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Hawaii May Be Closer to Achieving a 100% Renewable Grid Than You Think

Hawaii May Be Closer to Achieving a 100% Renewable Grid Than You Think

Hawaii is famously reliant on imported fossil fuels, for both electricity and transportation. But that’s changing rapidly as the state invests heavily in renewables. Two new bills are now pending in the Hawaii legislature that would codify the 100 percent renewables goal statewide, up from the current mandate of 40 percent by 2030. HB 623 would require

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Solar Power Is on the Rise? We Suggested Harnessing the Sun’s Heat Back in 1866

“The Great Energy Transition to Solar and Wind Is Underway,” declared a headline yesterday on the environmental-news website EcoWatch. Thanks in no small part to Obama-era government subsidies, renewable energy appears poised for a much-belated breakthrough over the next few years. Yet it cannot be understated how much time has been lost, as we can see

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The bright side of California’s drought: More solar power

As the four-year-long California drought goes from terrible to catastrophic, it’s hard to find any good news. Love almonds? I’m so sorry for your loss. Water-hungry almond growers have begun to abandon hope, as evidenced by stacks of almond firewood on sale at Whole Foods. Farmers have started to sell water to cities rather than

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NREL updates proposal to standardize PV Manufacturer quality assurance

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released an updated proposal that will establish an international quality standard for photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing. The document is intended for immediate use by PV manufacturers when producing modules on an industrial scale so they can increase investor, utility, and consumer confidence in PV system performance.

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Going solar should be no more difficult than getting cable TV

Americans love solar and recognize that beyond producing energy it powers us toward greater energy independence, combats global warming and lowers our utility bills. Getting a grid-connected home solar electric system up and running shouldn’t be particularly hard or time-consuming. Construction, on average, takes about two days. Yet, a report published recently by the National

Why 2015 could be a record year for renewables

US power sector emissions poised to fall to two-decade low due to new records expected for renewables deployment, coal retirements, and gas burn

In general, changes to our energy system come slowly. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. In general. Nonetheless, 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty special year and a pretty significant 365-day shift in how we get our power, says a 2015 power market outlook released Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “This Research Note is more sensationalist

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Tom Steyer Launches Effort To Defeat 2016 Climate Denier Candidates

Tom Steyer’s climate-focused political group is already gearing up for the 2016 presidential race, announcing on Monday a new effort that will focus on putting Republican candidates on the defense when it comes to global warming. NextGen Climate’s chief strategist, Chris Lehane, said in a call with reporters that the group’s mission heading into 2016

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Solar War Games to Test Green Power’s Resilience for NATO

Green energy is going to war. Starting in June, defense companies including Thales SA and Multicon Solar AG will join NATO to test the military’s ability to use renewable power in combat and humanitarian operations. About 1,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organization soldiers will spend 12 days deploying wind turbines, solar panels and self-contained power grids

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Why FEMA Wants Your State to Stop Ignoring Climate Change

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants states to do a better job planning for the natural disasters they are likely to face in a warming world. Beginning next year, the agency will require states to evaluate the risks that climate change poses to their communities in order to gain access to millions of dollars of

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Solar Impulse departs Myanmar for China

Solar Impulse II, the fuel-free aeroplane, is up in the air again on the fifth leg of its round-the-world flight. The vehicle, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, left Mandalay in Myanmar (Burma) just after 21:00 GMT on Sunday, and is heading for Chongqing in China. The intention is to make a brief stop there,

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The endless debate of trees vs. solar

Yesterday, a story ran in the Asbury Park Press about the solar project plans of Six Flags Great Adventure. To power their popular New Jersey amusement park, Six Flags plans to build the state’s largest solar farm. The cost? To begin with, 18,000 trees. This brings up a contentious debate among environmentalists and proponents of renewable

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