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US EIA: Natural Gas CO2 Emissions are Exceeding Coal Emissions

For the first time since 1972, energy-associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal are dropping below natural gas CO2 emissions. The US Energy Information Agency’s latest Short-Term Energy Outlook reports that energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas are expected to be 10 percent higher than coal emissions for 2016. This is a classic case of […]

August 26th

GRID Alternatives Gives Women Free Solar Training

The face of the solar workforce is really starting to glow. As of 2015, women are now representing 24 percent of workers in the solar industry, up two percent from 2014. Helping more women enter the field, GRID Alternatives has been instrumental in this rise. And, with solar jobs growing by 20 percent a year, […]

August 25th

CARB Integrating Cap-And-Trade Revenue In California Low-Income Neighborhood Bikeshares

It is no secret that the health of the air affects everyone. Presently, California’s plan for zero emissions includes using cap-and-trade revenue to help stop air pollution in specific clean transportation programs. Following last year’s carsharing programs in low-income neighborhoods, California now allows cap-and-trade revenue to fund California disadvantaged neighborhood bikeshare projects. Nextcity.org relates, “Last year, the [state] […]

August 24th

Indonesia To Add 5 GW Of Solar Capacity In 2 – 3 Years Offering FiTs

Plan on solar-powered electricity in Indonesia to grow markedly in the next few years using FiTs. As reported by SolarServer, the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (ESDM) has issued a Government Decree to provide support mechanisms for utility-scale solar photovoltaic systems, exhibition and management services. The driving support mechanism will be the solar FIT priced […]

August 23rd

Unitarians Sue for Religious Liberty to Use Solar Panels

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org First Parish Unitarians are crying ‘foul’ over a recent denial to allow solar panels on the rooftop of their iconic church in Bedford, Massachusetts. Declaring the Historic District Commission’s (HDC) decision was “legally untenable, unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious,” the congregation has filed a suit against the Town of Bedford. Specifically pointing […]

August 23rd

Aluminum – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Originally published on GreenBuildingElements.com Used in a wide variety of ways in the building construction market, aluminum is a very versatile green building material, especially when it’s recycled. Everything from huge external building structures to delicate window blinds can be manufactured from this light weight, durable, and corrosion-resistant metal. Doors, windows, and awnings are popular […]

August 19th

An African Eco-Lodge “Touching the Earth Lightly”

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Constructed with an eagle’s loft in mind, a newly renovated eco-lodge in South Africa offers a bird’s-eye view from a well-feathered nest. Overlooking lush vistas of Kruger National Park wildlife refuge, the view is so vast you might easily be inspired to sing a hymn in praise of Creation. Singita Lebombo […]

August 18th

Inuit People & Greenpeace Demand #SolarNotSeismics

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Navigating through the icy waters of the Arctic, the Greenpeace ship “Arctic Sunrise” is delivering solar panels to the Inuit community of Clyde River, Nunavut. Delivering solar panels and a team to install the systems for the Clyde River community is Greenpeace’s way of offering a better solution to meet increasing […]

August 15th

Adobe – The ABCs of Green Building Materials

Originally published on GreenBuildingElements.com   Green building materials are as diverse as Earth itself. Some of the most sustainable materials on the planet are modern inventions, and some are as old as the hills, like adobe. Familiarizing yourself with the best green building materials will help ensure your environmentally friendly projects enjoy sustainable success. Over […]

August 12th

Vancouver Carbon Reduction Initiatives Announced

Under the aegis of its Renewable City Strategy, the city of Vancouver has committed to generate 100% of its energy from renewable sources before 2050. In implementing this renewable energy goal, International Wastewater Systems (IWS) has announced a series of wastewater heat recovery projects will be installed in Vancouver. The installations will be launched in partnership with […]

August 10th

Nevada Supreme Court Nixes Net-Metering Ballot Proposal

 Write the words ‘Nevada’ and ‘net-metering’ together and you will soon discover a first-rate oxymoron. To the dismay of many rooftop solar enthusiasts and litigants, the Nevada Supreme Court last Thursday rejected a ballot proposal backed by state solar advocates which sought to restore retail rate net metering. The Court ruling stated the language was misleading […]

August 8th

FERC Gives Nod To Apple Petition For Selling Electricity

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last Thursday approved a June 6 application from Apple’s energy subsidiary to sell electricity in six regional power markets around the country at market rates. “Based on your representations, Apple Energy meets the criteria for a Category 1 seller in all regions and is so designated,” Steve Rodgers, director […]

August 8th

Top Prize Solar Bus Shelter Offers Rain Protection & More

Originally published on Green Building Elements. The greatly underestimated public bus shelter is the latest subject of a creative solar power makeover. When winners of a new competition were announced on June 30, 2016, an innovative new set of designs entered the high-tech highway to solar-powered shelters. With solar-powered glow-in-the-dark lighting, the top prize-winning bus […]

August 8th

Anbaric Renewable Electricity Transmission Using High-Voltage Direct Current Technology

 Originally published on CleanTechnica In an era of producing multiple forms of renewable electricity, the transmission of this high-voltage energy is becoming increasingly important. Anbaric often uses high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, heralded as one of the “advanced transmission technologies” in the 2005 Energy Policy Act, which provided for the development of a stronger energy […]

