Author: Joshua S Hill

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Con Edison & SunPower Team Up To Create New York “Virtual Power Plant”

Con Edison and SunPower will team up to pilot a “virtual power plant” program by offering solar power systems with battery storage to more than 300 New York homeowners. In an announcement made this week, Con Edison, one of the United States’ largest investor-owned energy companies, will partner with SunPower, a world leading renewable energy […]

June 14th

Solar & Storage Could Save Thousands For Multifamily Affordable Rental Housing

A new report shows how the combination of solar and storage could save residents of multifamily affordable rental housing thousands on electricity bills. According to the authors of Closing the California Clean Energy Divide, which explores how battery storage technology combined with residential solar PV could provide greater control to system owners, “significant electric bill […]

May 24th

March Sees Bloomberg & Sky Join RE100

Media giants Bloomberg and Sky plc announced this month that they are joining the RE100 coalition of companies committing to 100% renewable power. RE100 bills itself as “a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase corporate demand for renewable energy.” As of the end of the month, […]

March 29th

SunPower Unveils New Solar Products & Low-Key 2016 Guidance

Originally published on SolarLove. Following in the wake of a respectable Q3 financial earnings report, US solar manufacturer SunPower has revealed a new line of solar panels and low-key financial guidance for 2016. SunPower announced its third quarter earnings late-October, revealing the continuing efforts of its new business focus, that of retaining assets rather than selling […]

November 24th

Small Dams on Chinese River Cause More Harm Than Large Dams

Damming Chinese rivers has been in the public consciousness for many years now, if for no other reason than for the impact the construction of the Three Gorges Dam had on the surrounding region: the 400 mile long reservoir of the Three Gorges Dam has flooded 13 cities, 140 towns, 1352 villages, and 100,000 acres of China’s […]

May 29th

Glaciers Contributing Same As Ice Sheet Melt To Sea Level Rise

Research has found that approximately 99% of our planet’s land-locked ice is held up in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. The remainder, however, is out in the open, located primarily in the glaciers dotted throughout the appropriate latitudes across the planet. And according to new research, those glaciers contributed approximately the same amount of […]

May 20th

Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets More Stable Than Previously Thought

Scientific understanding is continually shifting as time moves on. For decades now, scientists have assumed that ancient high tide lines referred to higher sea levels. These assumptions have led scientists to believe that if the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets were to completely melt, they would cause such a high sea level again. New research, […]

May 20th

NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory Sees 400ppm Carbon Dioxide Levels

Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have been closely monitored for some time now. Just last month it was predicted that if we did not break through the 400 parts per million (ppm) barrier this May, it would happen next year, according to the longest continuous record of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. On May 9, true […]

May 14th

Loss of Winter Snow Cover Bad News for Plants and Animals

Remember those David Attenborough documentaries that showed you underneath the snow cover into the world below, home to all manner of creatures and plant life trying to survive through the harsh white winter? Well that same ecosystem — the subnivium — is set to suffer at the hands of a warming climate, according to scientists […]

May 13th

More Hurricanes Expected Over Hawaii By End Of Century

Hawaii does not have to suffer the impact of hurricanes often — with only two making landfall in the past 30 years — however this may be set to change in a warming world, according to new research headed by a team of scientists at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Hawaii […]

May 7th

Understanding Earth's Early Mantle

Understanding the geologic history of Earth will no doubt be a decades, if not centuries long process, as we gather more and more data and expand our knowledge. New research published in the April 25 issue of the journal Nature has contributed an interesting new data point, however, shining a light on the processes involved in […]

May 7th

Six-Foot Robot Invades Greenland, For Science

There is nothing better in life than a good robot story, and what’s even better is when that robot is named GROVER. GROVER stands for both Greenland Rover and Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research — which must have just really made the NASA scientists day, when they realised — and is set to […]

May 2nd

Cutting Emissions Of Certain Pollutants Could Slow Down Sea Level Rise

New research has shown that rising sea levels could be greatly slowed if certain fast cycling pollutants are cut from the numerous emissions being pumped into the atmosphere. According to the research, published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week, cutting levels of methane, soot, refrigerants, and gases that lead to the formation of ground-level ozone, […]

April 15th

Greenland 2012 Record Breaking Ice Melt Driven By Thin Clouds

Low-level clouds usually reflect solar energy back into space, as does the white coverage of snow. The albedo of cloud and snow — it’s ability to reflect sunlight back into space — is vitally important for minimising the level of solar energy wandering around inside our atmosphere, heating up our planet. One of the fears […]

April 5th