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Sunrun’s $3.2 billion Vivint Solar bid challenges Tesla’s energy ambitions

Tesla’s 2014 acquisition of SolarCity turned the electric vehicle manufacturer into the undisputed largest player in residential solar, but that lead has steadily eroded as its major competitor, Sunrun, surged ahead with more aggressive plans. Now with the $3.2 billion dollar acquisition of the residential solar installation company, Vivint Solar, Sunrun looks to solidify its place in the top spot. From Tesla’s very early days Elon Musk has tried to define the company as an energy compa...
Tags: Energy, TC, Elon Musk, Yahoo, Articles, Chief executive officer, Tech, Tesla, United States, Solar Power, Solarcity, Energy Storage, Player, Blackstone, Analyst, Alternative Energy


Floatovoltaics are a cool way to super-charge your solar panels with water

Last summer, I worked with IBM and the Weather Channel on some climate- and energy-related content for their Forecast Change campaign. I just learned that the project apparently won a Digiday Content Marketing Award for the best branded content site of the year, which is pretty cool (or at least, my mom might think so). But I wanted to share one of the pieces I wrote, because the concept was new to me before working on it, and it's now stuck with me ever since; I even found a way to work in a...
Tags: Energy, Post, Video, The Weather Channel, News, Renewable Energy, Chile, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Ibm, Solar Power, Sustainable Energy, Solar Farm, Joshua Pearce, Weather.com, Las Tortolas


Backlash grows over Greek energy deregulation law

Campaigners fear damage to protected regions by companies exploiting their resourcesGreece’s government is facing growing opposition over a controversial environmental super-law passed when debate and public consultation were curtailed by lockdown measures imposed as a result of the pandemic. Resistance has intensified as part of a grassroots revolt over legislation that critics contend will irrevocably change the face of Greece.  Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Greece, Environment, Renewable Energy, World news, Fossil Fuels, Solar Power, Kyriakos Mitsotakis


The Sun Exchange raises $3M for crypto driven solar power in Africa

South Africa based renewable energy startup Sun Exchange has raised $3 million to close its Series A funding round totaling $4 million. The company operates a peer-to-peer, crypto enabled business that allows individuals anywhere in the world to invest in solar infrastructure in Africa. How’s that all work? “You as an individual are selling electricity to a school in South Africa, via a solar panel you bought through the Sun Exchange,” explained Abe Cambridge — the startup’s founder and CEO. “...
Tags: Energy, TC, Berlin, Southeast Asia, Nigeria, Africa, Articles, Tech, Renewable Energy, Ceo, Mobile Phones, Bitcoin, United States, South Africa, Cambridge, Cape Town


The Future of Solar Is Double-Sided Panels that Follow the Sun

Most solar panels capture sunlight from only one side, meaning they can capture more or less of it depending on where the sun is in the sky. In recent years, they’ve become far more efficient, typically converting around 22 percent of the light they capture into energy.Read more...
Tags: Science, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar Power, Energy Justice


'Now we sleep peacefully': life in Peru transformed by warm houses

Thermal houses in the Andes are helping combat respiratory illnesses in villages that struggle with freezing temperaturesOn a windswept plain more than 4km above sea level, families gather; a throng of colourful, intricately patterned hats, skirts and ponchos. They are gazing curiously at their revamped homes, which now glint in the sun.Cladding the mud brick homes and absorbing the perpendicular rays of the sun are polycarbonate panels fitted at a slanted angle to the outer walls. In Hanchipach...
Tags: Americas, Global development, Peru, Solar Power, Cusco, Malnutrition, Andes, Hanchipacha


Australian researchers claim world first in global race to develop better solar panels

Experimental cell using the potentially game-changing material perovskite passes a series of heat and humidity testsA team of Australian researchers are claiming a world first in a global race to develop cheaper, more flexible and more efficient solar panels after their experimental cell passed a series of heat and humidity tests.Using a type of crystal material known as perovskite, the group found that a simple glass and synthetic rubber coating around the cell was enough to stop it from degrad...
Tags: Energy, Science, Environment, Australia news, Solar Power


Australia's electricity grid could run with 75% renewables, market operator says

Getting the regulations right will allow the secure expansion of wind and solar power, study findsAustralia already has the technical capacity to safely run a power grid in which 75% of the electricity comes from wind and solar and, if it gets regulations right, should occasionally reach this level within five years.A study by the Australian Energy Market Operator (Aemo) looking at how to incorporate more renewable energy into the system while maintaining grid security found wind and solar capac...
Tags: Energy, Australia, Environment, Renewable Energy, Australia news, Coal, Wind Power, Solar Power, ICYMI, Energy Market Operator AEMO


Lithium-ion is just the beginning. Here’s a peek at the future of batteries

Phones, electric vehicles, and renewables are accelerating the pace of progress
Tags: Trends, Renewable Energy, Features, Solar Power, Lithium-ion, Lithium batteries, Tech For Change


Google data centers watch the weather to make the most of renewable energy

Google’s data centers run 24/7 and suck up a ton of energy — so it’s in both the company’s and the planet’s interest to make them do so as efficiently as possible. One new method has the facilities keeping an eye on the weather so they know when the best times are to switch to solar and wind energy. The trouble with renewables is that they’re not consistent, like the output of a power plant. Of course it isn’t simply that when the wind dies down, wind energy is suddenly ten times as expensive...
Tags: Google, Hardware, Tech, Wind Power, Data Centers, Solar Power, GreenTech, Earth Day, Ana Radovanovic


