Tag Archives: solar

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.

German Village Has Huge, 300% Energy Surplus

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The German village of Wildpoldsried is producing 321% more energy than it needs. Selling that energy surplus back to the region’s local utility company adds $5.7 million dollars to the town’s treasury. Wildpoldsried’s green initiative first started in 1997 when the village council decided it should build local industries to bring in new revenue. Over the […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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.”

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 Energy Innovations: Revolutionary Photovoltaic Solar Panels Printed on Common Household Materials

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We are inundated daily with so much bleak information about petroleum, as well as the many environmental problems and wars associated with oil, that it is a relief to read some positive energy news. Some creative thinkers are already devising much more sustainable technologies for our future.

This week the prestigious Lemelson-MIT award was given to Miles C. Barr, a scientist and “pay it forward” advocate, for his work developing an inexpensive process that can print photovoltaic solar cells on common items, like paper, fabric and ordinary construction materials.

Project SolarStrong Coming to Your State

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SolarCity, a California-based solar provider, will be working with the U.S. military on installing up to 160,000 rooftop residential solar photovoltaic systems on military housing throughout 33 states, making it one of the largest residential solar projects in U.S. history, it recently announced. Talk about changing the system from within!

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.