August 7th

Portugal Solar Impossible Without Subsidies Claims APREN

In spite of recent news from the government of Portugal stating solar subsidies are not needed to advance industry growth, José Manuel Medeiros Pinto, general secretary of the Portuguese Renewable Energy Association (APREN) responded, saying solar cannot work without financial support in current market conditions. Following Portugal approving 180MW of unsubsidized solar PV production, Pinto sees subsidized […]

August 5th

Solar Leads In Ukraine Renewable Energy Mix

Solar-powered electricity has claimed the biggest share in the renewable energy mix of Ukraine, closely trailed by wind energy production. As reported by pv-magazine, the total capacity of renewable energy plants in Ukraine in midyear had reached 1,028 MW. According to a report released by the SEF-2016 KYIV International Forum of Sustainable Energy in Ukraine, […]

August 3rd

Minnesota Power Calls For Tenders On Up To 300 MW Utility-Scale Solar & Wind

Minnesota Power has released the first in a series of RFPs as part of its plans to address environmental responsibility to further its EnergyForward strategy. EnergyForward calls for a diversified power supply to meet customers’ needs reliably and cost-effectively in an environmentally responsible manner. “EnergyForward is how Minnesota Power is doing its part to change the […]

August 2nd

Going Solar Together at a Temple, Mosque & Church

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org Interfaith solidarity in Malaysia’s culture is so strong it extends to providing free solar power, “regardless of creed or race.” A recent donation sees a Chinese temple, a Christian church, a Muslim mosque, and a Chinese primary school going solar together in the town of Kota Belud, Sabah. These four special […]

August 2nd

Navy Adds New DC Solar Facility in Virginia Beach

Entering into a 37-year agreement with Dominion Virginia Power, the Department of the Navy (DoN) recently announced plans for a 21 MW direct current, or DC solar facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Following closely on the heels of a 10-year purchase contract for 25 MW DC for Naval Station Norfolk, the new DC solar facility […]

August 1st

Spain Mulling 3 GW Renewable Energy Auction

The Spanish authorities are mulling a new 3 gigawatt (3,000 megawatt) renewable energy auction in the country, according to recent reports. Until an actual government is formed in the country, though, nothing is certain. For those who don’t follow Spanish politics much: following the 2015 general election, there was a failure to form a government, as […]

July 31st

Brazil Cancels 2016 First Solar Auction, Delaying Second

Solar has taken a back seat this year in the first scheduled Brazil solar auction, The event has been cancelled and will not occur until December. Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) has announced only hydroelectric energy projects can be submitted to its 1st Reserve Energy Auction, which has also been delayed and rescheduled from […]

July 31st

Nevada PUC Chair Noble Speaks On Nevada Rooftop Solar Net Metering Ruling

David Noble, now the outgoing chairman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, in his address at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) meeting, elaborated about the ongoing Nevada net metering battle, “…just as a caution for commissioners around this table about who you’re dealing with and what’s going on.” As reported by UtilityDIVE, Noble told […]

July 28th

Portugal Processes Licenses For 2 GW Of Solar Electricity, Sans Subsidies

In notable solar news, Portugal has authorized the processing of licenses for solar projects which total more than 2,000 megawatts (2 gigawatts) of potential power. Specifically, 180 MW of solar projects have presently been authorized under the existing market system in the nation’s southern region, and an additional 68 licenses for solar projects are being processed, which […]

July 26th

Solar First: Palestine Licenses West Bank Solar Power Plant

Palestine has licensed its first solar power plant in West Bank. According to pv-tech and Saur Energy International, the 5.7MW solar PV project represents the first utility-scale solar electricity project to get a license in Palestine. The Palestine Energy Ministry has granted licensing and permits for its first large-scale solar power plant near the city of […]

July 26th

Great Wind Energy Deals Are Swaying Major Players

In search of low-cost, fixed-rate electricity, great wind energy deals are swaying Fortune 500 companies and other major players to throw their money “into the wind.” Signing contracts for over 2,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity, big brands, high-tech companies, and other non-utility customers represented 52 percent of wind energy generating capacity in 2015. An Emerging […]

July 19th

Florida Advanced Energy Industry Claims 140,000 Workers In 2015

In a news announcement released today, the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEE Institute) reports Florida employed an estimated 140,282 advanced energy workers in 2015, nearly twice as many as in agriculture, more than real state, and equal to schools, colleges, and training institutions. These jobs spanned a broad range of technologies including energy efficiency, electricity […]

July 14th

Coal Power’s Decline, & Associated Politics

Originally published on CleanTechnica. First of all, let’s get this straight — I don’t think anyone is purely against the people who pull coal out of the ground, the people looking for steady jobs and decent income, or the people who try to help people from losing their jobs. But we are against burning coal […]

July 14th

Chile Passes Electricity Transmission Law Benefitting Solar

Chile has aggressively moved forward on an electricity transmission law which benefits solar, as well as other sources of energy. Following the Chilean Congress’s passage of a major electricity transmission law, experts contend this will help the development of both renewable and non-renewable energy projects in the country. Under the adopted policy, a new national […]

July 13th

Nigeria Inks First Solar PPA

Nigeria is in the midst of enhancing its support for solar-powered electricity, having signed the nation’s first power purchase agreement. According to pv-tech, the government-owned energy overseer, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), has signed the country’s first-ever solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with more than ten project developers, totaling 975MW of utility-scale solar. “Nigerian Bulk […]

July 13th