100% Renewables is where we’re headed. Let's see how easily we can do it #ActionsForClimate. Fortune. The market to install solar panels on the roofs of homes in the U.S. set another record in the second quarter of this year, indicating a shift in the U.S. solar panel industry towards home owners and consumers.
According to a new report from research firm GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industry Association trade group, the recent record beat out the amount of solar panels installed on home roofs in the first quarter of this year, which itself was a record at the time. For years, the bulk of solar panels in the U.S. have been installed in big solar farms in remote areas, creating electricity to be sold to utilities. Utilities distribute this electricity to consumers through a centralized power grid. That so-called utility-scale solar market is still significantly bigger than the one is for homes.
In the most recent quarter, there were 729 megawatts worth of solar panels installed in solar farms for utilities. At the same time, the utility-scale solar market is growing, too. UN Climate Action sur Twitter : "See how #solar energy is powering irrigation in Bangladesh #COP21 #action2015. ONE sur Twitter : "Eight ways to reach 100% renewable energy generation in developing countries > #EnergyAccess. Hawaii’s Governor Dumps Oil and Gas in Favor of 100 Percent Renewables. At the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit held in Honolulu, Hawaii, this week, Governor David Ige dropped a bombshell.
His administration will not use natural gas to replace the state’s petroleum-fueled electricity plants, but will make a full-court press toward 100 percent renewables by 2045. Ige’s decisive and ambitious energy vision is making Hawaii into the world’s most important laboratory for humankind’s fight against climate change. He has, in addition, attracted an unlikely and enthusiastic partner in his embrace of green energy—the US military. Ige said Monday that LNG (liquefied natural gas) will not save the state money over time, given the plummeting prices of renewables.
Moreover, “it is a fossil fuel,” i.e., it emits dangerous greenhouse gases. Ige, trained as an electrical engineer, is leading his state in the most ambitious clean-energy program in the United States. As a set of islands, Hawaii faces special energy difficulties. Geothermal Energy Needs Public Finance to Succeed. IRENA sur Twitter : "An estimated 100M people are served through off-grid renewables systems.
Climate Reality sur Twitter : "This isn’t bull! Cow poop could be the next source of renewable energy. #ScienceSunday. Climate Reality sur Twitter : "Retweet if you’re proud of the #CleanPowerPlan and its many benefits. Greenpeace sur Twitter : "#Malawi's #solar energy revolution brings schoolchildren out of the dark #energyrevolution. Greenpeace sur Twitter : "One of the poorest countries in the world is setting big green goals for itself #climateaction. Climate Council sur Twitter : "Solar could soon be cheaper than fossil fuels in India, says credit agency @greentechmedia.
UN Environment sur Twitter : "Study: Solar to contribute 22% to #India power needs: #renewables #futureisclean. Climate Reality sur Twitter : "#ClimateFact: The #CleanPowerPlan puts the US on track to cut CO2 pollution 32% below 2005 levels by 2030! Climate Reality sur Twitter : "Report: Wind could replace coal as the primary source of electricity in the US #ClimateHope. Arik Ring sur Twitter : "Huge #Solar #Energy Field Is a $600M Bargain, @GlassPointEOR Provides Steam #Climate #Tech. Evan Weber on Al Jazeera talking about the Clean Power Plan. Assaad Razzouk sur Twitter : "See-Through #Solar Cells On Windows Can Power Buildings, Homes #architecture #climate #tech.
See-Through Solar Could Turn Windows, Phones Into Power Sources. Anyone who has sweltered in a south-facing office during the summer knows the power of solar energy streaming through a window.
In fact, no reputable urban architect today would design such a workspace without treated windows to reduce the sun's glare and heat. But what if the window coating could do better than keep out the sun? What if that thin film could capture the solar energy for lighting the office, running the computers, and best of all, firing up the air conditioning? That's the idea behind "transparent" solar, a technology that startup companies hope to bring to market soon, after at least two decades of U.S. government-backed and university research.
With the help of organic chemistry, transparent solar pioneers have set out to tackle one of solar energy's greatest frustrations. Research has boosted solar panel efficiency over time. Invisible Spectrum Power Organic chemistry is the secret to creating such material. Organic Advantage. Dot Earth Blog: Four Graphs Bolster Bill Gates’s Case for Greatly Boosting Clean-Energy Research - ParisProtocol.com. Wind Farm Subsidies Bad; Farm Subsidies Good. Climate deniers have huffed and puffed in their war against wind farms in Britain, claiming that environmental subsidies are a pernicious evil taxing the poor and distorting the market And their cries were heard.
In June, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) blocked subsidies for new onshore windfarms. One month later, the department has now turned its sights to solar as Amber Rudd, head of DECC, announced cuts to small scale solar power. But while renewable energy subsidies remain in the crosshairs, the funders and supporters of Lord Lawson’s climate denying Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) are more than willing to claim any farm subsidies that come their way.
