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100% Renewable Energy: The emerging power of microgrids

Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly evident. By Justin Gerdes Ensia The […]

Safer, more-sustainable transportation in a post- Coronavirus world

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that effective public transport is vital to keeping cities running. By serving essential workers in health care, emergency services, food services, and other sectors, public transport has become a service not just for some people but for all urban residents. By Ben Welle and Sergio Avelleda  World Resources Institute But coronavirus pandemic […]

April 28th

Tesla virtual power plant in Australia is exceeding expectations

Last year, Tesla, with the cooperation of the South Australian government, installed rooftop solar systems coupled with Powerwall residential storage batteries on over 1,000 low-income homes. The Powerwalls are linked together into what is known as a virtual power plant. It’s just like a grid-scale storage battery except instead of being all at one location, it […]

April 9th

World’s first zero-emissions electric construction site!

Even in cities like Oslo, Norway, which is typically thought of as progressive and “green” here in the ‘States, more than 20% of the total CO2 emissions comes from heavy-duty construction equipment. That’s a huge number, and you can bet that older, less regulated machines in other major cities are even worse. That fact has motivated the […]

April 9th

Want to help the US economy? Rethink the Trillion Trees Act.

As the spread of COVID-19 sickens thousands of Americans and pushes the U.S. economy into recession, Congress is working around the clock to provide resources to healthcare workers and relief to workers and industries facing economic hardship. That remains our collective first priority. Once the worst of this public health crisis has passed though, the […]

April 8th

Solar hit 40% of new US electricity generation capacity last year!

A new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association says solar energy installations added 13.3 gigawatts to the supply of electricity in the US in 2019 — 40% of the total. “Even as tariffs have slowed our growth, we’ve always said that the solar industry is resilient, and this report demonstrates that,” says Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO […]

March 19th

California’s bankrupt PG&E utility could be broken up, sold to community aggregators

The escalating war over the potential break-up of PG&E has rallied California’s 19 Community Choice Aggregators, which are seeking to assume a greater role as owners and/or managers of solar and other other renewable energy resources in the state. The state umbrella organization for the CCAs, the California Community Choice Association, has just launched the “Bright […]

April 4th

Want better EV infrastructure in your city? Here are 23 things you can do…

Below is one portion of our free report Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Guidelines for Cities. This report was produced by a working group of EV charging and electric vehicle leaders led by CleanTechnica and GreenWay. This portion of the report is simply a rundown of potential EV subsidies and incentives cities can use to stimulate and support electric vehicle […]

March 18th

Australia is adding a solar mega-installation EVERY MONTH

Australia is adding one mega-solar project equivalent per month, with the current installed base of 10 gigawatts projected to double by the end of next year. The latest mega-solar project is the 333 megawatt Darlington Point Solar Farm headed for Griffith, New South Wales, according to Array Technologies, which is providing the single-axis trackers for […]

March 11th

Investment in DOE’s energy efficiency & renewable energy office reaps billions. Trump wants to kill it.

Donald Trump, putative president of the United States of America, wants to take a sledgehammer to funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. According to Bloomberg, the administration’s proposed budget will slash funding for that office by 70% from $2.3 billion to just $700 million. By Steve Hanley Cleantechnica The proposed […]

March 11th