Jo Borras of sister site Gas2 has put together a nice little list post on the top 13 (i.e. best) fuel-efficient motorcycles on the market in 2013. Actually, 10 of the 13 are from the Chicago Tribune, which didn’t do the most stellar job of researching the vehicles, according to Jo, so he added a few of his own. Rather than steal Jo’s thunder, though, why don’t I just send you straight over to Gas2. … Read More
This article originally appeared on the Mosaic website. By Rosana Francescato Last year climate change became reality for the United States. New York City flooded, a historic drought blanketed the Midwest, and we saw one of the worst fire seasons ever recorded. By July, the US had shattered over 40,000 daily heat records. The question now is whether last year's events will lead to new momentum for climate solutions. Will we get a shift in public opinion to match the shifting … Read More
Following up on an innovative floating wind energy storage technology we covered some time back, here’s a post from MIT itself on details and news about this technology. By David L. Chandler Offshore wind could provide abundant electricity — but as with solar energy, this power supply can be intermittent and unpredictable. But a new approach from researchers at MIT could mitigate that problem, allowing the electricity generated by floating wind farms to be stored … Read More
Energy storage may be the next big thing in cleantech, and in the energy sector as a whole. We have never had much energy storage in place across the world. Instead, we have built a tremendous amount of backup capacity. With the variability of wind and solar, their increasingly low costs, and the desire to have a renewably powered world, the drive for cost-effective storage has picked up in pace. And many new solutions seem … Read More
All plug-in cars purchased in California may get a bit cheaper if Assembly Bill AB1077 passes. Thanks to Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi’s the proposed bill would reduce the basis for taxes and fees applied to plug-in cars by using the post-incentive transaction valuation for the car, not the pre-incentive sticker price. The announcement was made in front of Hermosa Beach city hall electric car charging stations with an official press event. It was attended by representatives from Plug-in … Read More
One of the most popular micro wind turbine companies around, Southwest Windpower, began to scale back operations last year and has apparently closed its doors, which means that our list of Top 5 Micro Wind Turbines is overdue for a re-do. As a preliminary step, let’s take a look at JLM Energy, Inc., an all-around renewable energy company that has figured out a way to piggyback its Zefr micro wind turbine arrays onto Southwest’s poles, … Read More
Floating offshore wind energy is looking like an increasingly likely possibility in the near future, thanks to the Scottish government’s recent unveiling of a £15 million fund for the development of new deep-water foundation technologies. Floating foundation technologies are currently in the early stages of their development, but once proved on the industrial scale, they will allow for the installation of floating wind turbines in far deeper waters than is currently possible. The wind resources … Read More
Clean energy investments soared higher in Latin America in 2012 amid an overall, global contraction. Four Latin American countries registered triple-digit percentage increases, with Brazil leading the way in terms of dollars invested. The data was released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance in advance of ACORE's third Latin America & Caribbean Renewable Energy Finance Forum, which is being held in Miami this week.
The tipping point between electric vehicles and gasoline power is still far away in the distance, but the changeover has been accelerating with lightening speed over the past couple of years. The raw sales figures only tell a small part of the tale. What really matters is the way that auto manufacturers have begun rolling out integrated EV systems that go beyond promoting vehicle ownership as a form of self expression, to recast the car … Read More
This article was originally published on Solar Love. MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corp. have just marked the start of the 579-Megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Projects with a community celebration. The huge three-year construction project is expected to employ around 650 workers and generate more than $500 million in regional economic impact. Split into two projects located in Kern and Los Angeles counties (California), the Antelope Valley Solar Projects will be the world’s largest solar power development … Read More
Right around the same time as Ford and KB Home teamed up to launch a smart home pilot project, Honda launched one of its own — Honda Smart Home US. Solar panels on the home in Davis, CA, will be used to charge a Honda Fit EV. From the construction on, the project is being documented and shared via the Honda Smart Home US website. Aside from the solar panels and EV, the home will … Read More
Editor’s note: This article will be added to our “70%, 80%, 99.9%, 100% Renewables — Study Central” page. This article originally appeared on RenewEconomy. An exploratory study into 100% renewable energy scenarios for Australia has concluded that its impact on consumer electricity prices over the next few decades may be no more than the increases in the last few years to support much criticised network upgrades and the introduction of the carbon price. The report … Read More
Efforts to transition rapidly to renewable and clean energy solutions while satisfying growing urban mobility needs are key factors accelerating the sale and use of electric bicycles. Widely used in Asia Pacific and Europe, the electric bicycle is well-established in those areas as a sound and serviceable means of dealing with stepped up congestion due to urbanization. However, electric bike use in North America and Western Europe is a new trend, especially among the younger … Read More
Haven’t had enough electric vehicle (EV) news lately? Check out these 10 EV stories below. 1. Toyota has unveiled the ME.WE concept EV. It’s a cute little car, reminiscent of a Mini Cooper, in my opinion. Its floors and horizontal surfaces are made of bamboo, an interesting twist that I imagine could get nixed when moving from concept to reality (but maybe not). Check out several pictures and a couple videos via the link above. 2. BYD … Read More
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing may be my favorite option by which people can go solar (or make energy efficiency or water efficiency upgrades, for that matter). One way in which this is being enabled is through the HERO Program. Over 40 California cities have implemented PACE financing in this way, and two more have just joined the fun. A full press release from HERO is reposted below. San Marcos City Council and Vista City … Read More
This post first appeared on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory website. CSP with thermal energy storage boosts California electric grid Researchers from the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have quantified the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid. The NREL researchers evaluated the operational impacts of CSP systems with thermal energy storage within the California electric grid managed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). … Read More
When I was the executive director of a nonprofit organization in Charlottesville, VA, focused on expanding the area’s transportation options (most notably, bicycling and mass transit), one of my aims was to get a bike-sharing program rolling in the city. At that time, this was a very nascent trend, and I didn’t manage to get it going in my short year there. However, the trend has been a great success around the world, and I … Read More
Investor response to Mosaic's pioneering solar PV project crowdfunding platform has been dramatic, and positive. The Oakland-based start-up is now looking to its online community of investors to finance its largest solar rooftop project to date, a 487-kW installation for the Wildwoods Convention Center in New Jersey.
Revenues and average selling prices for solar PV module manufacturers continued to drop in 2012 amid a continued overhang of supply. Further contraction and consolidation lies ahead, at least until 2015, according to NPD Solarbuzz.
On his 40th birthday, living legend of the cricketing world and arguably the best ambassador of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar joined hands with Schneider Electric to bring light to the lives of thousands of Indians struggling to access electricity in rural areas. Schneider Electric plans to distribute LED-based lighting systems across 25,000 villages in India. The company will be joined by Sachin Tendulkar to promote the ‘Spreading Happiness’ non-profit organisation that will work at the village-level to … Read More
It’s a real pleasure listening to Elon Musk talk. There’s a humility there, a strong sense of responsibility, a desire to do what is right. There is also a clear faith that doing what is right will pay off in the end in business terms, as well. In the latest Tesla conference call (Friday’s call), Elon’s focus was on the fact that Tesla’s warranty would cover everything that might happen to a Model S owner’s … Read More