February 7 -- Water conservation: Another overlooked benefit of solar power!
As you can see in the satellite photos above, California is experiencing a massive drought over most of the state. The most visible aspect from space is the snow cover (or lack thereof) over the Sierra Nevada mountain range, but on the ground, things are even more obvious; the state is dry, dry, dry... Reservoirs are empty, ranchers can't feed their herds, farmers can't grow their crops. It hasn't been that bad in decades... >>View Article
February 7 -- There's majority support in the U.S. for moving the country entirely away from coal, according to a new nationwide survey commissioned by the Sierra Club. The poll finds that 57 percent of those questioned support the idea. >>View Article
February 6 -- Goldman Sachs sees a transformational moment in renewables and plans to invest in excess of $40 billion by 2021. The motivation for Goldman is to create a return on the capital they invest for their firm and clients, but where will it be invested and how can the capital be to your benefit?
Goldman and peer banks are not new to solar investment. The top banks all have been very active investing in solar, a recent sample includes: Goldman Sachs ($500mm to SolarCity), US Bank and JP Morgan ($630mm to Sunrun), Bank of America ($220mm to SunPower), and Morgan Stanley ($300mm to Clean Power Finance). >>View Article
February 6 -- A Seattle energy company received initial regulatory approval Wednesday to build five massive wind turbines floating 16 miles off the Oregon coast.
The pilot project off Coos Bay would be the first offshore wind facility on the West Coast. It also would be the biggest demonstration of technology that places floating turbines on platforms in deep water, according to federal officials and executives at Principle Power, the developer. >>View Article
February 6 -- Through its Landfill Methane Outreach Program, the U.S. EPA has recognized three U.S. landfill gas-to-energy projects as being exceptional projects of 2013. LMOP describes its project-of-the-year designation as exhibiting innovation and creativity while contributing to job creation, providing energy savings and generating green power. >>View Article
February 6 -- Renewable energy accounted for more than 37% of America’s new energy generating capacity last year, which is triple the total from traditional fuels.
Renewable energy sources, including solar, wind energy, geothermal and hydropower, made up over 37% of all new domestic electricity generating capacity that was installed in 2013, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Report from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects. >>View Article
February 5 -- Attention electric vehicles: 2014 will be good to you.
That’s the prediction from IHS Automotive, which said Tuesday it expects global production of EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) to rise 67% this year. That compares with just a 3.6% increase in the production of all vehicles globally. >>View Article
February 5 -- Global installed wind power capacity increased by 12.4 per cent to more than 318 gigawatts in 2013 led by China and Canada, industry figures showed on Wednesday. >>View Article
February 5 -- A majority of voters support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon pollution emissions from power plants, new polling data shows. >>View Article
February 5 -- Denton, Texas, a bustling community near Lewisville Lake 30 miles northwest of Dallas, is known for its festivals and eclectic music scene, often compared to the Austin of 20 years ago. But Denton (pop. 113,000) is also a leader in clean energy, boasting more wind power per capita than any other city in the nation. >>View Article