Solar Will Turn Into The ‘Incumbent’ Electricity Source In Australia

by John Johnston March 20, 2014
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Australian Clean Energy Council CEO David Green has asserted that solar PV (panels) will transition from being a disruptive technology to being the “incumbent” technology in Australia, displacing coal and radically changing the way electricity is provided, RenewEconomy has reported. Green said in a presentation for the Davos Connection conference that, with the growth of [...]

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Norway To Invest More Of Its $920B Sovereign Wealth Fund In Renewables

by John Johnston March 18, 2014
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At a staggering $920 billion, Norway has the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, and Norwegian Prime Minister Erona Solberg has flagged that the country is planning to invest more of that national wealth in renewable energy, RenewEconomy has reported. Norway’s immense sovereign wealth fund has largely been accrued from its fossil fuel industry. [...]

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Solar Power More Economical Than Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear In Texas

by John Johnston March 16, 2014
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Austin Energy is going to pay under 5 cents per kilowatt hour for electricity from 2 new solar power plants, Cleantechnica has reported. This is a couple of cents less than it estimates it could have paid for electricity from a natural gas plant (7 cents), 5 cents less than from a coal-fired power plant [...]

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SolarCity Partners With Best Buy To Offer Affordable Solar Leases

by John Johnston March 13, 2014
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Solar installer and leasing company SolarCity has partnered with large electronics retailer Best Buy to offer residential solar systems through 60 stores in Arizona, California, Hawaii, New York, and Oregon. Representatives from SolarCity will give interested customers a quick estimate of costs and potential savings involved in a 20 year solar lease. There are no [...]

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10.7 Billion Rides Taken On Public Transport In US In 2013, The Most In 57 Years

by John Johnston March 11, 2014
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Last year in the United States 10.7 billion rides on public transport were taken. That’s the highest number in a single year since 1956, according to the American Public Transportation Association. It seems that people are using cars less than they used to. In fact, public transport ridership is up 37.2% since 1995, ahead of [...]

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100% Renewables Viable And Affordable For US, Finds Stanford Research

by John Johnston March 9, 2014
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Contrary to the claims of many naysayers, a Stanford University research team led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson has developed a thorough plan for the development of 100% renewable electricity in every state in the US, using currently available technology. The research concluded that powering the United States with 100% renewable energy by 2050 is [...]

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US Solar Market Had A Record Breaking 2013, Grew 41%

by John Johnston March 6, 2014
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The U.S. solar industry had a record breaking year last year, experiencing massive growth, again. Solar photovoltaic (solar panel) installations increased 41% from the previous year, reaching 4,751 megawatts installed, the Solar Energy Association and GTM Research found in a solar market report for 2013. Consequently, solar was the second-biggest source of new electricity capacity [...]

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Tesla Gigafactory: Lowering The Price Of Electric Car Batteries AND Solar Power Storage?

by John Johnston March 4, 2014
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Recently Tesla announced details about its plan to develop a new “Gigafactory” to make massive amounts of lithium-ion batteries for electric cars. In typical big thinking and action from Tesla, the Gigafactory will be able to produce enough batteries to run 500,000 electric cars per year by 2020. According to Tesla, the Gigafactory is designed [...]

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Two-Thirds Of People In EU Say Climate Action Will Boost Economy: Poll

by John Johnston March 3, 2014
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A new European Commission poll has found that the ongoing economic crisis across Europe has not dissuaded people from supporting action on climate change in the region. The poll found that at least two-thirds of people in EU member states said that transforming the economy by reducing carbon emissions and developing clean technologies would lift [...]

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Int. Energy Agency Concludes Ramping Up Renewables Won’t Be Expensive

by John Johnston February 27, 2014
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The often conservative International Energy Agency (IEA) has concluded that integrating large percentages of renewable energy, especially wind and solar, can be achieved by any country at a small increase in overall electricity system costs, compared to present fossil-fuel led electricity generation, RenewEconomy has reported. Futhermore, in its calculations the IEA used current costs of [...]

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