Solar, Wind, & Other Cleantech News

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Here’s some of the top cleantech news from the past day or so (to complement our own cleantech stories):


  1. How We Became An All-Plug-In Electric Car Household

Transit & Bicycling

  1. House Drops Debate On Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Bill
  2. House Pulls Its Disastrous Transpo Spending Bill As Senate Moves Ahead
  3. Measuring the Shift Away From Car Ownership, City By City
  4. Can Free Transit Work in a Real City?


  1. Why Are People Still Skeptical About Solar Power?
  2. Property Taxes Could Be the Next Obstacle for PV
  3. Opportunities Abound But Where to Focus?
  4. European PV Demand to Depend More on Business Models than Trade Disputes
  5. Spanish Solar FiTs Revisited
  6. The Best & Safest Bets For Solar Consumers
  7. China Sunergy Regains NASDAQ Listing
  8. Half of German PV Installers Offer Batteries
  9. Overlooked Areas for Solar Provide Greatest Benefit


  1. Gamesa Will Deliver 138 MW to Renovalia in Mexico
  2. Wind Forecasting with Super-Duper Computer

Wind + Solar

  1. Debunking the Renewables “Disinformation Campaign”
  2. Energiewende – Part 2: Transforming Germany’s Energy Sector

Energy Efficiency

  1. With 15 New Efficiency Standards, California Could Set the Bar for the Nation
  2. Japan’s Appetite for Demand Response Awakens


  1. America’s Engineering Hubs: The Cities With The Greatest Capacity For Innovation
  2. Richard M. Daley Wants To Make Your City More Sustainable
  3. The Crazy True Story Of How A Handful Of Climate Advocates Painted A Red Town Green
  4. PHOTOS: Beaches Blanketed In Crude Oil After Major Spill In The Gulf Of Thailand

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5 thoughts on “Solar, Wind, & Other Cleantech News

    • It’s just a hit piece on EVs which uses worst case assumptions and cherry-picks worst case practices.

      For a while China created a lot of hazardous waste with their solar panel manufacturing practices. They’ve cleaned it up.

      The fact that there was, at one time, bad practices in place make solar panels bad?

    • I grabbed a bit of the article…

      “In addition, the magnets in the motors of some electric vehicles
      contain rare earth metals. Curiously, these metals are not as rare as
      their name might suggest. They are, however, sprinkled thinly across the
      globe, making their extraction uneconomical in most places. In a study released last year,a group of MIT researchers calculated that global mining of two rare earth metals, neodymium and dysprosium, would need to increase 700 percent and 2600 percent, respectively, over the next 25 years to keep pace with various green-tech plans. Complicating matters is the fact
      that China, the world’s leading producer of rare earths, has been
      attempting to restrict its exports of late. Substitute strategies exist,
      but deploying them introduces trade-offs in efficiency or cost.

      The materials used in batteries are no less burdensome to the
      environment, the MIT study noted. Compounds such as lithium, copper, and
      nickel must be coaxed from the earth and processed in ways that demand
      energy and can release toxic wastes. And in regions with poor
      regulations, mineral extraction can extend risks beyond just the workers
      directly involved. Surrounding populations may be exposed to toxic
      substances through air and groundwater contamination.”

      We have recently reopened our rare earth mining and processing plants in the US. Those plants operate under EPA guidelines.

      Tesla and Toyota use no rare earth minerals in their EVs. We also build wind turbines without rare earth magnets.

      “can release toxic wastes” ” can extend risks beyond just the workers
      directly involved” “Surrounding populations may be exposed to toxic
      substances through air and groundwater contamination.”

      Can, may – weasel words. Sure do it the wrong way and you can create problems. There is no reason why we need to do it the wrong way.

      It’s a piece of yellow journalism.

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