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