Sungage Financial In 2009, Sungage co-founder & CEO, Sara Ross was exploring options for installing solar on her roof. After speaking with a local solar company, she discovered that she could generate all the electricity for her household and stop paying the utility. The opportunity to save was clear, but the path forward in terms of financing options was murky. Her local bank didn’t understand solar. WCCD — World Council on City Data Indicators for City Services and Quality of Life, the first international standard on city data, was published in May 2014 by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This new international standard was developed using the framework of the Global City Indicators Facility that has been extensively tested by more than 250 cities worldwide. This is a demand-led standard, driven and created by cities, for cities. ISO 37120 defines and establishes definitions and methodologies for a set of indicators to steer and measure the performance of city services and quality of life.
National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor - In Focus National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30. For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [45 photos] Installing a Solar Energy System Like many of you reading this article, I am fairly new to the realization that our future may not turn out the way we originally planned. A little over two years ago, after the financial turmoil set in, I began to wake up from my comfortable, relatively uncomplicated life and take a closer look at what was going on around me. I was first introduced to the Crash Course by an attendee at the 2009 CPAC Liberty Forum in Washington, DC where I had gone to hear Ron Paul speak.
Cleantech and Renewable Energy News and Analysis 2013 was both a year of tremendous growth and the start of an important transition for the US residential solar market. Year-over-year growth in the residential sector (60%) outpaced the overall U.S. market (41%) for the first time, driven by an increase in the availability of third-party financing and the rapid expansion of established market leaders. This 35-page update to our 2013 report explores key trends in the residential solar market, including: Changes to the competitive landscape, primarily due to mergers and acquisitions, new business models, and market entrants. The resurgence of direct ownership as a result of lower system costs, changing consumer preferences, and broader financing options offered by the industry’s leading players.
Britain's First Solar Powered Town? Inspiring Story Continues (Video) Image credit: Solarcentury When I wrote about an entire town's plan to go solar, and its incredibly ambitious short-term goal of generating 30% of its electricity from renewables by 2015, the response was enthusiastic. But what's so special about Wadebridge? How are they going about making this happen? Higgs boson The Higgs boson is named after Peter Higgs, one of six physicists who, in 1964, proposed the mechanism that suggested the existence of such a particle. Although Higgs's name has come to be associated with this theory, several researchers between about 1960 and 1972 each independently developed different parts of it. In mainstream media the Higgs boson has often been called the "God particle", from a 1993 book on the topic; the nickname is strongly disliked by many physicists, including Higgs, who regard it as inappropriate sensationalism. In 2013 two of the original researchers, Peter Higgs and François Englert, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work and prediction (Englert's co-researcher Robert Brout had died in 2011). A non-technical summary "Higgs" terminology
The Emerging Climate Technology Consensus Update (Jul 16, 2010): Expanding on a Washington Post op-ed, Vinod Khosla delineates his argument "about the deficiencies of an isolated cap-and-trade or carbon-pricing bill," and joins the climate technology consensus. Khosla writes, "If we want to make a significant difference, we need to get on the path to reducing carbon worldwide by 80 percent now by focusing on what I call "carbon reduction capacity building" -- in other words, we need to develop radical carbon-reduction technologies. A utility cap (or a carbon price) won't build capacity -- it will just increase our utility costs and decrease our manufacturing competitiveness without any increase in our technological competitiveness. Update (Jul 14, 2010): Other observers have reached similar conclusions about the faltering pollution paradigm.
Community Solar Catching Fire - Tennessee Solar The concept of community solar is spreading quickly across the country, particularly in states with favorable legislation, such as Colorado and Minnesota, and utilities are starting to take notice and join the trend. With nearly 50 percent of households and businesses unable to host rooftop solar systems, community solar is a largely untapped market for consumers looking to invest in solar electricity, which is becoming cheaper than retail electricity in parts of the country. Both state policies and utilities have driven the growth of the industry. The majority of projects today are utility-sponsored. Customers pay up front or on a monthly basis to support establishment of a solar project in their local community.
Completely Off The Grid Mike Strizki says he’s figured out how to store solar energy in a way that could provide the world with an infinite source of year-round, emissions-free power, but also says no one is listening to him. For more news and information on the rapidly evolving energy industry, please sign up for the Breaking Energy newsletter. For the quickest updates, follow us on Twitter @AOLEnergy. At his house in the woods of western New Jersey, the civil engineer turned green energy evangelist uses fuel cells to convert the power generated by about 150 solar panels so that it can be stored in 11 hydrogen tanks about 100 yards from the house. For eight or nine months of the year, the photovoltaic cells mounted on Strizki’s workshop roof and scattered around his yard generate more than enough electricity for a full range of domestic appliances including energy-guzzlers like a hot tub and a big-screen TV in his white-sided suburban home. A Dream No More
Solar energy giants discovering Ontario A coming green-energy law and the promise of long-term incentives for producers of renewable power have put Ontario on the radar of some big-name solar companies looking for certainty in a volatile marketplace. This month alone, Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of next-generation solar modules, and solar power supplier Recurrent Energy Inc. of San Francisco have acquired and plan to develop multi-megawatt solar projects in Ontario. Meanwhile, San Jose, Calif. Solar Energy Loan Fund opens office in Orlando. Doug Coward, 48, is the executive director of the Solar and Energy Loan Fund, which was founded with a U.S. Department of Energy grant and recently received a $100,000 grant from Orlando to open an office in the city. SELF provides low-interest loans and guidance for residential energy-efficiency upgrades and other home improvements.
Street Charge solar charging stations for smartphones make New York debut Telecomms provider AT&T has partnered with portable solar power systems developer Goal Zero and Brooklyn design studio Pensa for the roll out of Street Charge public solar charging stations in New York. Each station is topped by PV panels that charge up a powerful internal battery to provide smartphone and tablet users with a free juice up. The first units debuted at Riverside Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park and Governor's Island on June 18, and will be followed by another 20 or so stations in the coming months. The original Street Charge station concepts were designed in early 2012 by Pensa as, according to the group's Marco Perry, "an elegant all-in-one community solution for solar charging of mobile devices."