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Disruptive Technology, Solar Decathlon 2015, Solar Revolution… (Clean Electricity Highlights)

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What is Disruptive Technology?

Disruptive technology is a term that’s been tossed about in the past few years to describe apps, gadgets, innovations, and processes that change how we do things. Disruptive technology is changing our lives on a daily basis in exciting and amazing ways, and in this post we’ll talk about what is disruptive technology, how we can make the best of it in our lives, some examples of our favorites, and what to look for in the next few years….

Collegiate Teams Target Net Zero At Solar Decathalon 2015

Sixteen collegiate teams from over 27 different schools will soon be vying for the ultimate in home energy efficiency.  The US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon – America’s premier collegiate competition that challenges students from around the world to design, build and operate highly energy efficient, solar-powered houses – will open October 8, 2015 in Irvine, California….


Southern Company Acquires Controlling Interest In 300 MW Desert Stateline Solar Project

Southern Power announced Wednesday that it had acquired controlling interest in the 300 MW Desert Stateline solar project in California….

Canadian Solar Awarded 5 Projects Totalling 185 MW In Brazil Solar Auction

Canadian Solar announced Thursday that it has been awarded 5 projects totalling 185 MW in Brazil’s landmark Leilão de Reserva public solar tender….

Canadian Solar Hands Off 200 MW Tranquillity Solar Power Project In California

Canadian Solar announced Monday that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries had signed over controlling interest in the 200 MW Tranquillity Solar Power Project….

A Solar Power Revolution Is Beginning

The 2000 people who live in the village of Dharnai, in Bihar – one of India’s poorest states – had got used to living without electricity. But they didn’t like it….

8.49 Cents for Second Round of PV Auctions

Germany’s Network Agency has announced the uniform price for the winners of the second round. It is nearly half percent below the price from the first round but not lower than feed-in tariffs will probably be by the time these arrays start generating electricity….

Value of Battery-Backed Solar in California: 25 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour

Determining the value of batteries that can store, shift and dispatch solar energy requires some complex calculations, not to mention no small amount of faith in the future of real-world regulations and markets to allow them to get paid for it….


Arizona Regulators Want Utilities to Keep Money Out of Campaigns

Two state utility regulators want the Arizona Corporation Commission to adopt a formal policy urging utilities to stay out of future races for the panel. And if the request doesn’t stop the money, they may seek an audit of affected companies to find out exactly how they’re spending their money on politics….

PG&E Plan Would Hit Solar Homes Harder Than Previously Thought

California’s utility companies have proposed making solar power less financially attractive to homeowners, now that so many are generating their own electricity and cutting their monthly bills….

Queensland’s Energex Passes 1 GW Mark For Rooftop Solar

Households and businesses in south-east Queensland have now installed a total of more than 1GW of rooftop solar, after 2,319 new PV systems totalling 11.2MW were connected to the Energex grid in the month of August….


Why Chile Could Aim For 100% Renewable – And What Australia Can Learn From It

If you want to know what the future holds for large-scale renewable energy development, take a look at Chile. That is a rough summary of what Origin Energy chief Grant King told a media briefing at the utility’s results announcement last week, while talking up the prospects of large-scale solar in Australia….

Hydroelectric Power From City Water Supply

LucidEnergy, a Portland, Oregon-based startup that launched in 2007, has devised a system to get hydroelectric power from city water supply pipes. A pilot project in Riverside, California is in operation and now a full scale project is beginning with the city of Portland, Oregon….

Bombora Launches Trial of Wave Energy Converter Technology in Perth

Up and coming Western Australian wave energy company, Bombora Wave Power, has launched the trial of its unique Wave Energy Converter technology, with the deployment of a a mid-scale prototype in Melville Waters, part of Perth’s Swan River….

Hinkley Point Nuclear Plant Delayed, Says EDF

EDF has admitted that the construction of Britain’s first new nuclear power plant in decades has been delayed….

Germany Adds Lots of Offshore Wind

The Borkum and Global Tech I wind farms were connected to the German grid this month, adding 600 megawatts of capacity in one fell swoop….

What is Cradle to Cradle Manufacturing?

Cradle to cradle manufacturing is a style of building things that keeps the future in mind. In response to the dominant model of manufacturing which uses the cheapest goods and designed for the dump (planned obsolesce model), cradle to cradle design is a new way to think about how we make the things for our life….

Bernie Sanders 2015 Has Caught Up To Obama 2007

Bernie Sanders’ polling numbers in this cycle have caught up to Obama’s polling numbers at the same point in 2007:


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Difference between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders

In the Washington Post, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes eloquently about how both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have reacted under the intense pressure of their presidential campaigns….

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