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Katherine Lucey — CEO & Founder of Solar Sister — Talks Last-Mile Solar Revolution (#CleanTechnica Video)

September 24th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Zachary Shahan, director & chief editor here at CleanTechnica, earlier this year spoke to Katherine Lucey, CEO & Founder of Solar Sister, after the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony. He inquired, "What can you say about what inspired you to start Solar Sister? And has it grown as you expected or has it been different than you expected?"


Effective Conferences On The Future Energy Grid: Future Grid Labs

September 21st, 2018 | by Jesper Berggreen

Solarplaza has its roots in the solar industry. Since 2004 it has been organizing conferences and trade missions about different aspects of this industry. In the past 14 years, it has organized over 100 events in over 30 countries. From Solar Asset Management conferences in Tokyo, San Francisco, and Milan, to trade missions pushing solar development in Senegal, Mali, and Niger, Solarplaza has been trying to accelerate the uptake of solar PV in many different ways


Refurbishing Baseload Power Stations To Backup Renewables

September 4th, 2018 | by George Harvey

A number of stories have popped up in the news recently about turning traditional hydroelectric stations, which generate power by using water captured from a flowing river, into pumped storage facilities, which cycle the water using more energy to do so than they produce


Trump Fiddles As Fossil Fuels Burn

June 4th, 2018 | by George Harvey

Coal and nuclear power are both dying, falling victim to natural gas and renewable energy. Trump used to blame the Democrats, and especially “Obama’s war on coal.” He used to take the position that removing subsidies for renewable power would be sufficient to bring a renaissance to the coal industry. But despite his efforts, coal plants have just kept closing


Home Battery Storage In Australia: Are We There Yet?

May 30th, 2018 | by James Martin II

Australia has one of the highest rates of rooftop solar penetration in the world. This fact (combined with a few other factors detailed below) has arguably made Australia the biggest hot spot for home battery storage in the world — both in terms of hype as well as actual technology uptake


Elon Musk Harpooned Baseload Power

May 15th, 2018 | by George Harvey

With batteries like the Hornsdale Power Reserve, power from solar and wind power will be more valuable, because with battery backup their power can be used to supply an increasing share of baseload power. And that increase in value, which might not necessarily be reflected by an increase in price, makes their power all the more attractive


sonnen’s Energy Storage Leadership Around The World

May 6th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

Sonnen is one of our favorite cleantech leaders. It is great at innovation, leadership, and vision. Last month, I published a January interview with sonnen CEO and co-founder Christoph Ostermann. The good folks at The Beam went and created a transcript of it. If you can't be bothered to watch a video but would like to read it, here you go!


How Long Will PV Prices Continue To Fall?

April 30th, 2018 | by George Harvey

Prices of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems follow economic laws just like other things, such as computers and cars. That does not mean that the precipitous drop in prices will slow, however.


Political Shenanigans Got You Down? These 5 Global Trends Are Positively Changing The World Right Now

April 18th, 2018 | by Nicolas Zart

Reading, seeing, watching, or listening to what passes off as news these days can inevitably bring a sense of doom, uncertainty, and fear (FUD) that some politicians love to bathe in to justify their middlemen role and push whatever pet project they have for their business buddies. But there is also good quality news out there if you let independent journalists communicate what they know best, fields they master for the purpose of bringing more light to important matters


No Huge Energy Storage Breakthrough Needed For Renewable Energy To Flourish

March 4th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

In the last couple of years, there has been a growing a number of news articles and blog posts published about energy storage, particularly in the form of battery systems. This interest is very reasonable and the news is exciting because these systems can fill in wind power and solar power electricity production gaps. In many places, they could replace gas-powered peaker plants


Renewable Energy Grid Parity Confusion, Old Data, & Media Errors

January 15th, 2018 | by George Harvey

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has been much in the news since it released its report Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2017. Article after article has told us that it said we could see the costs of renewable energy drop to meet those of fossil fuels by


A Hand Writing on the Wall for Natural Gas

December 12th, 2017 | by George Harvey

We have seen the fall of coal. The Dow Jones Coal Index, which stood at over 723 at its high in 2008, was down over 94% to 41.36 on December 8. Just as telling, all of the companies that were its components in 2008 have disappeared. There is now only one company in the index, and it is new, cobbled together out of the wreckage of those that once were


“The Capitalist Tool” Just Trolled Trump Over Coal & Nuclear Energy

November 12th, 2017 | by Tina Casey

If President* Donald Trump thought he could count on the Forbes media empire to help protect coal and nuclear power plants, well, he was wrong. In yet another sign that nobody likes coal, on Sunday, the self-described "home page for the world's business leaders" published a long contributor piece featuring an interview with the lead technical author of the Energy Department's notorious grid study, and she does not mince words



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