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

June 26th, 2017 · No Comments

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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Tags: solar · UN

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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Tags: sarah palin · solar

(Fewer to no) Birds Die (from solar flux)

April 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Last fall, the world learned that the Brightsource concentrating solar plant at Ivanpah, California, was killing birds. There was a rather huge outcry, much of it without a context of overall numbers and causes of bird deaths. While seeking to place the deaths in context, I wrote “the system can/should be improved”. Well, this has occurred. […]

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Solar Price Decline Pause (The escalator version …)

April 7th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Around the world, solar prices are simply collapsing. With double-digit year-to-year growth rates and double-digit year-to-year price drops, solar electricity is reaching grid parity (and better) in new markets with virtually every passing day. For a long time, those fighting clean energy have argued PRICE! PRICE! PRICE! Those (including myself) arguing for the necessity for […]

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Tags: solar · Solar Energy

Addressing “subsidies”: the necessity for putting solar (& wind & …) tax credit in context

March 26th, 2015 · Comments Off on Addressing “subsidies”: the necessity for putting solar (& wind & …) tax credit in context

This morning’s twitter feed had this: Does the solar industry need a federal tax credit after 2016? We debate w/ @BCinnamon later today on @TheEnergyGang podcast. — Stephen Lacey (@Stphn_Lacey) March 26, 2015 Solar prices are plummeting. In area after area, the prices are getting to the point of an ability to compete directly against […]

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Tackling the renewable canard of ‘only X percent’

November 27th, 2014 · 2 Comments

There are a series of arguments used by fossil-fuel defenders / pollution promoters to dismiss the utility of renewable energy electricity options. One standard is to dismiss wind and solar by saying that it only delivers X percent of the electricity. The intent of playing to that number, with the emphasis on “only”, is to […]

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Tags: solar · Solar Energy

.@WhiteHouse makes clear that @EIAgov does lousy fossil fuel forecasting, ignores that its #Solar and #Wind forecasting even worse

May 30th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Weirdly, while spending many pages detailing how the Energy Information Agency (EIA) failed to predict accurately fossil fuel trends, the report’s authors failed to highlight that the real-world performance of renewable energy (notably wind and solar) has greatly outperformed baseline forecasts. With the President’s call for more solar energy, highlighting that renewables have been doing so well (in price reductions and speed of market penetration) would seem something strongly support of Administration objectives rather than for something to be ignored in a 42-page White House report.

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Tags: Energy · energy information administration · renewable energy · solar · Solar Energy · wind power