Sustainability

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World Summit Advances Humanitarian Goals

National governments gathered in Istanbul this week to work on the first World Humanitarian Summit, an outgrowth of last year’s international climate change conference and the UN’s new Sustainable Development Goals. Over 60 leaders came together, including 50 heads of state and government to rework and codify international humanitarian operations. Said David Miliband, chairman and […]

May 26th

Off-Grid African & South Asian Lighting Boom Saves Poor Households $3.4 Billion

According to the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), poor households in Asia and Africa saved some $3.4 billion based on the rapid uptake of solar lighting. GOGLA has released its Social Impact Report, which addresses a significant increase in solar lighting products in off-grid locales. The impact of having such lighting solutions available is viewed as “more […]

May 25th

Solar Farms Improve Local Biodiversity

The solar transition is well underway in the UK. Our sister site SolarLove has reported that solar energy generation surged by around 153% over the last year in the UK (2014–2015). So, without much ado, research about the effects of solar farms on biodiversity continues. The fertile news is that after a conclusive study of solar farms, the […]

May 11th

PG&E Commits $1 Million To Solar-Powered Habitat For Humanity Homes

Originally published on CleanTechnica.com Habitat for Humanity homes are a remarkable support to families. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E), the leading utility with rooftop solar in the nation, deserves more praise for new support for Habitat for Humanity. In a news release, the utility announced its $1 million commitment to the installation of rooftop solar on […]

April 30th

NREL Researches Capturing Waste Heat Via Nanotubes

There may be a remarkable potential energy future for nanotubes. Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) believe finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator which captures and uses waste heat. According to press information, this research might help guide the manufacture of […]

April 19th

Hydropower Energy Facts | Hydroelectric Power Facts

Thanks to human ingenuity and persistence, hydropower energy represents one of the oldest power sources on this planet. Best, its is clean, renewable, and sustainable as long as there is available water. That may be a larger challenge, according to some viewpoints. A very quick glimpse into hydropower history Humans have been harnessing water to […]

March 30th

Sustainability Drove Design Behind US Bank Stadium

Originally published on Green Building Elements When I joined a group of journalists to visit US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, not only was I impressed with what I saw, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brian Wolfe, HKS sustainable design manager and a key member of the architectural team for the stadium. Our interview began with my question […]

March 28th

Concentrated Solar Power | About Solar Concentrator Technology

Solar concentrator technology, commonly referred to as concentrated solar power, stands in contrast to static photovoltaic panel electricity generating technologies, because it operates using moving parts, like a turbine, which can then generate electricity. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), power plants with concentrating solar power, most often referred to in the short […]

March 22nd

Red Angry Bird Goes Green On International Day Of Happiness

Today’s the official International Day of Happiness, say the Angry Birds. Around the world on March 20 every year, the International Day of Happiness acknowledges that happiness and well-being are universal goals and aspirations in the lives of all people. It thus underlines the importance of recognizing these goals in public policy throughout the world. […]

March 20th

Geothermal Energy Definition

Finding a correct geothermal energy definition on the Internet can lead to a variety of interesting information concerning this renewable energy source. For basics, I begin with a sampling of definitions. Here is an excellent one from V. Ryan at TechnologyStudent: “The term Geothermal originates from two Geek words ‘GEO’ and ‘THERM’. The Greek word ‘geo’ […]

March 16th

ETFE Football Stadium Will Soon Be Minneapolis Showcase

Originally published on Green Building Elements When it opens this summer, US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will feature the only ETFE (ethylene-tetra-fluoro-ethylene) roof on a sports facility in the United States. This resilient and transparent material, long used in Europe, will now provide Minnesota Vikings football fans with a comfortable experience inside the stadium and […]

March 14th

Brazil’s Distributed Electricity Generation Program Takes Effect This Week

Originally published on CleanTechnica A historic net metering revision for distributed electricity is now in play in Brazil. Planned revisions to Brazil’s net metering program for small-scale distributed electricity generation systems came into force today. These changes were approved in November 2015 by Brazil’s energy regulator National Electric Energy Agency (ANEEL). The change was described at the […]

March 4th

That 5-Hour Nissan LEAF Trip

Originally published on CleanTechnica. “So, how do you like it?” I always respond, I love it. I have never driven a car that I appreciate so much — near as much. The drive, the ambiance, the adept maneuvering, and the entire 1-minute experience of plugging in to refuel at clean charge points. Never smelling gas […]

February 29th

SolarCity To Deploy Tesla Energy Batteries For 52 MWh Of Evening Electricity Storage On Kaua’i, Hawaiʻi

Tesla Energy batteries will be used for a SolarCity solar farm and energy storage system Originally published on CleanTechnica According to Pacific Business News, Tesla Energy batteries will be used for a SolarCity solar farm and energy storage system which is being developed for Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) in Kaua’i, Hawaiʻi. The Tesla Energy batteries will supply a 52 […]

February 23rd

Geothermal Energy Advantages And Disadvantages

To understand geothermal energy, imagine having a fireplace nearby, one which never goes out. The fire we speak of exists at the core of our planet. But let’s look at geothermal energy advantages and disadvantages and more geothermal energy basics for a deeper dive. Earth’s Geothermal Energy Basics The temperature at Earth’s core measures close […]

February 11th

Dispelling Charge Anxiety With The Nissan LEAF (Photos)

Originally published on CleanTechnica.com. Just before leasing a Nissan LEAF, a news item presented to me as credible from a TV news station stirred me up. I wanted to say, “Think of who sponsors such stories!” It is not community sponsored, that’s for sure. The report said that there are not enough EV chargers in my area […]

January 31st

Uruguay Builds Clean Electricity Footprint

Originally published on CleanTechnica. For those wanting to understand what a clean electricity footprint looks like, go to Uruguay. In less than 10 years, the country has shrunk its carbon footprint while lowering electricity costs, without calling on the government for renewable energy subsidies. In fact, this country now obtains nearly 95% of its electricity from clean […]

December 11th

Greenest Cities in the US in 2015

WalletHub analysts recently released their list of the greenest cities in the US, based on their study of 100 cities across the nation. Cities were measured on thirteen key metrics across four dimensions: 1) Environmental Quality, 2) “Greenness” of Transportation, 3) “Greenness” of Energy Sources and 4) Green Lifestyle & Local Policies. Here are the metrics […]

December 11th

Nissan LEAF, Uber, & Tom — Saving $500+ A Month

Originally published on CleanTechnica. I met Tom standing by his cool, black Nissan LEAF the first time I charged up our Nissan LEAFat a charging spot in town. I had just signed up for a ChargePoint card, and did not have it yet, so was calling to have the charger activated. Tom swiped his card and activated […]

December 6th