Tag Archives: renewable

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 […]

Safe and Sustainable: Insulating Your Home with Wool

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My spouse and I are in the process of renovating an old 1970 Airstream; presently we have the trailer entirely gutted, and are about to begin re-insulating it all with loose sheep wool fibers. Wool is a superb natural insulating material, as it not only keeps you warm and cozy, but also resists mold, readily absorbs moisture, and dries out easily, which helps prevent condensation.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu will Not Deny Love Affair with Solar Panel

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“I just want everyone to know that my decision not to serve a second term as Energy Secretary has absolutely nothing to do with the allegations made in this week’s edition of the Onion. While I’m not going to confirm or deny the charges specifically, I will say that clean, renewable solar power is a growing source of U.S. jobs and is becoming more and more affordable, so it’s no surprise that lots of Americans are falling in love with solar.”

Say Goodbye to Nuclear Power

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It’s the end of the world as we know it, but that is not a bad thing. This is the dawn of a new era in which the planet’s residents finally realize that nuclear energy was a really bad idea.

The horrific growing nuclear meltdown crisis in Japan is hopefully going to be the wake up call that we need to begin dismantling all of the nuclear reactors on the planet. Sustainable energy sources, like solar and wind, are now not only far cheaper than nuclear power, they are safe, clean and easy to repair when something goes wrong.

Solar Thermal Water Heating, Israel and the Future

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Using the power of the sun to heat your water is one of the simplest ways that you can make your home more energy efficient. Heating water usually accounts for 40 percent of an average family’s heating costs. Converting to inexpensive solar thermal water heating is a great first step that will not only allow us to utilize a much more clean, affordable and sustainable source of energy, it will also create jobs and help our nation to become more energy independent.

Solar Panel Installation in Australia Financially Driven (Not Environmentally Driven)

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The results of a recent survey by Sun Connect, an Australian solar power installation company, show that rising electricity bills have a major influence on homeowner’s decisions to go solar. Respondents pointed to high electricity bills, anticipated electricity price rises, and pain caused by high power costs, as significant areas of concern. In fact, when […]

Minnesota Rejects Dirty Coal and Nuclear Energy Policy

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The Prairie Island facility near Red Wing on the Mississippi River is one of only two nuclear power plants in Minnesota.  In 1994 the state enacted a moratorium on all new nuclear facilities, in exchange for allowing additional capacity for dry cask storage of wastes at Prairie Island. Fortunately, a bid to reverse Minnesota’s nationally […]

Putin Gives Government Order to Boost Renewable Energy

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has approved a government order to increase renewable energy in Russia from less than 1% to 4.5% of the nation’s total energy by 2020. The Kremlin’s order to ramp up renewable energy has set targets of 2.5% by 2015 and 4.5% by 2020. That translates into 45.2 billion kiloWatt hours […]

Energy Generating Speed Bumps Get Green Light in London

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Moving vehicles will generate electricity for street lights and road signs in a London trial. “Green” speed bumps that will generate electricity as cars drive over them are to be introduced on Britain’s roads. The hi-tech “sleeping policemen” will power street lights, traffic lights and road signs in a pilot scheme in London that could […]

Wind Power Becomes Europe’s Fastest Growing Energy Source

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Europe installs 20 wind turbines a day and 10 EU states reach wind power capacity of more than 1GW. More wind power was installed in the EU than any other electricity-generating technology in 2008, according to data released yesterday. The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) produced figures showing wind power provided 43% of new capacity […]