trends Slideshow
    Top 10 Clean Energy Trends
    Drive the Clean Energy Revolution

    The world’s energy systems, markets, and values are rapidly changing in response to climate disruption — and those mitigation efforts may be starting to move the needle.

    Click now to view the slideshow.

  • Solar Blending With Your Environment
    Discreet Solar Power For Your Roof

    Feb. 10, 2017 -Here is an inconvenient truth that advocates of alternative energy sources are reluctant to admit – traditional solar panels can be a bit of an eyesore.

    Especially in a residential setting, bulky solar panels may detract from the aesthetic of any house, no matter how much the owner tries to convince you otherwise.

    Think about the streets in your neighborhood, and ask yourself how many of the homes actually have visible solar panels, and you will quickly realize that they are not very popular.

    Click for more from The Greener Ideal.

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Alternative Energy (Renewable Energy)

Including Solar, Energy Storage, Hydropower and Tidal Energy Stories

  • At Least California is Observing the Paris Accords
    Update: California Governor Signs Historic
    100 Percent Renewable Energy Obligation

    Sept. 10 - 2018 — Yesterday another milestone was reached in California's march toward a 100 percent renewable energy mandate with the passing of SB100 by the Assembly. The bill will require the state to receive 50 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2026; 60 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2045.

    Editor's Take: Today Governor Brown signed SB100 into law. In a statement, Vote Solar's Executive Director Adam Browning commented that the state has made history. "This is the biggest and most important climate action to date in the United States. Big because California is big. Important because it sets a new bar for what’s possible, and because it is replicable. This year New Jersey committed to 50 percent renewables, and in November voters in both Arizona and Nevada will decide whether their own state should do the same. This is a revolution of evolution, and it’s happening across the country.” Read our original story at the link above.— JMR

    Click to read more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Revolutionary Solar Cell Developed at UCLA
    Dual-layer Solar Cell Sets
    Record for Efficiently Generating Power

    Aug. 30, 2018 -Materials scientists from the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering have developed a highly efficient thin-film solar cell that generates more energy from sunlight than typical solar panels, thanks to its double-layer design.

    Click now to read more from Science Daily.

  • California: Talk About Green Education
    ForeFront Power To Install 3.7 Mw
    of Solar At 13 California School Sites

    Aug.29, 2018 -ForeFront Power has been selected by three California school districts to install 3.7 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic capacity across 13 locations. Over 5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity is expected to be generated each year by the solar canopy installations. Bryan Taylor, the company’s Public Sector Sales Director, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the projects.

    Click now to read the answers.

  • Women for Solar Energy in Togo
    Female Solar Engineers Bring
    Hope To Farmers In Togo

    Aug. 13, 2018 -In Agome-Sevah, a village in the southeast of Togo, farmers are now smiling and hope to rise out of poverty due to solar electricity installed in the entire village by four illiterate women.

    A maize farmer in the village said “we can now charge our phones at home. And my wife is no longer setting off for miles to grind millet or grill corn.” This situation has been made possible by a local association named Dekamile, association which has implemented a solar energy electrification project across the whole village.

    Click now to read the
    story from CleanTechnica.

  • Puerto Rico School Avoids Repeat of 2017 Disaster
    Puerto Rico School Ready for the Next
    Hurricane with Grid-Resilient Solar and Storage

    Aug. 12, 2018 -About 140 students, teachers, administrators, and neighboring community members this week celebrated the installation of a solar plus storage solution at the SU Manuel Ortiz school in the Yabucoa district of Puerto Rico, one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Maria last year. The solution, which is called a SunCrate, was installed on Saturday August 11 and features 12kW of PV capacity and 52 kWh of storage capacity.

    The system is large enough to power the entire school should the grid go down. In addition, the school functions as a designated Community Emergency Response Center in the event of future natural disasters.

    Click now to read the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Viewing Photovoltaics as an Art Form
    The Solar Panel Art Series
    Shares the Message of Sustainability

    Aug. 7, 2018 -The Solar Panel Art Series is a beautiful series of commissioned works of art that are laid out on used solar panels.

    These one-of-a-kind creations are a beautiful way to highlight not just an amazing piece of art, but the story of solar power, the power of renewables, and the energy transition that’s currently underway around. Solar represents not only a green technology, but it is a form of power generation that has the power to save the planet. Generating power with solar panels is about as passive and low emission as electricity production gets.

    Click now for more of
    the story from CleanTechnica.

  • Egypt to Open the World’s Largest Solar Farm
    Egypt Set to Open Its First Solar Farm
    – and It’s The Largest in The World

    Aug. 2 , 2018 -Egypt has long relied on environmentally taxing fossil fuels. Over 90% of electricity is generated from oil and natural gas, and the country subsidizes fossil fuels, making them a cheap option for its 96 million citizens. However, Egypt’s government plans to change courses and put itself on the clean energy map with the inauguration of the world’s largest solar park. Dubbed the Benban Complex, it is under construction in Egypt’s Western Desert and set to open next year.

    Located 400 miles south of Cairo, the $2.8-billion project will single-handedly revolutionize energy supply for the nation, and none too soon. The World Health Organization recently named Cairo the second most polluted large city on the planet. The Egyptian government, in response, aims to nearly halve its natural gas consumption and provide at least 42% of the country’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. Investment in Egypt’s clean energy market has increased by 500% since the announcement.

    Click now to read more
    from Inhabitat, and view a slideshow.

  • Using Solar Energy to Make Solar Panels - Why Not?
    Manufacturing Solar Modules with
    Solar Energy: One Company’s Vision

    July 23, 2018 -This month at Intersolar North America, Lee Zhenguo, President of LONGi Group laid out his “solar for solar” vision and explained how one day he believes solar will be so cheap that it will be used to help fix some of the monumental environmental issues that plague the world today.

    In an interview and speaking through a translator, Mr. Lee said that his company, which manufacturers solar modules, has incredibly robust R&D and strong financial health, which means that LONGi can keep expanding manufacturing worldwide. The company currently has facilities in China and Malaysia and is expanding into India.

    Click now to learn more from
     Renewable Energy World.

  • Will the UK Scrap Renewable Energy Subsidies?
    Fury at Plans to Scrap UK Renewables Subsidies

    July 20, 2018 -Renewables and sustainability groups have reacted with fury to proposals by the UK government to scrap subsidies for green energy projects.

    The feed-in tariffs scheme is the government’s subsidy scheme for small-scale low-carbon installations. A consultation paper published yesterday sets out a proposal to close the export tariff alongside the generation tariff on 31 March 2019.

    The move comes after government advisors in recent weeks called for a greater drive in wind and solar projects to combat climate change. The proposal to scrap subsidies was also published on the same day the government revealed its National Adaptation Programme 2018 to 2023, which sets out a strategy to deal with the effects of climate change.

    Click now read more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Bacteria Is Shedding New Light on Solar Cells
    Bacteria-Powered Solar Cell Converts Light Tto Energy, Even Under Overcast Skies

    July 20, 2018 -University of British Columbia researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy.

    Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright light.

    This innovation could be a step toward wider adoption of solar power in places like British Columbia and parts of northern Europe where overcast skies are common. With further development, these solar cells—called “biogenic” because they are made of living organisms—could become as efficient as the synthetic cells used in conventional solar panels.

    Click now to learn more from
     Environmental News Network.

  • The US is Not Alone in Proposing Solar Tarrifs
    India Proposes Tariffs on China, Malaysia Solar Cells

    July 18, 2018 -India has recommended imposing a 25 percent safeguard duty on solar cells from China and Malaysia, saying the overseas supplies have caused or threatened “serious injury” to domestic manufacturers.

    Under the proposed plan, the safeguard duty would be applicable for two years, India’s Directorate General of Trade Remedies, a unit of the commerce ministry, said in the conclusion of its findings posted on its website Monday. The tariff would be lowered to 20 percent for the first half of the second year and to 15 percent by the second half. The recommendations need the finance ministry’s approval before they take effect.

    Click now to learn more from
     Renewable Energy World.

  • Natural Gas Could Soon be Obsolete
    Declining Battery Storage Costs Raise
    Questions About the Role of Natural Gas

    July 17, 2018 -Evidence is building in support of battery storage as a serious challenger to the perceived dominance of natural gas in our current and future energy system. Batteries are beginning to complete head-to-head with natural gas peaker plants, and they’re starting to win.

    Peaker plants are designed to fire up whenever electricity demand rises above the level that baseload fossil plants, nuclear, and renewables can satisfy — think hot summer days when air conditioners are turned up full blast or cold winter nights when heating demand skyrockets. There are more than 1,000 peakers currently in operation across the U.S. Most of these are powered by natural gas, and many of them are located in communities already burdened by poor air quality and public health issues.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Renewable Capacity Increased by Duke Energy
    Duke Issues RFP for 680
    MW of Renewable Capacity, Begins
    Accepting Solar Rebate Applications

    July 10,2018 -Two major Duke Energy solar programs are rolling out this month in North Carolina, both of which should help increase the amount of solar energy on the North Carolina grid.

