Solar power Stories March 26

The US Senate has unanimously passed the $2 trillion stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the largest emergency aid package in US history. And the green energy sector didn’t get anything, as expected… but neither did Big Oil.

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Solar power Stories March 16

As far as electric vehicles go, electric bicycles are famously energy-efficient. Most can easily travel 100 miles (160 km) on around $1 of electricity. But what if instead of paying for that electricity, you could capture it from the sun instead? That’s exactly what Richard Drumm did when he built a simple DIY electric bicycle solar-charging setup.

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Solar power Stories March 13

Green energy undercuts more than $600B in coal investments

Coal developers risk wasting nearly $640 billion because it’s already cheaper to generate electricity from green energy than from new coal plants in all major markets, Carbon Tracker Initiative reported yesterday.

Solar power Stories March 4

West Virginia house’s lively solar bill debate featured some twisted logic

The SB583 solar bill debate was lively on the West Virginia House floor yesterday, and some of the delegates’ viewpoints were… interesting. However, the House of Delegates ultimately passed the bill on a 75-23 vote that will make it easier for companies to get a small portion of their power supply from solar energy.

Solar power Stories February 28

West Virginia may install solar on former coal sites

The environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy is working with West Virginia’s Coalfield Development Corporation to put large-scale solar energy on a decommissioned coal mine site. This would be a first in West Virginia.

Solar power Stories February 17

How fourth-graders won their campaign for school solar panels

A group of fourth-graders at Big Hollow Primary School in Ingleside, Illinois, completed a writing and science project three years ago on why solar power would be beneficial to the Big Hollow District 38 campus. Their primary school, as well as a middle and high school, make up the campus.

The system will go live next month, and the campus will have enough energy to cover about 85% of the district’s power needs and save about $90,000 a year.

Solar power Stories January 31

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • The US now has nearly 60,000 wind turbines spinning across 41 states and two US territories.
  • Some New York City councillors want to turn Rikers Island jail complex into a green energy hub.
  • The College of William & Mary will source nearly 50% of the university’s electricity from solar.

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Solar power Stories January 29

Duke Energy has announced that it will build two new solar farms in Florida, in Hamilton and Columbia Counties.

The utilities giant is investing an estimated $1 billion to construct or acquire a total of 700 MW of solar farms from 2018 through 2022 in Florida, and planning for another 1,500 MW of solar generation through 2028.

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Solar power Stories January 27

Massachusetts city cleverly targets churches, small businesses for solar

Melrose, Massachusetts, won the 2019 SolSmart Innovation Award. SolSmart is funded by the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office.

The city, with a population of around 27,000 and located in the Boston metropolitan area, won the award because it chose to expand beyond the residential market to nonprofits, places of worship, and small businesses by the end of 2019.

Solar power Stories January 20

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • Qatar to build an 800 MW solar farm with Total and Marubeni.
  • A Tokyo University of Science team are developing potassium-driven rechargeable batteries.
  • Cleantech Group announces its Global Cleantech 100, the companies most likely to make an impact.

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