Tuesday, March 6, 2012

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Technological Revolutions & EVs (Reader Comment)

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 10:00 AM PST

  Below is part of a discussion on the Nissan Leaf and electric vehicles here on CleanTechnica. It’s got broad relevance to EVs, solar technology, wind technology, and more, and is just a great little reflection on society. So, here it is (slightly edited to be tailored to a post rather than a comment in [...] Related posts:
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Interview with Amory Lovins, Author of Reinventing Fire.. & Much More

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 09:32 AM PST

  Amory Lovins is one of the top clean energy and energy efficiency leaders in the world, as the introduction in the hour-long video below makes clear. Yale recently hosted Lovins for the great speech in the video. Yale Environment 360 also interviewed Lovins around that time. The video is worth a watch. And the [...] Related posts:
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Top 5 U.S. States for Renewable Energy Investment

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 09:02 AM PST

  Last week, I posted on Ernst & Young’s latest Country Attractiveness Indices for renewable energy. It put the U.S. as the second-most attractive country for renewable energy investment, behind China and ahead of Germany (and every other country in the world, for that matter). Ernst & Young has also released renewable energy attractiveness indices [...] Related posts:
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Mapping Solar Grid Parity

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 07:47 AM PST

Within a decade, 100 million Americans could get cheaper electricity from rooftop solar — without subsidies — than is provided by their utility.  This finding from a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance — Rooftop Revolution: Changing Everything with Cost-Effective Local Solar — inspired our popular animated map, showing when major metropolitan areas reached [...] Related posts:
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Solar Hosting (Next Big Thing?)

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 07:32 AM PST

  Solar hosting helps bring solar power to renters.   Solar power is a great investment for homeowners in most places. You can get a great return on investment (ROI) in most cases. However, some poeple don’t have the money or credit needed to pop a solar roof on their house. Innovative programs and solar [...] Related posts:
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  3. New “Flow” Battery Does that Cheap Energy Storage Thing


Wrexham, Small European Town, Now a Solar Powerhouse

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 06:37 AM PST

  Wrexham, in the UK (North Wales, to be precise), has apparently had one of Europe’s largest solar panel factories since 2005 (a Sharp solar panel factory), and employs approximately 1,000 people there. Now, the town is stepping up its solar installation game — it’s just installed 30,000 town-produced solar panels on 3,000 of its [...] Related posts:
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304-MW Blue Creek Wind Farm Completed

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 06:12 AM PST

  If you’re not familiar with energy metrics, 304 MW is huge (the largest solar energy plant in the world is 354 MW, and the second-largest is 150 MW). So, news that Iberdrola has just finished construction of a 304-MW wind farm in Ohio is,.. well,.. big! Here are some details on the project: it [...] Related posts:
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Clean Car News (5 Stories)

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 05:48 AM PST

  Here’s some top clean car news from the past few days or so: Intencity from Sbarro: “Eccentric mega-builder Franco Sbarro wants to bring the experience of driving a Formula 1 racecar to public roads. Sort of. In Sbarro's universe, the F1 "experience" does away with a screaming, high-strung V8 engine and 200-mph wind in your face [...] Related posts:
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In Rush Limbaugh Land, Hundreds of Thousands of Wind & Solar Energy Jobs Don’t Exist

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 05:32 AM PST

  Rush Limbaugh’s on a roll. He recently made one of the most sexist public comments of our era, and he’s now attacking solar & wind energy businesses and employees. He said this week that “There's no solar energy business yet. There's no wind energy yet.” Odd, given that over 100,000 American jobs now come [...] Related posts:
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New 20-MW Solar Thermal Plant Eats its Own Energy

Posted: 06 Mar 2012 04:52 AM PST

The solar company GDT Tek is planning a 20-megawatt solar array in Desert Hot Springs, California, and the design indicates how the solar industry is heading toward a business model that squeezes every ounce of energy out of the available land. Part of GDT’s 109-acre property will be reserved for a pilot solar thermal plant [...] Related posts:
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