    Under North Carolina’s competitive bidding provision, Duke Energy issued an RFP for projects totaling 680 MW of new renewable energy capacity. The bids can come from any company, including Duke Energy, and can be in the form of a power purchase agreement (PPA), utility self-developed facilities or asset acquisitions. Proposals must be for a single facility between 1 and 80 MW and capable of being placed in service prior to Jan. 1, 2021.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Sweden and Its Renewable Energy Goal Achievement
    Sweden Is On Track To Meet Its
    2030 Renewable Energy Goals This Year

    July 9, 2018 -Sweden’s ambitious goal to provide renewable and affordable energy by 2030 is expected to become reality a little ahead of schedule. The Swedish Wind Power Association (SWPA) says its members are on track to generate 18 terawatt-hours of electricity every year by the end of 2018, making it possible for the nation to reach its renewable energy goals 12 years early.

    Click now for the story
    from Inhabitat.

  • Arizona Public Service Fights Renewable Energy
    Renewable Energy Push In
    Arizona Draws Political Fight

    July 5, 2018 -Arizona's largest utility is fiercely opposing a push to mandate increased use of renewable energy in the sun-drenched state, setting up a political fight over a measure funded by a California billionaire.

    Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona aims to ask voters whether they want the state Constitution to require half of Arizona's electricity come from renewable sources like wind and solar power by 2030. The group plans to file more than 225,000 signatures Thursday get the question on the November ballot.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • California Continues to Lead the Way in Clean Energy
    Bill to Take California to
    100% Clean Electricity Gains Traction

    July 5, 2018 -The Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee approved Senate Bill 100, historic legislation to transition California to 100 percent clean electricity by 2045, sending it to the full Assembly for a vote. The vote could have been influenced by the more than 38,000 messages and signatures in support of the legislation from a range of stakeholders, including health and environmental advocates, clean energy industries, business communities, and environmental justice organizations.

    We are excited California is one step further on the path of creating new jobs, cleaning our air and powering our homes, businesses and cars with clean, zero-carbon energy. Reducing carbon emissions and air pollution by transitioning away from fossil fuels is one of the most important actions our country and world must take to avoid the worst consequences of climate change,” said Laura Wisland, senior energy manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • They're More Than Just Windows - They're Power!
    Material Could Help Windows Both
    Power Your Home and Control Its Temperature

    July 3, 2018 -Environmentally friendly building trends have boosted the popularity of window coatings that keep heating and cooling costs down by blocking out unneeded parts of sunlight. They have also inspired scientists and engineers to create thin, see-through solar cells to turn windows into miniature electricity generators. Researchers have gone a step further and combined these two functions into one window-compatible material that could double the energy efficiency of an average household.

    Click now for the article
    from Science Daily.

  • Energy Storage (Not Mighty Mouse) Saves the Day
    Energy Storage Saves the
    Day During Heat Wave in Vermont

    July 2, 2018 -As usual hot weather descended on New England in late June/early July but Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) was undaunted by peak demand. That’s because the utility turned to stored energy to reduce demand on the grid. There is a network of Tesla Powerwall batteries in Vermonters’ homes, stored solar power from GMP’s Stafford Hill Solar Facility in Rutland, and GMP’s new battery storage project in Panton. All combined that’s enough to power about 5,000 homes during the peak.

    “We know our customers are environmentally conscious and make smart choices about their energy use every day. In this heat wave, our customers’ safety and comfort is key. We are so glad to be able to leverage innovation like battery storage to bring down costs for customers and keep them comfortable and safe,” said Josh Castonguay, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at GMP.

    Click now to for more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Colorado Assisting Low Income People in Going Solar
    Solar Is Saving Low-Income Households
    Money in Colorado. It Could Be a National Model

    July 2, 2018 -The state’s energy assistance programs are solving two challenges at once: help people save money on electricity bills while expanding renewable energy.

    Low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question during visits from energy assistance agencies: Have you considered solar panels?

    It's an innovative approach to solving two challenges at once: reducing greenhouse gas emissions as the effects of climate change appear across the state, and lowering low-income families' electricity bills.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Inside Climate News.

  • Flotsam? Your Solar House Can Do Just That
    Sail Your Worries Away on This
    Solar-Powered Floating Tiny Home

    June 29, 2018- For those wanting to sail away from the stresses of daily life, this solar-powered tiny house boat is the perfect off-grid escape. Built by Quebec-based boat builders Daigno, the floating home, which comes with a price tag of approximately $60,000, provides all the amenities needed for a comfortable life on the water.

    Daigno is well-known for its boat constructions, but the Le Koroc is a special model designed to be lightweight and efficient. Built with laminated white cedar beams and strong plywood, the floating home weighs just over 5,000 pounds.

    Click now for more of this story
    from Inhabitat, including a slideshow.

  • Beautiful Jobs, But Not in Coal
    Solar Power Employs Twice As Many as Coal In U.S.

    June 29, 2018- According to a report produced by the National Association of State Energy Officials and the Energy Futures Initiative, there are more than twice as many solar power jobs in the US as coal industry jobs. “Solar energy firms employed, in whole or in part, 350,000 individuals in 2017, with more than 250,000 of those employees spending the majority of their time on solar. Coal-fired generation employment held steady at 92,000 jobs.”

    President Trump blows a lot of wind about trying to bring back coal jobs, but if he was paying attention, he would have to admit the growth is in solar jobs. It’s almost as though he is energy blind.

    Click now for more of this story from CleanTechnica.

  • The Smart Solution for Water Shortages
    Advanced Solar Thermal
    Desalination Projects Announced

    June 29, 2018- Access to clean water is a growing problem for many cities and municipalities around the world. One answer is to build systems to remove the salt from seawater to provide a source of clean drinking water ( desalination). These systems typically require a lot of electricity. In many cases these same areas are remote and electricity is either expensive, unreliable or not available at all.

    While solar PV systems can provide a source of electricity for desalination plants there is maybe a better option that offers a higher conversion efficiency. It’s called solar thermal desalination.

    Click now for more of this
    story from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Does New P.V. Manufacturing In the U.S. Equal Jobs?
    New Huntsville Alabama Solar Panel
    Manufacturing Plant – 160 New Jobs

    June 28, 2018- With all the talk of trade tariffs and barriers the global trading picture is confusing. There will be winners and losers in each country if the trade war continues to escalate. In the U.S. with new trade tariffs on imported solar panels tens of thousands of jobs are in jeopardy in the solar sales and installation business.

    Click now for more of this
    story from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Atlanta Could Be a Leader in Renewable Electricity
    Atlanta Charts a Path to 100% Renewable Electricity

    June 26, 2018 - “If Atlanta can get to 100 percent clean electricity, then any city can,” Al Gore said. Now that signature Southern city in a deep red state has a plan to do just that.

    On Tuesday, city officials took their new road map for a greener future to the Atlanta City Council, outlining options they say can fight climate change, improve health and bolster the economy all at once.

    Click now for more on this
    story from Inside Climate News.

  • Big Tax Break For U.S. Solar Developers
    IRS Gifts US Solar Developers a 30% Tax Break

    June 26, 2018 - Last Friday the US Internal Revenue Service clarified its position on an existing federal investment tax credit for solar developers. That may sound a little ho-hum but it’s huge news for solar fans. What the IRS really means is that it has retroactively extended a key tax break, aka the ITC, for five years. What that means is that developers in the US will get a 30% break on any job they start beforenow the end of 2019.

    Click for more on this
    story from CleanTechnica.

  • London: Battery Power is Virtually Here
    Solar & Batteries to Power
    London’s First ‘Virtual Power Station’

    June 26, 2018 - UK electricity network operator UK Power Networks has announced it intends to launch London’s first ‘virtual power station’ using only domestic solar panels and Powervault batteries.

    The utility, which supplies electricity to over 8 million homes and businesses across the South East and East of England, as well as the City of London, announced its plan to create a ‘virtual power station’ last week, intending to use solar panels and a fleet of batteries at approximately 40 homes across the London Borough of Barnet.

    Click now for more on this story
    from CleanTechnica.

  • Double-Sided Solar Panels 15x Stronger Than Nucear
    How Much Extra Energy Will
    Double-sided Panels Provide?

    June 20, 2018 - Here’s one way to get more power from solar panels: use both sides of the cells. But don’t expect that to double the output.

    China is expected to jump-start the market for panels that can absorb light on both sides with plans to install 2.7 GW this year, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Other regions may add as much as 200 MW in 2018, and the global market may reach 15 GW by 2020. A typical nuclear reactor has about 1 GW of capacity.

    Click now to read more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • World is Waking Up to Why R.E. is Better than Coal
    Report: World trending to Hit
    50% Renewables, 11% Coal by 2050

    June 20, 2018 - Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a new report this week that estimates how electricity generation will change out to 2050. The clean energy analysis firm estimates that in a mere 33 years, the world will generate almost 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy, and coal will make up just 11 percent of the total electricity mix.

    Click now to read more
    from arsTechnica.

  • India's Push Towards Renewable Energy
    India Forces Large Power Consumers
    To Use More Renewable Energy

    June 18, 2018 - The Narendra Modi government is pushing the country’s big power consumers to increase the share of renewables in their overall power mix.

    India’s power ministry has increased the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) target from 17% now to 21% by 2022. The RPO mandates state power-distribution companies and certain other private firms to procure a part of their power requirement from renewable sources.

