Carbon-Reducing Strategies Could Save Trillions


Cities Could Save $17 Trillion Just By Reducing Their Greenhouse Gas Emissions Think Progress, September 8, 2015. Image credit: skeeze The report, published Tuesday by the New Climate Economy, found that if cities around the world implemented certain carbon-reducing strategies — including making buildings more efficient and investing in public transportation — they could save a … Read more

Massive Grid Changes Needed to Solve VRE Problems


Amber Plante for Zondits, September 2, 2015. Image credit: Argonne National Laboratory Variable renewable energy (VRE) is running into skeptics in the U.S. who state that by its very nature it is not compatible with the current electrical grid. While standard electrical generation and some forms of hydroelectricity, biomass, and geothermal power can offer a steady … Read more

USDA Supports Renewable Energy Development Through REAP

USDA Invests $63 Million to Support 264 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide USDA, August 7, 2015. Image credit: Art_Korporation Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide that USDA is supporting through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). “This funding … Read more

An Innovative Approach for Big Solar Energy Gains

New material combines photons for big solar energy gains Extreme Tech, July 28, 2015. Image credit: linushajan An innovative new approach to solar energy from University of California Riverside could dramatically increase the amount of light available to contemporary solar panel designs. Rather than widening the absorption spectrum of the solar panels themselves, this new study looked at taking currently … Read more

A CSA for Solar Energy: Community Solar Farms Take Root Nationwide

Amber Plante for Zondits, July 22, 2015. Image credit: Jchantraine It’s almost universally agreed that solar energy is a great resource, but unless you have a perfect easterly view and a spare $25,000 lying around, you’re unlikely to install a photovoltaic (PV) solar array on your home’s roof. But what if you didn’t have to drop … Read more

5 Ways Electricity Generation Will Be Transformed by 2040

5 Seismic Shifts Shaking Up World’s Energy Use, According to Bloomberg’s NEO EcoWatch, June 25, 2015. Image credit: epSos .de Renewable energy is set to blow past fossil fuels in the next 25 years, attracting nearly two-thirds of the spending on new power plants, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). With … Read more

Harnessing Solar Energy into Liquid Transportation Fuels

Energy Department to Provide $75 Million for ‘Fuels from Sunlight’ Hub, April 28, 2015. Image credit: BRRT CENTER AIMS TO PRODUCE LIQUID TRANSPORTATION FUELS FROM SUNLIGHT The U.S. Department of Energy today announced $75 million in funding to renew the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub originally established in … Read more

Investing in Solar Energy Beyond the Grid

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What Fenix International’s Investment Says About Solar Beyond the Grid in 2015 Huffington Post, February 2, 2015 We’re only one month into 2015 and it already looks like it’ll be a wild ride when it comes to investment in solar energy beyond the grid. I say that because I recently sat down with a private … Read more