Browsing the "solar power" Tag

100% Local, Clean, Cheap Power is Possible Using Renewable Energy

April 8th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

I’ve written in the past about the fact that 100% of the world could be powered from clean, renewable energy. But to get to that 100% target, you need a lot of small 100% targets (i.e. 100% renewable energy for Scotland, for Tokelau, etc.). A report just out yesterday from the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research finds that Minnesota could easily go 100% renewable. Not only that, though — it could use 100% local clean power from solar and wind energy. That’s exciting


Renewable Power Built On Superfund Sites and Landfills

January 20th, 2012 | by Tom Cranford

Superfund sites, landfills and depleted mines don't exactly bring to mind renewable energy opportunities. And yet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency thinks there might just be, in the midst of all the industrial waste, pollution, and environmental neglect being cleaned up at these sites, a green opportunity — a renewable energy opportunity


Google’s $280 Million Investment in Building U.S. Solar Energy Infrastructure

July 23rd, 2011 | by Chris Keenan

Why did we have to wait for Google to invest in building our solar energy infrastructure? What has happened to the government's commitment to green energy and creating jobs in the green sector? It looks like it took the money-making minds of Silicon Valley to come up with the idea of backing this brilliant scheme. SolarCity says they don't have to beat the price of coal, they only have to beat the price the consumer pays its utility company. The consumer will vote with their dollars even if they don't care about being green at all. It looks like with the help of Silicon Valley and Solar City, capitalism may eventually trick the United States into going green


Solar Panels: Father’s Day Gift?

June 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Generally, I try to keep an eye on the most popular Google searches in the U.S. For one, I think this is important for my job, to see if something I'm interested in is hot at the moment (and why) or to find out about something important I might have missed in my normal news channels. Additionally, doing so just gives me an idea of what's happening or what's popular at the moment, in general


Los Angeles Could Easily be a Solar-Powered City

March 25th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

UCLA’s Luskin Center has created a “Los Angeles Solar Atlas” showing the solar potential in Los Angeles County on a variety of different scales. It created solar maps for each city and zone in the county and for the jurisdiction of each of the county's 7 utilities, as well as for the county as a whole



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