Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

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23 Cleantech & Other Green Stories Not To Miss

Some top solar, bike, EV, and other green news to keep you busy and out of trouble: Clean Energy SolarAid Sees 600% Increase In Sales Energy Sage & Sierra Club Team Up Geothermal Power Exposed The Future Of Community Ownership In Germany Pay As You Go Solar Power Systems Turn Lives on in Guatemala Clean Transport Bike Helmet With Bike Turn Signals Volvo Rules Out "Quirky" Electric Cars The Future's Bright, The Future's Female Could … Read More

23 Cleantech & Other Green Stories Not To Miss 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 homepage.


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Solar Could Produce 5X More Energy Than Oil In Libya

Libya exports close to $12 billion a year in petroleum products and they are seventy percent of its total exports. This north african nation also has an estimated 48 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves. In other words, oil is a critical part of the national economy there, and has been for years. Recent research has indicated the solar potential is even greater than the petroleum productivity. If Libya used just 0.1% of its … Read More

Solar Could Produce 5X More Energy Than Oil In Libya 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 homepage.


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SolarCity Investment — Good Idea?

Reposted from the Roen Financial Report: By Harris Roen As a result of a disappointing earnings release, SolarCity (SCTY) took a shellacking on Thursday. The stock traded down 17.6% to the low of the day, and closed down 14.4%. Still, the stock is up 6.5% for the month, and the savvy investor would have gained 78% if they bought SCTY on the first day of trading in December 2012. So what happened? Moreover, what is … Read More

SolarCity Investment — Good Idea? 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 homepage.


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Coal Plants Out Of Style In Germay

Germany’s renewable energy revolution is a big deal. It gives people in other countries more hope that they can implement the same (and several countries and cities have done so to some degree or another). It busts myths about renewable energy. It has brought down the cost of solar PV around the world. It is shifting the balance of power (social power and electricity) within Germany. And it is keeping more of Germany’s wealth within … Read More

Coal Plants Out Of Style In Germay 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 homepage.


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Decade-Long Study Confirms Significant Public Health Advantages Of Walkability

A new decade-long study from the University of Melbourne has found that when the overall walkability of an area is increased, simply put, people walk more, even well after the “novelty” may have worn off, and their health and wellbeing is improved as a result. This is the first study to provide long-term evidence of the effect that local walkability has on the health of people. The study shows that by providing greater access to … Read More

Decade-Long Study Confirms Significant Public Health Advantages Of Walkability 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 homepage.


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12-Year-Old Girl Building Her Own Solar-Powered House — What's Your Excuse?

A 12-year-old student, inspired by the documentary We, the Tiny House People, is currently in the process of building her own 128 square-foot, entirely solar-powered home (featuring a 30-foot loft). With someone as young as that building her own energy-independent home, it begs the question, Why am I not doing that? The student, Sicily Kolbeck, is building the house as a part of her curriculum for the year at HoneyFern School in Marietta, Georgia. The … Read More

12-Year-Old Girl Building Her Own Solar-Powered House — What’s Your Excuse? 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 homepage.


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70,000 EVs Just The Beginning, Carlos Ghosn Says

Renault and Nissan have together already sold an impressive 70,000 electric cars, but that’s just the beginning according to their CEO, Carlos Ghosn. When speaking at the Geneva Motor Show last week, he stated that the EV automotive landscape was changing, along with people’s perceptions of the vehicles. “The 70,000 people today who drive our electric cars are very happy with them,” Ghosn said, according to an AutoblogGreen report. “What is interesting about electric cars … Read More

70,000 EVs Just The Beginning, Carlos Ghosn Says 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 homepage.


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Community Power In The Global Community Vol. I: Belgium

The Community Power Report kicks off the new year with a brand new series of articles: ‘Community Power in the Global Community’. As part of this project, we are going to interview key actors from various countries to provide insight into these countries’ community-owned renewables sectors. First highlighted in our series is Belgium, for which we interviewed Dirk Vansintjan. Mr. Vansintjan is a founding member of Ecopower cvba, a renewable energy co-operative based in Flanders, … Read More

Community Power In The Global Community Vol. I: Belgium 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 homepage.


