Biden Administration Moves to Unblock Solar Power

Union of Concerned Scientists

For months, the US solar industry has been frozen by a pending trade case and the uncertainty it has brought. The solar trade case. And it had warned of 100,000 jobs at risk, meaning almost half the US solar workforce. Energy Renewable energy solar power solar tariff

Building a solar-powered future

Environmental News Bits

The next 30 years of solar energy is likely to look very different than the past 30. Photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar power are likely to continue to grow rapidly—the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) projects solar energy could provide 45% of the electricity in… Read more → Publications SolarRead the full story from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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Wind, Solar Power Help Grow US Renewable Energy Use

Environmental Leader

Wind and Solar sources help continue growth in US renewable energy use. The post Wind, Solar Power Help Grow US Renewable Energy Use appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader. Energy Management Solar & Renewable Energy

First Solar Powered Biodigester Now Operational

Environment + Energy Leader

Dubai Creative Group and Power Knot have collaborated with Microsoft Dubai to create the first solar-powered biodigester in the world. The post First Solar Powered Biodigester Now Operational appeared first on Environment + Energy Leader.

Bolivia has high solar power potential but faces challenges scaling up

A Greener Life

The Altiplano plateau in western Bolivia has some of the world’s highest and most consistent levels of solar radiation, creating a high potential for solar photovoltaic power in the region, but structural challenges may prevent scaling. Major challenges for solar.

Solar Power to Lead in 2022 United States Electricity Generation

Environmental Leader

Solar and wind power and battery storage continue to see significant growth and will drive renewable energy sources in electricity generation in the United States in 2022. Energy Management Energy Storage Solar & Renewable Energy Utilities

Meijer advances sustainability efforts with solar power project

Environmental News Bits

Meijer announced on Thursday that it has signed a renewable energy power purchase agreement with developer Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions that will remove more than 100,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from its operations. Grocery stores SolarRead the full story at Grocery Dive.

Solar Power to Lead in 2022 United States Electricity Generation

Environmental Leader

Solar and wind power and battery storage continue to see significant growth and will drive renewable energy sources in electricity generation in the United States in 2022. Energy Management Energy Storage Solar & Renewable Energy Utilities

Lower-Income Households Shouldn’t Pay More for Solar. Congress Can Fix It.

Union of Concerned Scientists

Someone who makes less than I do shouldn't have to pay more for solar than I do. Energy budget reconciliation equity solar power

Beam solar-powered off-grid EV chargers deployed worldwide

Inhabitant

Off-grid EV charger manufacturer Beam has now installed solar-powered off-grid EV chargers in more than 100 municipalities in the U.S. and around the world in Spain, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. It's big news in an industry that has so far relied on EV chargers that are on-grid and permanently installed

Texas Will Soon Rival California In Utility-Scale Solar Power

Yale E360

Texas will add 10 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power in the next two years, meaning it will soon rival California as the state with the most large-scale solar power, according to the U.S.

Solar-powered harvesters could produce clean water for one billion people

Physics World

One billion people could access safe drinking water using devices that use solar energy to condense water from the air. There are several different types of AWH, and Lord and colleagues focussed on the solar-driven, continuous-mode AWH (SC-AWH).

World’s largest solar-powered steel mill breaks ground in Colorado

Environmental News Bits

In a step toward decarbonizing the emission-intensive steelmaking industry, Evraz North America is building the world’s largest solar-powered steel plant. A 300-megawatt solar farm will power Evraz’s Rocky Mountain Steel mill facility, using more than 750,000 solar panels on 1,800 acres south of Pueblo, Colorado. The Bighorn solar … Continue reading World’s largest solar-powered steel mill breaks ground in Colorado.

Largest energy company in the US is monopolizing solar power

Inhabitant

is trying to influence energy policies in its favor, hurting the rooftop solar industry in Florida. The investigation says Florida Power & Light, the largest energy company in the country, is pushing policies that will overturn the current rooftop solar power reward program An investigation carried out by Floodlight and the Miami Herald has found that the leading energy company in the U.S.

India Cuts Project Implementation Timelines For Solar Power Projects

Planet Save

The post India Cuts Project Implementation Timelines For Solar Power Projects appeared first on PlanetSave. Concerned over the lackluster pace of capacity addition in the solar power sector, the Indian government has made amendments to the auction and project implementation timelines.

