Renewable Energy Provided One-Third Of Germany’s Power In The First Half Of 2014

ThinkProgress | July 8, 2014 | Column by Kiley Kroh

Thanks to favorable weather and record production from solar and wind power, renewable energy accounted for approximately 31 percent of Germany’s electricity generation in the first half of 2014.

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Here’s Why Al Gore Is Optimistic About the Fight Against Climate Change

TakePart | July 7, 2014 | Column by Todd Woody

A new study predicts that more than half the world’s energy will come from carbon-free sources by 2030.

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Net-zero energy test house exceeds goal; ends year with energy to spare

ScienceDaily | July 1, 2014 | NIST Report

The net-zero energy test house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.* Despite five months of below-average temperatures and twice the normal amount of snowfall, NIST's Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) ended its one-year test run with 491 kilowatt hours of extra energy. Instead of paying almost $4,400 for electricity -- the estimated average annual bill for a comparable modern home in Maryland -- the virtual family of four residing in the all-electric test house actually earned a credit by exporting the surplus energy to the local utility.

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No Internet? No Problem: These Solar-Panel-Wearing Donkeys Are Bringing Web Access to the Countryside

TakePart | July 1, 2014 | Column by Kristina Bravo

Sheepherders need to go online too.

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Solar Panel Acreage Needed to Power the Entire Planet: 158 mi x 158 mi

Daily Kos | June 25, 2014 | Post by ericlewis0

The three squares on the map, below, represent how much solar panel acreage would be needed to power Germany (marked "D"), Europe (marked "EU"), and the entire planet (marked "Welt"):

 

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Breakthrough in Photovoltaic Manufacturing

Daily Kos | June 25, 2014 | Post by xaxnar

Researchers at Liverpool University have found a way to greatly reduce the cost and toxicity of manufacturing the next generation of solar panels. The key is substituting one chemical for another.

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Two DC Universities Ink Major Deal To Get More Than Half Their Power From Solar

ThinkProgress | June 24, 2014 | Column by Ari Phillips

American University, George Washington University and GWU Hospital have agreed to purchase more than half of their power from three new solar farms in North Carolina. The Washington, DC-based institutions signed a 20 year power purchase agreement to buy 52 megawatts of solar PV from Duke Energy Renewables.

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New Study Adds Up the Benefits of Climate-Smart Development in Lives, Jobs, and GDP

World Bank | June 23, 2014 | World Bank Report

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • With careful design, the same development projects that improve communities, save lives, and increase GDP can also fight climate change.
  • A new study examines the multiple benefits for a series of policy scenarios addressing transportation and energy efficiency in buildings and industry in five countries and the European Union.
  • It provides concrete data to help policymakers understand the broader potential of climate-smart development investments.
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Why Solar Energy Is the Key to Solving Global Poverty

takepart | June 19, 2014 | Column by Kristine Wong

Giving 1.3 billion people living off the grid access to electricity will spur education and economies.

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Alternatives to Petroleum Based Aviation Fuel

LinkedIn | June 13, 2014 | Post by Don Freeland

Alternative Jet Fuel

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