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SOLAR 2019 Conference “Race to Renewables”

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 15, 2019 11:08:15 AM

Race against time to take urgent climate action through the use of renewable energy.

The American Solar Energy Society believes that supplying 100% of America’s electricity with renewable energy is not only possible but urgently necessary.  As attendees at the SOLAR 2018 ASES conference heard, we need to decarbonize our economy by the middle of THIS century in order to have any chance of constraining the global temperature increase to less than 2 °C, which in itself will be disruptive to humankind.

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New Solar Permit Software to Reduce Costs and Expand Residential Markets

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 8, 2019 10:47:36 AM

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The Solar Foundation are joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), several national residential solar companies, and other nonprofit organizations to develop new automated permit software for distributed solar and storage, reducing the cost of solar installations and saving resources for local governments and taxpayers.

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Green Remote Energy for Finnish Apartment Buildings

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 28, 2019 10:41:19 AM

The STARDUST’s Lighthouse city of Tampere, Finland will host the first residential area in Europe powered by a remote photovoltaic plant.

The City of Tampere, partner of the European project STARDUST, will be home to a new residential area in the Ilokkaanpuisto district. The peculiarity of this area is that energy will be provided by a photovoltaic power plant located 25 km away and owned by the local residents themselves. This concept, based on the so-called “remote energy production”, is new to both Finland and the rest of Europe.

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New Analysis of 1,500 Scientific Studies Details Threat to Health and Climate

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 24, 2019 1:36:38 PM

A comprehensive analysis of nearly 1,500 scientific studies, government reports, and media stories on the consequences of fracking released Wednesday found that the evidence overwhelmingly shows the drilling method poses a profound threat to public health and the climate.

The sixth edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (the Compendium), published by Physicians for Social Responsibility and Concerned Health Professionals of New York, found that "90.3 percent of all original research studies published from 2016-2018 on the health impacts of fracking found a positive association with harm or potential harm."

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New Survey Reveals 70% of Americans Support Nationwide Solar Panel Mandate on New Homes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 21, 2019 4:33:48 PM

A new survey reveals American adults are eager to harness the sun's energy, with 70 percent saying they would support a nationwide mandate requiring solar panels to be installed on all newly built homes. The survey,* conducted by CITE Research on behalf of  Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, also revealed significant others and environmental experts are the most influential when deciding to install residential solar for the good of the environment, while politicians are the least influential by far.

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Huge Florida Solar Project To Rise in Shadow of Nuclear Power Plant

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 20, 2019 11:15:12 AM

The $150 million solar facility will cover 1,000 acres of an old quarry near Crystal River, just a stone's throw from a soon-to-be-decommissioned nuclear plant.

Editor's Note: What's not discussed in the article excerpt from today's Chronicle is the back story on how this region currently gets its electricity. Duke Energy spent $1.8 billion building a new natural gas-fired power plant in a complex nearby about five years ago. This replaced two coal plants and an aging nuclear plant which is supposed to undergo decommissioning starting in 2020. One concern we have with this planned decommissioning is Duke Energy's plan to contract with an outside party to handle the decommissioning. This company will own the "dry cask storage system assets, including the used nuclear fuel assemblies." While the NRC people feel confident that these on-site canisters are safe, even in high-risk flood and hurricane zones, we're not as confident. We'd like to see them moved somewhere that's not 4 ft. above sea level.

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Multifunctional Renewable Energy

Posted by Claudio Rocco, Guest Columnist

Jun 19, 2019 11:17:05 AM

Researchers are developing a device that stores and uses solar energy to provide hot water and mechanical ventilation for houses.

Moreover, an app linked to the machine monitors the users’ energy consumption Nowadays households wanting to switch to solar energy have to deal with variability over time. In addition, if they are part of a condominium, the ability to store solar energy in an apartment without taking up significant living space is a big issue.

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Hydropower Questioned: Better Alternatives Now Exist

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 11, 2019 10:19:26 AM

Note from GB Editor: An interesting criticism of hydropower, in comparison to other renewable sources of power. It's important to keep in context, however, that the worst contributors to Climate Change are places such as Poland, where massive amounts of coal are still being burned. Any renewable source, including hydropower, is a welcome alternative.-MP

Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman at IDTechEx, has recently written the below article questioning hydropower and its alternatives. 

Hydropower takes years to install and it can drown vegetation creating years of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Dams have burst in three countries recently. Fortunately many better options are available or emerging. The strong trend now is to making electricity where you need it, from your solar watch to your village microgrid. Both are evidence of another trend which is the ability to move your zero-emission electricity generation. 

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Britain sets record of 7 days without coal power as renewables surge

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 20, 2019 9:42:48 AM

Great Britain's power grid used no coal for seven days.

The seven days without burning coal is showing how renewables can take on more of the energy required by a major economy.

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New Analysis Finds a Strong Economic Case for ResilientSolar and Battery Storage in Five Southeastern Cities

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Apr 29, 2019 4:21:12 PM

Clean Energy Group’s new report series explores the obstacles and opportunities for deploying solar+storage at critical community facilities throughout the Southeast.

Solar and battery storage technologies that provide clean, reliable backup power are cost-effective for many critical community facilities in the Southeast, according to Clean Energy Group’s report series, “Resilient Southeast: Exploring Opportunities for Solar+Storage in Five Southeastern Cities,” released today in partnership with regional nonprofit partners details a first-of-its-kind economic analysis evaluation for solar PV and battery storage (solar+storage) in the region. When the economic value of resilience is accounted for, solar+storage was proven to be a positive investment for all locations and building types examined. 

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