November 18, 2015

Obama Administration Makes Push for Community Solar

At a White House summit on Tuesday, 68 cities, states and businesses signed on to an Obama administration initiative to promote community solar as a clean energy solution, especially in low- and moderate-income communities.

"It's a way to buy into a solar project without a home construction project, said Michelle Moore of the nonprofit Groundswell, one of the program participants.

Here's How Uruguay Plans to Become Carbon Neutral by 2030

Uruguay is well on its way to achieving the bold goal of obtaining carbon neutrality by 2030.

"By the end of 2014, this country's energy mix was made up of 55 percent renewable sources, compared to a global average of just 12 percent," said Ramón Méndez, president of the National Climate Change Response System. Additionally, he said, 94 percent of the country's electricity current comes from renewable energy sources.

November 17, 2015

Mass. House Proposes to Raise State's Solar Net Metering Cap

Massachusetts House leaders recently proposed to modestly lift the state's cap on solar net metering, a move that mirrors legislation filed by Gov. Charlie Baker earlier in the year but contrasts another bolder proposal floated by House members in previous weeks.

"We're just looking to continue the growth of solar," Rep. Thomas Golden, the House chair of the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee, said to the Boston Globe.

Here's Why Electric Cars Really Are Greener

The life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with battery electric cars are much less compared to the emissions from gasoline cars, according to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

This Canadian Startup Is Selling Batteries to Big Boats

Business is booming for the lithium-ion battery start-up company Corvus Energy. That's because the company based in British Columbia, Canada has found success selling the battery storage systems to customers in the marine sector, which is facing increasingly stringent regulations geared at slashing greenhouse gas emissions.

November 16, 2015

Connecticut State Govn't Falls Behind on Solar Uptake

Across Connecticut state government's more than 3,000 buildings, only a handful of state park toilets, ticket booths and lighting fixtures have gone solar.

State Rep. Lonnie Reed, co-chair of the legislature's Energy and Technology Committee, told the Hartford Courant there have been multiple proposals to embrace renewable energy at state facilities. "But when the rubber meets the road, it doesn't happen," said Reed.

November 13, 2015

Animal Poo Fuels a French Zoo's Biogas Unit

Thanks to new biogas unit, France's Beauval Zoo is going green with the help of its animal residents—and their poop. The zoo's grey African elephant, for example, provides 100 kilograms of excrement a day that gets used as fuel for the plant.

November 12, 2015

Major Wind Farm Proposed Offshore of Martha's Vineyard, Again

Less than a year after the controversial Cape Wind project suffered financial issues, Denmark-based DONG Energy A/S is proposing an even bigger wind farm offshore of Martha's Vineyard.

This new project includes up to 100 giant wind turbines, would generate as much as 1,000 megawatts of electricity, and, in contrast to Cape Wind, it would be sighted farther out at sea in an effort to sidestep opposition from oceanfront homeowner worried about losing their view.

Nigeria's First Major Solar Plant Moves Forward

Access Infra Africa, a developer, and Quaint Global Energy Solutions, an asset management firm, have committed a total of $100 million to develop Nigeria's first major solar array. 

"We see this project as a gateway to the widespread adoption of renewable energy in Africa's largest economy, whilst cementing the role of ACF as an innovative platform for turning good concepts into bankable projects," Reda El Chaar from Access Infra Africa at the project's recent signing ceremony, according to PV Tech.

November 11, 2015

U.K. Energy Secretary: "We Don't Have the Right Policies" on Renewables

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd confirmed the United Kingdom is projected to fall short of its 2020 renewable energy target, as revealed in a recently leaked letter.

"It's my aim we should meet the 2020 target. I recognize we don't have the right policies, particularly in transport and heat, but we have four to five years and I remain committed to making the target," said Rudd.

Community Solar Catches On in Michigan

At least three utilities in Michigan have announced community solar programs over the last year, and more are expected to follow.

"It's my hope that as people have figured out how to make these solar projects work that we continue to repeat the projects on a shorter timeframe to get off the ground," John Kinch, head of Michigan Energy Options, said to Midwest Energy News.

November 10, 2015

I.E.A: Shift to Low-Carbon Economy Needs to Be Faster

The transition to a low-carbon economy is occurring too slow to prevent catastrophic warning and low oil prices are exacerbating the problem, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency.

"Now is not the time to relax," Fatih Birol, the agency's executive director, said in a statement.

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