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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) existed long 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)

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June - August

  • 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 Hurricane 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 Solar Panel 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 the Superiority of R.E. Over 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
    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.

  • Ask What Desalination Can Do For You
    Can New Renewable Energy Powered
    Desalination Solve Our Water Shortages?

    June 11, 2018 -What if new renewable energy technology could solve not just our climate change problem but issues associated with climate change like shortages of fresh water where we need it? As you know we are a fan of solar thermal energy technology and this research we are about to share with you will make you a fan as well.

    But supplying an ever-increasing basic need with non-renewable fuels creates a growing threat, according to Dr. Diego-César Alarcón-Padilla, who heads up SolarPACES Task VI at the Solar Desalination Unit at Plataforma Solar de Almería (PSA).

    Click now for the whole article
    from Solar Thernal Magazine.

  • What U.S.Power Africa Is Doing Despite Trump
    US Power Africa Initiative Backs
    $1BN of Solar, Wind Projects

    June 8, 2018 -With financial backing from the U.S. government, an Israeli solar developer Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA signed a deal with the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States to build $1 billion of renewable energy projects in the region.

    The U.S. is supporting the project through its Power Africa initiative set up in 2013 under President Barack Obama’s administration, a program that had pledged to invest $7 billion over five years. The advancement of this deal is an indication that the U.S. Agency for International Development has retained its ability to act even though President Donald Trump has slashed aid budgets and criticized U.S. involvement in poverty alleviation.

    Click now to read more
    fromRenewable Energy World.

  • Solar Electric Hydrogen’s Future Sounds Good, But?
    Solar Electric Hydrogen Generation May Power
    Future Generations of Autonomous Vehicles

    June 6, 2018 -A decade ago it was all the rage to talk about the coming hydrogen economy. Hydrogen was going to save us from our addiction to fossil fuels with a pumpable liquid (high pressure and very cold) much like what we are used to putting in our vehicles.

    This hydrogen was going to be used in a fuel cell that produced clean electricity and only water as a by-product. This sounds great right? Right….

    Click now to read more of the story
    from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Tariffs - It’s Easy Being Green
    Utility Green Tariffs: A New Way for
    Fortune 500 Companies to Buy Clean Energy

    June 5, 2018 - Utilities know their larger corporate customers want clean energy to fulfill their sustainability goals and help their bottom line. Rather than contracting directly with developers, many corporations are finding a new way forward through so-called “Green Tariffs” designed by the utilities themselves.

    Click now to learn more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Mars Bars Bars Fossil Fuel Energy
    Mars Australia to Go 100%
    Renewable Energy By Next Year

    June 5, 2018 -Mars Australia signed a 20-year power-purchase agreement with renewable energy company Total Eren. The Sydney Morning Herald reported the deal will support the Kiamal Solar Farm in northern Victoria, which Total Eren is developing, as well as a second clean power project in New South Wales.

    Mars Australia said it has contracted for power to match electricity needs of six factories and two sales offices in Australia.

    The company’s electricity use in the country is around 100 gigawatt-hours a year; general manager Barry O’Sullivan told The Sydney Morning Herald, “We’ve got a pretty big footprint on this planet. Our energy usage in total is equivalent to a small country’s.”

    Click now to read more from Inhabitat.

  • Energy Transition: the Electricity Sector is Way Ahead
    The Electricity Sector Is Dominating the
    Modern Energy Transition; Heating/Cooling
    and Transport Must Catch Up

    June 4, 2018 -New data on the world’s transition to renewable energy are in, and the results are clear — the electricity sector’s uptake of renewables is well underway, but the transition for the heating/cooling and transport sectors has “barely begun,” according to the REN21 Renewables 2018 Global Status Report.

    “The power sector on its own will not deliver the emissions reductions demanded by the Paris climate agreement…to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all,” the report said. “The heating and cooling and transport sectors, which together account for about 80 percent of global total final energy demand, are lagging behind.”

    Click now to learn more from 
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Nevada Utility Goes Green
    Nevada Utility Puts $2 Billion
    into Solar Power and Storage

    June 1, 2018 - Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary NV Energy is planning to invest $2 billion on solar power from six new utility-scale projects in Nevada representing 1 GW of capacity.

    NV Energy CEO Paul Caudill said in a statement that the investment is the largest of its kind in the state’s history.

    “The six new projects position NV Energy to keep its commitment to double renewable energy by 2023 and, importantly, by diversifying our state’s electricity generation portfolio, will reduce the costs to serve customers,” Caudill said.

    Click now to read more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • March - May

  • Amazon Facilities Expands Renewable Energy
    Amazon’s Onsite Solar Just Went Up a Notch

    May 29, 2018 - Amazon today said it has completed another solar installation in its growing portfolio of onsite rooftop solar projects.

    The 1.1 MW installation on Amazon’s North Las Vegas fulfillment center in Nevada represents the company’s 17th completed rooftop solar project in the U.S. over the past 14 months. Amazon said it has a goal of installing at least 50 rooftop solar systems at its locations around the world by 2020.

    Click now for more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • New England Gas Pipelines - Bye Bye
    Renewables, Energy Efficiency in New
    England Will Replace the Need for Gas Pipelines

    May 23, 2018 -A report that examines statements about rolling blackouts made by regional grid operator ISO-New England, shows that sustained growth of renewables, and not more gas, will boost reliability of New England’s electric power system.

    It’s a familiar story to the renewables sector, but wasn’t the conclusion initially put forward by ISO-New England, which instead claimed the region was on track for problems towards mid-2020s with its security of electricity supply and would likely face rolling blackouts in the event of winter cold-snaps.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Australia and Germany Lead the Way in Renewables
    While Scientists Debate 100% Renewable Goal,
    Australia & Germany Lead The Way To The Future

    May 21, 2018 -In April of 2017, a team of researchers led by Benjamin Heard, an environmental consultant (and advocate for nuclear energy)in Australia, declared that powering the world with 100% renewable energy was a scientific impossibility. Too complicated, too complex, too many technical snarls to be untangled, too unreliable.

    Other Scientist strongly disagree

    Click now for the whole story from  Clean Technica.

  • Women on the Panel (Solar that is)
    Women Volunteers Install Solar
    Panels for Family in San Diego

    May 17, 2018 -A group of all-women volunteers showed up at the home of a City Heights (San Diego), family to install solar panels for free. And it couldn't have come at a better time for the family. KUSI's Elizabeth Alvarez explains why this was a win/win for both the volunteers and the homeowner.

    Click now to read the
    Renewable Energy World story.

  • Armenia Gets On Board for Big Solar
    55-MW Masrik-1 Project Launches
    Utility-Scale Solar for Armenia

    May 14, 2018 - A new market for utility-scale solar is opening up in Armenia with a successful round of bidding that led to an award for the 55-MW Masrik-1 solar plant.

    According to World Bank, the Armenian government issued a letter of award to a consortium of Fotowatio Renewable Venture B.V.(FRV) and FSL Solar for the project, the first competitively tendered independent power project in Armenia.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • 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.

  • Block Chain and Clean Energy Transaction Costs
    Blockchain Companies Take Aim at
    Clean Energy Transaction Costs

    May 11, 2018 -The blockchain platform developed by Power Ledger works as a digital ledger. It stores generation certificates when energy is produced and transaction records when its traded.

    Power Ledger co-founder David Martin said that as utilities move from a one-way flow of electricity to a distributed platform, the blockchain software can help manage and verify what will be many more transactions.

    “If I have solar power on my roof, I’m generating renewable energy and creating a REC,” Martin said. “If I’m spilling that energy onto the grid and my next door neighbor is buying it, I can provide that energy at a discounted rate to the main grid. It is only using a small subsection of the network. There is no reason in the world I should be charged transmission charges, system charges, and all of the distribution charges if I’m sending electricity 20 meters over my back fence.”

    Click now for the story
    from  Renewable Energy World.

  • A Hotel Gets Its Energy From Tides
    This Futuristic Energy-Positive Hotel Will
    Harness Power From The Tides

    May 8, 2018 -Margot Krasojevi? Architects has unveiled their latest fantastical design — a luxury hotel that draws on tidal energy to produce more energy than it needs. Envisioned for Hainan’s Yalong Bay, the Harmonic Turbine Tidal Hotel aims to rework the traditional hotel typology from wastefulness to self-sufficiency and sustainability.

    Despite its impossibly futuristic appearance, the project has an expected completion date of 2020, which could potentially make it the world’s first energy-positive hotel — beating out Snøhetta’s proposed Arctic Circle hotel by one year.

    Click now for the story and
    a slideshow from Inhabitat.

  • Sun Shines Bright for California Solar
    California Expected to Mandate
    Solar Panels for New Homes

    May 5, 2018 - California is expected next week to mandate that most newly constructed homes include solar panels starting in 2020.

    The California Energy Commission will vote on the new solar energy standard Wednesday, Southern California News Group reported.

    Click now for to read more from Fox News.

  • What’s Next? Water Based Batteries
    Water-Based Battery Offers New
    Option for Utility-Scale Solar, Wind

    May 1, 2018 - Stanford University researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is shining and wind is blowing so it can be fed back into the electric grid and be redistributed when demand is high.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Solar Grew Some - Not Gruesome
    Renewable Energy and Jobs -
    Annual Review 2018

    May 1, 2018 - The industry created more than 500 000 new jobs globally in 2017, with the total number of people employed in renewables (including large hydropower) surpassing 10 million for the first time.

    Renewable Energy and Jobs, presents the status of employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. Jobs in the sector (including large hydropower) increased 5.3% in 2017, for a total of 10.3 million people employed worldwide, according to this fifth edition in the series.

    Click now for more from International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

  • New Solar Technology Gets Backers Perovskite Solar Firm Secures $11 Million Investment

    Apr 30, 2018 - U.K.-based Oxford PV last week secured a new round of funding totaling US$11 million from existing investors for its perovskite-on-silicon tandem solar cell technology.

    The company said the funding will support its ongoing work to transfer the perovskite technology from the lab to industrial-scale processes at a demonstration line in Germany.

    “Over the last few years, Oxford PV has built significant momentum and has now scaled up the necessary infrastructure such as R&D competencies, industrial capabilities, and a joint development partnership with a large photovoltaic player, enabling the company to maintain its leadership position in this area and bring a commercial perovskite PV solution to the silicon solar market in the near future,” Oxford PV CEO Frank Averdung said in a statement.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • A Brooklyn Solar Oasis
    Brooklyn SolarWorks Can Turn Almost
    Any Rooftop Into a Sun-Powered Oasis

    Apr 30, 2018 - Brooklyn SolarWorks wants to help bring solar power to New Yorkers. Stunning new renderings of the company’s Solar Canopy envision how city dwellers might benefit from this innovative product. The Solar Canopy offers solar in spots where traditional solar panels can’t go because of fire codes or obstacles. Beyond just generating clean energy, the canopy could create new living spaces and redefine urban solar.

