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Solar Innovations @Intersolar2020 Day 2 in San Diego

New solar energy innovations are being unveiled at Intersolar 2020 in San Diego this week, including the California launch of a concrete solar shingle, a unique under-the-panel battery storage configuration, and a single-axis tracker that can accommodate a 10% grade on undulating sites. And one forward-looking company is now buying up broken solar panels in […]

February 6th

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

Do we really need an “All of the Above” energy strategy? (Keep it in the ground!)

The world has a problem with overheating. And the problem is going to last at least 10,000 years per a study published in Nature. In the near term, we have to take bold steps to move the needle on climate change – beyond the panacea of an “All of the Above” energy strategy. By Michael […]

June 11th

Trumps budget slashes EPA, green energy

We’ve been waiting for some time now to see just what damage the Trump administration intends for the US clean energy and environmental policies and institutions. And this week’s budget release confirms the administration has massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and in particular the country’s leading clean energy research […]

May 24th

Renewable energy jobs – 10 million worldwide (that’s a heck of a lot more than coal)

Renewable energy jobs continue to grow – in total, the global renewable energy sector employed 9.8 million people in 2016.  The growth rate over the last two years has slowed since IRENA published their first assessments starting in 2012, but these most recent figures represent a steady increase thanks in part to jobs in the solar PV […]

May 24th

Trump can’t stop the Renewable Energy Revolution

By Meteor Blades Over the past couple of years, a steady stream of good news has appeared on the renewable energy front. The latest comes from a couple of sources. Clean Energy Canada has released a new publication, “The Transition Takes Hold.” Bottom line: The transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources “now appears irreversible.” Meanwhile, the International Renewable Energy […]

April 7th

Renewable energy up 70% globally — US playing catch-up

By Meteor Blades A study commissioned by the Financial Times shows that the planet’s 20 largest national economies generated 8% of their electricity from renewable energy — solar, wind, and other green power sources — in 2015, up from 4.6% in 2010. (This does not include hydropower.) There are huge differences among these nations. Overall in […]

August 15th

Mark Davis, a SOTU guest tonight, is helping D.C.’s low-income residents get solar power

By Meteor Blades Along with 22 other citizens who have done something special, former Washington Bullets player Mark Davis will join First Lady Michelle Obama in the guest box tonight as President Barack Obama delivers his final State of the Union address. Davis wasn’t invited because of his basketball career, but for the role he is playing in Washington, D.C., in getting solar-powered electricity onto the rooftops of […]

January 12th

Burlington Starts Down a Renewable Path

Burlington, Vermont has set the standard for the nation by converting all of its power sources into renewable ones. The city had a choice several years ago, to go the natural gas route or to choose renewable resources. Burlington chose right. Instead of going the easy route,  the 42,000 person city of Burlington focused its energy […]

February 24th

Fossil fuel producers try (again) to crush solar power

By BruceMcF In early December, the Guardian covered ALEC’s latest corporate-written attack on freedom, an effort to penalize households that place solar panels on their roof: An alliance of corporations and conservative activists is mobilising to penalise homeowners who install their own solar panels – casting them as “freeriders” – in a sweeping new offensive against renewable […]

January 26th