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Report: Solar Job Growth Outpaces All Economic Sectors

Report: Solar Job Growth Outpaces All Economic Sectors

The U.S. solar energy industry is outpacing the job growth in all areas of the economy, according to non-profit group the Solar Foundation. The organization reported that the solar energy field added jobs at about eight times the rate of the rest of the economy in the 12 months (September 2011 to 2012). Nearly 14,000 solar


The Clean Economy: Good Politics and Policies

There are a lot of venues where clean economy players network and do business. Michael Liebreich’s excellent Bloomberg New Energy Finance summit and Pennwell’s Solar Power-Gen come immediately to mind. But there’s nothing for cleantech like the National Rifle Association (NRA) or NAACP conventions – a place where political candidates and office holders talk to

The Partisan Divide on Global Warming

A huge gulf exists between Americans who accept the reality of climate science and those who do not. According to an October 15, 2012, Pew Research Center poll, Democratic voters are more than twice as likely to embrace the facts on global warming than their Republican counterparts. A growing number Americans, including voters who identify


Denmark Reaches 2020 Solar Goal Ahead of Schedule

Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the country is adapting solar technology at a much quicker rate than anticipated. This year, interest in solar technology has soared: “the solar cell capacity will be a hundred times bigger this year compared with 2010.” Every month, another 36 MW of solar capacity is added to the grid

Energy Questions People Want Answered by Obama and Romney

Tonight’s presidential debate, which takes place in Hempstead, Long Island, is a town hall, where undecided voters get to ask the questions. Unfortunately, the subject matter is limited to foreign policy, so many important questions average voters would ask won’t be allowed (how about their positions on a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United?). Is


Solar: The Solution To The US Housing Crisis?

  There is an article on Bloomberg about Sumitomo’s warning that a solar bubble is forming in Japan: As Goldman Sachs and billionaire Masayoshi Son lead a swarm of investors exploiting Japan’s solar power subsidies, the world’s biggest, Sumitomo Corp. is betting on wind. Sumitomo’s focus is in part a response to a rush into solar projects that’s


In Focus: The Collaborative Economy

Can sharing goods and services help save the planet?  That was one of a number of provocative questions posed by Van Jones in a Master class offered by the Presidio Graduate School.  You may recall Jones as the passionate human rights and green jobs proponent who served briefly in the Obama Administration.  The problem statement


Red States Lead in Green Jobs

The debate over green job growth in Washington is highly partisan, but red states that are home to decisively Republican or swing voters are growing those jobs the fastest, says a new report. Although the most populous states like California, New York and Texas have the most green jobs, 8 of the 10 states with the fastest green


Green Economy: Historic Opportunities Everywhere

We have the means to reinvigorate the economy, create millions of jobs, increase energy security and open up vast new exports markets. If we are to keep carbon concentrations below 450ppm, we can anticipate clean energy investments exceeding $13 trillion over the next two decades. These investments lower energy costs and directly benefit manufacturers of


The Relationship Between Energy and Growth

In 1972, the publication of the book The Limits to Growth framed the agenda for discussion of the future of the human race for the next 40 years. The book’s focus on population, pollution, non-renewable resources, food and industrial output became the basic parameters to measure. Forty years later and we can all see that


The Impact of Air Freight on the Environment

Air freight allows countries and their businesses to thrive due to the capabilities of importing and exporting goods across the world. Although air freight is a vital service for the economy worldwide it is also responsible for considerable levels of pollution. Air freight services are only generally used for high value or time sensitive goods


SunPower Beats Earnings, Stock Not So Lucky

While any loss is still a loss, SunPower Corp.’s net loss in the second quarter 2012 was lower than its and analysts expectations. The company attributed the better-than-expected results to its increased solar leasing business and revenue recognition from projects that are coming online and/or under construction. Like the U.S.’s other large solar company, First


India’s Power Grid Failure: What Happened?

This is the first part of a two part piece by Raj Prabhu of Mercom Capital addressing the recent blackouts in India. This first part examines technical, regulatory and political dimensions of the problem, and the second part will deal with proposed solutions. The massive grid failure in India last week affected over 600 million


Survey: Latinos Like Clean Energy

A vast majority of registered Latino voters support clean energy innovation, protecting public lands and cleaning up toxic pollution, according to a new national survey. Even more of them believe they have a moral obligation to do something about it. 86% of the 1,131 Latinos surveyed would prefer the US government to invest in clean,