Archives for October, 2011

Comments Off on DOE’s Solar Decathlon Director Talks About How to “Rebuild the 20th Century”

College campuses are facing the same problems everyone else is — houses built on sand. Coastal erosion, extreme weather and climate uncertainty are affecting university campuses the same way they are our homes. How are they dealing with these issues? But even more, how are they educating people to deal with these issues elsewhere? As…

After a unanimous vote by the California Air Resources Board, the state adopted the most comprehensive cap-and-trade system in the country, a key part of a 2006 global warming law that had yet to be implemented. The system will cover 85 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the state, and allows businesses to counterbalance up…

Comments Off on Clean Energy Investments Hit a Milestone

A record number of investments in renewable energy projects took place in the third quarter of 2011, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Asset financing for clean energy projects – including large scale wind and solar power plants – totaled $41.8 billion in the third quarter. The biggest investments were made in offshore wind farms.…

Comments Off on Israel to Build $1.3 Billion Solar Project… for China?

Everybody knows that China is the world leader in cheap solar. By contrast, Israel has barely begun to tap the global solar market. Yet the world’s largest solar panel producer in China, Suntech, has invited Israel’s state-owned electric utility, Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) – which has no experience in solar power at all – to…

Chances are, aside from getting annoyed when trying to program it, you’ve hardly given your thermostat a second thought. But two former Apple leaders, Matt Rogers and Tony Fadell, who worked on products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, think they can change that with a retro-meets-modern-looking digital thermostat from their startup, Nest Labs. But…

What can be done to diversify our clean energy technology options?  In recent years we have seen a number of seemingly  “old” technologies undergo a reassessment, and a reinvention.  Geothermal power, once assessed as “an excellent source of baseload energy, but likely limited in commercially exploitable capacity” has undergone a renaissance. Here’s the new view…

In the past, people appreciated the importance of the sun only when they were drying tomatoes and eggplants. Vegetables were hung on strings and left to dry under the sun. The sun in Turkey’s Anatolia region is bringing welfare and prosperity to its people more than ever these days. Solar energy will be the most…

It’s the counterintuitive energy ideas that people have trouble grasping. Another one came out this week, in the form of a Japanese study in Environmental Science & Technology that found the best areas for photovoltaic solar energy may be the Earth’s coldest regions, even the high altitudes of the Andes and the Himalayas. Not only…

In the five years that the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has ranked states’ efforts at energy efficiency, California has come out on top–until this year. For the first time, Massachusetts came in at No. 1 on ACEEE’s 2011 State Energy Scorecard, which measures states’ efforts in areas such as utility programs, building and…

Comments Off on Big Businesses’ Call for Climate Action: Strong Treaty, More Aid

A group of 285 large investors, representing more than $20 trillion in assets, urged world governments to forge a binding treaty at upcoming climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa, and said global spending has not been nearly enough to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius. The call came from a coalition of four green investment…