The 750 MW McCoy Solar Photovoltaic Project has been granted an expedited review by California’s Governor Jerry Brown. This puts the NextEra Energy Resources project, located in Riverside County, on the fast track to development. Current plans are for it to be built in two phases, with phase one done by August 2014, followed by phase two in October 2016. The McCoy Solar Project was granted the expedited review under the Governor’s Jobs and Economic … Read More
The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) was slated to become available in 2015, but Volkswagen has apparently decided to change that to 2014. The car has reportedly achieved an outstanding 188 MPG (1.25 L/100 km) on the European test cycle (the U.S fuel-efficiency rating should be worse). The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 PHEV is equipped with a 148 HP, 1.4 litre gasoline engine and a 100 HP electric motor, which is the same powertrain … Read More
The Indian government has announced significant incentives for the renewable energy sector in its Union Budget for financial year 2013–14. The Finance Minister of India, Mr P Chidambaram, specifically offered incentives for wind energy and waste-to-energy projects. The incentives are expected to rekindle growth in India’s renewable energy sector, which is currently suffering from a downturn. India remains on track to achieve 30,000 MW installed renewable energy capacity by 2017. It currently has an installed capacity … Read More
Stop me if you've heard this before – renewable energy technologies face global challenges from fossil fuels and a lack of public subsidies, but new financing mechanisms and government mandates may be key to their continued growth. What's different now, according to Ernst & Young's (E&Y) latest "Renewable energy country attractiveness indices," is how shale gas development and crashing public financing are changing the way renewable energy is funded across the globe...
In the next decade, over 300 gigawatts (GW) of unsubsidized solar energy could be deployed across the United States, generating electricity for the same or less-than retail electricity prices. But many utilities remain blissfully unaware of the coming solar storm or how to handle it, as evidenced by a Public Utility Commission hearing in Minnesota last fall. In October, the Xcel Energy presented their long term planning process (called an Integrated Resource Plan) to the … Read More
The U.S. Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) this week announced that 17 projects it has helped jump-start have “demonstrated major technical successes and shown significant market engagement” in the past 4 years. Putting a dollar figure on that, the 17 projects “have attracted over $450 million in private sector follow-on funding” (after their initial $70 million or so from ARPA-E). In addition, 12 ARPA-E projects have gone on to become companies, and over 10 … Read More
The Welsh government has given approval to the first commercial tidal power project in Wales. The project will have a capacity of 10 MW and will require £70 million investment, £10 million of which will be provided by the Welsh government. Siemens, through its acquired subsidiary Marine Current Turbine (MCT), will provide five SeaGen tidal stream turbines each having capacity of 2 MW for the Skerries Tidal Stream Array project. One of these turbines is … Read More
Microscopic organisms are emerging as the sustainability workhorses of the 21st century, having graduated from their traditional composting chores into biofuel production, microbial fuel cells and even self-replicating growable ink. They could do so much more in terms of bio-electronics, but the cell membrane forms a “greasy barrier” that blocks the flow of electrons between the organism and its electronic cousins. That barrier appears likely to fall, though, as researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory … Read More
World temperatures are rising, resulting in increasing mortality from heat stress. Or to put it another way, more people are dropping dead because it’s too damn hot. Unfortunately this is nothing new in Australia. Dropping dead from damn hotness has always been popular in these parts. Here in South Australia about 75 people currently die from it each year. But as our population gets older and we slowly cook the planet, the number of deaths … Read More
The US economy and society have been reaping the benefits of rapid growth in renewable energy and clean technology under the Obama Administration, progress that's threatened by federal budget sequestration.
Don’t pass this one up. This video below captures life at the coolest bus stop in the world (or one of the coolest). Enjoy, share with friends, and hey, consider pulling such stunts at a bus stop in your city! TreeHugger‘s Michael Graham Richard and a reader over there, Elijah J. had some useful thoughts upon watching this video. Elijah wrote: ”It’s pretty incredible advertising but it got me thinking: why in the world don’t we have this … Read More
This article below has been republished from the U.S. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) website (image & link added): The Energy Department on February 21 announced that Johnson Controls, Macy’s, and Sprint are joining the Better Buildings Challenge. Launched by President Obama in 2011, the Better Buildings Challenge brings together corporations, universities, municipalities, and other national leaders to make significant commitments to energy efficiency that reduce waste and cut energy costs. Johnson Controls, Macy’s, and Sprint … Read More
Ovidiu Sandru of The Green Optimistic recently conducted an email interview with Tesla Motors Founder and CEO Elon Musk regarding the Tesla Model S and how it performs in cold weather. Reposted from The Green Optimistic, here’s a compiled summary of the interview: Ovidiu: How does the Model S manage cold weather? As far as I know, the Roadster had auxiliary battery heating systems and for sure the Model S has them, too. Elon: The rough answer … Read More
This article was originally published on RenewEconomy (image added). Analysts at Deutsche Bank have predicted that the global solar PV sector will transition from a subsidised market to a sustainable market within a year, citing the arrival of "grid parity" in a number of key markets, unexpectedly strong demand and rebounding margins. The Deutsche Bank team said key markets such as India, China and the US are experiencing strong demand and solar projects are now … Read More
Continuing on with our daily series on Leonardo ENERGY videos, here are 5 regarding solar PV systems. They tackle construction and start-up, plant operation, maintenance, economic analysis, off-grid installations, high-concentration photovoltaics, and solar energy assessment for community energy planning. Training On Photovoltaic Systems (VIDEOS) was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our … Read More