September 17th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor
Noting the climate, economic, jobs and health benefits it would bring, today nine nations on four continents agreed to work collaboratively to grow zero-emission commercial vehicle manufacturing, infrastructure and deployment at home and globally
August 17th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor
Recent U.S. Supreme Court precedent has opened the door for states to enact laws requiring all new cars sold in the state to be electric as of a certain date, according to a law journal article by the nonprofit Coltura published in the University of Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law
July 17th, 2020 | by Scott Cooney
I may be the world's biggest fan of Zachary Shahan. (His wife and kids may argue...). When Zach first gave a talk entitled "The Future is Now," it sort of became the ad-hoc tagline for CleanTechnica. And it's true — all the solutions we need are right here, right in front of us
June 9th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
I recently highlighted a couple of big solar + storage projects that were given the go-ahead in Hawaii. Then I found out that these are two of 16 solar and energy storage projects just approved for development in the state
June 4th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
There have been several announcements about big new solar power projects this past week. Rather than try to tackle them one at a time (that wasn't going to happen), I'm running through them below in a combo story
May 27th, 2020 | by Steve Hanley
Hawai'i is boldly going where no other state has ever gone when it comes to pursuing its goal of 100% renewable energy by
April 1st, 2020 | by Steve Hanley
Hawaiian Electric says it is planning to add nearly 1 gigawatt-hour of battery storage and close its largest coal-fired generating station over the next few years.
March 17th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor
Even if the U.S. is successful at managing coronavirus infection rates and lethality, it has the capacity to wreak havoc on the November election
February 21st, 2020 | by Michael Barnard
With luck, the airborne wind energy space will sink back into academic research efforts involving kitesurfing kites at University of Delft. It's useful to continue to play with things in academia, and it's a domain with a lot of engineering complexity that's a good proving ground for engineers who can go on to do useful things as a result
February 8th, 2020 | by Andrea Bertoli
Hawaii has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and yet there are serious water quality issues to content with, primarily due to the large quantity of cesspools in the State. This is a huge issue for all of the islands, and impacts the health of humans, animals, and our ocean ecology. Here's the story of a local non-profit that's working to fix this crappy situation.
January 31st, 2020 | by Andrea Bertoli
Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) just named a new CEO and was voted as 'Best Utility' in the US by Utility Dive. What policies and progress has the utility made in recent years to grab this honor, what's the new CEO going to do going forward, and what does this really look like for residents of the islands?
January 28th, 2020 | by Andrea Bertoli
We focus often on high-tech solutions to climate change, however, some of the easiest and cheapest ways to fix climate change are right under our feet.
December 10th, 2019 | by John Farrell
A cooperative utility in Hawaii has reduced its electricity prices, multiplied its renewable energy capacity, and increased its grid resiliency — all without relying on neighboring utilities, because there are none
December 5th, 2019 | by Andrea Bertoli
Last night in Honolulu, we made history: Bill 40, a comprehensive plastic phase-out bill, was approved 7–2 at the Honolulu City Council. Activists from across the island have been working for nearly a decade to get smart plastic legislation passed in the city and state. The vote last night was nothing short of victorious: this is the strongest plastic phase-out bill in the country, and likely in the world
November 16th, 2019 | by Andrea Bertoli
The Mayors of Maui County and Honolulu County have announced lawsuits against the fossil fuel companies. Maui Mayor Michael Victorino announced Maui's plans on October 29 and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Honolulu's plans on November
November 10th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson
New York state resident Anthony Sicari has a home solar power and energy storage system that he used to power his home “off- grid” for 33 days. That's a bit more than one month of electricity self-generation, Tesla Powerwall battery storage, and consumption. To be extra clear, the home only used electricity from the solar panel & battery combination during that period, none from the utility
November 7th, 2019 | by Andrea Bertoli
Bill 40, an ambitious plastics reduction bill, is moving swiftly through Honolulu City Council, with wide bi-partisan support. Local activist groups, concerned citizens and tourists are excited to move this bill forward. Learn more about the bill and why it's such an important opportunity for Oahu.
November 2nd, 2019 | by Scott Cooney
Hawaiian Electric (HECO) recently added 2.5MW of grid services to its grid, allowing it to store energy during peak solar and wind production periods, and did so without any traditional batteries, flywheels, or pumped hydro. Even better, the hardware required is very minimal, and in fact, most of it already exists in every residential grid in the world
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
September 9th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill
Sunrun, the United States' leading home solar, battery storage, and energy services company, announced last week it intends to participate in Hawaiian Electric Company’s emerging grid services market by delivering electricity from a virtual power plant made up of home solar and batteries.