Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
Brazil is known for its non-fossil energy matrix largely thanks to its reliance on hydropower, which comes with its fair share of controversy as the case of the mega dam Belo Monte exemplifies. Wind power is starting to grow in the country but solar photovoltaic is still a minuscule, virtually non-existent industry.
Therefore, it comes as good news that the fifth global (more…)
Monday, November 19th, 2012
Here’s a lecture by Ozzie Zehner, whose popular book “Green Illusions” is making the rounds. Indeed, there is a great deal of truth here. In particular, we’re seduced by the sexiness of renewable energy, and in some cases make extremely illogical decisions to deploy it.
Zehner provides an example of a gentleman who (more…)
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
All last week there were numerous frantic New Yorkers looking desperately for places to plug-in. Without electricity this ultra connected island was stranded by the storm both physically and electronically. People stood in groups throughout the darkened city listening to battery-powered boom boxes for news. In polling places on Long Island generators still stood (more…)
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
China has become the world’s largest producer of solar panels, and the European Union has become the largest consumer of solar panels. Due to the economic climate within Europe, it is natural for them to bolster their own solar industry in the interest of keeping and adding employment and growth. However, China which is Europe’s largest supplier has been accusing (more…)
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
You know that phrase, “One good thing leads to another?” Well, it couldn’t ring more true than in the solar industry. This week, we serve you stories in which good attitudes toward solar have sparked (you guessed it) lots of actual solar installed.
Pittsburgh Can Now Buy 100% Renewables 10% Cheaper Than Standard Utility Rate (more…)
Friday, October 19th, 2012
Neighbors also like to keep up the joneses when it comes to solar power.
This is a revealing study. Apparently, homeowners are more likely to install solar panels if they already exist in their own zip code area or on their street. The study, called Peer Effects in the Diffusion of Solar Photovoltaic Panels, was (more…)
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Solar panels have been reported as one of the top 3 elements potential homebuyers consider when looking at a property in 2012. Along with pre-fitted solar panels, weekly bin collections and satellite TV also made it into the top 3 list.
Some of the other features homebuyers are interested in are walk-in wardrobes, good 3G (more…)
Friday, August 24th, 2012
First Solar Inc., the U.S.-based solar panel manufacturer, plans to expand its role in the global energy industry by developing solar power farms in India, where an emerging industrial sector is looking to shore up energy security in the aftermath of record blackouts.
The company aims to secure 20 percent of India’s (more…)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
Hurricane Katrina was especially devastating to the people of New Orleans in Louisiana, USA, and will forever be regarded as a painful episode in American history. It’s been revealed that at least 1,836 people perished as a result of the hurricane, many of whom were from poor minority groups and unable to flee the city. The pictures from the disaster are (more…)
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
U.S. scientists say that emerging photovoltaic technologies will enable the production of solar shingles made from abundantly available elements rather than rare-earth metals, an innovation that would make solar energy cheaper and more sustainable.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the American (more…)