Adding on to a couple of recent CleanTechnica posts, here’s a short look at First Solar’s solar power leadership, reposted from Solar Love: US-based First Solar seems to have done a pretty good job naming itself. It is the #1 solar developer in the world (based on March 2013 data), the #1 solar EPC contractor in the world (same data source), and the #2 solar module manufacturer in the world (based on 2012 figures). Furthermore, … Read More
The U.S. tax code actively rewards automobile use by providing substantial benefits, but at the same time provides very limited benefits to those that bicycle or use mass transit. With the significant traffic and air pollution problems that many cities now have, it seems like a change in policy should be in order. A change that will actively encourage the use of bicycles and mass transportation systems rather than “subsidizing” the already ubiquitous automobile. … Read More
The massive American multinational corporation Apple is continuing to make large strides in its pursuit of 100% renewable energy. In its recently released annual environmental report, it states that its corporate facilities are now receiving 75% of their energy from renewables, and that some of its data centers are now 100% powered by renewable energy. “We’re committed to greening the grid wherever we have our facilities,” Scott Brodrick of Apple’s product marketing, stated in a … Read More
Discovered in the mud of the Potomac River, a microbe called Geobacter has been quietly showing off its unique electrical properties for a team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts for the past 20 years. The researchers, lead by microbiologist Derek Lovley, are developing ways to harness Geobacter for methane biogas production and environmental remediation, and just last week they announced a new discovery that could finally answer a “major objection” that other biologists … Read More
Reposted from Solar Love: A couple of big new solar PV projects in Greece and Japan have just been announced. In Greece, Italy-based Energy Resources Ltd and China Development Bank have teamed up on a contract for a 32-MW solar PV park. The €50 million project is supposed to be completed in less than a year, by the end of 2013. While a Chinese and an Italian company are clearly going to benefit, Greek solar installers are … Read More
Reposted from Clean Power Research (with minor edits, including the questionable pun in the title): You've likely heard about the partnerships springing up between electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers and solar (PV) system providers. Most recently, Honda and SolarCity announced a plan that allows Honda customers to install solar with a low upfront cost and see an immediate reduction in their electricity bill. This follows partnerships SunPower has formed with Nissan and Ford to offer special deals to buyers interested in both … Read More
Think Sweden’s too far north to be bike friendly? Think again. Here’s a new video featuring the quite bike-friendly Malmö, Sweden: Reposted from Bikocity. How Malmö, Sweden Is Actually A Bike-Friendly City (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.
We don’t have the resources to give away electric cars and solar systems, of course, but we’re certainly happy to share opportunities to win such goodies! Check out this repost from EV Obsession below. Real Goods Solar, a leading solar power installer, is hosting a sweepstakes that I think you’d all like to win. The Grand Prize is: “(A) One home solar electric system from Real Goods Solar up to 1.5 kilowatts DC with standard roof installation … Read More