    The Brooklyn SolarWorks website says the company is “capable of putting solar panels on almost anything. Whether you have ample roof space free of obstacles or your roof is littered with vent pipes, skylights, and hatches, we will likely be able to figure out a solar solution.” The Solar Canopy is one of those solutions.

    Click now for more from Inhabitat, including a slideshow.

  • First Solar First in Ohio
    First Solar Plans 1.2-GW Solar
    PV Manufacturing Facility in Ohio

    Apr 27, 2018 - Solar PV provider First Solar yesterday said it will build a new solar module manufacturing facility near its existing Perrysburg, Ohio, plant.

    According to the company, the 1.2-GW factory is expected to create 500 new jobs in northwestern Ohio, and will produce the company’s advanced technology Series 6 thin film PV module.

    The expansion plan calls for a 1 million square foot facility located in Lake Township, Ohio, with construction expected to begin in mid-2018 and entering full production mode in late 2019.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Major Tidal Energy Facility For France
    Atlantis Announces Plans to Deliver
    1 Gw Of Tidal Power to France by 2025

    Apr 25, 2018 - Atlantis Resources Limited has submitted a strategic plan to the French government that includes a goal to deliver 1 GW of tidal power by 2025 at Le Raz Blanchard in France.

    The company recently completed a study that concludes 2 GW of tidal energy is immediately available to be harnessed at this site in Normandy and 1 GW could be operational by 2025, with potential to create up to 10,000 jobs and attract more than €3 billion (US$3.65 billion) of CAPEX investment.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Water at a Net Cost of Zero
    Australian Water Utility Seeks
    Net-Zero Costs with Solar Plus Storage

    Apr 24, 2018 -

    Adelaide, South Australia, water utility SA Water is planning to achieve net-zero electricity costs by building a solar portfolio paired with energy storage.

    The utility yesterday said it will install 152 MW of solar PV generation and 35 MWh of energy storage across about 70 locations over the next two years. SA Water added that it spent $55 million on electricity in 2016-2017.

    “Locating generation behind the meter will improve our resilience to grid interruptions, significantly reduce our network charges and isolate our business from electricity market price volatility, in both the short and long-term,” SA Water Chief Executive Roch Cheroux said. “The maturity of solar technology has allowed us to confidently determine how and where it can assume supply for our energy-intensive water treatment and pumping operations, and export to the market to return revenue.”

    Click now to read more from
    the Renewable Energy World.

  • Market’s Encouraging News on Renewables
    Market Forces Are Driving a Clean
    Energy Revolution in the U.S.

    Apr. 24, 2018 -Today, renewable energy resources like wind and solar power are so affordable that they’re driving coal production and coal-fired generation out of business. Lower-cost natural gas is helping, too.

    I direct Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy, which works with states to facilitate the transition toward a clean energy economy. In my view, today’s energy market reflects years of federal and state support for clean energy research, development and deployment.

    And, despite the Trump administration’s support of coal, a recent survey of industry leaders shows that utilities are not changing their plans significantly.

    Click now for more of the
    story from the Energy Collective.

  • Gone With the Wind Tech Firms Like Google, Amazon Push Power
    Companies Toward Solar and Wind - a Blow To Coal

    April 22, 2018 -Every time you save a photo to the cloud, buy something on Amazon, open a Google doc or stream a movie, you’re probably pulling electricity from a wind turbine in Texas or a solar farm in Virginia.

    In fact, your clicks and taps may have helped build them.

    Since 2008, renewable energy has gone from 9% to 18% of the U.S. energy mix, according to the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. A big part of that shift stems from tech companies' rapid buildout of cloud storage centers and a move to burnish their public image by vowing they’ll run these centers on sources like wind and solar.

    Click now for the USA Today story.

  • Mich. Public Service is Not Exactly a Public Service
    Michigan to Replace Net Metering
    Program with Avoided-Cost Tariff

    Apr. 20, 2018 -Michigan utility customers who put surplus electricity they generate back onto the power grid will be paid a lower, avoided-cost rate after June 1st.

    The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) issued an order Wednesday replacing the state’s net metering policy with an avoided-cost tariff based on how much utilities would pay to build the same amount of generation themselves.

    Liesl Eichler Clark, president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, said the decision will create uncertainty for customers and installers.

    “I see this as complicated, unfair and costly to the industry,” Eichler Clark said, noting that the new rate will vary depending on the local utility.

    Click now for the sad story
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • A Solar Generator You Must See
    The Spherical Sun Power Generator

    Apr. 13, 2018 -German Architect Andre Broessel believes he has a solution that can “squeeze more juice out of the sun”, even during the night hours and in low-light regions.

    His company Rawlemon has created a spherical sun power generator prototype called the beta.ray. His technology will combine spherical geometry principles with a dual axis tracking system, allowing twice the yield of a conventional solar panel in a much smaller surface area. The futuristic design is fully rotational and is suitable for inclined surfaces, walls of buildings, and anywhere with access to the sky. It can even be used as an electric car charging station. Scroll down for photos and videos….

    Click now for photos and
    videos from Alt-Energy News.

  • Solar Farm Insurance Introducing Solar Farm Insurance for Cloudy Days

    Apr 11, 2017 - Insurance giants like Swiss Re AG, with the help of a San Francisco firm, now have a way of guaranteeing production from solar farms — not an easy feat considering supplies from these plants rise and fall with the sun.

    The product that at least one insurance company is now offering is called a solar revenue put. It was developed by risk-management software firm KWh Analytics and can guarantee as much as 95 percent of a solar farm’s expected output, according an email the company sent to clients Tuesday. Swiss Re has now sold one for three Virginia projects.

    Click now for more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Tram: Hydrogen’s Got the Power
    Hydrogen-Powered Tram
    Developed In China

    Apr. 9, 2017 -In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram and not a train, the top speed will only be 70 kilometers per hour and it will be used in urban areas only. It is designed to carry 380 passengers.

    Click now for more and to see a beautiful photo.

  • Another Mid-East Oil Giant Thinks Solar Saudis, SoftBank Plan World's Largest Solar Project

    Apr. 2, 2018 -Saudi Arabia and SoftBank Group Corp signed a memorandum of understanding to build a $200 billion solar power development that’s exponentially larger than any other project.

    SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son, known for backing ambitious endeavors with flair, unveiled the project last week in New York at a ceremony with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. The powerful heir to the throne of the world’s largest crude exporter is seeking to diversify the economy and wean off a dependence on oil.

    Click now for more on this
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Generating Electricity From Ocean Waves
    World’s First Commercial Wave
    Farm to Generate Renewable
    Electricity From Ocean Waves

    March 28, 2018 -Lisbon, Portugal – Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) is pleased to announce today the signing of an order with a Portuguese consortium, led by Enersis, to build the initial phase of the world’s first commercial wave-farm to generate renewable electricity from ocean waves.

    Let's hope the West looks at this closely considering there is so much turmoil going on over energy these days, we could really use something like this in North America.

    Click now for the story from AboutMyPlanet.com.

  • Big Solar PV Market Increases Are Coming
    Rooftop Solar PV Market Is
    Projected to Reach USD $184 B by 2025

    Mar. 27, 2018 - Rooftop solar PV offers an efficient, emission-free renewable source of electricity which can be used off-grid as well as on-grid. Rooftop solar PV offers an effective and efficient method for reducing carbon footprint and generating electricity from solar radiation.

    The market for rooftop solar PV has been rapidly increasing with the support of government subsidies and tax credits. The rooftop solar PV market have attracted large number of equity investments and funding. Currently, there are two major silicon technologies available: monocrystalline and polycrystalline.

    Rooftop solar PV systems are undergoing a surge in popularity due to their flexible nature and availability through leasing schemes. Rooftop solar electricity has been able to achieve grid parity in most of the countries. The overall payback time for the rooftop solar PV systems have been reducing, further boosting the market. The rooftop solar market is registering huge investments and funding from the equity and public investors.

    Click now for the SBWire story.

  • World’s Largest Solar Park Opens
    Largest Solar Park in the World Opens in Germany

    Mar. 25, 2018 -The ribbon was cut on the World’s largest continguous solar plant on 27th April 2006 in Germany. Construction on the 40 million euro (US$48 million) photovoltaic installation started August 2005. This plant demonstrates new standards in cost-efficiency for solar power.

    Using the master-slave inverter concept developed by Shell, the plant delivers the optimized energy output. Also, flexible installation technology–such as the use of either aluminum, wood or steel racks depending on material prices and the foundation on either concrete or piles–optimizes the costs. And if solar is viable in Germany, just imagine the efficiencies possible where the sun really shines!

    Click to read more from AboutMyPlanet.com.

  • Norway’s Broader Energy Future
    Norway’s Statoil Embraces Broader
    Energy Future with New Name

    Mar. 15, 2018 -Norwegian multinational oil and gas company Statoil yesterday said that it plans to change its name to Equinor to reflect its evolution into a “broad energy company” that will include renewables.

    “The world is changing, and so is Statoil. The biggest transition our modern-day energy systems have ever seen is underway, and we aim to be at the forefront of this development,” Jon Erik Reinhardsen chair of the board at Statoil, said in a statement. He added that the name Equinor supports a low carbon strategy the company outlined last year.

    Click now to get the story
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • It’s All About the Economics
    India Has a New Secret
    Weapon for its 100-GW Solar Goal

    Mar. 8, 2018 -Rakshith Kunder is adding more solar panels to the roofs of his warehouses. He isn’t seeking to save the planet, it’s pure economics.

    “Solar power costs us just a third of grid power and has also reduced our diesel backup cost,” Kunder, 33, said by phone from the city of Kota, in the southern state of Karnataka. His 3 billion rupee ($46 million) fish-meal and oil-products business requires 2 MW of power and he plans to fulfill half of that through solar installations.

    Click now to learn more about
    this subject, from Renewable Energy World.

  • Solar Could ‘Rain’ Supreme
    Could Solar Cells Produce
    Energy from the Rain?

    Mar. 8, 2018 -Researchers from across several organizations have come together to find a simple way for solar plants to harness the power of both the sun and rain.

    According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), the researchers published a report in ACS Nano about a hybrid solar cell that can generate power from raindrops.

    ACS said that previous research sought to make a hybrid solar cell by adding a pseudocapacitor, or triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), to an existing solar cell to make energy from the motion of raindrops. Those devices, ACS said, are complicated to manufacture and are bulky.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Tax Bonuses for Some Rooftop Solar
    Storage Win For U.S. Rooftop Solar Owners

    Mar. 7, 2018 -Owners of residential rooftop solar PV systems in the US can now receive a 30 per cent tax credit for adding battery energy storage systems, according to a ruling from the country’s tax authority.