    As per the new norms, all entities that fall under the RPO should procure 10.5% of their total electricity from solar sources, up from 6.75% now, and another 10.5% of their power from other non-solar renewable sources by 2022, up from 10.25% now.

    Click now to read all about
    it from Quartz News India.

  • London to Go 100% Renewable in Fall of 2018
    The City of London Will Be Powered With 100% Renewable Energy by October 2018

    June 18, 2018 - The City of London, the historic “Square Mile” central district of London, will soon switch to clean energy in a big way. Starting in October 2018, the City of London will source 100 percent of its power needs from renewable energy sources by installing solar panels on local buildings, investing in larger solar and wind projects and purchasing clean energy from the grid.

    Though no longer a square mile, closer now to 1.12 square miles, the City of London is a major financial center within the city and the world. Its green energy transformation sends a clear message that London intends to take strong action against climate change.

    Click now for more on
    this story from Inhabitat.

  • Following Apple’s Lead to the Core
    Apple’s Attainable Renewables Standard

    June 12, 2018 -Apple is 100 percent renewable, and it’s time for everyone else to pick up the pace.

    The tech giant recently announced that it has achieved fully renewable operations across its network of data centers, offices and stores. The news reflects a six-year effort, culminating in huge investments in renewable energy projects across the globe. In a press release announcing its achievement, Apple stated that it’s setting “an example for others to follow.”

    Enterprises and institutions should view Apple’s exhortation as an urgent call to action. Because, while corporations are increasingly setting renewable goals, many of these targets are insufficiently ambitious. Apple’s achievement, and similarly impressive renewable procurement from Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and others, is an indication that corporates can buy renewables at scale more quickly, and more economically than they ever imagined possible.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • The Solar Roadway Solution
    Why Electric Cars Will Soon
    Be Superior to Gasoline Cars In Every Respect

    June 12, 2018 -China wants to be the first to build a solar road that wirelessly charges electric cars.

    The world is in a race to solve the final challenge for electric vehicles (EVs) — fast and simple charging. That would eliminate any concern buyers might have that their cars won’t have the range for a long drive or will run out of juice in the middle of nowhere.

    Click now to read more
    fromThink Progress.

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Wind Power News Stories

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  • Wind Power England: A Story that Really Blows
    A 55-Square-Mile Wind Farm
    is Now Operating off England's Shore

    Sept. 7, 2018 — Each of its 87 turbines stands more than twice as tall as the entire Statue of Liberty. Together, they generate enough electricity to power nearly 600,000 homes, in what's being called the largest offshore wind farm in the world, off the coast of northwestern England.

    Standing in the Irish Sea, the turbines make up the new Walney Extension, a project led by Danish energy company Orsted. It officially went into service on Thursday, producing 659 megawatts of power — topping the 600 megawatts of a standard coal plant, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

    Click now to read more
    from National Public Radio (NWF).

  • Texas Has a Rival in Wind Energy Production
    Report Shows North Dakota as
    Leading State for Wind Energy

    Aug. 31, 2018 -New figures from the U.S. Department of Energy show North Dakota as a leading state for wind energy development.

    North Dakota added 249 megawatts of wind capacity in 2017, ranking eighth in the nation, according to the department’s 2017 Wind Technologies Market Report released last week.

    The state had a total of 2,996 megawatts of wind capacity at the end of 2017, the report said, making North Dakota 11th in the country for the total amount of wind capacity installed.

    Click now to read more
    from The Bismarck Tribune.

  • A Chinese Province Ran for 9 Days of Renewables
    Chinese Province Runs On Renewables for 216 hours

    Aug. 6, 2018 -According to Goldwind, the Qinghai Electric Power Company monitored hydro, wind and solar resources using "short and ultra-short term power forecasts" to prioritize the clean energy generation to maximize consumption.

    The province utility used a new Internet of Things (IoT) tool called the "Qinghai New Energy Big Data Innovation Platform" developed in partnership between State Grid Qinghai Electric Power Company, Goldwind, the Innovation Centre for Industrial Big Data, Tsinghua University and other strategic partners.

    Click now for more from
    Windpower Monthl

  • Iowa’s 2 Gig Wind XI Project Continues Development
    MidAmerican Energy’s 2 Gigawatt Wind
    XI Barrels Forward In Iowa

    July 25, 2018 -MidAmerican Energy’s breathtaking 2 gigawatt (GW) Wind XI project continues to roll out across Iowa with several new announcements confirming another 341 megawatts (MW) worth of capacity across the Arbor Hill and Ivester wind farms.

    Earlier this month this Iowa-based energy company servicing parts of Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and Nebraska — announced the 91 MW Ivester wind farm set to be developed in west-central Grundy County, Iowa.

    Click now to read the article from CleanTechnica.

  • Energy Storage Is Blowin’ In the Wind
    More Energy Storage Looming For Wind Power

    July 17, 2018 -It wasn’t that long ago that solar power and wind power were labeled as marginal, ‘green’ electricity, but in the last five years or so they have become much more affordable and economically more feasible than conventional sources like coal and nuclear.

    Click now for more
    from Clean Technica.

  • The World’s Largest Wind Turbine Wins Approval
    World’s Largest Wind
    Turbine Passes Final Hurdle

    June 29, 2018- Offshore wind turbine manufacturer and developer MHI Vestas announced on Wednesday that its flagship V164 9.5 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine, the world’s most powerful wind turbine, has been awarded an S class type certificate, paving the way for installations to begin in late 2019.

    The race to produce the world’s largest and most powerful wind turbine has been an ongoing battle and currently, the next landmark will see MHI Vestas replace its own record. MHI Vestas earlier this year supplied two of its 8.4 MW wind turbines, fine-tuned to 8.8 MW, to the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay, Scotland. Additionally, MHI Vestas’ uprated 8 MW turbine can sometimes reach 9 MW, but only when specific site conditions are met.

    Click now for more of
    this story from CleanTechnica.

  • Wind Construction Support Vessel: Not a Dis”Gusting”
    Timely US Offshore Wind
    Construction Support Vessel Proposed

    June 18, 2018 - Two companies based in The Netherlands have proposed developing a near-term marine vessel solution for delivering wind turbine parts for the construction of new U.S. offshore wind projects planned over the next few years.

    GustoMSC and Barge Master said they will work together on the development of a “motion-compensated feeder solution” that will be Jones Act compliant. According to the companies, a platform with Barge Master’s motion-compensated technology — BM-T700 — will be placed on a U.S. flagged offshore vessel or a seagoing barge in order to feed the wind turbine components to the offshore installation site to be installed by a wind turbine installation jack-up vessel.

    Click now to read more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • AT&T and NextExtra - We Can Hear You Now
    AT&T Expands Its Renewable Energy Program
    With NextEra Energy Resources

    BRUNI, Texas June 15, 2018 - To celebrate today’s Global Wind Day, AT&T is expanding its renewable energy program with NextEra Energy Resources. Together, AT&T and subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources will help to deliver clean energy, create jobs, boost the local economy and support a low-carbon economy.

    During a groundbreaking ceremony in Webb County, Texas for the first AT&T-backed wind farm project, AT&T announced a new agreement to purchase 300 megawatts (MW) of wind energy.

    It also announced a scholarship program for students interested in pursuing careers as wind turbine technicians, one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S.1

    Click now for more on
    this story from Earthshare News.

Geothermal News Stories

  • Lava and Its Affect on Geothermal
    Future Operations at Puna
    Geothermal Are Uncertain Following Lava Damage

    June 1, 2018 -In a May 30 update, Ormat Technologies said that damage to the Puna Geothermal complex caused by lava from the Kilauea volcanic eruption in Hawaii has made it difficult for the company to determine when the plant will resume operations.

    Earthquakes started on the island April 30, and volcanic activity soon followed. Ormat in a statement in mid-May said it had closed the 38-MW facility when a volcanic fissure opened nearby.

    Click now to read more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Canada Gets Its First Geothermal Plant
    Canada Is Ready to Demonstrate
    the Power of Its Geothermal Resource

    May 24, 2018 -Drilling for initial production and injection wells will begin next month for a geothermal energy demonstration project in southern Saskatchewan. Once built, the facility will be the first geothermal power plant in Canada.

    The Saskatchewan provincial government has provided $175,000 to DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp. for project development work over the next two years.

    “The Government of Saskatchewan’s funding for the DEEP geothermal power generation project…supports our climate change strategy to explore additional energy efficiency and innovative technologies to achieve emission reduction targets,” Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan Tina Beaudry-Mellor said in a statement.

    Click now to read the story
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Indonesia Geothermal Plant: 330-MW Capacity
    Sarulla Geothermal Plant in
    Indonesia Reaches Full Capacity

    May 9, 2018 - All units of the Sarulla geothermal power plant in Indonesia have reached commercial operation, bringing the project to its full 330-MW capacity.

