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Solar energy: What will the next big break-though be?

The cost of solar energy has fallen steadily, thanks to amazing increases in the efficiency of solar panel manufacturing. But the panels themselves aren’t all that efficient yet – could that be the next big growth area for solar?  By Ricky Dunbar  If you were to walk into a solar store and purchase some of their […]

August 17th

Solar energy trade war would be a catastrophically stupid idea

The US Solar Energy Industries Association has hit out at a new report prepared by Suniva and SolarWorld in defence of their Section 201 trade case seeking a tariff and price floor on all imported solar components, calling the notion “preposterous” and arguing that the two companies brought the collapse of their businesses on themselves. […]

August 10th

Wind energy: Europe needs to transcend nationalism to make it work

Researchers are suggesting that nations ought to look beyond their own boundaries when deciding where to site wind energy projects. Gee, does that mean Europe should adopt a European viewpoint rather than a nationalistic agenda? Yes, that’s precisely what it means. And the US, with its patchwork of state incentives and regulations, faces similar issues. […]

July 25th

The myth of Baseload Power (it’s not what you think)

Anyone who engages in online discussion on issues involving renewable energy for any length of time will encounter the myth that renewable energy is unreliable in supplying base-load demand. This myth is pushed into the discussion with substantial financial investment, directly and indirectly, by vested interests in continued reliance on the Global Suicide Pact power […]

July 18th

While Rick Perry denies climate science, his Energy Department is booming on renewable energy

You wouldn’t know it from the hoots of laughter emanating from the Intertubes over Energy Secretary Perry’s latest ridiculous gaffe, but all last week the Energy Department has been cranking out good news about renewable energy at an especially furious pace. The occasion was the 40th anniversary of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. By Tina Casey  […]

July 11th

Can we get to 100 percent renewable energy? The fossil-fuel sharks attack.

A study by Prof. Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford and 9 others, “100% clean and renewable wind, water, and sunlight (WWS) all-sector energy roadmaps for the 50 United States” (Roadmap), has been very much in the news over the past few weeks. It was published just over two years ago, but a controversial article in […]

Renewable energy accounted for 35% of Germany’s electric generation so far this year

Germany reached a new renewable energy record in the first half of this year, generating 35.1% of its electricity from renewable energy sources, according to the country’s trade body, the German Renewable Energy Federation. By Joshua S Hill  In news published only days into the second half of 2017, the Germany Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) announced […]

July 5th

Solar energy: Just when things are looking good, ugly trade war could stop progress

Just as solar energy is really starting to take off.…  If the US Government and its International Trade Commission rules in favor of a recent trade dispute filed by Chinese-backed US solar PV manufacturer Suniva, the US solar industry would be immediately devastated, and could see two-thirds of expected installations over the next five years cancelled. […]

June 27th

Conservative climate group CRES: After the Paris Agreement , the next steps matter

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions Forum calls on top Trump Administration officials to continue to act responsibly on climate change, despite President Trump’s commitment to pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. TO: The Honorable Rex Tillerson, Secretary, Department of State The Honorable Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations The Honorable […]

June 25th

Switching from coal to solar energy would save 52,000 lives a year in US

New research shows that when you look at the diseases caused and exacerbated by coal pollution – asthma, lung cancer, other pulmonary diseases, heart attacks, congestive heart failure, and strokes – getting rid of coal would save 52,000 lives every year. By George Harvey  Researchers from Michigan Technological University (MTU) recently published  the study, “Potential Lives […]

June 22nd