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Thought leaders from across Japan’s energy sector gathered in Tokyo to discuss the role energy will play in adapting the country’s cities to a challenging environment of aging and declining population and increasing dependence on foreign sources for food and fuel. Tokyo-Yokohama, the world’s largest urban concentration, is already in many ways in the vanguard of the future of urban centers. What happens in this mega city is being watched closely across the planet for ideas to emulate or avoid.

Last week a solar power company based in Australia announced plans to build the world’s first heart-shaped solar field in New Caledonia, a French island in the South Pacific that currently gets most of its energy from coal, oil, and gas. The “heart shape” of Conergy’s forthcoming solar installation was inspired by the neighboring topography…

Green Mountain Power just broke ground on a 2 megawatt photovoltaic (PV) plant in Rutland, Vermont. While some other large PV systems planned for the area have met with strong opposition (some residents worry large, ground-mount solar arrays will be an eyesore on the state’s pastoral landscape), this project seems to be welcomed with open arms. Why? It’s being built on a 9.5-acre closed landfill.

If last week’s news that the U.S. Department of Commerce was imposing new duties on Chinese solar imports left you with a bad case of déjà vu, or at least wondering if the story would ever end, that’s understandable. It’s been a long-running melodrama. Oregon-based SolarWorld Industries America, a division of the German company SolarWorld, got…

You’ve probably seen or heard something about solar roadways, or as one promotional video puts it, “solar freakin’ roadways!” The bold idea to turn roads into solar generation infrastructure has captured the imagination of millions in recent weeks. The concept is an example of the fascinating advancements in solar energy technology that are nudging our…

The Obama administration’s proposed new rules on power plant carbon emissions have been cause for celebration among U.S. climate-change activists, many of whom believe the policy sets the stage for a surge in clean energy and energy efficiency investment. (See related story: “Four Key Takeaways from EPA’s New Rules for Power Plants.”) Greentech Media’s Stephen…

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Zero percent: That’s the U.S. clean energy investment growth rate over the past five years, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. It might be a distressing sign in the face of the climate-change challenge, but backers of the Obama administration’s new emissions proposals believe the regulations could spur a turnaround—and there are signs that China,…

Working in various areas of Southern Africa, we have met incredible people. One of them is Lloyd Maanyina, the star of our short film, Amazing Grace, which recently won an award at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival. Lloyd is a Zambian man living in the village of Livingstone. He used to be a charcoal burner…

Comments Off on Fight Over Solar in Bridgeport: Two Types of Environmentalism Collide

Late Monday night, the Parks Commission in the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut voted to approve the placement of a solar-panel array atop an old, disused landfill. The project, which will consist of approximately 9,000 solar panels and a small fuel-cell facility, is expected to bring the city $7 million over 20 years in lease payments from UIL…

Thanks to a record year in 2013, the solar industry installed more photovoltaic power over a period of 18 months than it did in the preceding 30 years. It’s a startling fact, and it captures the flavor of a report published on Wednesday by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research that details…