Allison Donnelly for Zondits, January 19, 2015 The pace of innovation for solar technologies is staggering – in addition to increases in efficiency and decreases in cost of “market-proven” solar PV, there is also a growing interest in solar technologies that once seemed to come straight out of science fiction. A video about one of […]
Latest Setback for Cape Wind Could Be Fatal Kelly O’Connell for Zondits, January 15, 2015 Earlier this week, National Grid and Northeast Utilities, which had agreed to buy a combined 77.5% of the power Cape Wind was expected to produce, terminated contracts with the proposed wind farm. The project, planned as a 130-turbine, 468-megawatt offshore […]
California Takes Lead In Developing Energy Storage Climate Central, January 13, 2015 The city of Tehachapi, near the crest of a mountain pass in southern California, is a bridge between the Mojave Desert and the San Joaquin Valley — a blustery area serving as an ideal site for a wind farm. It’s also the site of the Tehachapi […]
A lot of hot air? Why energy storage matters CNBC, January 12, 2015 People around the world are turning to renewable sources of energy such as the wind and sun, which offer a sustainable and abundant source of power for our homes, cities and offices. But what do you do when the sun isn’t shining […]
10 cities aiming for 100 percent clean energy Mother Nature Network, January 12, 2015 Scientists have been fairly unequivocal in their warnings that we must ditch fossil fuels entirely if we are to have any hope of reversing climate change. Yet despite significant progress in the last year, historic announcements like the China-U.S. climate pact are still pushing a […]
Is the solar panel & battery combo ready to change energy markets? Gigaom, January 11, 2015 The big idea right now for solar and batteries is this: put solar panels on your roof, a battery in the backyard (or basement), and become utterly independent from the power grid, using free electricity from the sun. Batteries […]
Spanish green building firm NOEM recently completed a prefabricated house called El Refugio Inteligente (The Smart Shelter), that more than lives up to its name. Designed and built in just nine weeks and assembled on-site in approximately 10 days, the solar-powered house features a combination of smartphone-configured amenities and sustainable design that help reduce overall energy usage.