November 4, 2015

November 3, 2015

Solar Can Contribute to Climate Change Too—But Not by Much

A new study shows that large solar projects can cause some local changes to climate.

But these arrays "will not affect the global climate much," said Aixue Hu, a climate researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and author of the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. "This is a big contrast with the fossil fuels," Hu added.

(Washington Post)

Switchgrass, Leftover Corn Stalks Are Greener Than Ethanol, Study Says

Move over corn-based ethanol, there are cleaner biofuels in town. That's the takeaway of a new analysis by Environmental Working Group, which then goes on to argue that the renewable fuels standard is too based on ethanol and should take into account greener biofuel alternatives such as switchgrass and leftover corn stalks.

November 2, 2015

Financing for Off-Grid Power Projects on the Rise

Private and public funders alike are financing off-grid renewable energy sources.

"Everyone thinks it's about the volume of money. But it's about the right type of capital at the right time." said Diana Jensen, senior manager of renewable energy at Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

October 30, 2015

5,000 New Ethanol Pumps Coming Nationwide

Look out for an ethanol fuel pump near you. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently committed $100 million to funding the set up of about 5,000 pumps across 21 states in the coming years.

Indian PM Modi Invites 110 Nations to Join New Solar Alliance

India is recruiting members to a new international solar alliance set to launch at the upcoming Paris climate talks. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi recently invited about 110 nations to join the group, which is called the International Agency for Solar Policy and Application.

Tanzania Has Big Plans for Solar

Launched in February, Tanzania's One Million Solar Homes initiative seeks to provide power to 10 percent of the country's homes in an African country where only 40 percent have access to grid power.

October 29, 2015

More U.K. Green Subsidy Cuts Announced

The U.K. government's plan to remove tax reliefs of 30 percent or more for community energy schemes came to light this week, offering the latest blow to the country's struggling renewable energy sector.

"Many [shareholders] feel like pulling the plug right now because it is just too much negativity thrown at the sector," said Jan-Willem Bode, the managing director of Mongoose Energy.

October 28, 2015

Climate Parents to Presidential Candidates: Support Clean Energy

A group comprising of parents and grandparents that support climate action are working with Iowans to send a message to presidential candidates of both parties: get behind renewable energy.

"Our message to presidential candidates of both parties is—if you want the votes of Iowans and voters across the country who want a healthy future for our kids—you need to be a clean energy leader," said John Friedrich, a spokesman for Climate Parents.

New Coalition of Lawmakers Supports Energy Storage

Rep. Mark Takano, a Democrat from California, and Rep. Chris Collins, a Republican from New York, have teamed up with the Energy Storage Alliance to launch the Congressional Battery Storage Caucus, a new coalition committed to energy storage communication and legislation.

Tesla Sales Soaring in China

Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc. had an especially strong third quarter in China, selling about 1,345 units. Last week, Tesla's Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said China's sales could rival the United States in five to six years.

October 27, 2015

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