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A Guide To Disaster Preparedness – Part One

October 25th, 2019 | by Barry A.F.

We are still not at a mitigation level to avoid 1.5ºC or even 2ºC temperature rise, but of course we hope to get there before runaway climate change destroys us. Part of what we can do is to be prepared for extreme climate events. They can happen to anyone, and there is no way to know who that will be and when


Solar+Storage Killer App From DR Microgrid (#CleanTechnica Exclusive)

October 16th, 2019 | by Charles W. Thurston

One of the stealth technologies that was unveiled at the recent Solar Power International trade show in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago is the plug-and-play solar+storage+nanogrid solution from start-up DR Microgrid, of Santa Ana, CA. It looks like a killer app because it is the only other system of its kind on the US market except that of Sonnen, which is more expensive, says DR Microgrid President AJ Perkins


The Span Panel Puts Control Into The Hands Of Homeowners

October 9th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

We talked to the folks at Span about the launch of the Span Panel last week, then jumped on a plane to Solar Power International 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah to experience it first-hand. We found that not only did it look far better in person, it had way more tricks up its sleeves than the initial launch let on. We're back again to unpack the home-changing Span Panel with all of its exciting features we learned about at SPI and to talk through a few risks that come along with it


Electricity Resilience In Florida: Hurricane Dorian vs. Tesla Powerwall

September 28th, 2019 | by Danny Parker

As a researcher at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa, Florida, I’ve lived with hurricanes my entire professional career. Each year is like a bad lottery since Florida is a hurricane magnet. Given the paths of past hurricanes, there’s plenty of reason for concern. Living in the state in September suggests a shooting gallery experience — with these hits by major storms, but a lot of near misses


Bernie Sanders’ Climate Plan: Excellent On Electrification, But Concerningly Authoritarian & Populist – #Election2020

September 28th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard

Bernie Sanders’ electrification plan is excellent but depends on potentially dangerous authoritarian populism, his transportation plan is mostly about cars for less wealthy people, his land use plan is good, but military and industry don’t get nearly enough attention. Only about half of the $16.3 trillion can be tracked to things which actually reduce climate change


#EC2019 Part 3: Is Building Energy Efficiency Overrated?

September 26th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard

While efficient buildings are good, there are limits to how much should be invested in energy efficiency programs compared to decarbonizing electricity, electrifying everything, and ensuring buildings are built with low-carbon materials


Watch Free Films About Smart Cities, From Films For The Earth

September 26th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Smart cities are key to a better future. By 2030 it is predicted that globally some 125 billion devices will be connected in our cities - monitoring everything from people and traffic movements, to human health, space and energy use, and air quality - all to better manage the efficiency of our urbanizing world. Watch these free films to learn more about smart city design and smart city living from around the world


Where Tesla Solar Is Most Competitive

September 20th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

While Tesla may be the most recognizable brand name in the realm of electric cars, one of the much less talked about aspects of Tesla's Master Plan is the company's efforts on the solar front. Are Tesla's solar panels as good a deal as their cars? Let's find out


The Span Panel Makes Adding Solar & Storage A Plug & Play Affair

September 19th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

Span.IO is bringing intelligence to the home base of a home's electrical system with a new smart electrical panel that was designed from the ground up with home solar, energy storage, electric vehicles, and smart home tech in mind. The product was envisioned, designed, and engineered by a team of former Tesla engineers that brought the Powerwall to market, led by Tesla's former Head of Product, Arch Rao


Energy Storage & Extreme Weather

September 10th, 2019 | by Johnna Crider

Imagine this scenario for a moment: It's a nice day out. The sun is shining beautifully and you're at the beach. You can feel the sand between your toes, the gentle breeze carrying the scent of salt to your nose as it passes through your hair. The water is gently flirting with the shore in happy, foaming waves that bring pieces of wood, rocks, and the occasional fish before retrieving back into her embrace. It's cool, a sensual contrast to the warm sand, as it washes over your feet


The Phyn Smart Water Assistant Offers Deep Insights Into Your Home’s Water System

September 5th, 2019 | by Kyle Field

The new Phyn Smart Water Assistant believes it can identify water leaks in the home with only a single connection to the water system. The new smart meter can be added to the home with a simple DIY installation under a single sink in the home, from which it is able to identify trends in the home's water usage including water leaks and water consumption tracking



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