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Sun shines bright on (some) Minnesota schools

November 14th, 2017 · Comments Off on Sun shines bright on (some) Minnesota schools

Several Minnesota schools are celebrating significant rooftop solar installations. Leveraging public-private partnerships (enabling use of Federal tax credits) and Xcel Energy’s state-mandated community solar garden program, these schools are covering their roofs with power generation with no upfront investment costs and lower electrical bills & pollution loads from day one.   These Farmington Area School […]

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What might a ‘solar’ Disaster 4R package cost/look like for Puerto Rico?

October 4th, 2017 · 3 Comments

Post Maria, Puerto Rico’s electricity system is in tatters. Puerto Rico’s electricity system, prior to Maria, heavily relied on centralized diesel power generation with above-ground power transmission: very high cost electricity, dependent on continued fossil-fuel imports, with great vulnerability to disruption. Post disaster, thoughtful policy and efforts would seek to maximize value in the Disaster […]

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Virginia’s troubling near failing clean energy/energy efficiency position

September 21st, 2017 · Comments Off on Virginia’s troubling near failing clean energy/energy efficiency position

Yet another report, yet another sign that Virginia is (far) behind the times when it comes to leveraging the clean-energy revolution to create economic activity and help address climate change.  In this case, “Solar Power Rocks” has gone through and rated the 50 states and the District of Columbia. As to Virginia, “Solar in Virginia: about […]

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The power of solar and oil …

August 16th, 2017 · Comments Off on The power of solar and oil …

The decades-long stark separation of ‘transportation’ and ‘stationary’ energy markets is breaking down in multiple ways. While one of the prime ways is transportation electrification (rail and automotive), there has been significant growth in the use of liquid fuels for electricity generation: primarily in oil producing nations but also areas with inadequate to non-existent electricity […]

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Tags: economics · oil · solar

DC United setting the PACE for MLS

June 29th, 2017 · Comments Off on DC United setting the PACE for MLS

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing is a far under leveraged path to enable property (primarily building) owners to cost-effectively financed energy and resource efficiency along with clean energy.  In short, PACE financing makes the payback of loans part of the property assessment with extremely low interest rates available because this is generally bundled money through […]

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Is Trump’s conceived Mexico Wall part of “#WarOnCoal”?

June 26th, 2017 · Comments Off on Is Trump’s conceived Mexico Wall part of “#WarOnCoal”?

Donald Trump has created some buzz with discussing the potential for making the Mexico border wall a power plant:  covering it with solar panels. Amid Team Trump’s “Energy Week” (with nary a mention of wind or solar power, the fastest growing energy sources around the globe … and in the United States), a question to […]

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Really, really, REALLY great news (#solar #wind, #pv #WarOnCoal in PRC, …)

May 27th, 2017 · 1 Comment

This guest post from Martin Smith provides a taste (and, truly, just a taste)  of the things happening around the world, related to clean energy and reducing fossil foolish dependences. If Team Trump would get their minds out of promoting 19th century energy, leveraging knowledge of 20th century energy, and turn to 21st century realities […]

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Tags: coal · Energy · solar · wind power

The Power of Refugee Camps going Clean Energy

May 19th, 2017 · Comments Off on The Power of Refugee Camps going Clean Energy

The UNHCR has announced that the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan is now 100% powered by solar energy. This is (putting aside, I guess, places that were ‘powered’ by burning wood …) “the first refugee camp powered by renewable energy.”   The 2-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) plant will allow UNHCR to provide affordable and sustainable […]

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Solar on the car, not the road …

March 8th, 2017 · Comments Off on Solar on the car, not the road …

The pace of global change accelerates with each passing year. Energy systems — which tend, even amid revolution (wood to coal, coal to oil, …), to change slowly — are struggling, globally, to adapt to how that pace of change is accelerating within them as well. Globalization combined with information technology reach combined with materials […]

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Tags: Energy · solar · transportation

Can Sarah Palin see PV panels from her porch?

February 22nd, 2016 · Comments Off on Can Sarah Palin see PV panels from her porch?

The Department of Energy just released a study that sparked this question: Can @SarahPalinUSA see #pv panels from her porch? For rural #Alaska, #solar is low cost path to reliable energy — A Siegel (@A_Siegel) February 22, 2016 Entitled Solar Prospecting in Rural Alaska, the study examines the return on investment for installing solar […]

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