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Solar Sheep to the Rescue!

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Many solar farm designers didn’t plan for the high grasses that would grow up and block precious sunlight from solar panels.  The solution? Solar sheep!  Here’s an eco-business that’s new, different, and in demand.

Wind Tree Project Turns Street Art into Electric Power

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A new French start-up, NewWind, is making wind power beautiful!  Their new Wind Tree offers almost a hundred mini-windmills on an apparatus designed to look like a tree. Due to the light construction of the “leaves,” the Wind Tree generates power at wind speeds as low as 4.4 miles per hour!  This translates into sustained […]

House Fire Repairs Cut Utility Bills in Half

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When an electrical fire struck their home in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Keith and Jan Giezentanner never expected the repairs they made afterwards would save them $1000 a year on their heating and electric bills. But with the help of Garfield Clean Energy, they were able to learn about modern, energy efficient windows and doors and state […]

Community Solar Power Market Set to Explode

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There has long been a huge gap in the solar market: the gap between large, utility-scale solar projects (“the grid”) and rooftop solar projects. It would be a disservice to numerous companies, organizations, citizen investors, and solar-supportive politicians to say that there has been nothing between those two installation types, but this middle space has […]

Chargepoint, Atlanta Falcons Team Up for EV Charging

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The NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and ChargePoint have scored a touchdown by boosting electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure within Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons and ChargePoint had a kickoff event at their most recent home against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Georgia Dome on December 14th to educate fans about EV charging. The Atlanta Falcons training facility, Georgia World Congress […]

Food Conspiracy Leaders Pushing for Solar Power

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In 1974, a group of San Francisco’s pragmatic idealists, the Food Conspiracy, a grass-roots organization of food-buying clubs committed to buying and distributing wholesale food among themselves, became Other Avenues Worker Cooperative. Its mission is and was “food for the people, not profit.” Other stores expanded out of this group and yet, today, Other Avenues is thriving […]

Is it Time to Leave the Grid Behind? (Graphs + Charts)

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Traditional energy grids and conventional utility companies have been a part of America’s status quo for generations- being called “natural monopolies” by many. That was then, however. This is now. For those of you not familiar with the term, a “natural monopoly” exists in industries where high start-up costs inherent in the operation of a […]

Twin Cities to Get Solar Roads, 3 MW Solar Array

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Solar roads and highways have gotten plenty of attention this year, most notably from the Solar Roadways Project which took to crowd funding site Indiegogo last year and raised over $2.2 million in funding. The idea is moving forward- and, earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) released a request for proposal (RFP) […]

Solar Panels Offer Learning Opportunity for Students

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165 solar panels installed on the roof of the Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, New York were placed in service October 15. The array is expected to meet most of the electricity needs of the school and will reduce carbon emissions in the Grymes Hill neighborhood where the school is located by 36,00 tons […]

Turning Pit Mines Into Sustainable Cities

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A byproduct of fossil fuel addiction, massive pit-mines scar the landscape of several US states. The mines have destroyed families, ecosystems, towns, and- when they close- economies. Despite the harm that these mines have caused, however, they may yet play a part in a sustainable utopian future. Not as mines, but as vertical, underground, sustainable […]

Liquid Metal Batteries Promise to Transform the Grid

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MIT Professor of Materials and Chemistry Donald R. Sadoway believes that a massive shift in the world of energy is coming, and it’s not a new, massive grid. Instead, Sadoway believes that sustainable energy sources like wind and solar can work together with advanced, liquid-metal batteries to reliably, dependably deliver power to local energy grids […]

Minneapolis Forms Partnership With Utilities

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The city of Minneapolis, MN has developed a comprehensive sustainability plan, including these ambitious targets: generating 10 percent of energy from local renewable energy sources, cutting energy use by 17 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent by 2025. To meet those goals, the city is taking the unprecedented step of forming a real […]

LED Lighting Saves Church School Money

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Installing LED lighting will save The Purpose School, run by the First Congregational Church in Stoneham, Massachusetts, over $4,000 a year on their electric bill. The new energy saving lights are brighter and use 75% less energy than the fluorescent units the school was using previously. Because LED lighting units can last up to 25 […]