    But there is a caveat(of course!): the battery storage system must only receive power from the solar array and not from the grid, in the case of grid-tied rooftop solar systems.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said in a so-called private letter ruling that a battery system that stores energy from an existing rooftop PV array is a “qualified solar electric property expenditure” and the owners may claim a tax credit even if they had already claimed the credit when installing the array.

    Click now for the story
    from decentralized Energy.com.

  • Even Better than Lithium Batteries?
    Power-to-Gas in Microgrids:
    Competitive with Batteries?

    Mar. 7, 2018 -Power-to-gas, a technology that converts excess renewable energy to gases that can be stored, is cost-competitive with lithium-ion batteries in microgrids, according to Matt Gregori, technology development manager, Southern California Gas.

    Southern California Gas recently conducted a computer simulation of using power-to-gas in an existing microgrid at University of California Irvine (UCI), and concluded that the amount of renewable energy used could jump from 3.5 percent to 35 percent, Gregori said.

    Click now for the story
    from Microgrid Knowledge.

  • Zero Energy School Buildings
    Learn While We Don’t Burn
    (Fossil Fuels, that is)

    Mar. 1, 2018 -Spring break is almost upon us and students are getting ready for some time away from reading, writing, and mid-terms. While students are hoping to return to high-scores, others may be returning to low scores – even zero. Zero energy buildings, that is.

    Zero energy buildings are defined by the Building Technologies Office (BTO) as extremely energy efficient buildings that can meet all annual consumption needs from renewable energy produced onsite. These buildings utilize a combination of innovative design strategies, efficient technologies, and improvements in the management of building operations to keep energy needs low. BTO works to help schools become zero energy “ready” by providing technical resources and guidance that results in ultra-efficient school buildings with reduced operating costs.

    Click now for the story from Renewable Energy World.

  • January and February

  • More Cities than You Think Run on Mostly Renewables
    More than 100 Cities Now
    Mostly Powered By Renewable Energy

    Feb. 27, 2018 - The number of cities reporting they are predominantly powered by clean energy has more than doubled since 2015, as momentum builds for cities around the world to switch from fossil fuels to renewable sources.

    Data published recently by the not-for-profit environmental impact researcher CDP found that 101 of the more than 570 cities on its books sourced at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources in 2017, compared to 42 in 2015.

    Click now for to read more from the  Guardian.

  • 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.

  • Diesel Power Prices Can Be Beat
    Solar-plus-Storage Helps
    Kauai Beat Diesel Power Prices

    Feb. 26, 2018 -A new solar-plus-storage project in Kauai, Hawaii, will provide power at 11 cents per kWh and help the island’s utility avoid the use of 3.7 million gallons of diesel annually.

    The price “is well below the cost of diesel,” David Bissell, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) president and CEO, said in a statement.

    Bloomberg reported last March that Tesla has a 20-year contract with KIUC to deliver electricity at 13.9 cents per kWh from a 13-MW solar park with 52 MWh of batteries. Bloomberg said at the time that the utility’s cost for power from diesel plants is 15.48 cents.

    Click to read more from Renewable Energy World.

  • IKEA - Renewables for Them and For Brits
    IKEA Renewable Electricity Plan Could
    Save Customers Over £300 Per Year

    Feb. 23, 2018 - IKEA has set a goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2020 — and they want their British customers to live more sustainably too. That’s why they’ve partnered with Big Clean Switch to help people transition to clean power. Using a collective switch model, they’ve secured “an exclusive tariff on 100 percent renewable electricity” — which could save households more than £300 each year.

    IKEA aims to help people make the change to a renewable electricity provider. According to Big Clean Switch, renewable electricity tariffs work like this: “When you’re on a renewable electricity tariff, your supplier promises to match the amount of electricity you take out of the National Grid by ensuring the same amount of renewable electricity is put in. The more this happens, the greener the Grid should get.”

    Click now for more from Inhabitat.

  • Puerto Rico School With Innovative Energy Solution
    Puerto Rico School Ditches
    Grid for Solar-plus-Storage

    Feb. 19, 2018 -High in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, a school that’s been without power for five months since Hurricane Maria has given up on the island’s utility.

    Classrooms at the SU Matrullas school in Orocovis are now entirely powered by solar panels and battery storage systems supplied by Sonnen GmbH and local developer Pura Energia. It comes after the school’s utility, bankrupt Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, has failed to restore electricity for more than a million people since the storm destroyed its grid, plunging the island into darkness.

    Click to shed sunlight on what’s been a very serious problem for the island, from Renewable Energy World.

  • The Future of Lithium Ion Batter Charging
    Charging Lithium Ion Batteries
    5 Times Faster than Today

    Feb. 18, 2018 -One of the challenges in moving to electric vehicles, is to offer a product that is better in every way to their fossil fuel based combustion engine counter parts. As far a possible zero emissions (if you use clean electricity to charge it), acceleration and level of required maintenance, electric wins hands down.

    Click now for the story from SolarThermal Magazine.

  • Europe Goes Big on Solar
    8.6 GW of Solar Installed in 2017
    a 28% Increase over 2016

    Feb. 16, 2018 -"Solar in Europe is growing, this is good news for the energy transition; now we need the right policies in place to make sure the EU can fully benefit from our clean energy technology,” James Watson, CEO of SolarPower Europe, said in a statement. “If the trade measures on imported solar panels were removed, according to a DG Justice and Consumers study we could see an increase in solar self-consumption in the EU of around 20-30 percent.”

    According to SolarPower Europe’s early estimate for solar installations, the largest European solar market in 2017 was Turkey, which grid-connected 1.79 GW last year, followed by Germany at 1.75 GW. SolarPower Europe said that final figures could place Germany in first place.

    Click now for more of the story from Renewable Energy World.


Jan - Feb (continued)

  • Sorry, Fossil Fuels, Renewables are Here to Stay
    2018 Renewable Outlook Stable:
    Renewables Can Now Self-Sustain

    Feb. 15, 2018 -The Trump administration is not likely to stop the growth of the renewables market in the U.S. The tax incentives rolled out during the Obama administration have served their purpose and the lion is now out of its cage. Renewables are here to stay.

    Click now for the rest of
    the story from Renewable Energy World.

  • The “H” With It
    A Better Way to Produce Clean Hydrogen

    Feb. 12, 2018 -It was not too long ago that everyone thought that the hydrogen economy would push aside the current fossil fuel based economy. The truth is that hydrogen is mostly made as a by product of the oil industry which defeats the purpose of moving to another fuel source to eliminate co2 emissions.

    There are other ways to make hydrogen, such as using the sun to split water into its components or you can use electricity to do the same. This clean hydrogen can then be used in a fuel cell to recombine hydrogen and oxygen to make again water and electricity as a by product. The economic truth about this is that it is currently the most expensive way to generate clean electricity. Until now….

    Click now for more
    from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • Solar in 2018: Who Are We Doing?
    Better Tech, Record-Breaking Installations

    Feb. 7, 2018 - Solar PV is becoming cheaper than ever. Almost every month, a new industry “low” is set and broken. In September 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the U.S. solar industry had achieved the 2020 utility-scale solar cost target of US $0.06/kWh, three years ahead of schedule and is moving toward the 2030 goal of $0.03/kWh. The following month, a solar tender for a 300 MW PV plant in Saudi Arabia was bid at the low price of US $0.179/kWh. This record was soon broken in Mexico with solar at $0.177/kWh November.

    Click now for the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Renewables Overtake Coal Power in the E.U.
    For First Time Wind, Solar,
    Biomass Overtake Coal Power in EU

    Feb. 2, 2018 -Power generated by wind, solar and biomass in the European Union overtook coal for the first time in 2017, a report by Germany’s climate lobbyist Agora Energiewende and U.K. think tank Sandbag showed.

    Wind and solar parks and biomass plants dotted from Ireland to Romania raised their share of gross generation in the 28-state trade bloc to 20.9 percent of all power last year, ahead of lignite and hard coal power at 20.6, said the two organizations. A year earlier, electricity from coal was ahead at 21.5 percent of the mix to the clean power group’s 18.8 percent.

    Click now for the story
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Hawaii Rides the Waves
    Irish Wave Developer Signs $5.25m Contract

    Jan. 31, 2018 - Irish wave developer Ocean Energy has signed a $5.25m contract with Oregon marine fabrication outfit Vigor to build its OE Buoy device to be installed off Hawaii. The up to 1.25MW unit weighing 750 tons will be deployed this autumn at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Pennwall’s HUB News.

  • Solar Power - Let’s Reflect on It
    Can Mirrors Boost Solar Panel Output
    — and Help Overcome Trump’s Tariffs?

    Jan. 29, 2018 - Most engineering efforts to lower solar power costs are aimed at increasing the efficiency of solar PV cells, which increases the number of watts produced by a given panel under standard test conditions. This is normally good, but the advantage is reduced with large tariffs that raise the price of solar panels.

    Working with a team in Canada, a group has shown that using mirrors to shine more sun on the panels can significantly crank up their output. The reflectors are placed opposite the solar panels to send more light toward the modules in front of them. The light that hits them is reflected back toward the solar panels to produce more electricity.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • The Case for Solar Tarrifs
    What We Need To Know

    Jan. 23, 2018 - On Monday, January 22, President Trump announced a new tariff on imported solar panels and cells under the guise of protecting American jobs. Here’s the story behind the story and why the real winner in the case is the fossil fuel industry – and the loser is the rest of us.

    It would’ve been easy to miss. Buried beneath all the headlines about the Senate budget deal on January 22 was another story involving President Trump with major implications. This one was about the president announcing he was imposing a 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells and modules to protect American manufacturers and workers from Chinese companies.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Climate Reality Project.

  • Budweiser - the King of Renewables
    ABInBev to Attach 100% Renewable
    Electricity Label To Budweiser Beers

    Jan. 24, 2018 - Budweiser, one of the world’s most recognizable beer names, is making a show of its commitment to its renewable energy targets by revealing that it will start attaching a 100% renewable electricity symbol on all Budweiser beers that are brewed with 100% renewable electricity.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABInBev), Budweiser’s parent company, announced this week that all Budweiser beers that are generated with 100% electricity will come bearing the below symbol. Budweiser is committed to brewing all of its beers around the world with 100% renewable electricity by 2025, following the commitments of Anheuser-Busch InBev which has similarly committed to sourcing all purchased electricity from renewable electricity.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Clean Technica.