    The project has three 110-MW units, and co-project sponsor Ormat Technologies Inc. said it brought the third unit, NIL 2, online on May 4. SIL, the first unit of the power plant, began commercial operation in March 2017 and NIL 1, the second unit, began commercial operation in October 2017.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Good Geothermal News From Dept. of Energy
    U.S. DOE Puts Up $14.5 Million
    for Innovative Geothermal Drilling Tech

    Apr 27, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) last week said it is making up to $14.5 million in new funding available to advance geothermal energy development. The Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy (EDGE) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) focuses on geothermal drilling in support of accelerating the research and development of innovative geothermal energy technologies in the U.S.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

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Green Transportation

  • Charging Challenge: 2,000 Mile Road Trip In Chevy Bolt
    The Importance Of 150kW Charging Network

    Sept. 11, 2018 -As more and more electric vehicles hit the roads around the world, more stories come out about the zany things people try to do in them. A reader over at Green Car Reports picked up a Chevy Bolt and decided to put it to the test in a real-world road trip. Over the course of 2 weeks, he put right around 2,000 miles on it, which he documented in great detail.

    Charging, specifically, became a highlight of the trip, as they sought to weave in as many public level 2 and 3 chargers as possible as well as a handful of overnight stops with level 1 charging. Level 1 charging typically pulls down 1.1 kilowatt-hours per hour. At 28 kWh per 100 miles, that nets out to 11 kWh for a 10 hour charge and an extra 40 miles or so of range. That’s not going to get you home, but it’s worth taking every opportunity to charge when there’s a plug.

    Click now to read the
    story from CleanTechnica.

  • BMW Will Be Favoring Plug-ins and Dropping Diesels
    BMW Drops Diesels In Favor of Plug-In Hybrids

    Sept. 11, 2018 -BMW has clarified its statement to Green Car Reports in an email. "The final decision as to whether or not the BMW X5 diesel variant will come to the U.S. market has not been made. BMW of North America continues to monitor customer preferences and is prepared to adjust the product portfolio accordingly."

    BMW is the latest automaker to eliminate diesels from its U.S. lineup, at least, and focus on plug-in hybrids and electric cars.

    A BMW spokesman told Green Car Reports on Tuesday that it will drop diesels from its lineup for 2019.

    "We're putting all our eggs in the PHEV basket," said BMW spokesman Alexander Schmuck.

    Click now to read the
    story from Green Car Reports.

  • Walmart is “Semi”-serious About Reducing Carbon Emissions
    Walmart Orders 30 More Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

    Sept. 7, 2018 — Walmart, the world’s largest retail chain, has set a goal of entirely ditching conventional diesel engines for its truck fleet by 2028. By that date, it expects all its trucks will be powered by alternative fuels, including electricity.

    Last year, Walmart ordered 15 Tesla Semi electric trucks for service in the US and another 10 for its Canadian operations. This week, it announced it has added another 30 vehicles for Canada to the order. The company says 20 Tesla Semis will be added to its fleet based in Mississauga, Ontario.

    Wait, there’s more to read from CleanTechnica.

  • Volkswagen Doubles EV Battery Order To $48 Billion
    How Serious Is VW About Electric Revolution?

    Sept. 7, 2018 — Volkswagen is a fascinating case when it comes to the electric transport transition. With some interesting VW news coming in this week, we are thus revisiting some of the key facts and forecasts we have from and about the company.

    When Volkswagen announced in May that it plans to invest $48 billion into an electrification transition by 2030, that seemed to put the German juggernaut at the front of the electric revolution among traditional automakers. Aiming for 25% of its car sales to be fully electric car sales by 2025 may not be enough in the eyes of many of us, but it means that Volkswagen has the most aggressive public target among large carmakers.

    Wait, there’s more to read from CleanTechnica.

  • Electric Car Sales in China Slowed By Subsidy Decreases
    China’s Electric Car Sales Up 64% In July

    Aug. 26, 2018 - The Chinese plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market is in summer-chill mode, with some 75,000 units being registered in July, up only 64%. Yes, this is a slowdown from the three-digit growth rates of previous months. It is explained by the fact that “New Energy” subsidies were slashed to vehicles with full-charge driving range lower to 150 km in June, so most small city EVs stopped seeing sales, draining a significant percentage of over PEV sales.

    Click now to read more
    from CleanTechnica.

  • There’s a New EV Workhorse in Town -It’s a Pickup
    Workhorse W-15 & SureFly Electric
    Vehicles Take New York City By Storm

    Aug. 15, 2018 -It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Workhorse spent months getting ready to bring its W-15 electric pickup truck and SureFly hybrid electric personal aircraft to New York City on August 13. It chose the popular space in front of the iconic Flat Iron Building at the intersection of Fifth Avenue, Broadway, and West 23rd street in midtown Manhattan for the reveal. Ideally, Manhattanites would come out in droves to learn about these innovative vehicles that are poised to reshape the future of transportation.

    Click now to read the story from CleanTechnica.

  • Jeep to Take the Plunge Into Hybrid Vehicles
    Jeep Ready to Leap Into The
    21st Century With Plug-In Hybrids

    Aug. 9, 2018 -You know this EV thing is getting serious when it affects the thinking of the suits inside the corporate offices of Jeep. Apparently, alarmed by how the Tesla Model 3 is outselling the BMW 3 Series and the prospect of the Jaguar I-PACE electric SUV landing on US shores later this year, the solons at Jeep have decided the time has come to dip a toe into the electrified vehicle shark tank by offering a plug-in hybrid powertrain option to its customers in a year or two — or maybe three.

    First out of the chute will be a mild hybrid version of the newest Jeep Wrangler, which is expected in showrooms later this year. Yup, you read that right — “mild hybrid,” as in, the same greenwashing hocus pocus GM tried to pawn off on pickup truck customers a decade ago. Way to lead from the rear, Jeep!

    Click now to read more from Clean Technica.

  • Bite the Bullet: Lead a Global Hydrogen Revolution
    Bullet Train Thinking: How Japan
    Hopes to Lead a Global Hydrogen Revolution

    Aug. 8, 2018 -“Japan will present hydrogen to the rest of the world as a new energy choice and will lead global efforts for establishing a carbon-free society taking advantage of Japan’s strong points,” read a statement from Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as it unveiled the country’s ground-breaking Basic Hydrogen Strategy last December.

    Two months later, the message was echoed in front of a packed keynote session at the World Smart Energy Week 2018* in Tokyo, as it was explained that Japan will “aggressively” pursue a policy of promulgating hydrogen worldwide.

    Click now to read the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • UPS Testing Medium-Duty Electric Trucks
    UPS Will Test Medium-Duty
    Class 6 Electric Trucks From Thor

    Aug. 2 , 2018 -UPS is constantly seeking new, more efficient, more environmentally friendly ways to deliver the packages that are the core of its business. Worldwide, it has about 9,300 low emissions vehicles in its fleet. They run the gamut from electric trucks to vehicles that are powered by hybrid electric, hydraulic hybrid, ethanol, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and propane. In some places, it even uses old fashioned pedal power to get the job done.

    When it comes to electrics, it is already testing vehicles manufactured by ARRIVAL, Daimler, Tesla, Workhorse and others. Now it says it will add a Class 6 medium-duty electric truck from Los Angeles-based Thor to its test fleet. “UPS believes in the future of commercial electric vehicles.

    Click now to read more from Clean Technica.

  • Volvo’s Got Something New to Show Off
    Volvo’s Polestar Makes Its North
    American Debut At Monterey Car Week

    July 31, 2018 -Polestar continues its world tour next month with a stop at Monterey Car Week, where the Polestar 1 will make its North American debut. The car will be on display in a number of locations around the famed Monterey Bay area, including the centerpiece of Monterey Car Week — the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

    From the unveiling in Geneva, we know that the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid vehicle will have an all-electric range of 150 kilometers on the NEDC cycle which is achieved thanks to two batteries totaling 34 kWh of storage capacity. The 600 horsepower, 1000 NM of torque vehicle has the specs to wow the competition, but with a production volume of only 500 cars per year, it has already established itself as little more than a high-volume production concept hybrid.

    Click now to read all
    about it from CleanTechnica.

  • Electric Aviation Takes Flight in Norway
    Hybrid Electric Seaplane Makes
    Maiden Flight In Norway

    July 17, 2018 -Equator Aircraft of Norway took center stage at the Farnborough International Airshow in the UK with its take on the future of electric aviation. The aviation startup showed off the maiden flight of its electric-hybrid seaplane prototype, the P2 Xcursion.

    Click now for more from Clean Technica.

  • It’s Not Just any Bike - It’s a Cargo Bike
    The Pure Cycle Capacita eBike
    Is a Sleek Cargo Bike for Commuters

    July 16, 2018 -The team at Los Angeles-based Pure Cycles that brought the Volta ebike to the world is back at it again with the launch of the Capacita cargo ebike on Indiegogo.

    The Capacita changes the game by adding the ability to haul a significant amount of gear around in the front basket and on the rear rack, while still delivering a beautiful, streamlined bike that looks like it is from the future.

    Click now for more from Clean Technica.

  • The Plug-In Hybrid Delivery Van
    WB Mason Shares Its Lessons Learned From
    Its Workhorse PHEV Delivery Vans

    July 12, 2018 -Story by Steve Hanley

    Last October, I got a chance to drive the first Workhorse E-Gen plug-in hybrid delivery van placed in service by WB Mason at its Brockton, Massachusetts, headquarters. Since then, WB Mason has added three more of the electric vans with a small range extender engine to its fleet. Now, after more than 6 months of testing, it has discovered how to maximize the capabilities of the electric drivetrain.

