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Renewable Roundup: Solar powered Air Force base

The Federal government is way too big for Trump to be able to interfere with all of it. US DoD is one of the loudest voices warning about dire consequences of global warming, and is trying to make itself as independent of fossil fuels as possible—air, land, and sea. By Mokurai Nellis Air Force Base […]

June 29th

As Coronavirus Cases and Unemployment in the US Climb, 39 Groups Launch Coalition for Clean Energy and Healthy Communities

As confirmed coronavirus cases and unemployment claims in the United States continue to rise, 39 environmental, faith, and public health organizations came together Thursday to launch a coalition advocating for federal action that “creates jobs, protects public health and the environment, and advances equity and justice.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “The legislative response to […]

June 25th

Renewable Roundup: 25.4%-Efficient solar cells

The first “practical” solar cells came out in 1954 with 6% efficiency. Research cells have now reached 44.5% efficiency, while 23% was the best in commercial products last year. Now we are at 25.4% with a new product about to go into production. It combines two established technologies, offering the best of both. By Mokurai […]

June 25th

Renewable Roundup: 1.5 terawatts of solar energy in 2024

Carl Sagan didn’t say it, but I will: Terawatts and terawatts and terawatts…When I started this series more than a year ago, we had about a TW of hydro and a TW of wind and solar. This has been a difficult year, but we are going to come roaring back from covid-19. By Mokurai Global […]

June 18th

Feds are attacking the basis of solar energy. 450 green groups tell them “Hands off!”

Over 450 environmental, faith, and consumer advocacy groups on Monday urged federal regulators to reject a proposal from a secretive rightwing organization that would upend policies seen as “foundational to achieving the nation’s urgently-needed clean and just energy transition.” The call comes in a letter (pdf) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and concerns the New England […]

June 17th

‘We Must Act Now’: 180 House Democrats urge Pelosi to save clean energy industry ‘Decimated’ by Coronavirus

As Congress continues to debate whether and how to keep helping workers and businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, over three-quarters of House Democrats sent a letter Monday urging the lower chamber’s party leaders to ensure the delivery of further relief to the “crucial” clean energy industry, which has been “decimated” by the public […]

June 16th

Funding, Expertise, Utility Cooperation: Three things cities need to reach 100% Renewable Energy

Cities of all sizes around the country are taking control by pledging to reach community-wide goals of 100% renewable energy. However, many of these cities are unsure of how to meet these commitments. Although the renewable energy potential throughout the U.S. is strong, cities are facing other types of challenges that are hindering their ability […]

June 15th

Solar roadways fail despite big investments

When experts first proposed the concept of solar roadways, it seemed like a great idea. With access to so much existing infrastructure, adding solar panels to roads appeared like an easy solution. Photovoltaic roadways garnered interest as an advanced way to harvest energy off of impermeable surfaces. By Emily Folk The solar energy industry has […]

June 15th

Renewable Roundup: Making solar more sustainable (Through recycling and other means)

Sustainability means different things to different stakeholders. It can be mining and recycling of materials, and it can be the quite different question of a sustainable global economy that brings prosperity and other benefits to billions more people. It can be the question of profitability of investments in renewable energy, electric vehicles, sustainable agriculture, carbon-free […]

June 15th

Renewable Roundup: Microgrids in Puerto Rico

Trump hates Boricuas/Puerto Riqueños at the best of times. In addition, FEMA is, by law, not permitted to rebuild the storm-shattered energy grid in PR with distributed solar and wind power, our topic today. Malignancy plus mandatory foolishness pile disaster on each natural disaster. It is going to take Joe Biden’s people years to get […]

June 12th

Renewable Roundup: 15 GW of solar energy for Israel

Israel lifted our spirits, by announcing plans to add 15 GW more solar this decade. Mazel tov, Eretz Yisroel! No coal after 2026! Huge amounts of solar! Now, we just have to get a new Israeli government willing to abandon gas. And let the Palestinians join in. And, well, you know. By Mokurai Israel wants another 15 […]

June 9th

China’s power sector could be 10% cheaper in 2030 with more renewable wind and solar energy

The costs for solar, wind and battery storage have dropped markedly since 2010 and are expected to decline further in the near future. This rapid fall in costs could have a large effect on energy system investment and policies, but has not been fully captured in energy modelling. This is particularly relevant for China, which is now debating […]