  • Cuban Solar Open to Foreign Business
    UK’s Hive Energy Aims to Open Cuba’s
    First Fully Foreign-Owned Solar Park

    Jan. 23, 2018 - Cuba is preparing to open its first solar park 100 percent-owned by foreign investors. Hive Energy of the United Kingdom aims to start construction mid-2018 on a 50-MW project in the Mariel Special Economic Development Zone, one of the largest solar ventures on the island.

    Click now for the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Creating Energy With Solar Windows
    Green Builder to Begin Covering Office
    Buildings with Perovskite Solar Cells

    Jan. 19, 2018 - Sweden-based green builder Skanska this week said that it has secured a deal that will allow it to begin covering office buildings with perovskite solar cells on a commercial scale.

    Saule Technologies has been working on the application of ink-jet printing for making free-form perovskite solar modules since 2014. Last November, at IDTechEx Show in Santa Clara, Calif., the company presented a flexible, printed, perovskite photovoltaic module the size of an A4 sheet for the first time.

    Click now for the exciting
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • World Record for PV Efficiency Achieved
    Conversion Efficiency at 20.41%,
    From Monocrystalline PERC Module

    Jan. 28, 2018 -LONGi Solar announced that, according to a test conducted by TUV-SUD, the independent third-party certification test organization, the company's 60-cell PERC module achieved a photoelectric conversion efficiency of 20.41%, a new world record for a monocrystalline PERC module.

    The product tested was a P-type monocrystalline PERC module. Based on efficient PERC cell technologies and innovative design, the module realized a conversion efficiency of up to 20.41%, which is noteworthy in that this is the efficiency of a single side, and this technology takes the lead in the industry.

    Click now for rest of the story.

  • Shell Oil Betting on Solar
    Shell Bolsters Renewables Bet
    With Stake in US Solar Company

    Jan. 18, 2018 - Royal Dutch Shell PLC is investing in a U.S. solar energy developer, continuing its recent expansion into the electricity business.

    The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas producer will acquire a 44 percent stake in Nashville’s Silicon Ranch Corp., which owns and operates about 100 solar facilities across the U.S. The investment could be as high as $217 million in cash, depending on the company’s performance, making Shell the largest shareholder, according to a statement.

    Click now for the rest of
    the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Shockingly Good Clean Energy News
    Xcel Energy Receives Shockingly Low
    Bids for Colorado Electricity From Renewables

    Jan. 16, 2018 -Renewable-energy developers have offered to supply Xcel Energy with electricity at the lowest prices quoted in the U.S., including solar and wind options with energy storage priced below what coal-generated power in the state costs.

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • Why We’re Not a Solar-power Nation
    The Three Stumbling Blocks
    to a Solar-Powered Nation

    Jan. 14, 2018 - As a fraction of our energy mix, renewables in general and solar power in particular are growing faster than ever. What seemed like an impossibility just a decade ago—the displacement of fossil fuels from the U.S. power system, if not the world’s—is increasingly a reality. Here are three possible visions of our renewable-energy-powered future:

    1. There’s mass defection from power grids, as citizens and corporations alike end a dependence on regulated monopolies that date all the way back to the days of Thomas Edison.

    2. The same utility companies that now handle energy continue to oversee and balance a grid increasingly powered by renewable sources, and we hardly know the difference.

    3. The landscape gets politically messy and technologically diverse, varying by locale, as utilities, customers and politicians battle over new ways to produce and harvest energy.

    Click now for the rest of
    the Wall St. Journal story.

  • Solar and Wind Could Double by 2020
    US Utility-Scale Solar,
    Wind Capacity Could Double by 2020

    Jan. 5, 2018 - Proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar in the U.S. could total 116 GW by December 2020 — effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115.5 GW, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Energy Infrastructure Update, with data through Nov. 30, 2017.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Replacing Amazonian Mega-Dam with Renewables
    Brazil Vows to End Amazonian Mega-Dam
    Construction; Moves Toward Wind and Solar

    Jan. 5, 2018 - After years of criticism, the government of Brazil announced in January that it will end the era of building big hydropower dams in the Amazon. In an article in the O Globo newspaper, Paulo Pedrosa, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said that the government has no prejudice against big hydro but that the costs and risks now outweigh the benefits.

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • Fully Electric Bus Fleet For Chinese City
    Shenzhen Completes Switch To Fully
    Electric Bus Fleet. Electric Taxis Are Next

    Jan. 1, 2018 - Shenzhen, located just north of Hong Kong, is home to BYD, which happens to build electric vehicles, including buses. With a population approaching 12 million, Shenzhen has a lot of buses — 16,359 of them, to be precise — and as of this moment, every one of them is electric. Nicolas Zart filled us in last month on the city’s push to convert its bus fleet to electricity.

    Click now for the electrifying story from Clean Technica.

  • 2017

    October - December

  • Nissan Eases Electric Car Ownership
    Nissan Promotes Solar to
    Electric Vehicle Owners in Japan

    Dec. 28, 2017 - Nissan Motor Co. in the New Year is promoting free solar panel installations for owners of the company’s new electric-powered LEAF in Japan.

    The 100-percent electric LEAF was released in September, and the company said its joint campaign with solar provider Ecosystem Japan aims to promote the use of clean energy to power the electric vehicle.

    Click now to get even more
    charged up on electric vehicles.

  • 2018: The U.S. Navy Gets It on Renewable Energy
    Microgrid to Support US Navy’s
    Mission-Critical Activity in Hawaii

    Dec. 27, 2017 - The U.S. Department of the Navy (DON) last week agreed to lease land on Pacific Missile Range Facility—Barking Sands (PMRF) on Kauai Island, Hawaii, for the development of a microgrid that will supply local area power and support mission-critical base activities in the event of a power outage.

    Click now for the complete
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • 2018: See What's Cooking
    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. Here are four trends to follow in the New Year.

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

  • South Australia Gets It Right
    South Australian Government
    to Be Powered by Solar, Wind

    Dec. 21, 2017 - New electricity retailer SIMEC ZEN Energy has won the contract to supply the South Australian Government until at least 2020.

    Under the contract, SIMEC ZEN Energy will supply more than 80 percent of the government’s electricity needs in 2018. This will escalate to 100 percent in 2019 when it will be backed by local renewable energy projects.

    Click now to read more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Affordable Housing: Solar is the Way to Go
    Solar Helps Reduce Costs for
    Affordable Housing in California

    Dec. 21, 2017 - Affordable housing nonprofit LINC Housing yesterday said its SEED Partners unit has installed new solar PV systems at five LINC properties in California.

    LINC said that aggregation of the solar projects allowed the organization to leverage tax credits and available incentive programs.

    Click now to read the rest of the story.

  • Renewable Energy Could Suffer in Some States
    As States Update Rules for Solar
    No Guarantee of Friendlier Policies

    Dec. 21, 2017 - Missouri is the latest state where utility regulators are reevaluating outdated rules on customer-owned solar power and other distributed energy sources.

    The experience of two neighboring states shows there’s no guarantee the effort will result in policies that are more favorable for renewable power.

    Click now for the troubling
    news from Renewable Energy World.

  • BP Is Back in the Solar Energy World
    BP Re-Enters Solar Power Market
    With $200 Million UK Deal

    Dec. 20, 2017 - After a six-year absence, BP Plc returned to the solar energy business with a $200 million investment in a British company that develops and maintains photovoltaic farms in Europe.

    Click for the story from Renewable Energy World

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  • Holidays Solar Wish List
    18 Solar Wishes for the Holidays

    Dec. 18, 2017 - 'Tis the season to…come up with a 2018 solar wish list? Yes, that’s precisely what we have compiled. Some of these wishes are realistic, others are not…like that 120 crayon Crayola pack that never made its way under the tree. Check out our #SolarWishList, and please feel free to add to the list, by utilizing the comment section.

    Click now to see Renewable Energy
    's list, and add some of your own.

  • New York Can Be Is a Solar City
    Tesla Opens New York Store
    for Solar, Cars and Storage

    Dec. 15, 2017 - If there’s any doubt Tesla Inc. isn’t just a car company anymore, its brand-new Manhattan showroom should put it to bed. On Friday, Tesla opens a store in New York’s Meatpacking District that, for the first time, will sell cars, solar panels and batteries permanently under one roof.

    Click for the complete
    Renewable Energy World story.

  • Costa Rica Leads the Way in Renewable Energy
    In Latin America, A New
    Leader in Renewable Energy

    Dec. 12, 2017 -Latin America’s progress in tackling climate change is excelling and showing that its ambition plans are positioning this region as a new leader in renewable energy. In response to the threats of climate change, Latin America is taking bold climate actions to invest in renewable energy projects and adopting new energy policies to mitigate climate change impacts. As one of the most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change, many Latin American countries showed their desire for a greener world at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) developing strategic plans to increase the deployment of renewable energy and reduce greenhouse emissions.

    Click now to for more
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • World's Biggest Floating Solar Project
    China Three Gorges Starts It Up

    Dec 11, 2017 - A unit of China Three Gorges Corp. is building a 1 billion yuan ($151 million) floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s eastern province of Anhui.

    China Three Gorges New Energy Co. started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant has connected to the grid, according to a Dec. 10 statement. The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that formed after a coal mine collapsed, according to the unit. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018.

    Click to read the rest from Renewable Energy World.

  • Calls For Marine Energy in Scotland
    Scottish Minister Calls for
    Increased Government Support

    De. 8, 2017 - Although already at the forefront of global marine energy development, Member of Parliament Alistair Carmichael is looking to further secure Scotland's status by imploring the government to further support the sector via its recently released industrial strategy.

    Click tp read the HydroWorld aericle.

  • Driving Up Renewable Energy Demand
    Corporates Are Rocking the Grid

    Dec. 6, 2017 -Speakers in a session on utility-scale renewable power during POWERGEN 2017 presented evidence that corporate buyers are driving an unprecedented demand for renewable energy today and will continue to do so into the future.

    In #RocktheGrid - New Market Demand for Renewables, Lily Donge of the Rocky Mountain Institute and head of the Business Renewables Center (BRC), an organization that helps corporations understand how to buy renewable energy, said that this year 16 corporations have signed deals to purchase renewable energy and of those 16, 13 are new, indicating the growing interest.

    Click for the article in Renewable Energy World.

  • The Switch to Renewables Can Save $Millions
    How the Energy Imbalance Market Is
    Unleashing Renewables and Saving Millions

    Dec. 5, 2017 - Energy markets around the world are seeing more renewables integration, and they are working to accommodate that additional clean energy by regionalizing power grid operations.

    Click to read the entireRenewable Energy Worldarticle.

  • Google Offsets 100% Clean Energy
    Google is Officially Off-Setting 100% of Its
    Energy Usage With Either Wind Or Solar Power

    Nov. 30, 2017 - The company signed contracts on three wind power plants in recent days to bring them over 3GW of production capacity.

