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Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable?

February 3 -- The oceans have long taunted those who thirst.

Records dating to A.D. 200 show that sailors boiled seawater and used sponges to absorb fresh water from the steam. Today, desalination is more sophisticated: multistage flash distillation, reverse osmosis, electrodialysis, and more. >>View Article

Power From the Sun: Investment in Solar Panels Pays Off for One Homeowner

February 3 -- While solar energy companies search for land to use for solar farms, some residents are working directly with power companies to provide solar power from their own yards.

Shelby resident David Roberts’ backyard contains 30 solar panels across three solar arrays, which supply his home with power on sunny days. The excess power supplied by his panels goes to Duke Energy. >> View Article

Don't Hobble Colorado Renewable Energy Rules

February 2 -- By just about every metric imaginable, Colorado's renewable energy standard has been a success.

It has created jobs in the wind and solar industries. It has provided additional income for rural landowners. It has reduced the reliance on fossil fuels for electricity generation at a reasonable cost. >>View Article

An Oasis in the Desert: Geothermal Energy and the Salton Sea

January 30 -- Washed up tilapia carcasses litter the pearly white shoreline. A carelessly placed sign reading “This Park is Closing Due to Budget Cuts” welcomes visitors to the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. It is the worst nightmare of every environmental agency. This is the state of affairs that the Salton Sea, a body of water stretching from Riverside to Imperial County, is faced with. In 2012, a rotten odor attributed to the decaying fish from the sea had people from southern California holding their breaths. Combined with rising salinity and falling water levels, the Salton Sea is confronted with its toxic fate: to drain out. >>View Article

MillerCoors Brewery Lights Up Solar Array

January 30 -- You can brew tea with the sun, why not beer? Brewing company MillerCoors has constructed a 3.2-megawatt (capacity) solar array at its brewery in Irwindale, California. It’s the largest one installed (to date) at any U.S. brewery, according to the proud new landlord. >>View Article

The Best Idea in a Long Time: Covering Parking Lots with Solar Panels

January 29 -- America is a nation of pavement. According to research conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, most cities’ surfaces are 35 to 50 percent composed of the stuff. And 40 percent of that pavement is parking lots. That has a large effect: Asphalt and concrete absorb the sun’s energy, retaining heat — and contributing to the “urban heat island effect,” in which cities are hotter than the surrounding areas.

So what if there were a way to cut down on that heat, cool down the cars that park in these lots, power up those parked cars that are electric vehicles (like Teslas), and generate a lot of energy to boot? It sounds great, and there is actually a technology that does all of this — solar carports. >>View Article


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