George Orwell would not be surprised that the most vocal opponents against wind farm subsidies have quietly been claiming farm subsidies for years. This is while the subsidies for wind farms come from energy bills – which means heavy industry is likely to take more of the burden than families. 365 Companies and Investors Announce Support for EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The 365 businesses and investors – from small local companies to Fortune 500 leaders with headquarters and operations in all 50 states – is the largest-ever group of business voices to support the Clean Power Plan, the biggest carbon reducing measure in the country’s history.
In an unprecedented show of business support for tackling climate change, 365 companies and investors sent letters today to more than two-dozen governors across the United States voicing their support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan for existing power plants and encouraging the state’s “timely finalization” of state implementation plans to meet the new standards. The letter, organized by sustainability advocacy group Ceres, comes just days before the expected finalization of the rule aimed at reducing U.S. power plant carbon pollution by 30 percent by 2030.
“Staples is actively committed to minimizing our environmental footprint and helping our customers do the same. Assaad Razzouk sur Twitter : "#Germany Breaks #CleanEnergy Record: #Solar, #Wind Met 78% Of Energy Demand Yesterday #climate. The U.S. Just Took A Huge Step To Fight Climate Change & Barely Anyone Noticed. When it comes to climate change, more and more people are starting to believe that clean energy is the key to a brighter future (literally).
An interactive map released by the Sierra Club shows that coal power plants are being phased out to make way for more eco-friendly alternatives faster than you might think. In a major green milestone, the 200th coal plant since 2010 just pledged to shut its doors for good. Coal power plants emit high levels of carbon and other dangerous pollutants like mercury – a chemical that's been shown to cause birth defects and neurological disorders. Screen grab from The Sierra Club As you can see, the green markers (defeated plants) are beginning to drown out the yellow (plants in transition) and red (active plants) ones, especially in coastal states. According to Treehugger, there were 535 US coal power plants in 2010, meaning nearly 40% of them have been phased out in just five short years.
Renewables Outpace Nuclear in Major World Economies. By Aaron Sheldrick, Reuters Solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy besides hydro-electric dams now supply more electricity than nuclear in Japan, China, India and five other major economies accounting for about half the world's population, an atomic industry report shows.
Nuclear power plant in Biblis, Germany. Credit: Andy Rudorfer/flickr While nuclear stations on average produce about twice as much electricity as renewables annually for every kilowatt installed, the high growth of solar, wind and other renewables means atomic power is fast being eclipsed as nations turn away from the energy source after the Fukushima disaster in Japan. This is one of the main observations of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2015, a draft copy of which was given to Reuters before the release of the document at 0900 GMT in the House of Commons in London. Almost half of all added electricity generating capacity in 2014 was from renewables, excluding large hydro-dams, the report said. ALP target can be step to a modern energy sector.
Jul 22, 2015 - 9:45am ALP’s target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 is a significant announcement, that could be a step towards the energy solutions required for Australia to remain internationally competitive, The Climate Institute said today.
“Major economies are now making clean energy investments central to their future economic prosperity. To remain competitive with other countries we must modernise and clean up our old, polluting and inefficient power sector,” said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute. “A strong and growing renewable energy industry is critical if we are to achieve the overall goal both major parties have signed up to - limiting global warming to less than 2°C. CECHR sur Twitter : "Japan’s Next Generation of Renewable Energy any follow up on this? #wind... Climate Reality sur Twitter : "RT @ENERGY: Every 3 weeks the U.S. installs more solar power than in all of 2008 →
Climate Reality sur Twitter : "#ClimateFact: The cost of solar has fallen by 75% in just 6 years. Solar power in Ohio growing faster than it can be measured, conference here July 23. CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Ohio lawmakers have "frozen" state renewable energy standards until 2017, but somebody forgot to tell businesses to stop building on-site solar.
There are nearly 1,600 privately owned solar arrays in Ohio with a total generating capacity of more than 120 megawatts. That's the latest count by Green Energy Ohio, a statewide renewable energy advocacy group, using data from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Eight years ago, Green Energy Ohio hosted a national solar conference in Cleveland and was hard pressed to find any solar here. "We could not even find even one megawatt in the entire state," said William Spratley, GEO executive director. Most arrays were small residential systems with the capacity to generate 3,000 to 4,000 watts, described at 3 to 4 kilowatts in the industry. But that has changed dramatically. Businesses -- from Walmart to General Motors -- are building solar. Sure, it's about "saving" the environment, but it's also about the bottom line.
The Advanced Nuclear Industry - Third Way. Introduction The American energy sector has experienced enormous technological innovation over the past decade in everything from renewables (solar and wind power), to extraction (hydraulic fracturing), to storage (advanced batteries), to consumer efficiency (advanced thermostats).