    Google’s energy infrastructure investments have totaled over $3.5 billion globally, with about two-thirds being in the US.

  • Aussies to Test Giant Battery
    Elon Musk's Giant Battery Set
    for Testing in the Australian Outback

    Nov. 27,2017 - Billionaire Elon Musk’s giant battery being built in the Australian outback will be energized in coming days and begin testing, indicating Tesla Inc. is on track to meet a 100-day self-imposed deadline to install the system.

    Tesla power packs have now been fully installed on a site near a wind farm north of Adelaide and will be tested to ensure the battery meets standards laid down by the energy market operator, the South Australia state government said in a statement Thursday.

    Click now for the Renewble Energy World story.

  • Concentrated Solar - Turm Up the Heat!
    To Make It Really
    Work,Turn Up the Heat

    Nov. 21, 2017 - A 200-foot tower stands centered in front of a field of rotating mirrors on the southern edge of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    It’s the National Solar Thermal Test Facility, operated by Sandia National Laboratories, where scientists are working to develop hotter, cheaper, and more efficient technologies for concentrating solar power.

    Click for the story in Technology Review.

  • Utilities Accepting Renewables as Reliable Sources
    Electric Utilities Accept Wind and Solar
    as Reliable Sources, Plan for the Long Haul

    Nov. 20, 2017 - Despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that the Clean Power Plan is being repealed, the attractive cost of renewables and improvements in battery storage technology mean that wind- and solar-generated power are here to stay.

    Click now for the Renewble Energy World article.

  • Tesla's Electric Semi - Can It Keep On Truckin'?
    Sounds Amazing — But What Will It Cost?

    Nov. 17, 2017 - Elon Musk wants big rigs to trade their diesel for electrons. Last night, the Tesla CEO unveiled his hotly anticipated truck (and also decided to throw the announcement of a new $200,000 super car in for good measure). The Verge has a nice nine-minute highlight reel of the event, in case you’d like to watch the grand unveil with your own eyes.

    The real news here isn’t the car, even if it will go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 1.9 seconds. Nope, it’s the electric tractor-trailer, which has been the source of much speculation since Musk announced its development last summer. To hear him speak, you would be compelled to think that this is undoubtedly the future of trucking, or at least it will be when it launches, which is expected to be in 2019—though the firm isn’t exactly known for its punctuality.

    Click now for the M.I.T. Technology Review story.

  • Massachusetts Gets SMART on Solar
    State Opens RFP for the
    First 100 MW of “Smart” Solar

    Nov. 17, 2017 - On November 13, utilities in Massachusetts announced that they would begin to accept bids pursuant to the new “Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target" or "SMART” program, which seeks to ultimately add up to 1,600 MW of solar capacity to the Mass. grid.

    Click for the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Material Shortages Could Put a Damper on Solar
    Solar Companies Scramble to
    Find a Critical Raw Material

    Nov. 15, 2017 - Solar manufacturers are being battered by higher costs and smaller margins after an unexpected shortage of a critical raw material.

    Prices of polysilicon, the main component of photovoltaic cells, spiked as much as 35 percent in the past four months after environmental regulators in China shut down several factories.

    Click for the story in Renewable Energy World.

  • Grids of the Future
    Villages Embracing 4th Industrial
    Revolution Faster than Cities

    Nov. 10, 2017 - An article on the Grid of the Future, where prosumers are both the producers and consumers of the power. It talks about how people will be able to use decentralized microgrids and not be dependent on centralized grid infrastructure for their energy needs. But if you look at the villages in rural India, Bangladesh and Africa, they seem to be already doing that.

    Click now for details.

  • PV Job Training for S. Carolina
    Cypress Creek Launching Solar Job
    Training, Invests $1.5B for 2gw of PV

    Nov 06, 2017 - Cypress Creek Renewables is set to launch a partnership with Greenville Technical College in order to grow South Carolina’s PV workforce and spur the state’s economy. This partnership will assist the state’s PV sector by helping to train and prepare the next generation of energy workers.

    Click now for the PV Tech article.

  • Energy Storage Can Help Africa Catch Up
    What Is the Business Case
    for Energy Storage in Africa?

    Nov. 7, 2017 - A common element of the energy storage discussion is that the growth of storage projects appears unstoppable, while their cost will continue dropping. So, has the time arrived to start developing African energy storage projects and what are the current opportunities and barriers to overcome?.

    Click now to learn what was discussed at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF), which recently took place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Caribbean Hurricane Disasters - A Possible Solution
    Portable Solar Can
    Help in the Long Term

    Nov. 6, 2017 - In the wake of the disasters in the Caribbean brought on by the recent hurricane season, there has been plenty of discussion about how solar generators can be a persuasive solution for cutting costs and increasing security. But when discussing portable solar in this context, it’s always relegated to the extreme peaks of disaster relief to provide short-term solutions for small problems.

    Click now for the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Iowa Also Wants to Do It Wth Solar
    They're Already One of the
    Leaders in Wind Energy

    Nov. 3, 2017 - Iowa is a wind energy superpower, second only to Texas in total wind generation. The Hawkeye State generates enough wind energy to power nearly two million homes and employ more than 9,000 up and down the wind energy supply chain.

    Click now for the good news
    story fromRenewable Energy World.

  • Promising a Major Solar Performance Boost
    This Is How One Firm
    Is Proposing to Do It

    Nov. 2, 2017 - Solar entrepreneur Bill Gross, the CEO of Edisun Microgrids, has successfully penetrated the commercial and industrial solar market segment with dual-axis trackers, promising a 30 percent performance boost for a cost increase of only 10 percent compared with a standard fixed-tilt PV installation, at optimal U.S. locations, he says.

    Click now for the story from
    Renewable Energy World.

  • A Solar Inverter Roadmap
    A Roadmap for California's
    Certified “Smart Inverters”

    October 17, 2017 - Unlike government officials who are supposed to be protecting our envirobnent, Solar Inverters are becoming more intelligent this year. California’s Rule 21, which is now partially in effect, governs the safety of PV arrays and their interconnection communications with the local investor-owned utility.

    The rule has three basic phases, of which the first came into effect Sept. 8 under a draft resolution of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The effective date for the other two phases has not yet been set, however a CPUC vote on the draft resolution is set for October 12, and a California Smart Inverter Working Group (SWIG) workshop on Phases 2 and 3 is scheduled for Nov. 17.

    Click now for the Renewable Energy World story.

  • A Smarter Energy Grid Though Blockchain
    How Blockchain Could Give
    Us a Smarter Energy Grid

    October 16, 2017 - On an electricity grid, electrons generated from the sun, wind, or other renewable sources are indistinguishable from those generated by fossil fuels. To keep track of how much clean energy is produced, governments around the world have created systems based on tradable certificates

    Click for Technology Review's research.

  • Et Tu, Shell Oil?
    Shell Buys Slice of the Electric
    Vehicle Market With Purchase of NewMotion

    Oct. 13, 2017 - As the uptake of electric vehicles accelerates, oil and gas majors have continued to grapple with how much to invest in a technology that could put them out of business. On Friday, Royal Dutch Shell made arguably the most striking vote of confidence in electric cars from a major yet: buying electric charging company NewMotion.

    Click to read the
    "shocking" electric car news.

  • Electrics: It's Only a Matter of Time
    The Rise of Electric Vehicles
    and the Fall of Gas Engines Is a
    Matter of When, Not If

    Oct. 13, 2017 - PLUG-IN HYBRID (PHEV) and ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV): The electrification of powertrains continues as automakers roll out everything from subcompact compliance cars to electrified supercars to improve efficiency and optimize power. Tesla Model 3 is just the prong on the charge cord of available plug-in vehicles. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Volskwagen, Volvo, Hyundai have announced electrification plans for dozens of vehicles by 2020. Plug-in sales have grown 32 percent annually since 2013 (41 percent globally), and most autonomous vehicle plans are based on electric cars.

    Click to read the story
    from the Chicago Trib.

  • Solar Did Well During Storms - Did Your Power Source?
    Solar’s Remarkable Survival in
    the Most Extreme Weather

    October 12, 2017 - As the Atlantic continues to churn out some of the deadliest storms on record, the repercussions continue to rock the South and southeastern U.S. Whether it is the physical impact of the recent storms on solar projects or the economic impact throughout energy markets, how do these events affect the solar industry, and to what extent?

    Read the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Solar: The Race is On - Literally!
    Stanford Team Takes Ambitious
    Car to the World Solar Challenge

    October 11, 2017 - The 20 students and their car, Sundae, entered the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. A rule change limiting a car’s solar array size could make this year’s race the most challenging yet.

    “This change required us to aggressively optimize Sundae’s aerodynamics,” said the team’s engineering lead, Max Drach ’17. “Sundae’s aerobody has 20 percent less drag at race speeds than our 2015 car, Arctan.”

  • The Dawning of the Solar Age
    Sing It! This Is the
    Dawning of the Age of Solar

    Oct. 2, 2017 - Solar power grew faster than any other source of fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead.

    Click now for the Bloomberg News story.

  • World's Largest Solar Park - Dubai - Where Else?
    Dubai: The Solar Tipping Point

    Oct. 5, 2017 - Take a video trip to Dubai to witness a sustainability marvel.

    Click now to watch.

  • Tidal Energy Will Come to Cape Cod Canal
    U.S. Tidal Test Site Developer Receives
    Final Approval From Corps

    Oct 4, 2017 - he U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued its final approval for the Bourne Tidal Test Site, paving the way for the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative to proceed with the installation of a test platform in the Cape Cod Canal.

    Click now for a flood of information.

  • Battery Entrepreneur's Challenging Venture
    Battery Entrepreneurs Tackle
    Clean Energy’s Biggest Problem

    October 3, 2017 - MIT’s Yet-Ming Chiang has launched a flow battery startup aimed at making renewable energy competitive with fossil fuels.

    Click for the M.I.T. Energy Review story.

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    August and September

  • Hey, These Solar Panels Are On a Roll
    Roll-up Solar Panels
    Power Flat Holm Island

    Oct. 2, 2017 - Roll-up solar panels are being used to help power an island off the coast of Cardiff.

    The Rapid Roll system allows flexible solar panels to be unrolled like a carpet from a trailer in two minutes.

    The pioneering technology aims to meet demands from increased tourism and environmental and logistical challenges on Flat Holm.

    Click for the story from BBC News.

  • $2B Cost Estimated for VA Pumped Storage
    Study for Pumped Storage Hydropower
    in Virginia Indicates Est. Cost at US$2 Billion

    Oct 2, 2017 - Dominion Energy, which currently manages the largest pumped storage hydroelectric project in the U.S., announced results from a study it commissioned on building a proposed pumped storage hydropower facility in the coalfield region of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Click to read the economic
    benefits of this move.

