Tag Archives: environment


Google Hearts Wind Power

Google Hearts Wind Power

Google announced yesterday that it has ponied up $75 million for a wind farm in Carson County, TX. In it’s lock box of wind farm assets, this is number 15 for the Internet giant. Patterson Energy Group (NASDAQ:PEGI), one of my top picks for 2014, is developing the project, which provides enough juice to power 56,000


Obama Demands 20% of Energy Come from Renewables by 2020

President Barack Obama (D) issued a Presidential Memorandum on Dec. 5, directing the federal government and all its entities to source 20 percent of their energy from renewable energy like solar power, wind and other sources by the end of the decade. The move was hailed by conservation organizations as well as renewable energy advocates. “In


DOE Announces Clean Energy Incubator

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a new initiative to support clean energy entrepreneurs, The National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy. This new organization will coordinate a national network of clean energy-focused incubators. It will serve as a central source of information, enabling entrepreneurs to access incubators more easily, while connecting industry with innovative start-ups. DOE is kickstarting


RIP: Ontario MicroFIT Program?

The Ontario MicroFIT program is a keg about to run dry. Nobody knows if there’s another keg in the cellar. The Ontario Power Authority isn’t saying. There are encouraging signs, but past experience has taught us to be pessimistic. We’ve been here once before. In October of 2011, following a provincial election, the program was


The Success of SolarCity

Before the company even went public, I devoted plenty of space in this letter to SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY). I’m a big fan of the financing model the company thrives on, and of course I’m particularly fond of anything that helps the solar industry maintain its rapid growth rate. I even personally took a position in the


The Solar Right and the Arizona Test Case

Barry Goldwater, Jr., the son of the late conservative Republican Presidential candidate – and Arizona native – Barry Goldwater (who was defeated by Democratic President Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 election), has always been very much a man after his father’s heart. A retired seven-term US Congressman, the younger Goldwater compiled a solidly conservative record


The World’s First F1-Inspired Electric Superbike

It’s been called peculiar, outrageous, and even bison-esque. Everyone may have a different opinion on the aesthetics of the ‘Storm Trooper bike,’ but there’s no denying the emergent Saietta electric motorcycle’s look is anything but conventional. Named after the Italian slang for ‘thunderbolt,’ this flashy e-bike is perfect for those who like to turn heads about town without making


Which Jetfuel Will Replace Petroleum?

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the year 2000, theaviation sector was responsible for 13% of global greenhouse gas emissions within the transportation sector (or 1.7% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions from the global economy as a whole). As incomes continue to rise around the world, air travel is also expected to


President Obama Doubles Down on Renewables

Last Friday,  President Obama took an important step toward supporting a clean energy future by directing the Federal Government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.  This is more than double the current level, making this a significant moment in President Obama’s second term. Renewable energy has become cost-competitive over the years


Why Solar is Beating Wind

Renewable energy helps sustain energy in a way that is protective of the environment. However, the renewable energy market is equally just as important to the stability of the financial market. Specifically, solar energy has made a rapid expansion on our planet during the past decade. Recently, the renewable source of energy surpassed the growth


Obama to Triple Governement Renewable Energy Use by 2020

President Obama used to campaign on his theme of hope and change.  Despite numerous political hurdles and geopolitical events that have diverted his attention since his 2008 election, it can proudly be said that the president has taken another step towards bringing about positive change. In his second State of the Union address, President Obama


SolarCity Uses Tesla Batteries for Enterprise Energy Storage

SolarCity is geting into the commercial energy storage business by installing and financing batteries and smart software behind the meter. That could be good news for manufacturers, retailers, and other businesses or schools which can gain more control over their electricity bill. It’s not such good news for smaller competitors such as Stem, Solar Grid


Solar Parity: Arriving by 2025

The idea of parity for solar power, the day when power from solar panels costs as much as other electric generation sources like coal or natural gas, is coming closer, but when exactly will we hit that mark? The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative seeks to reach that point by the end of this decade—and


China: Now The World’s Largest Solar Market

In October 2013 NPD Solarbuzz Inc. (Santa Clara, California, U.S.) published a new analysis which estimates that China represented 25% of the 9 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) demand in the third quarter of 2013. “The emergence of China in driving PV demand is impacting both global end-market figures and is also having a profound