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The Community Microgrid As A Virtual Power Plant

January 24th, 2018 | by George Harvey

The design for a community microgrid project that is forming in Warner, New Hampshire, seems rather prosaic at first glance. It is simple, with a few buildings, some solar panels, batteries, inverters, and all the regular gear. It seems an appropriately small start for a town with only 444 people in its center and a total population well below 3,


Inspiration Off The Chain

January 16th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

I sat through another Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony yesterday, and it again moved me to tears. No, it's not normal for me to be moved to tears, but the deep, powerful, inspirational change that certain finalists communicated was too much for the emotional sensors behind my eyes


2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (Cleantech Oscars) Finalists — Vote Now!

January 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony is tomorrow, January 15. I'm here in Abu Dhabi for the awards since I was on the Review Committee and will be moderating a panel discussion between some of this year's and previous years' winners later in the week. I will also be covering the awards ceremony, of course, covering the World Future Energy Summit, and presenting and moderating panels at The Mobility Conference. As we've done in previous years, I thought it would be fun to run a poll among our readers about who you think will win Zayed Future Energy Prize awards in this 10th edition of the prize


Our In-Depth Interview With Cleantech Rock Star Dale Vince, Founder Of Ecotricity

December 9th, 2017 | by Andy Miles

Many corporations, focused on the relentless pursuit of profits, make their money at the expense of the people, and the planet. The only proper purpose of any business is to serve the society in which it operates, and to contribute to the protection of the planet we all depend on for our existence. Ecotricity, founded by Dale Vince, is almost unique amongst UK energy companies in aiming to do just that. Although it makes money, that is only a means to achieve its main aim, environmental protection. Its main method of environmental protection is by supplying and developing renewable energy in the


On The Ground In Puerto Rico — Part 2

November 13th, 2017 | by George Harvey

Joseph has installed all five PV systems, though not always as he had planned. He has also distributed food, water purification systems, and seeds. He started in the San Juan area, in a place called San José. The first of the 1-kilowatt (kW) systems was installed in a bicycle shop. Local people can gather there and get hit by a breeze from a fan as they charge their cell phones.


6 Factors Will Hasten Or Defer Peak Oil Demand

November 11th, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

We haven’t reached peak consumption, also known as peak demand. We are likely to reach it globally by 2050, but it’s unlikely to occur before 2030 at the very earliest. There are six major factors which make defining exactly when it will occur very difficult


Electric Motocross Motorcycle … Tesla Model 3 Photos … Nissan LEAF Test Drive From Early Tesla Model S Driver (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

October 30th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Missed some stories on CleanTechnica this past week? Of course you did — no one can read them all! See what people were most enticed to read, and click through to some of the stories if they tickle your fancy or you just want to see where the discussions in the comment threads went


Empowered by Light, Sunrun & Givepower Partner With Firefighters To Deliver Solar & Water Systems To Puerto Rico

October 24th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Aid and recovery efforts continue for Puerto Rico. Disheartening news is that more than 50% of Puerto Rico is without clean water in mid-October. Puerto Rico is storm battered from Hurricane Maria, a more extensive human crisis than even Hurricane Katrina created. Stepping in to hasten recovery is a Bay Area–based nonprofit in collaboration with other helping arms.  Empowered by Light, Sunrun, and Givepower are responding to the need by focusing on compassionate, long-term response and environmentally friendly solutions


A Chat With Sunrun VP Of Grid Services About Residential Energy Storage

October 15th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Residential energy storage has the potential to be one key solution for effectively integrating distributed renewables into the future electricity mix. It is already seeing solid traction and offering respectable returns in some markets around the world. Hawaii and Australia, among others with their high electricity prices and vast solar resources, have become hotspots for residential energy storage


A Response To “A Call For Help For Puerto Rico”

October 8th, 2017 | by George Harvey

I should start this off with a disclosure. I know Joseph Mangum personally. However, I am not profiting in any way from this message, aside from the feeling I get from being able to spread it here. I can say I believe that Joseph's message is true, precisely as he presents it



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