  • Tidal /Wind Energy to Produce Hydrogen
    Tidal and Wind Used to
    Produce Hydrogen in Orkney, Scotland

    Sept. 29, 2017 - Tidal and wind energy are being used to generate hydrogen in a pilot project installed in Orkney, Scotland, called Surf ‘n’ Turf.

    The project was launched earlier this week by Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Government’s Business, Innovation and Energy Minister. He officially unveiled the newly installed hydrogen fuel cell at Kirkwall Pier. Other elements of the system, including an electrolyser, have already been installed. The facility produced the “world’s first tidal-powered hydrogen” in August, the European Marine Energy Centre says.

    This project seeks to “circumvent local grid constraints by generating hydrogen from tidal and wind energy.”

  • There's Energy in that Evaporating Water
    Energy from Evaporating Water
    Could Rival Wind and Solar

    Sept. 26, 2017 - A vast source of renewable energy has been sitting under our noses. Evaporating water could supply enormous volumes of clean electricity, if we can only harness it.Evaporation is the process by which liquids turn into gases, generally when they are heated up. Every day, vast amounts of water evaporate from lakes and rivers, powered by heat energy from the sun. The scale of this energy is considerable.

    Click for the story from New Scientist

  • The Corporate Rush Towards Clean Energy
    Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They
    Will Run on 100% Clean Energy

    September 21, 2017 - Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. announced they will get all of their energy from renewables in a few years, another show of corporate support for climate action running counter to U.S. President Donald Trump’s view on the issue.

    The New York-based banks are aiming for their operations to be carbon-neutral, Morgan Stanley by 2022 and Citi by the end of the decade, according to separate statements from the companies. Both plan to buy power from clean energy projects.

    Click for the news you can (hopefully) bank on.

  • Political Change Blowing in the N.J. Wind
    Change in Leadership Could Help N.J.
    Fulfill Its Offshore Wind Potential

    September 21, 2017 - New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has an environmental plan for the state that includes setting an offshore wind target of 3,500 MW by 2030.

    Click to see why you should
    not stay home on Election Day.

  • UAE Solar Park Scores Big!
    Massive UAE Solar Park Secures 700-MW
    Concentrated Solar Power Expansion

    September 18, 2017 - The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) over the weekend awarded the 700-MW fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located south of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    The concentrated solar power (CSP) project was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric, DEWA said, adding that the consortium bid the lowest levelized cost of electricity at US$0.073/kWh.

  • Solar Helped After Irma Hit
    After Irma, Solar Kept Some
    Homes & City's Traffic Lights Running

    Sept. 15, 2017 - By using energy storage with solar panels, some homeowners were able to go off-grid, showing how distributed power could speed future storm recovery.

    Click to read on.

  • Companies Threatened by Solar Trade Case
    Solar Manufacturing Profiles:
    Companies Under Threat

    September 11, 2017 - If a case currently before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) results in petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld winning the relief they seek for solar panel pricing, Schletter President and CEO Rusty Schmit says his solar mounting systems manufacturing business could be cut in half.

    That would be a loss of about 100 jobs, according to a new Profiles in American Solar Manufacturing report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in advance of Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week.

  • Spread Sunshine All Over the Place
    How India Can Export
    Sunshine Around the World

    September 8, 2017 - Solar energy is a free source of non-polluting renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible. Most people are aware of photovoltaics (PV), and that solar panels can be used to generate electricity and produce hot water.

    Now experts have developed techniques to convert sunlight into “solar fuels.” The process involves exposing water molecules to sunlight to separate the hydrogen and oxygen atoms, and then combining the hydrogen with carbon dioxide to create liquid fuels.

    The generated hydrogen can also be condensed (under pressure at very low temperatures) into liquid hydrocarbon fuels (LH2), simple hydrogen gas, and metal hydride, or converted to methanol.t

    For the story and
    graphs. click now.

  • More Durable, Less Expensive Fuel Cells
    New Technology:
    Could Speed Up Fuel Cell Vehicles Production

    September 5, 2017 - A new technology has been created that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green alternative to internal combustion engines because they produce power through electrochemical reactions, leaving no pollution behind. Platinum is the most common catalyst in the type of fuel cells used in vehicles, but it's expensive. The UD team used a novel method to come up with a less expensive catalyst.

  • Renewables in the European Union
    Special Report: Prioritizing
    Access in Member States

    Sept 5, 2017 - With a revision to the European Union's Renewable Energy Directive looming, EU Member States are facing a potential renewable energy target of 35 percent for 2030, up from 27 percent.

    What programs are helping advance renewable energy in the EU, and what are EU Member States doing now that will ensure they can deliver on new long-term clean energy goals? Our guide highlights the work in the region that is prioritizing access for renewable technologies now and into the future.

  • NREL and Swiss Scientists for Solar Efficiency
    They Power Past Solar Efficiency Records

    August 30, 2017 - Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.

    Read the whole story by clicking now.

  • Utah Solar Customers Grandfathered In
    Rate Standoff Reaches Settlement

    August 31, 2017 - After months of negotiations with Rocky Mountain Power, a settlement agreement with the utility will ensure rooftop solar continues in Utah — for now.

    Click now to read the whole article.

  • "Customer Grid” of the Future
    Solar, Batteries, Smart Inverters
    and EVs Could do the Trick

    August 25, 2017 - As homeowners and businesses continue to install energy generating equipment like batteries and solar PV behind their meters, forward-looking utilities such as San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) are piloting projects that will help them figure out not just how to use them to strengthen the grid but also how to compensate those DER owners for the use of their equipment.

    New regulation will take effect in September in California that will require all inverters connected to the utility grid be “smart inverters,” with technology installed that will give utilities the ability to communicate with them, should they wish. With communications protocols embedded in four-quadrant inverters, solar + battery systems could theoretically provide volt/var support and serve as both energy sinks and energy generators depending on what the grid needs moment by moment.

  • The Cost Benefits of Energy Storage
    Five Million Commercial
    Customers Could Cut Costs

    August 25, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Energy Group (CEG) have released the first comprehensive public analysis detailing the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States

    NREL analyzed over 10,000 utility tariffs in 48 states, finding that more than five million of the 18 million commercial customers across the country may be able to cost-effectively reduce their utility bills with battery storage technologies.

  • Should Power Companies Go Carbon-Free?
    Thinking Beyond Trump

    August 23, 2017 - When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years — 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much can change during that time.

    Click now to read up.

  • Solar at the National Museum of Bermuda
    Achieving Sustainability with Solar

    August 23, 2017 - The National Museum of Bermuda has capitalized on the advantageous conditions with the recent launch of the largest ground-mounted solar project in the country. So far, so ordinary for a country with the climate of Bermuda. But the background to the project, and the long-term impact it’ll have on the community, is what truly sets it apart.

  • Home Depot Goes Solar Rooftop Route
    The Chain to Lease 50
    Store Rooftops for Solar Power

    August 21, 2017 - The Home Depot last week said that it will use power purchase agreements to lease rooftop space for 50 of its stores.

    The company is working with Tesla and GE subsidiary Current on the project. Store locations are in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.

    The project is said to reduce grid electricity demand by about 35% annually at each Home Depot store.

  • Microgrid Gets a Kick from Champlain
    100% Renewable Powered Microgrid
    in Illinois Islands for 24 Hours

    August 18, 2017 - On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.

    The test focused specifically on the 50-kW microgrid at the site, which powers an Ameren research facility. The complete microgrid includes 225 kW of renewable generation (PV solar and wind) and 250 kW / 500 kWh of battery energy storage.

  • Solar Power Not Just Benefitting Users
    How an Arkansas Co-op Used Solar
    Power to Help Retain a Major Employer

    Aug. 17, 2017 - An electric cooperative in rural Arkansas is finding that solar power is not only benefiting its members, it’s helped to keep a major employer in the community.

    Ouachita Electric Cooperative may have broken new ground by how it helped arrange a dual power purchase agreement with its wholesale power supplier in order to help a defense contractor build its presence near the co-op’s hometown of Camden.

    Click now for to learn more
    from Renewable Energy World.

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  • A Chinese Province Ran for 9 Days of Renewable Energy
    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 Monthly.

  • Iowa’s 2 Gigawatt 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” Idea
    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.

  • This Wind Turbine is HUGE
    The Latest Nordex Wind Turbine Produces 4.8 Megawatts!

    June 2, 2018 -Wind turbines are getting bigger and taller and more and more powerful. This is especially true for offshore wind turbines where size is only limited by our engineering expertise. One company Nordex is on the leading edge for development of the most powerful range of wind turbines.

    Their Latest model is the N133/4.8. This new design has a rated output of 4.8 Megawatt (MW) and a rotor diameter of 133 metres. ( that explains the model name right?).With hub heights of 78, 83 and 110 meters, Nordex makes sure, that strict height limitations can be observed and that the turbine can be operated efficiently and safely even in complex sites and with height limitations of 145 meters. The N133/4.8 is the most powerful turbine in the Nordex portfolio.

    Click now to read more
    from Solar Thermal Magazine.

  • The Answer, My Friend…
    Offshore Wind Finally Gets Blowing In the US

    May 25, 2018 -In 2016, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed energy legislation that, among other things, called for 1,600 MW of new offshore wind energy by 2027. That led to a solicitation for 400 MW last year, bid on by three wind developers.

    Earlier this week, the state picked a winner: the 800 MW Vineyard Wind project off the coast of southern Massachusetts, which will start construction in 2019.

    Click now for more from  VOX.com>.

  • The Challenges Wind Faces
    And What We Can Do About Them

    May 9, 2018 - The statistics are clear: Wind energy is on the rise, with a 20% increase in wind energy jobs in 2016, compared to the year before. Wind infrastructure is becoming more commonplace and so are the benefits free power gives to landowners, investors and everyday Americans.

    Click now for the challenges,
    presented by Renewable Energ World.

  • Reviving an Important N.J. Wind Project
    Bill Sent to NJ Governor to Revive
    Fishermen’s Offshore Wind Project

    Apr 13, 2017 -New Jersey legislators yesterday approved a bill that would allow the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to consider an amended application for the 24-MW Fishermen’s Energy offshore wind project.

    EDF Renewable Energy last week said that it entered into a preliminary agreement with Fishermen’s Energy to acquire the fully developed 24-MW project sited in New Jersey territorial waters off the coast of Atlantic City. The BPU rejected a previous application for the project, and Fishermen’s Energy suspended operations for the project in 2016.

    The bill directs the BPU to accept an amended application and consider any relevant information filed in connection with the prior project application in undertaking its review, according to a statement from the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

    Click now to read the whole story from
    the Renewable Energy World.