    Click now for the story
    from CleanTechnica.

  • Tesla Goes Big In China EV Market
    Tesla Plans China Plant
    With 500,000 Vehicle Capacity

    July 10, 2018 -Tesla is due to sign a memorandum of understanding with local entities in Shanghai, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information isn’t public. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk was to be in the city for an event with the government on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported earlier. A Tesla representative in China didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

    While Tesla has been working on setting up production in China for more than a year, President Donald Trump has been trying to bolster manufacturing in the U.S. Tesla follows Harley-Davidson Inc. in expanding outside the U.S., underscoring the urgency with which companies are moving to avoid damage from escalating trade disputes.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Electric Vehicles Are Selling Well in China
    EV Sales in China Are 142%
    Higher than Same Time Last Year

    July 5, 2018 -Data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAC) revealed that in May 2018, 96,000 electric vehicles (pure electrics and hybrids combined, comprising what the Chinese government and media refer to as “new energy vehicles”) rolled off assembly lines, while 102,000 units were sold, increases of 85.6 percent and 125.6 percent, respectively, over the same period last year. Production of pure electrics reached 77,000, while sales amounted to 82,000 units, increases of 75.9 percent and 112.8 percent year-on-year. Chinese automakers produced 19,000 plug-in hybrids and sold 20,000 units, up 138.8 percent and 196.8 percent.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • H Fuel Cells: Not Your Grandpa’s Truck Fuel Source
    Hydrogen Fuel Cell Semi-Truck
    Hitting the American Highways

    July 3, 2018 -If you are a truck driver, you may want to pay attention to what is happening with truck design trends. Companies Tesla and Nicola are testing all electric drive transport trucks. The Tesla version uses a battery while the Nicola uses a hydrogen fuel cell to generate the required electricity.

    But here is the part to pay attention to. Electric drive vehicles are the main focus for autonomous ( driverless ) vehicle research. Once we have efficient all electric driverless trucks we will not need long or short haul drivers. The same goes for bus drivers and taxi drivers. Food for thought as the research progresses.

    Click now for the story
    from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • New Road Obviates Need to Stop to Charge Your E.V.
    Talga to Make Conductive Concrete
    That Will Charge EVs as They Drive

    July 1, 2018 -An Australian Junior graphite player, Talga Resources, plans to make concrete that will conduct electricity and charge electric vehicles as they drive, among other intriguing tasks.

    Speaking to investors on Monday morning, Talga MD said that the company’s graphene-enhanced concrete achieves high electrical conductivity that could be used as the heating element in an electric stove.

    Click for more on this
    story from The Greener Ideal.

  • Not All E.V.s Are Created Equal
    What Are The Most Efficient Electric Cars?

    June 30, 2018 -By Andy Miles This was a question about EV efficiency that I was asked recently, and apart from thinking that the Hyundai Ioniq must be fairly efficient, as it gets about 120 miles out of its 28 kWh battery, I was not able to answer. It is sometimes the case that it is only when somebody asks what is a fairly obvious question that one thinks — “heck, I’d never really thought about that.” In my case, I have the excuse that if looking at an EV to buy, I would be more concerned with range and price, rather than efficiency, but once the question was asked, I felt bugged by it and just had to come up with the answer.

    Click now for those
    answers from Clean Technica.

  • Volvo Goes All Electric For Its New SUV
    Volvo Says XC40 SUV
    Will Be Its First All-Electric Car

    June 27, 2018 - It wasn’t really a secret, but now it’s official. The Volvo XC40 SUV will be the company’s first all-electric car, signaling a transition to more electric cars in the near future. According to Autocar, Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath told the press on June 20 during the reveal of his company’s new S60 sedan, “It’s not a secret any more that the first full electric Volvo is on its way with the XC40 coming. It will arrive very soon after the Polestar 2. That is the first to come that’s not exotic. We’ll start with XC40 and then on it will come step after step into our model range. The next car will be the next generation XC90.”

    Click now for more on this story
    from CleanTechnica.

  • Yet Another Record Year for Electric Vehicles
    IEA Reports 2017 as Another
    Record Year For Electric Vehicle Sales

    June 25, 2018 - Electric vehicle have a lot of things going for them. They are fast, they have way less moving parts and if charged from the right source cause zero emissions of any kind. As the technology gets better consumer concerns such as price, charge time, range and safety are disappearing. So how are electric vehicle sales around the globe.

    The number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads exceeded 3 million in 2017, a 54% increase compared with 2016, according to the latest edition of the International Energy Agency’s Global Electric Vehicles Outlook.

    Click now for more on this
    story from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Fossil-Free Motor Cycling
    Zero Motorcycles to Open First
    Exclusive Dealership in North America

    June 17, 2018 - Zero Motorcycles is proud to announce the grand opening of the brand’s first dedicated dealership in North America.

    Zero Motorcycles is the global leader in electric motorcycles and powertrains. Designed and crafted by hand in California, Zero Motorcycles combine Silicon Valley tech with traditional motorcycle soul to elevate the motorcycling experience for intelligent, innovative riders around the world.

    Click now to read all about
    it from CleanTechnica.

  • Get a Real Charge Out of Your Street Lighting
    London Street Lampposts Converted Into
    Charging Points for Electric Vehicles

    June 15, 2018 - The startup company, with the help of the Warwick Manufacturing Group from the Warwick University, have come up with an invention that converts the already installed London street lampposts into electric vehicle charging points.

    Through this creative invention, new electric charging points will be availed to EV owners without the need to dig up the pavements or add another power supply.

    Click now to read the whole
    story from Greener Ideal.

  • Who Says Elon Musk’s Company is “Boring”
    Elon Musk’s The Boring Company Building
    Fast Underground Transit in Chicago

    June 14, 2018 - The company (which specializes in underground transportation) is constructing an underground tunnel connecting downtown Chicago with one of the world’s busiest airports, the O’Hare airport with a railway line.

    The high-speed transit will be traveling at 125-150 mph, and within 12 minutes you will be at the airport.

    The current blue line trains traveling above the grounds take almost an hour from downtown Chicago to O’Hare international airport.

    Click now to read more from Greener Ideal.

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8 Minute Renewables Logo

Why is it called 8 Minutes Renewable Energy? Because it takes about that time for the sun to reach the earth. Click the image for this commercial (yet informative website).


A123 Systems

Lithium-ion batteries make electric cars possible at mass-market prices.Key innovation: Nanostructured electrodes result in lithium batteries more durable and safer than those in cell phones and laptops.

Technology: A123 develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries that are safer than those in mobile phones and laptops and use less expensive elements. The materials are structured at the nanoscale in a way that enables them to charge and discharge quickly, making them well suited for use in electric vehicles and in electrical-grid storage.

Adara Power (Formerly Juicebox Energy)
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Interest in residential energy storage technology has grown dramatically worldwide as consumers search for a method of capturing self-produced solar energy, reducing their carbon footprint, and reducing their reliance on utilities.

These sentiments combined with the need to be positioned on a global scale have led JuiceBox Energy, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, to rebrand as Adara Power. Formed in 2013, the company has successfully installed its advanced 8.6kWh and 17.2kWh Energy Storage Systems across the U.S. with growing domestic and international demand for renewable energy sources.

AllSun Tracker Systems
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An AllSun Tracker is just as the name implies: an array of solar panels (either 20 or 24) mounted on a ground mounted steel pole that moves with the sun as it crosses the sky. It is a dual-axis, active solar tracker that uses a motor and GPS (Global Positioning System) to turn the solar PV panels east to west and up and down. This movement keeps the solar panels perpendicular to the sun’s rays, steadily in-line with the sun’s position on the horizon every day, any time of the year. As a result, the amount of sunlight reaching the panels is maximized and electricity generation is greatly increased.

American Energy Technologies

A full service design/build renewable energy installation company serving owners and operators of professional businesses or multi-family residential buildings throughout the Northeast. AET works closely with their customers to help them understand their renewable energy options, state and federal requirements, and the financial benefits they can achieve. They are actively engaged in solar array projects in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.


Aquinon Energy
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The developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy storage systems, today announced that it has completed the closing of a $55 million Series D financing round. Due to strong investor interest, the total amount of funding for this round was increased from the $35 million level previously announced by the company in April of 2013.

They are completing $55M financing round to bring transformative energy storage systems to market.

The Series D financing includes participation from new investors Bill Gates, Yung’s Enterprise, Nick and Joby Pritzker through their family’s firm Tao Invest, Bright Capital, and Gentry Venture Partners. Previous investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, and Advanced Technology Ventures also participated in the round.

Borrego Solar
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Designs and installs commercial solar power systems, providing a complete range of solar energy solutions including turnkey solar installation, integrated financing and solar consulting services.

Click the image to see the arrays that they have installed.

Carnegie Wave Energy
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Wave energy possesses unique characteristics that offer an advantage over other renewables such as wind and solar energy:
• Less variable and with the variability being more gradual and with notice
•  More predictable. Australia’s preeminent research organization, the CSIRO, estimates wave energy is at least three times more predictable than wind energy
•  The proximity of favorable wave energy sites to ultimate end users, so it minimizes transmission issues. Notably, approximately 60% of the world’s population lives within 60 kilometres of a coast.

