Allison Donnelly for Zondits, January 23, 2015 Though solar is typically seen to be the distributed generation technology of choice, small wind is also gaining popularity in the US. “Small-wind” (meaning a rating of 100 kW or less) turbines have been used in farms and other rural applications for decades but are increasingly being used […]
1.3% of New US Jobs Came from the Solar Industry in 2014 Allison Donnelly for Zondits, January 22, 2015 “Jobs” are still very much a key concern in the United States these days: President Obama’s State of the Union address yesterday used the word 19 times. Few industries have seen the explosive growth in jobs […]
Bloom Energy piles on even more funding Gigaom, January 20, 2015 Silicon Valley fuel cell startup Bloom Energy is looking to raise another $160 million in convertible notes, and has closed on $130 million of that round, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal’s Venture Capital Dispatch. The fourteen-year-old company has already raised […]
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 […]
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.
Loudoun County, Virginia, is home to more than 4.3 million square feet of data centers and claims that 70% of internet traffic flows through it every single day. It hosts the servers of many major tech companies, and because of that, it has enormous influence on the world — even though hardly anyone knows its name.