Tag Archives: solar power

SolaRoad Bike Path Debuts in Amsterdam

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On November 12, the first SolaRoad bike path will open in a northern suburb of Amsterdam. The Dutch are fanatical about using bicycles for transportation, especially in urban areas where finding a parking space for even a compact car is difficult if not impossible. Since 2009, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) has […]

Gov’t of Peru Bringing Solar Power to Its Poorest People

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Less than 66% of Peruvians currently have electricity, leaving more than two million of Peru’s poorest citizens, literally, in the dark and without access to phones and the internet. That’s all to changing, however, and those changes are accelerating thanks to a new government program that aims to give up to 95% of Peruvians all […]

100% Local, Clean, Cheap Power is Possible Using Renewable Energy

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I’ve written in the past about the fact that 100% of the world could be powered from clean, renewable energy. But to get to that 100% target, you need a lot of small 100% targets (i.e. 100% renewable energy for Scotland, for Tokelau, etc.). A report just out yesterday from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research finds that Minnesota could easily go 100% renewable. Not only that, though — it could use 100% local clean power from solar and wind energy. That’s exciting.

Renewable Power Built On Superfund Sites and Landfills

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Superfund sites, landfills and depleted mines don’t exactly bring to mind renewable energy opportunities. And yet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency thinks there might just be, in the midst of all the industrial waste, pollution, and environmental neglect being cleaned up at these sites, a green opportunity — a renewable energy opportunity.

Google’s $280 Million Investment in Building U.S. Solar Energy Infrastructure

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Why did we have to wait for Google to invest in building our solar energy infrastructure? What has happened to the government’s commitment to green energy and creating jobs in the green sector?

It looks like it took the money-making minds of Silicon Valley to come up with the idea of backing this brilliant scheme. SolarCity says they don’t have to beat the price of coal, they only have to beat the price the consumer pays its utility company. The consumer will vote with their dollars even if they don’t care about being green at all. It looks like with the help of Silicon Valley and Solar City, capitalism may eventually trick the United States into going green.

Solar Panels: Father’s Day Gift?

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Generally, I try to keep an eye on the most popular Google searches in the U.S. For one, I think this is important for my job, to see if something I’m interested in is hot at the moment (and why) or to find out about something important I might have missed in my normal news channels. Additionally, doing so just gives me an idea of what’s happening or what’s popular at the moment, in general.

Los Angeles Could Easily be a Solar-Powered City

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UCLA’s Luskin Center has created a “Los Angeles Solar Atlas” showing the solar potential in Los Angeles County on a variety of different scales. It created solar maps for each city and zone in the county and for the jurisdiction of each of the county’s 7 utilities, as well as for the county as a whole.

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 […]