Clean Energy States Alliance

Eighteen states across the U.S. with established clean energy funds or programs have banded together to promote clean energy technologies. The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of members from 16 clean energy funds and two state agencies; it provides information and technical services to its members and works with them to build and expand clean energy markets in the United States.

Earth Ministry

Through outreach and organizing within faith communities, Earth Ministry mobilizes Christians to live their faith by caring for the places they inhabit and working in their communities, churches, and government to promote justice for Earth and all its inhabitants.

Envision Solar

In the U.S., Envision Solar, headquarted in San Diego, California, has developed the unique EV ARC (Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Charger), which is the world’s first fully autonomous, mobile, and 100 percent solar charged EV station. While in the U.S., the average, grid-tied EV charging system supplies electricity, which mostly comes from fossil fueled power plants, the EV ARC provides 100 percent clean, renewable electricity for EVs in public areas. Click image for more information.

First Solar

New types of photovoltaics are reducing the cost of solar power.

Key innovation: "Thin-film" solar panels based on cadmium telluride, which are cheaper than:conventional silicon panels, have made the company one of the world's largest photovoltaic manufacturers.

Technology: The leading producer of thin-film solar panels, First Solar has established an alternative to conventional silicon-­based technology. The key is a material called cadmium telluride, which absorbs light better than silicon does; as a result, extremely thin films of the material are all that’s needed.

General Fusion

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General Fusion’s Magnetized Target Fusion system uses a sphere, filled with molten lead-lithium that is pumped to form a vortex.  On each pulse, magnetically-confined plasma is injected into the vortex. Around the sphere, an array of pistons impact and drive a pressure wave into the centre of the sphere, compressing the plasma to fusion conditions. Visit their website to see a case made for this unlimited energy source.


Go Green Solar

Go Green Solar Logo is a leading solar and wind power internet retailer and online community. The company has passionately helped customers all over the world deploy renewable energy systems for their homes, businesses and non-profit agendas. carries the highest quality products from reputable manufacturers:Kaco Solar, Sanyo Solar, EarthLED, Xantrex, Kaneka, Southwest WindPower, Fronius, Enphase Energy, SMA, Heliodyne, Morningstar, Outback.


Green Lancer

GreenLancer’s online platform is providing the next generation of solar energy design services and significantly reducing the time and costs associated with developing solar energy projects. is a web-based company that designs solar energy systems, in the CLOUD. Our unique business model leverages the use of cutting edge technology, the internet, and powerful collaboration strategies. The results have made solar energy design support easy, affordable, very reliable and accessible to anyone, anywhere. Learn More



Helio Sage
Wisdom In Sun

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HelioSage is a leading national developer of commercial and utility scale solar projects, with a development pipeline totaling more than 900 megawatts across 20 states. The Company was founded by several of the principals of Greenlight Energy, Inc., one of the country’s largest independent wind energy companies at the time of its 2006 sale to BP Alternative Energy. With experience gained across more than 500 megawatts of completed renewable energy transactions, representing over $1 billion in invested capital, HelioSage is a recognized leader in large-scale solar energy development.

Infinity PV


infinityPV’s CEO: Printed solar cells need to happen. I’m all in!

For decades scientists have been pursuing an exceedingly ambitious goal: They hope to provide clean energy for the entire world. Solutions including fusion, wind, solar, and more are all in the works, each with their own sets of promises and costs. Frederik C. Krebs, CEO of infinityPV, sees one clear path to a renewable energy future: “Printed solar cells hold the promises of solving our energy needs - we have the technology, all needed materials are abundant, and we spend extremely limited energy producing them.”



Ocean Renewable Power

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The Bay of Fundy, located on the border between eastern Maine and Canada, is one of the most robust tidal energy resources in the world.

Each day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of this bay, with the force of 8,000 locomotives and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet or more. At its mouth, off of Eastport and Lubec, Maine, ORPC is operating the first commercial, grid-connected tidal power system in the country, also the first ocean energy project to be delivering power to the public grid anywhere in the U.S. and all of the Americas

Wireless Vehicle Electric Charging

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Transfer energy without the cord!

Plugless uses inductive charging technology to eliminate the need to plug in your EV. Two aligned magnetic coils send power to your EV over an air gap between your vehicle and the included Wireless Charging Station.

Power Parasol
(Out of the Desert. Off the Rooftops. Into the Community)

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PowerParasol® is a transformative tool that produces immediate results for customers who make the investment in changing their environment.

Used to cover parks, pedestrian malls, parking lots, playgrounds community open space, or business and storage areas, the patent pending Power Parasol provides shade, security, lighting, and solar energy. All of this, while creating an environment of dappled light that allows grass, flowers, bushes and trees to flourish underneath the structure resulting in comfortable, inviting outdoor areas.


Renewable Energy - LI

RELI is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. RELI seeks public participation in energy policy decisions to encourage energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, and to protect our environment, economy, and public health.


Eastern Europe’s Renewables Haven

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Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.

Since 2003, global consultancy Ernst & Young has released its Country Attractiveness Indices, which gives a numerical ranking to 30 global renewable energy markets by scoring renewable energy investment strategies and resource availability. The indices are updated on a quarterly basis and the most recent report can be found here.

SEPA - Solar
Electric Power Association


SEPA's mission is to support utility integration of solar to the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good. We envision a future where solar represents a significant portion of the U.S. electricity portfolio while maintaining healthy and vibrant utility and solar industries.

Silver Spring Networks

Silver Spring

Computer intelligence in the electric grid will make energy distribution more efficient.

Key innovation: Developed hardware and software that standardize the way disparate parts of the grid communicate.

Technology: The company builds secure, adaptable network infrastructure that helps utilities and their customers manage their energy use more efficiently. Silver Spring Networks' software allows utilities to automatically manage their distribution of electricity by quickly responding to spikes and lulls in electricity generation and demand, as well as failures in the grid. The company also builds its communication chips into smart electric and gas meters that relay data to a centralized software system. Consumers can access the data to monitor their own energy use through a Web portal that Silver Spring maintains.

Solar Gardens

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A Solar Garden is a community shared solar array with grid-connected subscribers.

Homes and businesses, even if shaded by trees, receive a bill credit as if the panels were on their own roof using “virtual net metering”. The Solar Gardens Institute (SGI) provides tools and training to co-develop community solar arrays. Land owners, community groups, local governments, utilities and solar integrators.

Click on the image to learn more and to locate installations throughout the U.S.A.

Solar Roadways

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Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds... literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots.

A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole Click here. They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a "home" for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.

SolarWindow Technologies

SolarWindow™ Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW) is developing first-of-their-kind electricity-generating see-through windows and products for America’s 85 million detached homes and commercial buildings.

Their mission has been to create SolarWindow™ products which produce extraordinary amounts of clean electricity, financially reward their customers, and benefit the environment. A bold undertaking.

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Solar Hybrid Energy Systems

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Sun Bandit® is a revolutionary new way in which solar is used to heat water. This innovative new technology utilizes PV technology to deliver clean, reliable hot water by putting the free energy of the sun to work for you in ways that makes owning a solar system more practical and affordable than ever before.


SunRnr of Virginia

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Manufactures and sells high-quality, high-capability, green, silent, portable generator power systems that store over 2000W renewable energy in a rechargeable battery for off grid electricity or emergency backup power.

Started in the Shenandoah Valley in 2004 when Alan Mattichak realized the need and potential for a non-gasoline, alternative energy, portable generator, rechargeable battery, energy storage system with useful power available for remote location, off grid electricity for work, recreation, and supplemental power.


Synthetic Genomics

Why: Genetically engineered microbes are a promising way to make biofuels.

Key innovation: Created synthetic bacterial cells, possibly paving the way for organisms specifically tailored to make fuels.

Technology: Strains of algae engineered by Synthetic Genomics excrete oils that could be refined to make biofuels, including equivalents of gasoline and diesel. In partnership with ExxonMobil, which has agreed to invest up to $600 million in the project, the company is studying many strains of algae, using high-throughput methods to help identify those that produce large amounts of the desired oils and to reveal techniques for engineering known strains in ways that will increase their oil production.

Touranor Solar Ship

Solar Ship The MS Türanor Planet Solar, gets part of its name from the Tolkein’s saga Lord of the Rings. Türanor means ‘the power of the sun’. This sun powered ship was designed by an engineer from New Zealand, built in Germany and is now home to five crew and four scientists from Europe.

The ship, powered without burning a drop of fossil fuel, completed, in August, 2013, a year and a half circumnavigation of the earth. Click the photo for more from Living on

Vernon Electric

Vernon Electric Logo Vernon Electric provides Community Solar, whose name speaks for itself, makes it possible to use solar energy without actually installing it on your roof.Click the image to learn more about this innovative answer to fossil fuel addiction.


Water Furnace

Makers of GeoThermal comfort systems for homes, businesses and institutions.


Setting Up Your Own PV Generator

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While there are a lot of decisions you can make, this particular how-to focuses on small-scale solar generation (<1kWh/day), and simplifies it so that just about anyone can set up a functioning system. However, beware that compromises in efficiency, safety, and code adherence may be made for the sake of simplicity.

Where can I get these solar panels? - Glad you asked.