  • Wind Energy Record For Scotland
    Scotland Breaks Offshore Wind Records
    with Powerful Turbines and Innovative Foundations

    Apr. 10, 2018 - According to Vattenfall, two offshore wind industry firsts have been achieved in Scotland. On April 9, the company announced that it successfully installed the world’s most powerful single turbine — an 8.8-MW behemoth standing 191 meters to blade tip and boasting a nacelle that is larger than the London Eye.

    The turbine is one of 11 that will be installed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Wind Turbines Safe For Birds Than Thought
    Wind Power Results in Very
    Few Bird Deaths Overall

    Feb. 21, 2018 - Wind power critics sometimes try to say that this form of clean, renewable energy is bogus because a number of bird deaths result each year from collisions with wind turbines and towers.

    What they fail to mention is the context, so they leave out certain very key facts.

    The number of birds killed by wind turbines is relatively tiny. “Collisions with wind turbines account for about one-tenth of a percent of all ‘unnatural’ bird deaths in the United States each year. And of all bird deaths, 30 percent are due to natural causes, like baby birds falling from nests,” according to AWEA.

    Click now for more from CleanTechnica.

  • The German Bard (not to be confused with Shakespeare)
    German Bard in Fine Voice

    Feb. 14, 2018 - The 400MW Bard Offshore 1 project was the most productive offshore wind farm in Germany in 2017, generating about 1.49 terrawatt-hours of electricity, according to operator Ocean Breeze Energy. Output from the project, which increased by 13% on the previous year, represented about 8% of the country’s total offshore wind output of 18.3TWh last year, the company said.

    Click now to read more from PennWell HUBS .

  • Block Island Wind is the Wind to Ride
    AWEA Releases Underwater Footage of
    Block Island Wind Farm’s Artificial Reef

    Feb. 14, 2018 - When the Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF) foundations were put in place in 2015, many fishermen were worried. How would these giant metal formations set into the ocean change the game for commercial and recreational fisherman? Would they restrict fishing, causing these small business-owners to lose money and their livelihood?

    Click now to see how it didn’t turn out
    so bad in a story from Renewable Energy World .

  • Wind Power When the Wind Doesn’t Blow
    Wind-plus-Storage Takes Shape in Australia

    Jan. 30, 2018 - As Australia begins to expand its plans for more wind farms backed up by batteries, Singapore-based Nexif Energy has broken ground on a 212-MW wind farm in South Australia that will include fast-response storage capacity.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • 7 Ways to Procure Offshore Power
    New York’s Offshore Wind Master Plan

    Jan. 30, 2018 - New York this week released its much-anticipated Offshore Wind Master Plan, moving the state forward in its work to develop 2.4 GW of offshore wind by 2030.

    Concurrent with the release of the master plan, the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) also filed with state regulators options for cost-effective contracts for the offshore wind projects that will drive development of the state’s first 800-MW procurement round.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Big Wind Order For GE Clean Energy
    ALLETE Orders PTC-qualifying
    Wind Turbines from GE

    Jan. 17, 2018 -ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc., announced a 40-MW purchase of wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy. The turbines qualify for 80% of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and would create more than 400 MW of additional qualified wind projects through 2021.

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • There’s an Awful Lot of Wind in Brazil
    How Big Will Brazil's
    Wind Power Market Get?

    Jan. 16, 2018 -In northeast Brazil, beyond the resorts and pristine beaches, lie some of the world’s best winds for generating electricity.

    Welcome to Serra Branca. It’s a wind generator’s heaven, featuring breezes so perfect for spinning turbines that this Brazilian region is capable of churning out more wind energy than any other part of the world. In the latest testament to the region’s wind bounty, a French renewable energy company, Voltalia SA, just won contracts to build more farms there that’ll sell the cheapest wind power Brazil has ever seen.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • California: Say Hello to Wyoming Wind
    How to Get Wyoming Wind to California,
    and Cut 80% of U.S. Carbon Emissions

    Dec. 28, 2017 - Several miles south of Rawlins, Wyoming, on a cattle ranch east of the Continental Divide, construction crews have begun laying down roads and pads that could eventually underpin up to 1,000 wind turbines. Once complete, the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre project could generate around 12 million megawatt-hours of electricity annually, making it the nation’s largest wind farm.

    But how do you get that much wind power to where it’s actually needed?

    Click now to find out.

  • Wind & Storage Combine
    Bids Are in for Massachusetts Offshore
    Wind Procurement; Storage Included

    Dec. 28, 2017 - Offshore wind power proposals were due today in response to a request for proposals (RFP) by three utilities in Massachusetts. Companies submitting their bids presented options that could help give their projects a boost in the selection process, including scalable transmission and energy storage project components.

    For more on this story from
    Renewable Energy World, Click now .

  • Global Wind Energy Insight
    Work Harder, Be Smarter in 2018

    Dec.20, 2017 - 2017 has been yet another tumultuous year. Cratering prices for wind and solar. The South African stand-off at the OK corral continues. The Indian market drops through the floor as procurement schemes change. On the bright side, wind and solar are hailed by all and sundry as the inevitable technology leaders going forward. And back in Washington…

    Click now to read the full
    article from Renewable Energy World.

  • What's In Store for European Wind?
    Wind in Europe — How Does It Blow?

    Dec. 18, 2017 - Europe maintains a healthy market but is looking forward to fresh energy and climate ambitions to add certainty over what the post-2020 landscape will mean for new wind power.

    Trade association WindEurope reports that wind power is providing over half of all new generating capacity being installed across the EU member states, with onshore providing the majority.

    Click for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Where to Put That Next Offshore Windfarm
    New North Sea Wind Atlas to
    Inform Future Offshore Developments

    Nov.15, 2017 - Wind farm operators in the North Sea will have a new atlas for wind resources in the region to help them identify how much power they can generate and how robust turbines should be.

    Energy research Center of the Netherlands (ECN) last week said it is working with Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute and Delft University of Technology affiliate Whiffle for the Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas project created in June. The project will run through the end of 2019..

    Click to read the Renewable Energy World story.

  • Cape Wind Project Bites the Bullet
    It’s over: Cape Wind Ends
    Controversial Wind-Farm Project

    Dec 1, 2017 - Cape Wind Associates announced today that it has ceased the development of its proposed offshore wind farm and is surrendering its federal lease for 46 square miles in Nantucket Sound, officially putting an end to a 16-year effort to build the controversial project.

    Click to read the article.

  • Big Pledge for Offshore Wind Research
    Deepwater Wind Pledges $1 Million
    to Offshore Wind Research

    Nov. 28, 2017 - In a move that would help offshore wind farms and fishing industries coexist in the U.S., Deepwater Wind recently pledged $1 million in research funding for the University of Massachusetts.

    The money would be used over five years for the Blue Economy Initiative and is contingent on approval of Deepwater Wind’s Revolution Wind offshore project by state utilities. The 144-MW Revolution Wind project, which would be sited in Deepwater’s federal lease off the coast of Massachusetts, would be combined with energy storage, according to the company. The developer submitted a bid for the project in July, and the selection of projects for negotiation is expected in January 2018.

    Click to read the Renewable Energy World article.

  • NJ Election Could Be Positive for Wind
    New Democratic Governor in New Jersey Could
    Ignite State’s Offshore Wind Sector

    Nov.8, 2017 - Control of the governor’s seat in New Jersey is moving to a Democrat — a shift that could be a big win for wind power in the state’s waters. Phil Murphy won the New Jersey gubernatorial election yesterday over Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

    Despite having legislation in place since 2010 calling for mechanisms to support offshore wind development, including authorization of offshore wind energy credits, New Jersey never achieved any progress on that front.

    Click to read more from Renewable Energy World.

  • U.S. and Denmark Agree to Share Information
    Positive News, But Will It
    Lead to Positive Results?

    Oct. 31, 2017 - W Despite a huge potential, only a vanishingly small part of the United States power supply comes from offshore wind. A new collaboration, which the Minister of energy, supply and climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt has agreed with US Interior Minister Ryan Zinke, might help change.

    Click to read the Renewable Energy World story.

  • China Makes a Big Bet on Offshore Wind
    China’s Wind PowerCapacity Accounted
    for 42.7% of the 2016 Global Total

    Oct. 24, 2017 - In China, the year witnessed newly added wind power capacity of about 23 GW, decreasing 24 percent from a year earlier, according to data released by the Chinese Wind Energy Association.

    The country’s total installed wind power capacity reached 169 GW. Remarkably, the installed capacity of the onshore wind power sector decreased, while offshore saw an increase of more than 60 percent. The country installed 154 wind turbines last year, with a total capacity of 590 MW, an increase of 64 percent year on year.

    Click now for the Renewable Energy World article.

  • Testing Offshore Wind Turbine Near Charleston, S.C.
    MHI Vestas Selects US Facility to Test
    9.5-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Nacelle

    October 24, 2017 - wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced that it is making a $35 million investment with Clemson University to test its newest 9.5-MW gearbox at Clemson’s facility in Charleston, SC. The investment comes with a five-year contract and is an important first step for the manufacturer as it eyes the U.S. market.

    The company said it intends to set up a U.S. office in a soon-to-be-decided location in early 2018 to officially enter the U.S. market.

    Click to read the article
    from Renewable Energy World

  • Wind: We've Got the Power!
    Open Ocean Wind Turbines Could Provide
    Enough Electricity to Power the Entire World

    Oct. 10, 2017 - There is so much magnificence in the ocean, including, apparently, untapped kinetic energy. It turns out that wind turbines over open ocean could generate three times as much power—that's right: three times as much—as placing them on land. This was the major finding of a new study Monday in PNAS authored by Anna Possner and Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institute and Stanford.

    More by clicking now.

  • Let's See: Which is Cheaper, Wind or Nuclear?
    Offshore Wind Prices:
    Will This Info Help US Projects?

    September 27, 2017 - Wind energy observers worldwide took notice when Bloomberg News reported the contract price (September 11) for a U.K. energy auction: £57.50 ($77.76) per MWh — a 50 percent decline in recent offshore energy costs. In contrast, Bloomberg noted the U.K. will pay £92.50 ($125.09) per MWh for electricity from the Hinkley Point atomic plant.

    Don't let this story blow past you.
    Click now to read it.

  • Can Offshore Wind Benefit Sealife?
    First Evidence That Offshore
    Wind Farms Are Changing the Oceans

    Sept. 22, 2017 - Offshore wind turbines are huge—much bigger than their land-based counterparts. They can be over 200 meters tall—twice the height of the Big Ben clock tower in London—and generate up to nine megawatts of power. But most of their mass is in the concrete and steel bases that sit underwater.

