Monthly Archives: August 2011

Changing the Climate Conversation to Conservation

August 31st, 2011 | by Silvio Marcacci

Polls show Americans are less concerned about climate change today, down 12 percent over the past 10 years, and in some parts of the country the term “global warming” is practically taboo. So why then are some of the states with the biggest populations of global-warming skeptics also some of the states making the biggest investments in renewable energy? energyNOW! correspondent Lee Patrick Sullivan visited Kansas, where some clean energy advocates say they’ve figured out what it takes to convince climate-change skeptics to invest in renewables and energy efficiency. Their advice: stop talking about global warming and change the conversation to energy conservation.

Coal Shortages Speed Up China’s Clean Power Plans

August 30th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

The Chinese government continues to expand its clean energy production plans, to replace increasingly expensive coal power that is shutting down coal plants and causing power shortages of at least 16 GW. China's twelth five-year plan unveiled this week plans for 70 GW for wind, and 5 GW of solar by

Innovative, New Approach to Low-Head, Low-Flow Water Power

August 30th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

Interest and investment in low-head (vertical drop), low-flow hydro power peaked a century ago. This corresponds to the rise of interest in hydro turbines. The improved power output of the larger units dictated their priority over traditional stream and water wheels

Falling Solar Panel Costs are Great for Buyers, Bad for Producers (sort of)

August 30th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

A recent industry analysis by Lux Research projects the amount of solar power installed is to grow 15.5 percent per year, but revenues are to stay flat, until 2016. A report from Navigant Consulting discovered that the price of solar panels is down almost 20 percent as of August 2011. The information derived from these two reports show that the consumer is poised to benefit from the price reduction, while manufacturers can expect an almost flat profit margin for the next few years

Cheap, Portable Solar Light from LuminAID

August 30th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post

We’ve been on a bit of a solar-powered lighting kick over the past year or so: from solar light bulbs to micro solar systems for lighting and power to 2 liter soda bottles as solar light collectors, we’ve seem many ways that inventors and designers have addressed the need for appropriate lighting technology in places where electric grids don’t exist. So, when I discovered the LuminAID today, I had to toss it into the discussion

No Risk From EPA Coal Plant Shutdowns Grid Operator Says

August 30th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

In contrast to recent widespread corporate media scaremongering about the lights going out because the Obama administration EPA is now finally forcing the dirtiest coal plants offline, a just-issued new report by the nation's largest regional transmission operator PJM Interconnection, says... Nu-uh

National Clean Energy Summit (Live Streaming)

August 30th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

For those of you not able to attend, here's live streaming video of the National Clean Energy Summit. As I'm publishing this, there's a break in the summit and what is playing is a reply of this morning's speeches. The summit and live streaming will resume at 1:30pm PST, though

Energy Opportunities

August 30th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

I was contacted by a representative from CNBC last week about an online series it and Harvard Business Review are are creating on "Energy Opportunities." He wanted to share the series with me, of course, but also wanted to see if I could make it to their studios somewhere in the U.S. or in London (turns out, luckily, I'm planning a trip to the UK to visit a good friend in a couple weeks and will be in London for a couple days.)

Tea Party Joins Dems to Save Solar PACE Funding!

August 30th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer

While we were all fuming during the ridiculous bra-waving by the GOP over whether we should pay our bills or not, a rather startling bit of actual legislation was being proposed in their Tea Party House, as revealed by Ethan Elkind at Legal Planet

US Solar PV Exports, Trade Surplus at Record Levels in 2010

August 30th, 2011 | by Andrew

2010 was a record-setting year for the US solar PV manufacturing industry, with US solar PV exports exceeding imports by $1.9 billion globally. Solar PV is one of the few areas where the US actually has a trade surplus with China, according to a report from GT Research and the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) released yesterday

Spray-on Solar Cells from Mitsubishi

August 29th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

You probably don't think of cleantech when you think of Mitsubishi, but it's been pushing its name into the field lately. A couple years ago, it broke the PV solar cell efficiency record. This year, it unveiled solar-powered EV charging stations at it headquarters in Cypress, California. And I've just read that it is developing spray-on solar cells

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