1366 Technologies

Conventional solar power is still too expensive to compete with fossil fuels, in part because of the cost of manufacturing silicon-based solar cells.

Key innovation: Developed a cheaper method for making silicon wafers, the most expensive component of a solar module.

Technology: The process that 1366 has developed makes it possible to mold solar wafers—the thin sheets of silicon that serve as the core of a solar cell—directly from molten silicon rather than cutting them from larger ingots or crystals, which can waste up to half the material. The company has also developed a method for manufacturing solar cells that increases the amount of light the cell can absorb by reducing the area that’s shaded by electron-conducting wires and by decreasing the amount of light reflected off the surface. Increasing the light absorption helps increase the power output of the cell, effectively decreasing the cost per watt.

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AllEarth Renewables

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They've designed and manufactures the dual-axis AllSun Trackers - affordable, complete grid-connected solar electric systems that produce up to 45% more energy than fixed rooftop systems. AllSun Trackers vastly simplify system design, supply chain management, installation and maintenance for systems large and small and was named a Top-10 green product of the year by BuildingGreen. AllEarth Renewables was named the fastest growing company in Vermont in 2010 and 2011.

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Advanced biofuels could help reduce the use of gasoline and diesel.

Key innovation: Its genetically engineered yeast turns sugars into a building block of diesel fuel, which is usable in the existing transportation infrastructure.

Technology: Amyris has engineered yeasts that convert sugars into a hydrocarbon molecule called farnesene, which can be processed into fuels for transport or products for the chemical industry. If hydrogenated, the hydrocarbon can be turned into a diesel fuel that burns cleaner than conventional diesel, reducing emissions of sulfur, nitrogen oxides, and particulates.

American Wind Energy Association

The mission of the American Wind Energy Association is to promote wind power growth through advocacy, communication, and education.

Arcadia Power
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Arcadia Power is a nationwide renewable energy company. They were founded with one simple mission in mind: to make our world better by changing the way we power our homes and businesses from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

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Array Technologies
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Array Technologies, Inc. is a leading U.S.-based solar manufacturer of solar tracking and solar racking systems for utilities, corporations, small businesses and homeowners. They provide solar tracking and racking solutions for any project, whatever its scale, location or requirements.

Click on the logo for more information and a video.

Bright Source Energy
Bright Source

It efficiently produces solar thermal power, which focuses sunlight to heat water into steam.

Key innovation:  A boiler is heated directly with sunlight that bounces off mirrors.


Center for Alternative Technology (CAT)

CAT is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life.

Within this search CAT' explores and demonstrates a wide range of alternatives, communicating to other people the options for them to achieve positive change in their own lives.

d.Light Solar
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d.light is a for-profit social enterprise whose purpose is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future. We design, manufacture and distribute solar light and power products throughout the developing world. We aim to empower the lives of at least 100 million people by 2020. d.light serves over 40 countries, through over 10,000 retail outlets, 10 field offices, and four regional hubs. The company employs over 100 people directly, and indirectly employs hundreds more worldwide.

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EarthSpark is honored to have been featured in Solar Frontiers, a recent short film by The Economist. Watch to see a family in the Haitian community of Les Anglais getting electricity for the first time and meet some of the men and women working on solar innovation in some unexpected places from Haiti to Alabama and beyond.


Reducing the cost of constructing solar thermal plants will make them more competitive with fossil-fuel plants.

Key innovation: Software controls the mirrors that focus rays from the sun, eliminating the need to position them by hand.

Technology: The company uses arrays of tens of thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight on a central tower, producing intense heat that turns water into steam to generate electricity. The mirrors are installed on prefabricated metal frames that allow them to pivot and tilt to track the sun throughout the day and from season to season. Proprietary software ensures that all the mirrors are aimed properly.


Florida Power & Light Solar Facility

At 25 megawatts, the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center is the largest solar photovoltaic plant in the country. Now if they only would stop trying to kill solar roofs in the "Sunshine State," it might make them look mich better to true environmentalists.


Florida Solar Power Directory

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A directory of Solar Power providers and training facilities in South Florida

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GlassPoint Solar

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GlassPoint designs, manufactures and installs solar steam generators for the oil and gas industry worldwide. When used for thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) GlassPoint solar steam generators significantly reduce both gas consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 80%.


Goldwind Science and Technology

Increasing the time that turbines are operational will lower the cost of wind power.

Key innovation: Co-developed a direct-drive wind turbine that eliminates the need for a gearbox. Having fewer moving parts reduces the chance of costly mechanical failure.
Note: Revenue $1.6 billion


Solar Thermal Storage

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Breakthrough Molten Salts with Game-changing Properties -In our combinatorial chemistry labs we have screened thousands of novel mixtures and developed materials with the best combination of melting point, maximum operating temperature, and cost. Our research has resulted in our Saltstream patent-pending formulas. Saltstream materials utilize eutectic mixtures with drastically reduced melting points, reducing the risk of freezing and expanding the operating range of the fluid.

Imergy Power Systems

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"The world needs radical new energy solutions. Imergy is supplying them now. Our paradigm-shifting Energy Storage Platform (ESP) fits as seamlessly into a remote village as it does into a large-scale commercial application. Cost savings and ROI are deep and fast. Scaling up is simple and inexpensive. Smart technology ensures efficient consumption. And the sustainable design meets today’s highest standards for responsible energy systems."-from the Imergy Website

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Joule Unlimited

Biofuels could be far cheaper if they weren't made from corn, sugarcane, and other forms of biomass.

Key innovation: Designed microbes that convert carbon dioxide and water directly into fuels.

Technology: Joule has engineered microbes that harness the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide and water directly into ethanol or hydrocarbon fuels. When housed in bioreactors in sunny areas and at full-scale production, the company says, these photosynthetic organisms can produce 15,000 gallons of diesel or 25,000 gallons of ethanol per acre per year. The process offers an advantage over making biofuels from corn or cellulose, because growing those materials requires large amounts of arable land. It’s also an improvement over using photosynthetic algae to make biofuel precursors, as some other companies do, because those chemicals must then be processed to make fuel.

Oregon Wave Enery Trust


OWET LogoA nonprofit, public-private partnership that is helping to responsibly develop ocean energy by connecting stakeholders, supporting research and development, and engaging in public outreach and policy work.

OWET works with a wide range of stakeholders including: fishing and environmental groups, utilities, industry, government and interested citizens.

With 300 miles of coastline characterized by powerful waves and steady and constant winds, a robust electrical transmission system close to coastal communities, transportation and port infrastructure, experienced and established manufacturing and supply chain, supportive policies and leading research institutions, Oregon is uniquely positioned to be North America’s leader in ocean energy.

With the growing need for new clean sources of energy and sustainable family-wage jobs, OWET’s goal is to attract and build the ocean energy industry and to maximize the benefits for the environment and economy.



PVCROPS (PhotoVoltaic Cost reduction, Reliability, Operational performance,
Prediction and Simulation) is a €6 million funded pan-European, three year project involving 12 organisations across 7 EU member states. PVCROPS aims to improve Solar Photovoltaic (PV) penetration within electricity networks throughout each of the life stages of Building Integrated PV (BIPV) systems and Ground-Based PV plants.

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The Rite Project

RITE Project

The RITE Project by Verdant Power is a world’s first initiative that will test, demonstrate and deliver commercial electricity from their Free Flow Kinetic Hydropower System. The project is located in the East Channel of the East River in New York, NY, and generates clean renewable energy from the river's tidal currents.



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delivers a unique high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) module design that begins with its proprietary micro-transfer printing process. This process enables Semprius to use the world's smallest solar cell - approximately the size of a pencil point - to create solar modules with unmatched costs and performance advantages. In September 2013, Semprius set a new record for commercial solar module efficiency, reaching 35.5%.


Increasing the time that turbines are operational will lower the cost of wind power.

Key innovation: Co-developed a direct-drive wind turbine that eliminates the need for a gearbox. Having fewer moving parts reduces the chance of costly mechanical failure. Note: Revenues $103.7 billion.

Solar City
Google Giving Solar Energy a New Lease on Life

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June 15, 2011 - Google announced that it’s investing $280 million in SolarCity, a company that installs and maintains residential-scale solar panels. Customers pay a fee for this service, either up-front or at a monthly rate—and end up saving more money on electricity than they would if they were to buy and install the panels themselves—but they avoid the risk and long-term commitment of ownership. In this system, SolarCity and, by extension, Google take on that risk and the government tax credits that go along with installing solar panels. Why not let Google help you save a little on your electricity bill ?
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Solar Reserve
Leading the world in solar power with storage.
Delivered day and night - Today.

SolarReserve is a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects, which include Solar roadways Logoelectricity generation by solar thermal energy and photovoltaic panels. In addition, SolarReserve has commercialized a proprietary advanced solar thermal technology with integrated energy storage that solves the intermittency issues experienced with other renewable energy sources. This proven US-developed technology generates renewable baseload and dispatchable power and can compete with traditional fossil-fired and nuclear electricity generation. The company currently has more than $1.8 billion of projects in operation worldwide, with development and long-term power contracts for 775 megawatts (MW) of solar projects representing $3.4 billion of project capital.


