Tag: Solar

Five graphics from Google show how carbon-intensive its data centers really are

Enlarge / Solar panels sit on the roof of Google headquarters in Mountain View. reader comments 10 Share this story Google has long been a carbon-neutral company in a theoretical sense. That is, even when it’s physically impossible for Google’s data centers and offices to consume renewable energy, the company offsets that “dirty” energy with […]

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Are super-cheap solar fields in the Middle East just loss-leaders?

Enlarge / An illustration of what will become the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (Phase III). reader comments 11 Share this story In recent years, massive solar projects proposed for the Middle East have grabbed headlines with extremely low prices. Developers have announced agreements to sell their solar energy for as low as […]

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This massive solar-powered yacht will let oligarchs cruise the seas without stopping for gas

Electric vehicles certainly seem to be the future, with just about every major auto brand following Tesla’s lead to a gas-free future, but will the same be true for boats? Yachts are a big status symbol for wealthy folks, but they’re also huge gas-guzzlers. Now, a Swedish company called Solar Impact is hoping to change […]

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Open thread for night owls: Solar and wind sources of electricity catching up to natural gas

South Australia’s Hornsdale Power Reserve features the world’s largest lithium ion battery, a product of Tesla to make renewable energy deliverable 24/7. At Vox, David Roberts writes—Clean energy is catching up to natural gas: For around 10 years, the conventional wisdom in the energy sector has been that natural gas is ascendant. Coal is dirty, […]

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New energy report shows Trump’s efforts to upend the market are futile—coal still headed down

Donald Trump has done everything he can to prop up the failing coal industry, but the latest report from the U. S. Energy Information Administration shows that coal is continuing along the path it’s been following for years … down. Despite a slight increase in US coal exports, overall coal production is down by 9 million […]

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Solar cell with E. coli generates energy in low light conditions

Researchers have created a type of solar cell that can convert light into energy even in overcast conditions. Unlike commonly used solar products, these newly developed solar cells feature living organisms, making them “biogenic.” According to researchers, their new biogenic solar cells are both sustainable and relatively inexpensive. Though solar farms are an increasingly common […]

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121 Beekeeping, Fireworks, Solar Power and Extending Wi-Fi with Will of the Weekend Homestead

Will of the Weekend Homestead returns to the Root Simple podcast to talk about how to get into beekeeping without busting the bank, fireworks, rigging up a simple solar power system and extending your wi-fi. During the podcast we discuss: If you’d like to leave a question for the Root Simple Podcast please call (213) […]

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Tesla to cut nearly 20 percent of its SolarCity installation locations

Enlarge / Close-up of logo for Tesla Solar, a home solar power generation solution offered by Tesla Motors, San Ramon, California, March 28, 2018. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) Getty Images reader comments 1 Share this story Tesla is planning to close 13 or 14 solar installation locations that were set up by SolarCity before […]

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Solar tariff is delaying billions in projects and killing jobs. Sens. Heinrich, Heller seek repeal

Last year, $40.5 billion in utility-scale, industrial, and residential solar projects of all sizes were completed in the United States. That’s one-third as much as China invested in solar. As of the end of 2017, there were some 250,000 people employed in the U.S. solar industry. That workforce has grown by 168 percent in the past seven years. […]

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Trump using emergency Cold War powers to make ‘unprecedented intervention’ on behalf of coal

When Perry attempted to launch the coal plant bailout last year, it was shot down by regulators that Trump had appointed. In a unanimous decision, the regulators saw the plan as an attempt to interfere with competitive forces and directly manipulate the energy market. The regulators—four out of five of them appointed by Trump—saw no reason to halt […]

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