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Solar-powered water purifier is inspired by pufferfish

Physics World

Pufferfish have inspired a new device that is capable of the highest rate ever of passive solar water purification – according to its creators Xiaohui Xu and colleagues at Princeton University in the US.

UK government backs plan to harvest solar power from space

New Scientist

Science minister George Freeman says he will not write a cheque for pioneering plans to beam energy down from a solar array in orbit but the UK government will offer its support

Solar Power Could Boom in 2022, Depending on Supply Chains

Scientific American

Shipping delays and rising a equipment costs could hamper installations. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com. Environment Renewable Energy

For the European Union, 2021 Was a Banner Year for Solar Power

Yale E360

Installed solar capacity in the European Union grew by 34 percent in 2021, and Europe is now on pace to quadruple its solar energy generation by 2030, according to a new report from SolarPower Europe, a trade organization.

First US solar-powered airport is in Tennessee

Inhabitant

as a solar pioneer Tennessee may not strike people as the most progressive state with 46% of the population conservative and 27% moderate, according to a Pew Research Center poll. You might not expect it to be a bastion of green energy, but the greater Chattanooga area is stepping out in front of many other parts of the U.S.

US Navy is developing a solar-powered plane that can fly for 90 days

New Scientist

Aerospace company Skydweller is working with the US Navy to develop a solar-powered aircraft that can stay aloft for 90 days and be used as a communications relay or to escort ships in the ocean

Solar power will reduce the carbon footprint of large concrete producer

A Greener Life

A Lightsource BP solar farm in the UK. But from 2025, large building products manufacturer Forterra has said it will be sourcing 70% of its electricity needs from a solar farm in central England. Photo credit: Lightsource BP. By Anders Lorenzen.

Solar-powered catamaran aims to be the Model T of boats

Inhabitant

Kreatif Design launched the world's most affordable solar-powered catamaran. They aim to revolutionize maritime transport on the Great lakes of Africa with a emissions-free vessel for the local population

First fully solar-powered compost facility opens in California

Inhabitant

California state law (SB 1383) takes effect January 1, 2022, requiring the majority of homes and businesses in the area to recycle all food and yard waste in their yard debris carts. In response to the increased demands of processing the compostable materials, Republic Services spent the past three years building the Otay Compost Facility and hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony earlier in October

Converting waste nitrates into ammonia with solar power

Environmental News Bits

A major waste stream could become a resource in a new process that turns nitrates into ammonia with the power of the sun. Read the full story in Chemical Engineering Progress. Read more → Chemical manufacturing Circular economy Green chemistry Publications Wastewater

Solar Power Had a Big Day at FERC

Renewable + Law

Today was a big day for the solar power industry at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). First, FERC reversed its Broadview Solar decision issued in September 2020, which prior decision overturned decades of precedent related to the method for determining the net output of qualifying facilities under PURPA. But FERC disagreed and as a result solar power project owners may utilize this tax relief in Virginia without consequence in PJM’s capacity auctions.

Solar-powered heat pumps warm Upper Peninsula homes for less

Environmental News Bits

Two new Michigan Tech studies show how heating with electric heat pumps is good for the environment — and the Upper Peninsula’s wallet, especially when paired with solar energy. Read the full story from Michigan Tech. Read more → Geothermal Publications

Expansion of wind and solar power too slow to stop climate change

Environmental News Bits

But after analyzing the growth rates of wind and solar power in 60 countries, researchers conclude that virtually no country is moving sufficiently fast to avoid global warming of 1.5°C Read the full story from the Chalmers University of Technology. The production of renewable energy is increasing every year.

Biden’s proposed tenfold increase in solar power would remake the US electricity system

Environmental News Bits

Department of Energy that found that solar power could generate up to… Read more → Solarby Joshua D. Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin President Joe Biden has called for major clean energy investments as a way to curb climate change and generate jobs. On Sept.

Feel good and look great with a Solios solar-powered watch

Inhabitant

If you’re looking for something timeless and eco-conscious, a solar-powered watch from Solios may be the perfect match As the world moves toward slow fashion, even your accessories deserve to be chosen thoughtfully, including watches.

