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Green Energy Stories October 6

EGEB: Here’s where global energy consumption is going if we don’t make changes

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): The US Energy Information Administration releases its International Energy Outlook 2021 report. Maine applies for a lease in federal waters for the US’s first offshore wind research site. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now […]

Green Energy Stories September 15

EGEB: Illinois to shut all fossil fuel plants by 2045 and invest $580M a year in renewables [Update]

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): The governor of Illinois has signed a bill that makes the state a US clean energy leader. Here’s the Democrats’ plan for clean electricity in the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar […]

Green Energy Stories July 22

EGEB: New building energy codes will save Americans $138B over 3 decades

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): The US Department of Energy announces energy-efficient new building codes to save consumers money and fight climate change. Bloomington, Indiana, launches its Bloomington Green Home Improvement Program. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now […]

Green Energy Stories July 12

How ‘unusable’ capped landfill can gain a second life as a solar farm

Landfill, aka garbage dumps or tips, can, under the right conditions, be converted into solar farms once they’re capped. (Capping means putting a cover or barrier between the contaminated material and the surface.) There has been a nearly 80% increase in landfill solar projects built in the US over the past five years. But there are some […]

Green Energy Stories June 30

EGEB: US awards $182 million for 49 e-bus projects in 46 states

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): The US government has awarded grants for electric and hydrogen buses to 49 projects in 46 states. Connecticut boosts its electric vehicle rebates. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so […]

Green Energy Stories June 16

The supply chain is disrupted. Automatic electric yard trucks would help fix that

Roughly 10 billion tons of freight move through supply chains in the US each year, almost all of which pass through distribution yards – the area of the supply chain between the warehouse and the open road. Andrew Smith, Outrider founder and CEO, has dedicated his career to the commercialization of environmental technologies. He spoke […]

Green Energy Stories May 31

The solar industry’s low-tech problem and how to fix it

Kirk Edelman, chief commercial officer at New York City-headquartered solar development, construction, and asset management company Safari Energy, told Electrek about the three technologies that the solar industry needs to adopt in order to revolutionize processes and infrastructure.

Green Energy Stories May 28

EGEB: A Montana cryptocurrency miner wants to buy a huge solar farm

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): A Montana cryptocurrency miner wants to use solar to power its energy-draining business. Can emission-free electric (and hydrogen) airplanes replace fossil-fuel-powered planes? UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s […]

Green Energy Stories May 20

Dandelion Energy expands residential geothermal to Vermont

Renewable resources provided 99.9% of Vermont’s electricity generation in 2019, the largest share for any state, but it has more than 100,000 homes that use fuel oil, the dirtiest fuel for home heating. US residential geothermal company Dandelion Energy wants to help Vermont ditch the fuel oil – it today announced that it’s expanding its services into the […]

Green Energy Stories April 28

EGEB: DOE helps 11 US remote and island communities adopt clean energy

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): The US Department of Energy helps 11 remote and island communities transition to clean energy. Work begins on Japan’s first large offshore wind farms today. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price […]

Green Energy Stories March 18

EGEB: Offshore wind could meet 90% of US electricity demand

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): A new report that studied US offshore wind by coastal region and state found huge potential. Los Angeles and New York launch virtual power plant programs fueled by solar-charged home batteries. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized […]

Green Energy Stories February 2

EGEB: First floating tidal energy array launches in Canada

Sustainable Marine unveils “next-gen platform” in Nova Scotia ahead of tidal energy project. The University of Arkansas will build a new solar lab to teach accredited solar technicians. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla now offers price matching, so it’s important […]

Green Energy Stories August 24, 2015

Elon Musk buys $5 million worth of SolarCity’s stock during global market correction

The global stock market had a horrible day. Even Wall Street darlings like Google and Apple saw billions of dollars trimmed off their market capitalizations. A surprising exception, SolarCity, the largest residential solar installer in the US, managed to go against the grain and closed the day with an impressive 7% gain thanks to its Chairman and […]

Green Energy Stories January 26, 2017

Electrek green energy brief: Apple+Buffett for 200MW, US Utility solar at $1/W, 90MW offshore wind for NY, more

Apple agrees to purchase solar energy from 200MW Warren Buffet farm – Apple & NV Energy, owned by Warren Buffett, have agreed to build a 200MW solar power farm whose power will be sold to Apple for purpose of powering an Apple data center. A 200MW solar farm in Nevada, at retail rates, will cost […]

Green Energy Stories January 29, 2017

A look at a Chinese fishery with a giant integrated solar array – feeding a world hungry for clean energy

Last week, a 200MW solar fishery came online in Cixi City in east China’s Zhejiang Province. The photos below show the immensity of the project. Dual use solar power comes in many forms: parking lot solar is always getting attention, walkable solar glass – like the project built by Apple (though I don’t think the Apple campus solar counts), […]

Green Energy Stories July 17, 2017

EGEB: US House of Reps – ‘Climate Change National Security Threat’, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news. House Approves Defense Policy Bill Declaring Climate Change A National Security Threat – The Republican-led House decisively approved a defense policy bill on Friday that declares climate change a national security threat, demands rigorous oversight of the Pentagon’s cyber operations […]

Green Energy Stories June 14, 2017

EGEB: Steel Pulse to Tesla Solar Roof, $1B green Apple bond, electric power grid digital weapons, etc

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Inside “Steel Pulse,” The Project That Became Elon Musk’s Solar Roof – Internally at SolarCity, the solar roof product was far from what Musk would consider market-ready, let alone beautiful, according to nearly a dozen sources familiar with the […]

Green Energy Stories June 19, 2017

EGEB: ‘Energy Choice’ is politic-speak for fossil fuels, rats escaping coal, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news. ‘Energy Choice’ is politics for fossil fuels in fight against solar power – Nevada Governor notes ‘Energy Choice’ as part of his logic for vetoing an increase in clean energy for the state. Whenever you hear the term ‘Energy Choice’ […]

Green Energy Stories April 19, 2017

Electrek green energy brief: Utility scale solar in Vietnam gets 10¢/kWh, a pathway to 10TW of solar power, more

Vietnam introduces utility-scale solar FiT and rooftop net metering – FiT for utility-scale solar PV would be VND2.086/kWh (US$0.0935), exclusive of Value Added Tax. The FiT would be subject to fluctuations in the VND/US$ exchange rate and would only apply to projects where the cell efficiency is more than 16% or module efficiency more than 15% – […]

Green Energy Stories June 5, 2017

EGEB: US Climate Alliance – 9 states in, 100% renewable grid possible today, $10M to kill Paris, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news. Sempra VP surprises, says 100 percent renewable grid is possible now – “We have a solution now to adjust the intermittency of solar and wind energy that is no longer a technology challenge. Now it is an economic decision,” […]

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