What has gone largely unnoticed is that nuclear power is poised to join the innovation list. A new generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and investors are working to commercialize innovative and advanced nuclear reactors. This is being driven by a sobering reality—the need to add enough electricity to get power to the 1.3 billion people around the world who don’t have it while making deep cuts in carbon emissions to effectively combat climate change.
Mike Hudema sur Twitter : "#Obama Administration Plans to Package #Solar Power with Subsidized Housing #climatejustice. TckTckTck on Twitter: "Awesome! 6 mnths into trial, the #solar roads in the Netherlands working even better than expected via @ScienceAlert" Climate Nexus on Twitter: "Mountaintop #coal falls as #renewables, natural gas rise via @ClimateCentral #climate" Mike Hudema sur Twitter : "Global shift towards #cleanenergy picking up steam: report #solar #windpower #climate #cop21. Top Stories - Clean Air For All. Hawaii, Vermont Set Ambitious Examples for Renewables. June marked two huge milestones in renewable energy in the U.S., with Hawaii and Vermont both passing laws that put in place the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals. Electricity generation is the nation’s largest emitter of climate-changing greenhouse gases, leading many states to set goals for how much of their power should come from low-carbon renewable energy.
In these communities pressure from outsiders to change the status quo can result in the community banding together to fight in order to protect their values and ways of life. Wind power in rural communities can be seen as a push by governments to industrialize the rural landscape by outsiders who never become part of the community. What is Place Identity? How Place Identity Can Lead to Protectionist NetworksCommunal identities are a form of insular networking which functions to protect ‘insiders’ and perceived community values and ways of life from external forces of change.
Climate Reality sur Twitter : "Wise old owls may hold the secret to quieter wind turbines and more wind power #ClimateHope. Shaun Frankson sur Twitter : "RT if you think every parking lot should look like this! Arik Ring sur Twitter : "Great News: @POTUS Plans To Allow More #Americans To Tap #Solar #Energy! #Climate. Bertrand PICCARD sur Twitter : "A breathtaking picture of @solarimpulse before its landing in Hawaii. A historic first for clean technologies!
Mike Hudema sur Twitter : "Rally uses alt energy sources to show gov't how it’s done: #solar #jobsjusticeclimate #abpoli. Climate Reality sur Twitter : "It's the Fourth of July! Retweet to declare your independence from carbon-based fuels! Climate Reality sur Twitter : "Cue the fireworks! A town in Iowa is on its way to declaring energy independence #4thofJuly.
Climate Reality sur Twitter : "#ClimateFact: Brazil will double its renewable energy capacity by 2030. Climate Reality sur Twitter : "#ClimateFact: Germany aims to reduce its GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2020 #ClimateHope" Ceres sur Twitter : "Is #CleanEnergy the "new norm" for big business? #GenerateChangeNC @TrilliumAM...
Montreal Gazette sur Twitter : "Opinion: Full speed ahead to a clean-energy economy... Fossil Free Canada on Twitter: "Coverage of Montreal sit-ins for #JobsJusticeClimate calling on @ThomasMulcair for real #climate action. Ryan Cooper sur Twitter : "I'll be out for this in #Fredericton. #cdnpoli #nbpoli #JobsJusticeClimate #climatesitin #jobs #justice #climate. SOLAR IMPULSE sur Twitter : ".@bertrandpiccard and @andreborschberg arrive on stage during the arrival press conference in #Hawaii! IRENA sur Twitter : "Learn about renewable energy target setting and its effects on sector growth. Mike Hudema sur Twitter : "POW! 100% conversion to #wind, water & #solar power in #US possible by 2050: #climate #COP21. Mike Hudema sur Twitter : "POW! #Solar energy is on the verge of a global boom #climate #solutions #cdnpoli #tarsands. Assaad Razzouk sur Twitter : "The #Delhi Metro Will Soon Go 100% #Solar #climate #india #transportation.
Mashable sur Twitter : ".@SolarImpulse 2 sets record with five-day solar-powered flight. Green Globe Brand sur Twitter : "@IKEA pledges 1 billion euros to help slow #climatechange, via @reuters #ClimateAction #windpower #solar" Meet a 91-Year-Old Wind Energy Pioneer. Our #LabSpotlight series profiles standout individuals at the National Labs. This post features a Palmer Carlin, a 91-year-old wind energy pioneer from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. A version of this post originally appeared on NREL.gov. Three afternoons a week, 91-year-old Palmer Carlin comes into the Energy Department's National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and begins having fun. That's where the senior engineer fields questions from the public, often from would-be inventors convinced they have the next big renewable energy breakthrough.
"Across the U.S., there are inventors, students, small businesses and entrepreneurs with wind-related questions who continuously shower emails and voicemails on all of us here at the wind site," said Carlin. Different Times on Campus Times were different when Carlin started his career, and the nation was in the middle of World War II. One was a form of research that required wire.