February 2016

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The War on Solar

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Fossil fuel interests are waging a shady war on solar through backroom transactions and bootleg deals. How long will they be able to rig the game?

Eighty-four percent of US voters are in favor of “taking action to accelerate the development and use of clean energy”, but major fossil fuel interests don’t care as long as their profits are at stake. read more →

Dominion Virginia Power seeks to build 56 megawatts of new solar

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— Company files for approval for three large-scale solar projects– Construction would create 960 jobs and $74 million economic benefit– Renewable energy facilities would be ready to serve customers by December 2016

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Dominion Virginia Power today proposed to build 56 megawatts of large-scale solar facilities that would begin producing renewable energy by December of 2016. read more →

The world’s first solar-powered bike path is generating more energy than expected

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Clean energy accounted for nearly half of all new power last year

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As if you needed any further proof that clean energy has fossil fuels on the run, a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) shows renewable energy accounted for nearly half of all new power plants built in 2014. The Guardian reports the IEA said this fact represents a “clear sign that an energy transition is underway” on planet Earth. According to the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2015report, the milestone also means green energy is the second-largest electricity generator in the world, and set to dethrone the worst of the world’s fossil fuels by early in the 2030s. read more →

Couple turns a 40-foot-tall fire lookout into a spectacular off-grid home

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An adventurous couple has found home sweet home in an unlikely location: a 40-foot-tall fire lookout surrounded by stunning vistas. The lucky homeowners, Dabney Tompkins and Alan Colley, wake up everyday to spectacular 360-degree views on the 160-acre property of meadow and forest in rural Oregon. Their 388-square-foot home, described to Zillow as a “treehouse without a tree,” is powered entirely by solar for off-grid living. read more →

How does Solar Power Work?

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Many people do not realize just how powerful the sun really is. Did you know that the sun actually bathes the earth with enough energy in one hour to power the entire world for one year? The use of solar energy means that you are capturing this powerful energy from the sun and using it to help fuel your life so that you do not have to use other resources for energy. read more →

Making green fuels, no fossils required

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Using solar or wind power to produce carbon-based fuels, which are commonly called fossil fuels, might seem like a self-defeating approach to making a greener world. But when the starting material is carbon dioxide, which can be dragged out of the air, the approach is as green as it gets. The technology that makes it economically feasible isn’t available yet, but a recently published paper presents nice step forward in the effort to not just sequester CO2, but turn it into a useful fuel that is part of a carbon-neutral future. read more →

How is Energy Efficiency Good for the Environment?

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When it comes to being energy efficient there are a number of benefits to the environment. The obvious first benefit is that you are cutting down on pollution and saving the natural resources that will one day run out. You will be doing your part to preserve these resources. read more →

Cooling the air with sunlight

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GeckoLogic firm developed an evaporative cooler that has an integrated photovoltaic system isolated from the electrical network, which enables to refresh an area of ​​approximately 200 square meters.

The advantage of this product is that it works exclusively with sunlight and water, which makes it self-sustaining. It also entails the advantage of eliminating the need to connect it to a conventional power source. In addition to only using clean energy it reduces the environmental impact caused by the emission of greenhouse gases that traditional systems cause. read more →