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Virtual reality storytelling to support solar energy project

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Green Technology, Innovation, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Empowered by Light wins sponsorship for virtual reality video storytelling to support high-impact off-grid solar projects. Global solar company Conergy has announced its support of the Empowered by Light Foundation, a high-impact non profit that aims to bring clean, reliable solar power to key communities throughout the developing world. Through its projects, Empowered by Light hopes to demonstrate to developing …

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The world’s first solar-powered Metro is here

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A new agreement has been reached that will see the Chilean city of Santiago’s Metro supplied with electricity from a 100-megawatt solar power plant, covering up to 60 per cent of its energy demand. Total and SunPower Corp. have announced that SunPower has signed a power purchase agreement for the supply of 300 gigawatt hours per year of clean solar …

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Solar gets smart: how the energy sector is adapting to Industry 4.0

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Innovation, Renewables, Smart Grids, Solar by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Industry 4.0, also known as the smart technology revolution, has swept across all industries worldwide and is now transforming the solar sector. Market research firm EnergyTrend anticipates that global PV demand will reach 60.3 GW and the industry will undertake massive capacity expansion in 2016. Though the solar energy sector is one of the most progressive and bullish industries, it …

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Electric vehicles could create virtual clean power plants

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Electric, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Renewables, Smart Grids, Solar, Transport, Wind by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

San Diego based company Nuvve has recently been selected by Energinet.dk to be the first electric vehicle aggregator to support the Danish grid. Nuvve’s GIVe platform has been approved by different Transmission/Independent System Operators (TSO/ISO) in order to support the transmission of electric power, also known as Ancilllary Services, and is now adding one more TSO with Denmark-based Energinet.dk selecting …

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Solar power and the rising clout of the energy “pro-sumer”

In Advice, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Greener Business, Investment, Renewables, Smart Grids, Solar, Sustainable Development by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

The next 10 years are going to bring a host of new energy choices and a lot more market clout for the so-called energy “pro-sumer”. This is the view held by Stellar Solar founding partner, Michael Powers, who believes that “pro-sumers” – utility customers who consume energy but also produce it, using their own rooftop solar systems – hold the …

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#MillionSolarStrong: social media campaign wins support for solar in the US

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Social media is being used as a force for good in the US, where the #MillionSolarStrong campaign is giving solar energy the recognition it deserves. The #MillionSolarStrong campaign is gaining widespread support with more than 70 organisations signing an official declaration favouring a strong role for solar energy as a part of America’s energy portfolio. The campaign is a recognition that …

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Solar lending platforms: a smart choice for green investors

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

As the U.S. sees a rapidly growing demand for residential clean energy, solar lending platforms are attracting investment from major backers. Residential solar lending platform Mosaic, for example, has raised $200 million to provide loans to more than 5,000 U.S. homeowners for rooftop solar systems. Mosaic provides affordable solar financing solutions for homeowners, enabling thousands of people to profit from …

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Bristol Energy Co-op confirms £9 million raised since November, becomes UK’s largest community energy company by capacity

In Editor's Choice, Energy, Greener Business, Investment, Policy, regulation & finance, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Economics by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

​Bristol Energy Cooperative has this week signed agreements that add £3.95 million of funding for its community energy projects. This takes the total raised since its November launch to £9 million. This is being used to add 9.3 MWp of community-owned solar generation capacity to the UK’s grid. Upon construction of its final array in June 2016, BEC will become the UK’s largest generator …

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Solar-powered aircraft shows that a clean energy future is achievable now

In Clean Tech, Editor's Choice, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology, Renewables, Solar, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Economics, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

ABB and Solar Impulse partner on clean energy project that will see solar-powered aircraft embark on round-the-world flight. As Hawaii embarks on the complex transition from a fossil-fueled past to a clean energy future, Solar Impulse prepares to leave for the mainland U.S. and the continuation of its historic around the world journey.  For Solar Impulse and technology partner ABB, …

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California’s clean energy industry now has more than half a million workers

In Biomass, Editor's Choice, Electric, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Ethanol & Biodiesel, Greener Business, Hybrid, Renewables, Smart Grids, Solar, Transport by Lucia Fontaina-PowellLeave a Comment

Employment in California’s clean energy industry grew 18% last year, six times the statewide employment growth rate. More than half a million California workers spend some or all of their time on advanced energy (energy efficiency, advanced electricity generation, biofuels, advanced grid technology, and advanced vehicles). At just over 500,000 workers, advanced energy employs three times as many Californians as …