Sunday, May 26, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

Top cleantech news of the day from CleanTechnica, the world's #1 cleantech or clean energy website:


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Solar Grid Parity In 102 Countries (Map)

This article was originally published on RenewEconomy. Here's an interesting graph used by Suntech's Stuart Wenham (sourced from Applied Materials) during a presentation at the Solar 2013 conference in Melbourne on Thursday. It highlights the extent of "grid parity" for solar PV across the world – it is now in 102 countries. This definition of "grid parity" is the cost of rooftop solar versus the cost of electricity sourced from the grid – this is … Read More

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New Appliances More Efficient, Better, Bunch Of New Features

This article was originally published on the website of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Washington, D.C.—Newer appliances are not only more efficient, they perform the same or better while including a large number of new features, according to a new report, Better Appliances: An Analysis of Performance, Features, and Price as Efficiency Has Improved, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP). In many cases, product … Read More

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Solar PV Market Set To Grow To $155 Billion In 2018

A new research report from Lux Research predicts that the solar photovoltaic market is expected to grow to a $155 billion industry by 2018, “as market forces engineer a turnaround to a healthy 10.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).” The report produced a “most likely scenario” in which the PV market will grow at a modest rate to 35 GW this year before increasing in growth to reach 61.7 GW by 2018. "Manufacturers' nightmare is turning … Read More

Solar PV Market Set To Grow To $155 Billion In 2018 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Top 8 Energy And Water-Saving Landscaping Tips

The Midwest's climate is anything but mild — it goes from toasty hot summers to bitterly cold winters. To help save on your home's energy and water use, follow these landscaping tips: If your house struggles to keep cool in the summer: 1. Plant bushes or trees along the south wall. By blocking the sun’s rays for most of the day, you will stop any excessive heating. However, keep in mind that these same bushes … Read More

Top 8 Energy And Water-Saving Landscaping Tips 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Solar PV Costs Will Fall By Half By 2020, But Prices Won't

This post first appeared on RenewEconomy Australian solar pioneer Stuart Wenham predicts that the cost of making solar PV modules will fall another 50 per cent at least by 2020 – even after the 80 per cent fall in the last few years, although consumer prices may not fall as much. Wenham, who is the head of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Silicon Photovoltaics at the University of New South Wales, and is also … Read More

Solar PV Costs Will Fall By Half By 2020, But Prices Won't 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Compressed Air Cars

This post first appeared on Gas2 by Christopher DeMorro The search for an alternative fuel source other than oil should leave no idea untested. Still, there are some ideas with more potential than others, and some alt-fuel concepts are just plain strange. Compressed air vehicles have been around for around 150 years, but the technology has never caught on with automakers. There's a reason for that, and it's called torque, or the lack thereof. Compressed … Read More

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Texas Legislature Passes Commercial And Industrial PACE Bill

This post first appeared on Clean Energy Finance Center by Kat Friedrich The Texas House and Senate passed Senate Bill 385 this week. If Governor Rick Perry approves the bill, the state will break new ground by developing plans for commercial and industrial property assessed clean energy (PACE) programs. This bill will redesign Texas's approach to PACE, focusing on the commercial and industrial sectors rather than on residential programs. The legislation covers both energy efficiency … Read More

Texas Legislature Passes Commercial And Industrial PACE Bill 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Community Solar May Be Next Big Thing In Australia Renewables

This post first appeared on RenewEconomy The momentum for a big push into community solar projects appears to be gathering pace, with several different organisations planning public launches in the next month, and suggestions that several dozen projects could be built on NSW rooftops in coming years. Among plans revealed this week are the launch of a community solar network Farming the Sun in the northern Rivers region, to be followed soon by similar groups in New … Read More

Community Solar May Be Next Big Thing In Australia Renewables 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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2013 Nissan Leaf Achieves Best Safety Rating From IIHS

As I just wrote a couple hours ago, the Nissan Leaf is on a roll. One of the latest pieces of good news is that it is one. damn. safe. car. Not convinced? Read the following EV Obsession post. Here’s some more good Nissan Leaf news to wrap up the weekend. The 2013 Nissan Leaf has received a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). “Driver and passenger safety are top … Read More

2013 Nissan Leaf Achieves Best Safety Rating From IIHS 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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How Fossil Fuel Incumbents Hope To Tame Solar Juggernaut

This post first appeared on RenewEconomy The Australian solar sector is warning that the industry could be facing its toughest challenges in the coming years, as cost-competitive solar PV puts enormous strain on the business models of fossil fuel technologies. Muriel Watt, the chair of the Australian Photovoltaic Association, said the solar industry should be prepared for a fight-back from the incumbent businesses in the form of regulatory and tariff protection, and even a campaign … Read More

How Fossil Fuel Incumbents Hope To Tame Solar Juggernaut 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Police Get Nissan Leafs & Zero S Electric Motorcycles In Hong Kong & UK

The Nissan Leaf is getting a bit of a masculinity boost with its recent inclusion into a UK police force. And dozens of Zero electric motorcycles, in no need of a masculinity boost, are also on their way to a police force… this one in Hong Kong. More details via EV Obsession: Police fleets in Hong Kong and the UK recently got electric motorcycles and Nissan Leafs (respectively) for their crime-fighting (or crime-dealing, depending who they … Read More

Police Get Nissan Leafs & Zero S Electric Motorcycles In Hong Kong & UK 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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BXR Motors Building Custom Hybrid Supercar

This post first appeared on Gas2 by Christopher DeMorro High-performance hybrid supercars are all the rage among the wealthy right now, despite the failure of companies like Fisker Automotive. One particular car design that caught my eye is the BXR Motors Bailey Blade EVR, a performance plug-in hybrid with some serious potential. Is this the Fisker 2.0? Yes, and no. While the drivetrain in the Bailey Blade EVR (currently still a one-off custom car) utilizes … Read More

BXR Motors Building Custom Hybrid Supercar 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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