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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 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 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 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 December 15, 2020

EGEB: US solar installations expected to jump 43% in 2020

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): The US solar industry surged in 2020 despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. ExxonMobil’s investors pressure the oil giant to cut emissions, and it underwhelmingly responded. Plans have been submitted for North Carolina’s first offshore wind farm. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated […]

Green Energy Stories December 10, 2020

Sense CEO predicts six 2021 home energy trends

Michael Phillips, the CEO of Sense, a technology company that makes a home energy monitor (pictured above) to track efficiency, cost, and reliability, told us about his predictions for six 2021 home energy trends.

Green Energy Stories October 28, 2020

These futurists say we can achieve 100% green energy by 2030

Independent think tank RethinkX, which “analyzes and forecasts the speed and scale of technology-driven disruption,” has released a report that says that most of the world is technologically capable of achieving 100% wind, solar, and storage electricity grids in 10 years.

Green Energy Stories October 1, 2020

20% of US homes use 45% of all cooling consumption nationwide

Twenty percent of Americans have HVAC systems that cost the homeowner an extra $882 annually on average to keep their homes cool — almost four times as much as the most efficient similar homes. This is according to a new study conducted by smart home energy company Sense who make smart home energy monitors.

Green Energy Stories November 9, 2016

Install solar power now to take advantage of 30% rebate before Trump takes it away

Last night, the American people elected a climate change denier, Donald Trump, as their president for the next 4 years. Now Trump wasn’t elected based on his environmental policies, but nonetheless, that’s what the US will be stuck with for the next 4 years now that Trump and the Republican Party control the White House, […]

Green Energy Stories October 20, 2016

Target passes Walmart as top US corporate installer of solar power, Ikea lights 90%+ of stores

Target is the top corporate installer of solar power in the USA with 147MW installed on 300 stores. Walmart is close behind with 140MW, while Ikea has installed solar on 90% of its retail locations. The Solar Energy Institute of America (SEIA) report shows over 1,000MW of solar installed in almost 2,000 unique installations by the […]

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 February 5, 2017

SolarEdge sets inverter efficiency record with new technology platform

SolarEdge’s HD-Wave inverter has broken the California Energy Commission’s record for inverter efficiency. The inverter, which was announced in September 2015 but is only now seeing wide-scale rollout, tested at 99% weighted efficiency while the competition clocks in between 96-98%. Arguably more important than the efficiency record is the new technology in the inverter – […]

Green Energy Stories February 18, 2017

Electrek green energy brief: 1.5GW RFP in AZ, Perovskite at 30% in two years (!?), Apple backing energy storage, more

Arizona County put out Request for Proposal (RFP) for 1.5GW of solar power – Personally, this is the largest RFP I’ve seen in the US. There are headlines for projects in the Middle East at 5GW, one in India at 7.5GW and China sorta has an RFP of 20GW a year – but these nation-state led […]

Green Energy Stories February 20, 2017

Electrek green energy brief: 70% Mongolian herders with solar, bifaicial solar cell plants, green bonds, more

70% of Mongolian herders have solar power – If the planet goes to crap because we’re fools and allow it to, its people like this – living as close to the land as possible – who will keep the species alive. And now they have access to electricity. When I traveled in China/Pakistan back in the […]

Green Energy Stories June 5, 2016

Energy Management making plays for the SmartHouse, and it might win it all

Much has been made about the coming SmartHome – it started with the Jetsons and their robots, however the reality has been a bit slow coming. Last week, EnergySage+WiseAir+Schneider launched an offer of $300 cash back if you install solar power and a smart thermostat. Back in February, SolarCity+Nest+Tesla introduced the “Smart Energy Home” that combines solar panels, battery storage, […]

Green Energy Stories May 31, 2016

Solar Power at Apple’s Union Square at 500% market price – what are they building?

Apple’s newest piece of retail art was revealed to shoppers in Union Square of San Francisco this month. As is Apple’s modus operandi these days they’re making sure to use clean energy to power the building. From the Apple press release, “The store is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, including power produced by photovoltaic panels integrated into the building’s […]

Green Energy Stories June 1, 2016

Apple Stores, starting in San Francisco, will use new walk-able transparent solar glass

After our attempt at explaining the 500% markup on Apple’s new solar array yesterday, further information has now confirmed that Apple’s new stores – starting in the brand new San Francisco location – will be utilizing a new walkable solar glass floor technology for electricity generation. According to a document on Onyx Solar’s website, Apple “has […]

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