Solar Shade Parking Structures
(Put Your Parking Lot to Work

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Alpha Energy’s Photovoltaic Solar Shade Structures are parking canopies with a roof specifically designed to provide low-cost support for a solar power system. Solar shade structures offer a dual benefit: shading for cars and solar production. A visible display of a company’s commitment to renewable energy, the solar shade structures can be used throughout the day to generate electricity and can be complimented with lighting and security cameras for safe usage at night as well.


Solarmer Energy

Solarmer Energy Inc. is a developer of transparent, flexible plastic solar panels, the next wave in generating renewable energy from the sun. These solar panels are opening the door for a wide range of new application areas in renewable energy, which are not currently addressable with conventional silicon solar panel technology. Our company's solar panels have the potential to reduce the cost of renewable energy down to 12-15 cents/kWh and less than $1/Watt, which means plastic solar panels will be the first in solar capable of generating electricity on par with conventional fuel costs.

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Oasis Solar Tracker

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SunPower partnered with EPCs to engineer the high-performance Oasis for faster, easier installation. Features include fewer parts and piles; above-ground, plug-and-play DC wiring; and wider distance between rows to easily accommodate construction and O&M equipment.


Extremely large-scale production of solar panels is reducing the technology's cost.

Key innovation: Developed its own solar cells and equipment for manufacturing them cheaply.

Technology: Suntech is the world’s largest producer of crystalline-silicon solar panels, the most common type. It specializes in multicrystalline cells, which produce somewhat less power per square meter than single-­crystal cells but yield a competitive price per watt because the materials cost less.

The company’s current generation of solar cells has broken an efficiency record for multicrystalline cells that had stood for 15 years; one key to the accomplishment was to increase the amount of light the cells absorb by texturing their surface and decreasing the thickness of electron-conducting wires.


Tesla Solar Roof and Power Wall
(Best looking solar roof ever!)


The sun provides more than enough energy in just one hour to supply our planet’s energy needs for an entire year. Your home can capture this free, abundant energy source through rooftop solar tiles, turning sunlight into electricity for immediate use or storage in a Powerwall battery.

Click here to shine a light.

Verdant Power
Specialists in Marine Renewable Energy

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RITE Project Receives First Commercial License for Tidal Power in U.S. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a pilot commercial license to Verdant Power’s RITE Project – the first commercial license for tidal power in the US.

Under the license, Verdant Power plans to develop a 1 MW pilot project in the East Channel of the East River comprised of up to 30 commercial class (Generation 5) Free Flow System turbines, which would be installed in a staged approach.

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ViZn Energy

ViZn Energy has developed the world’s first safe, clean, reliable and cost effective grid storage battery. ViZn implements low-cost, non-acid Zinc/Iron chemistry enabling manufacturing with inexpensive construction materials. The battery stacks are molded construction with proprietary elements that have overcome the shunt issues historically afflicting flow batteries

ViZn’s two primary products are targeted at the C&I, utility and micro-grid market. The Z20 is a 80kw/160kwh system housed in a 20ft shipping container. The GS200 is a building block of the ViZn 1MW assembly using five 20ft shipping containers providing 3MWh of energy. The ZAC is an integrated storage unit with grid tie hardware for installation simplicity. Click image for a related article.









Debating 4 Dirty
Myths on Clean Energy

Debate 1: How is the Problem Defined?

Myth:  Climate change is not real, thus “clean” energy is not needed
Reality:  This is the wrong response to the wrong question; a broader framework is needed

Debate 2: How to Involve Government?

Myth:  The government should stop subsidizing clean energy and let the ”free market” work
Reality:  The government is deeply involved in all forms of energy; there is no free market in energy

Debate 3: Where To Focus Innovation?

Myth:  We need new technology, period
Reality:  We need innovation in technology, policy, business models, and financing

Debate 4: Can Alternative Forms of
Energy Make a Difference?

Myth:  Some new technologies, such as solar and wind, will never make a dent in our energy mix
Reality: It will take time, yes, but the signs are already clear they are having an impact

Read the entire article by clicking Here

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Alternative Energy Vehicles

• The Electric Pickup Truck is Here   • Electric Vehicles Buyers Guide
• Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Fueling Stations
• Electric Cars Are Here to Stay    • A Clean-Car Boom
• Charging Scarcity     • Wind to Hydrogen Vs. Tesla  • Hydrogen Cars Now
• Plug-In Hybrid Fuel Consuption Could Drop by 1/3

There are too many alternative
fuel vehicles for us to list here.
This is only a sample.

Lagonda SUV by Aston Martin

Energy Source: Electric
When it comes to Aston Martin, the Lagonda holds a special place in the unobtainium world of collector cars aficionados. Reviving the brand name for a high-end electric SUV is a bold, smart, and darn risky step.
Lagonda has confirmed plans for its first vehicle in the new era – the first in the newly revived brand, which has spun off from Aston Martin. The all-electric Lagonda SUV will be unveiled in 2021 and will be based on the Vision Concept showcased at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.
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Energy Source: Electro Magnetic Propulsion
Hyperloop brings airplane speeds to ground level, safely. Passengers and cargo capsules will hover through a network of low-pressure tubes between cities and transforming travel time from hours to minutes.
HyperloopTT's technology breakthrough is a next generation passive magnetic levitation system. It's called Inductrack. Magnets arranged in a Halbach array configuration enable passive levitation over an unpowered but conductive track. And as capsules move through the low pressure environment, they use very little energy on route thanks to the reduced drag forces. To learn more about this futuristic mode of transportation, click on the image.


Tesla Semi Electric Truck

Energy Source: Much Electric Power
Kia Niro PHEV
The all-electric truck, which Musk unveiled on a mid-November night in a Hawthorne Municipal Airport Parking lot (adjacent to his SpaceX headquarters) just outside Los Angeles and has a remarkable 500-mile range, may be most notable for what it doesn't include. To learn more about this vehicle, click on the image.

Kia Niro PHEV

Energy Source: Plug-in Hybrid
Kia Niro PHEV
The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid will be available in US showrooms early in 2018. List price is $28,840 for the LX model, which comes with more features and standard equipment than the entry-level Kia Niro hybrid. That price includes a $940 destination fee. Kia says customers will be able to get a 12,000 mile per year lease for $259 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The lease price takes into consideration the $4,543 federal tax credit.
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BMW Hurricane

Energy Source: Propane
BMW Propane Hurricane
The world's fastest propane vehicle. Cost: about $45k. Engine: 660HP, top speed: 207mph - 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. More




Chevy Bolt

Energy Source: Plug-in Electric
Chevy VoltHaving promised an affordable electric car at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet has used this year's CES to deliver with a production version of the Bolt. With a claimed range of over 200 miles (322 km), the Bolt will slot into Chevrolet's lineup below the hybrid-electric Volt.
See also the Spark EV.


The Elf

Energy Source: Electricity & You

The Elf

Organic Transit™ brings you the Elf. It's a trike with a power assist.
It gets 1,800 MPG, weighs 150lbs, load capacity of 350lbs and has a top speed of 20mph.

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Toyota Mirai

Energy Source: Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Toyota Mirai

Mirai means “future” in Japanese, and the exterior of the car reflects its aspirational nature. The futuristic aerodynamic lines of Mirai scream out that it is the rogue of the family, the non-conformist of the bunch. It looks and feels like a Prius that ran off 2 generations ago to do its own thing and has spent every spare minute since watching Back to the Future over and over. Or I may just be having flashbacks to Toyota’s Back to the Future themed Mirai for SEMA a few years back.
The exterior is normal enough to blend in, but at a closer look, it is polarizing. The sweeping bank of lights across the rear of the vehicle accentuate the sweeping line that arcs from the nose to the tail. During the day, the lighting arrays are muted, but at night, they pop out to cut bold lines into the exterior of the vehicle.

ACAL Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engine

Energy Source: Hydrogen
A 300,000 Mile Hydrogen Vehicle

ACAL Fuel Cell Engine

ACAL Energy Ltd, the British chemical engineering company, has announced today that its FlowCath® chemistry and engineering has enabled a PEM hydrogen fuel cell to reach 10,000 hours runtime on a third party automotive industry durability test without any significant signs of degradation. ACAL Energy’s breakthrough approach is also significantly cheaper than conventional fuel cell technology.


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H2 Fuel Cell

Energy Source: Hydrogen

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Several manufacturers have announced plans to open the market for hydrogen powered cars and other vehicles (including planes!). Toyota will introduce a fuel-cell vehicle in 2015. Challenge: prodicing hydrogen that does not require fossil fuels. Currently, most hydrogen is made from natural gas.
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Tesla Motors/S

Energy Source: Electricity Only

Tesla Roadster

Electric Only: Up to speed: 0-60 im 3.7 seconds. Tailpipe emissions: 0.
Miles per charge: 345. Charging? No problem. Watch icon

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Sono Motors

Energy Source: Solar and Electric

Sion Solar Vehicle

The dream of being able to commute to work in a solar-powered car is finally becoming a reality. Sono Motors just unveiled the SION solar-powered electric car that can travel up to 18 miles using nothing but energy from the sun. The best part is that the SION isn’t just for the wealthy, since it only costs 16,000 Euros (around $18,600) plus the cost of the battery, and it is packed with incredible features like built-in moss filtration, bi-directional charging and integrated solar panels.

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