    Naturally, these bases become home to complex ecosystems. In the North Sea, where most of the European farms are being built, these ecosystems are dominated by blue mussels. These feed by filtering phytoplankton from the water. Mussels are also a food source for other marine animals, such as fish and crabs, and this has the potential to significantly alter the food web.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • World's Largest Offshore Windfiarm Slated for China
    DONG Energy To Build World’s Largest
    Offshore Wind Farm At 1,386 MW

    Sept. 12, 2017 - The Danish wind energy giant is making news once again after being awarded the contract to build what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the 1,386 MW Hornsea Project Two, at a record UK-low strike price of £57.50 per MWh.

    On Monday the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced the results of its latest Contracts for Difference (CfD) competitive auction, which has garnered much attention for new record low offshore wind prices that subsequently made offshore wind cheaper than gas and nuclear energy.

  • Offshore Wind Working Group Ordered for Delaware
    Delaware Governor Orders Creation
    of Offshore Wind Working Group

    August 28, 2017 - Delaware Gov. John Carney today authorized the creation of an Offshore Wind Working Group (OWWG) to advance offshore wind for the state.

    An executive order establishing the OWWG says the group will study how Delaware can participate in developing offshore wind; identify ways to leverage the related economic opportunities; and make specific recommendations for engaging in the development of offshore wind for Delaware.

    The OWWG, which will have 17 members, including at least three from the energy industry, will meet before the end of September.

    Click to learn what
    they will be considering.

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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 Reaches 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.

  • Deep Geothermal Project Set for Cornwall, UK
    UK Could Get its
    First Geothermal Power Project

    Jan. 31, 2018 - The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and will be the first geothermal power project in the UK. The site is located at the United Downs Industrial estate, near Redruth in Cornwall.

    Click now for more of the
    story from Think Energy.

  • Big Geothermal Move for Kenya
    Kenya Plans Royalty for Geothermal
    Producers in Energy Bill

    Feb. 16, 2018 -Kenya will introduce a royalty for geothermal-power producers under a proposed new law.

    Fees will be levied at a rate of 1 percent to 2.5 percent of revenue generated from the energy source within the first decade of a geothermal license being issued, according to the draft Energy Bill presented to lawmakers Wednesday. The levy will then climb to between 2 percent and 5 percent, the bill states.

    Kenya, Africa’s biggest geothermal producer, has estimated untapped potential of as much as 10,000 megawatts of steam power in the Rift Valley that cuts through the west of the country. The East African nation has 652 megawatts of installed geothermal capacity. Producers include state-owned Kenya ElectricityGenerating Co. and Reno, Nevada-based Ormat Technologies Inc.

    Click now for the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Two Geothermal Groups Combine
    Geothermal Resources Council and
    Geothermal Energy Association Will Combine

    Jan. 8, 2018 - The Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) today said that they will combine their organizations.

    The combined organization will focus on advancing the science, education, and development of renewable geothermal energy resources, the groups said.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Geothermal In Nevada - Power for L.A.
    New Geothermal Plant in
    Nevada Will Help Power Los Angeles

    Dec. 22, 2017 - The first new geothermal plant in a group of projects that will feed power to the Los Angeles basin now is online.

    Ormat Technologies this week said that it has placed the 24 MW Tungsten Mountain geothermal power plant into commercial operation. The plant is part of a portfolio power purchase agreement Ormat signed earlier this year with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), which will sell the entire output of the portfolio to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Under the agreement, SCPPA will purchase 150 MW of power generated by a portfolio of Ormat’s new and existing geothermal power plants.

    Click now to read more.

  • Gold: No - Geothermal: Yes!
    Abandoned Mine Becomes Home to
    Enhanced Geothermal Systems Research

    Nov. 29, 2017 - The Homestake Gold Mine in Lead, South Dakota, was once the largest and deepest gold mine in all of North America. It produced approximately 41 million ounces of gold during 126 years of operation. In 2002, the mine was shuttered when the gold veins vanished. Then, after pumping and maintenance costs increased, the Barrick Gold Corporation let the mine slowly fill with water.

    Click to read about the transformation.

  • Geothermal in the Caribbean
    New Grants Make 60 MW
    Possible for Five Caribbean Countries

    Nov 27, 2017 - In New York, the Commissioner in charge of International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica and the President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Dr Warren Smith, announced the formalization of an EU grant contribution to the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Programme for the Eastern Caribbean. The program will facilitate the development of up to 60 MW of geothermal energy capacity in up to five countries — Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    The potential development of 60 MW of geothermal power plants for five Caribbean nations under new European Union funding would defer high levels of oil imports to the region and support lower energy prices.

    Click to read the encouraging article.

  • Huge Geothermal Auction in Nevada
    Auction Receives Bids for 19,000 Acres

    Nov. 9, 2017 - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in late October said that it received bids on geothermal leases in Nevada for about $78,000 in an online auction.

    Geothermal developer Ormat Technologies won a 5,078-acre parcel in Esmerelda County, Nev., paying about $20,000.

    Click to read more from Renewable Energy World1.

  • Promising Geothermal Resources
    How to Unlock Some of the
    World’s Most Promising Ones

    August 30, 2017 - Central America holds some of the world’s most promising geothermal resources, that if utilized can help the region secure and deliver, inexpensive electricity while stimulating low-carbon economic growth.

    Click for this story
    and links to similar articles.

  • The Lithium-Geothermal Teamup
    Companies Team Up on Exploration Data
    for Lithium, Geothermal Projects

    August 28, 2017 - Vancouver, B.C.-based Dajin Resources Corp. last week signed a memorandum of understanding with Reno, Nev.-based Geothermal Development Associates (GDA) to share geothermal data to support their separate operational goals in Nevada.

    The exploration data will help Dajin in the development of a Lithium brine extraction facility, while GDA will work on the development of a geothermal plant for electrical generation and the production of direct-use thermal water.

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Green Transportation

  • 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.

  • Hydrogen 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 Char.gy, 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.

  • Something Old, Something New, Something Green
    Royal Wedding: The one-of-a Kind Electric Jaguar Harry and Meghan Drove to Their After-Party

    May 23, 2018 -Following a star-studded ceremony and lunchtime reception, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continued the wedding festivities by traveling in style to the evening celebrations.

    The royal newlyweds made their way from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a stylish silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, an electric version of the 1968 British classic.

    The modern £350,000 vehicle came complete with a bespoke licence plate, bearing the date of the wedding.

    Click now to read the story
    from The Independent-UK.

  • Beer Delivery - a New Use for Hydrogen
    Nikola One Hydrogen Cell All
    Electric Fuel Cell Semi-Truck

    May 3, 2018 -Nikola’s decision to accept orders for its hydrogen fuel cell trucks without a deposit might be seen as foolish from a cash flow perspective, but it also means companies can throw around big orders with little financial skin in the game.

    Anheuser-Busch and Nikola announced today that the potent-potable giant has placed an order for 800 hydrogen fuel cell trucks. It's part of A-B's desire to move its fleet entirely to renewable energy by 2025. In that same time period, it hopes to reduce its per-beverage carbon footprint by 25%.

    Click now for more
    from Road Show.

  • Hoping That This Promise Is Kept
    Building on the Promise of Solar+EV Charging

    Apr 30, 2018 - A group of organizations led by the Great Plains Institute (GPI) will work together to assess the potential value of treating renewable energy generation and controlled electric vehicle (EV) charging as a single linked technology that benefits utilities and consumers.

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) selected GPI to conduct research on new ways that solar energy can improve the U.S. power grid. GPI was one of nine teams selected to join the Solar Energy Innovation Network program.

    “We selected teams that are experimenting with promising ideas to use solar power to improve the future of grid security and reliability in their communities,” said Kristen Ardani, who leads the Innovation Network at NREL.

    Click now for more from Renewable Energy World.

  • Tesla vs Chevy Bolt - What We Have Learned
    Lessons Learned From 1 Week
    Driving Electric Cars In UAE

    Jan. 28, 2018 - Clean Technica writer Steve Hanley just returned from a week of driving a fleet of Model S sedans, a Model X SUV, and an array of Chevy Bolts in the United Arab Emirates as part of the 2018 Global EVRT event. What follows are his personal impressions and not intended to be a scientific inquiry in any respect. His opinions may or may not jibe with your own. He knows in advance the Tesla folks will take issue with some of what he is about to say. So be it.

    Click now for the story.

  • Charge Your EV in 8 Minutes
    ABB Launches 8-minute Charger for Electric Vehicles

    Apr 24, 2017 -This week at Hannover Messe trade show, ABB launched what it says is the world’s fastest e-vehicle charger.

    The Terra High Power charger can charge up to 350 kilowatts, which translates to about 200 kilometers of range for an EV, in just 8 minutes, according to the company.

    ABB said that its chargers are being installed around the world, and they have recently been selected for use by Electrify America, the biggest electric vehicle infrastructure project to date in the United States.

    The new charger is ideally suited for use at highway rest stops and gas stations.

    Click now to read more from
    the Renewable Energy World.

  • Grid-Friendly Electric Vehicles
    Domestic Vehicle-to-Grid Charger
    Goes Commercial for Nissan EV Drivers

    Apr 18, 2017 -In what London-based OVO Energy is calling a world first, owners of Nissan electric vehicles (EV) now will have access to a commercially available domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charger.

    With OVO’s newly launched VCharge system, EV owners can charge their car batteries and have the option to sell surplus power from those batteries back to the electricity grid during peak demand. OVO also launched a companion Smart Charger for charging during off-peak hours, when electricity rates are cheaper than peak hours.

    Click now to read the whole story from
    the Renewable Energy World.

  • VW Minibus is Back - And It's Electric!
    Return Of The Minibus As
    an Electric Vehicle For 2022

    Sept. 12,2017 - The VW Minibus is an iconic vehicle that just oozes beach vibes. Here in California, it is synonymous with surfing and the ’60s and has a cult following even to this day. For that reason, it was impactful that VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess chose California as the place to announce the return of the VW Minibus. He related as much to the crowd in Pebble Beach, California:

  • BYD Announces 1st Commercial SkyRail Line
    1st Commercial Sky Rail
    Line In Yinchuan, China

    Sept. 12,2017 - BYDM announced that the first commercial application of its SkyRail monorail mass transit solution opened for operation in Yinchuan, China, on September 1, 2017. The SkyRail system in Yinchuan is the first monorail solution installed in China that uses a straddle design where the vehicle sits on top of the monorail, hanging over both sides.

    Click for the aritcle and photo.

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(An Alphabetical Listing)
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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

General Fusion Logo

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

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GoGreenSolar.com 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. GoGreenSolar.com 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. GreenLancer.com 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.

Click here for their website.
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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 Earth.org

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

The Elf
Energy Source: Electricity & You

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 this.video 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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