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EU Cracks Down On German Grid Fee Exemptions

Most of you are probably unaware of the German policies discussed below, so here’s a quick intro for context: Germany decided sometime back that certain industries and companies would be exempt from certain portions of a typical customer’s electricity bill — those include grid fees and renewable energy surcharges. The argument was that the extra fees weakened the international competitiveness of German firms. In actuality, I think this was largely just a rigging of the … Read More

EU Cracks Down On German Grid Fee Exemptions 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 homepage.


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Interview With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Video)

Future360′s Sarah Backhouse recently attended the UCLA Institute for Environment and Sustainability panel discussion on Green Cities (one video from that is here). While there, Sarah landed an interview with Antonio Villaraigosa, the super green mayor of Los Angeles. Here’s a video of the interview: If you want a text summary, or just want some of the facts written out for you so that you can copy and paste them elsewhere, here’s an excerpt from Future360′s … Read More

Interview With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (Video) 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 homepage.


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€1.68 — Price Of Ticket To Film About Germany's Renewable Energy Revolution (Free Here)

Update: An error was made regarding what the €1.68 represents. That has now been corrected. I’ve also added the time at which our writer’s animations are included in the film. I know — that was a bit of an ambiguous title. €1.68 cents, as a very small number of you may know, is the increase of the renewable energy surcharge that was implemented at the beginning of this year. Germany’s Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) to ratepayers … Read More

€1.68 — Price Of Ticket To Film About Germany’s Renewable Energy Revolution (Free Here) 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 homepage.


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Electric, Hybrid, Green Car Sales — Up 15% In U.S. In February

And that’s the bad news. Apparently, 48,364 green cars (primarily hybrid and electric vehicles, but also green-ish diesels) were sold in the US in February 2013 (est.), 15% more than the 41,933 green cars sold in February 2012. While that does obviously mean that sales increased, it also means that the growth decreased — there was 57% year-over-year green car growth in January, and 44% year-over-year green car growth in December. Who’s Down? Anyone who … Read More

Electric, Hybrid, Green Car Sales — Up 15% In U.S. In February 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 homepage.


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Tesla Lays Out European Game Plan At Geneva Auto Show

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, hit the ground running this past week in Switzerland, laying out some very ambitious plans to get a slice of the European electric vehicle car market. While attending the Geneva Auto Show, Musk said Europeans will see the Model S, which won the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, "no later than July" as manufacturing will start one month earlier. Meanwhile, Tesla is also working hard to enhance … Read More

Tesla Lays Out European Game Plan At Geneva Auto Show 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 homepage.


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China Offers Anti-dumping Negotiations As Taiwan Sees Rise In Solar Module Orders

Chinese leaders have proposed that the anti-dumping dispute over supply of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Europe be resolved through negotiations to avoid losses on both sides. The European Union (EU) would require Chinese modules to be registered at customs from April this year. Chinese module manufacturers have been facing anti-dumping investigations in several countries including the US and India. Last October, the US announced anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on Chinese solar manufacturers. This has led … Read More

China Offers Anti-dumping Negotiations As Taiwan Sees Rise In Solar Module Orders 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 homepage.


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UK Scientists Plan To Recycle Power Plant Emissions Into Fuel

Scientists of the Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh are working on photo-catalytic reduction technology which would recycle carbon dioxide emissions from power plants into liquid and gaseous fuels for the domestic and transport sectors. Another positive aspect of this conversion process is the use of solar radiation. A team of scientists led by Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer is working to generate ethanol, methanol and methane from emissions of power plants. The team is working on the next generation photo-catalytic reduction … Read More

UK Scientists Plan To Recycle Power Plant Emissions Into Fuel 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 homepage.


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