Biden’s proposed increase in solar power would remake the US electricity system

Environmental News Bits

Department of Energy that found that solar power could generate up to 45% of the U.S. electricity… Read more → SolarRead the full story from Renewable Energy World. President Joe Biden has called for major clean energy investments as a way to curb climate change and generate jobs. On Sept. 8, 2021, the White House released a report produced by the U.S.

Solar-powered umbrella uses the sun to cool you down

Inhabitant

So it makes sense that the same umbrella could be adorned with solar panels and allowed to collect the sun’s energy in order to provide a cooling result Sun umbrellas are an ubiquitous scene on coastal beaches, offering shade from the blistering sun.

Coal giant Peabody announces joint venture focused on solar power and energy storage?

Environmental News Bits

Read the full story in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Louis-based Peabody Energy — the world’s largest private-sector coal company — announced Tuesday that it has launched a “renewable energy development company” called R3 Renewables. Read more → Renewable energy

The expansion of a solar-powered steel mill is underway in Pueblo

Environmental News Bits

When operating at full capacity, the facility, owned by the multi-national company EVRAZ, is expected to process more than a billion pounds of steel each year into tens of millions… Read more → Iron & steel manufacturing SolarRead the full story from Colorado Public Radio. Senator John Hickenlooper recently toured the construction site for a new state-of-the-art steel mill in Pueblo.

Who pays and who benefits from a massive expansion of solar power?

Environmental News Bits

For both of these reasons, the power sector is central to… Read more → Solarby Felix Mormann (Texas A&M University) Electricity generation produces a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.

From windows to jackets to furniture, solar power is being totally revolutionized

Environmental News Bits

Already, an increasing number of designers and startups across the globe are leading what Van Dongen calls the “solar movement.”As As a result, solar applications are growing more and more diverse: a company in the U.S. has developed solar cells that can be integrated into windows. Another has transformed dreary… Read more → Solar Sustainable designRead the full story from Fast Company.

How To Overcome the Upfront Cost of Solar Panels

Earth 911

Residential solar continues to increase in desirability and popularity. The post How To Overcome the Upfront Cost of Solar Panels appeared first on Earth911. EcoTech Home & Garden finance-home-solar-system home solar system residential solar Solar Power solar tax credits

Solar-power EcoPod mobile device is a pop-up on air quality

Inhabitant

If knowledge is power, the EcoPod is the power to change the world. Some days, you step outside and you know that the air quality is lower or higher than the day before. But until the EcoPod, you haven't been able to prove it. Now, you can monitor your air quality and get data about it. It’s time to get a whole lot smarter about air

Solar power is a huge success story. A longtime solar champion explains how it happened

Environmental News Bits

Adam Browning, departing leader of Vote Solar, shares insights from his 20-year career as a pioneering solar advocate. Read more → SolarRead the full story at Canary Media.

Solar power in trucking’s forecast as fleets find energy, cost savings

Environmental News Bits

Marten Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation and Rush Enterprises are just a few industry players betting on the power of the sun. Read more → Solar TransportationRead the full story at Utility Dive.

Solar-powered harvesters could produce clean water for one billion people

Environmental News Bits

One billion people could access safe drinking water using devices that use solar energy to condense water from the air. That is the conclusion of a team of researchers in the US led by Jackson Lord at X, The Moonshot Factory, who have developed a new tool for assessing… Read more → Publications Solar WaterRead the full story at Physics World.

Computers help researchers find materials to turn solar power into hydrogen

Environmental News Bits

Using solar energy to inexpensively harvest hydrogen from water could help replace carbon-based fuel sources and shrink the world’s carbon footprint. Read the full story at TechXplore. However, finding materials that could boost hydrogen production so that it could compete economically with carbon-based fuels has been, as yet, an insurmountable challenge. In a study, a… Read more → Energy Publications

The new Black Mini Solar from Solios is a minimalist, solar-powered watch

Inhabitant

A new smaller, thinner profile for a slimmer wrist sets the Black Mini Solar watch from Solios apart from previous offerings. Solios previously caught Inhabitat's attention at Vegan Fashion Week 2021, where the company exhibited its original Solios Solar Watches in many styles with multiple faces and bands