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Fracturing Maryland?

Fracturing Maryland?

The case to ban fracking is growing more popular in a society that is becoming more environmentally aware. Fracking, technically known as hydraulic fracturing, is defined as the process in which “fractures in rocks below the earth’s surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas


The “‘How Solar Users Think’” Study

Homeowners install solar panels for a variety of reasons, but one UA study is gaining insight into what truly motivates them to go green. A University of Arizona professor is collaborating with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a study of why individual households choose to install their own rooftop solar panels. According to the news release,


NREL: Solar Competitive with Natural Gas by 2025

By 2025, wind and solar electric generation could be cost-competitive with new natural-fired electric generation without federal subsidies in the Western U.S., according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). That’s if renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations and the report takes into consideration transmission and integration costs


Electric Cars: $1 Gallon of Gas

Remember the days when a gallon of gas cost $1 or less? While those days are gone for cars that run on petroleum, people that drive electric cars are enjoying the good ‘ole days. The national average for an eGallon is $1.14 – the amount of electricity that equals a gallon of gas in terms


Supply and Demand in Solar Materials Market

An increased focus on quality will drive growth in the materials market that supports solar photovoltaic panel production, according to a report from Lux Research. Oversupply of solar modules is beginning to balance out and the demand is expected to equal supply by 2015, according to the report. That will drive growth in the PV


The Greenest Colleges in the U.S

For the fourth year, the Princeton Review has released a guidebook that profiles the greenest colleges in the US. “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition” is produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Schools included in the guide scored high on Princeton Review’s “green rating” system, which


REPORT: Canadian Cleantech Companies Only 1% of $1 Trillion Global Industry

A new report released by the Pembina Institute says that despite a “go slow” approach to clean-energy development, Canada remains relatively competitive globally, but risks falling behind. The report,  “Competing in Clean Energy” highlights the findings of previous studies, but also included information gathered by interviews with leading entrepreneurs and academics across Canada. The “go


Printed Solar: Falling Out Of Favor?

Printed solar photovoltaic technology is on its way down, according to a report from Lux Research. Some high-profile failures, like the collapse of Konarka last year and the near-collapse of U.K.-based G-4, have turned investors off of printed solar. Private investment in the technology fell from $105 million in 2008 to $20 million in 2012,


Silevo Solar: One to Watch

Silevo Solar, a module manufacturer, was named as one of the top 10 most innovative technology companies to watch in 2013 by technology research and analysis firm Lux Research. “This company certainly stands out,” said Fatima Toor, a Lux analyst who primarily focuses on the solar industry. The Chinese company has an office in California,


STUDY: Renewables Can Supply 99.9% Power by 2030

Renewable energy could supply power to an entire large electric grid, according to a new research by the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College. “These results break the conventional wisdom that renewable energy is too unreliable and expensive,” said co-author Willett Kempton, professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy in U.D.’s


DOE’s LBNL Study: PV Prices Continue to Fall

In it’s fifth annual “Tracking the Sun” report, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory determined that the price of installed solar has continued to fall, largely because of price drops in the cost of photovoltaics. While the report also found falling prices in the soft costs of solar they were not nearly as