Why Homes Should Invest in Solar Energy

The following is a guest post from a reader named Greg Petersen. I have been so busy homeschooling kids and going crazy in isolation that I haven’t been able to get into the flow of writing. I also find it very hard to write on personal finance topics when there are so many things that are more important. However, I was so impressed at the research and references to my other solar articles that I felt it was worth running. At a time like this, I doubt too many people are consider solar energ...
Tags: New York, Utilities, Australia, Boston, Marketing, Los Angeles, Afghanistan, Connecticut, Portland, Solar Energy, Solar, Solar Power, Nrel, U S, U S Energy Information Administration, Allstate Insurance


Utrecht rooftops to be ‘greened’ with plants and mosses in new plan

‘Vertical forest’ tower will have 10,000 plants on its facade in bid to reinvigorate biodiversityEvery roof in the city district of Utrecht is to be “greened” with plants and mosses or have solar panels installed under plans driven by the success of a similar scheme for the municipality’s bus stops.The “no roofs unused” policy is part of an attempt to reinvigorate biodiversity in the city and create a less stressful and happier environment, of which the construction of a so-called “vertical fore...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Environment, Renewable Energy, World news, Trees and forests, Netherlands, Plants, Solar Power, Utrecht


Amazon group turns to solar canoes in fight against rainforest oil devastation

Achuar community also hope innovation will reduce amount of oil taken from forest only to be brought back as pollutionA canoe slides noiselessly upstream through a landscape of luminous bright clouds reflected in the water. A team of young indigenous people are onboard.Such vessels are an essential and ubiquitous part of life in the Ecuadorian Amazon, but this one boasts a hugely symbolic difference from its predecessors. It is powered by the sun. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Energy, Environment, Oil, Americas, Renewable Energy, World news, Conservation, Fossil Fuels, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Amazon Rainforest, Solar Power, Ecuador


Here comes the sun canoe, as Amazonians take on Big Oil

Ecuadorian indigenous groups hope innovation will reduce amount of oil taken from forest only to be brought back as pollutionA canoe slides noiselessly upstream through a landscape of luminous bright clouds reflected in the water. A team of young indigenous people are onboard.Such vessels are an essential and ubiquitous part of life in the Ecuadorian Amazon, but this one boasts a hugely symbolic difference from its predecessors. It is powered by the sun. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Energy, Environment, Oil, Americas, Renewable Energy, World news, Conservation, Fossil Fuels, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Amazon Rainforest, Solar Power, Ecuador


Carbon emissions fall as electricity producers move away from coal

Global emissions down by 2% amid mild winter and reduced use of coal-fired power plants Carbon emissions from the global electricity system fell by 2% last year, the biggest drop in almost 30 years, as countries began to turn their backs on coal-fired power plants.A new report on the world’s electricity generation revealed the steepest cut in carbon emissions since 1990 as the US and the EU turned to cleaner energy sources. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Business, Climate Change, Environment, US, Renewable Energy, Eu, World news, Energy industry, Fossil Fuels, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ethical and green living, Wind Power, Energy Efficiency, Solar Power


Minimalist, charred-timber tiny cabin is only 129 square feet

Belgian firm dmvA Architects has unveiled a sophisticated and sustainable tiny cabin clad in charred timber. Just shy of 130 square feet, Cabin Y is a lightweight, flexible structure that is easily transportable and reconfigurable. Additionally, the cabin runs on solar power, meaning it doesn’t have to rely on the grid for energy. dmvA architects is known for its long-standing commitment to designing sustainable structures that achieve “maximalism through minimalism.” According to the firm, the...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Solar Power, Green Design, Tiny Homes, Minimalist Design, Charred Timber, Tiny Cabins, Sustainable Cabins, Minimalist Cabins, Solar-powered Cabins, Hemp Insulation, Cabin Y, dmvA architect, dmvA Architects, Bart Gosselin


Rundown lodge near the Nile River is now a solar-powered eco-resort

Once known as one of Uganda’s most popular hotels, the Nile Safari Lodge had fallen into disrepair over the years. When it was tasked to breathe new life into the property, Kampala-based studio Localworks decided to pay homage to the building’s history by respectfully and carefully rebuilding the existing facilities instead of tearing them down and starting from scratch. Now, the fully refurbished accommodation is an incredible, solar-powered eco-retreat offering guests a direct connection to th...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Uganda, Architecture, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Green Renovation, Kampala, Nile River, Green Hotels, Natural Materials, Low Impact Design, Murchison Falls National Park, Passive Design Strategies, Will Boase, Localworks


Charge your Tesla and lower your electric bill with these solar blinds!

Renewable energy is our ticket to the future and the current climate crisis. From electric cars to sustainable tools, designers are changing the world for the better one product at a time. Joining that list are these Solar Blinds from SolarGaps that make your home smarter and your environment better. If you want to charge your Tesla without increasing your bill, this should be your first buy.Solar Blinds help you save on your energy costs and reduces your electric bill by 30% compared to convent...
Tags: Home, Design, Technology, Office, Lifestyle, Renewable Energy, Tesla, Carbon Emissions, Solar Energy, Appliances, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Interiors, Lighting, Solar Panel, Product Design


Jimmy Carter's solar plant powers half his Georgia hometown

Half of Plains, Georgia’s energy comes from solar panels, thanks to former President — and former farmer — Jimmy Carter. Since installing a solar plant on his former farm in 2017, Carter’s nearly 4,000 solar panels have kept the lights on for many of Plains’ 727 residents. The company SolAmerica first approached Carter with the idea to turn his land into a solar farm. SolAmerica Energy President George Mori recently told People that this experiment is still fueling the town a few years later. On...
Tags: Design, News, White House, Environment, Barack Obama, Georgia, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Clean Energy, Solar, Solar Power, Sierra Club, Carter, Plains Georgia, SolAmerica Energy


2020 Extra Class study guide – E6F: Electro-optical technology: photoconductivity; photovoltaic devices; optical sensors and encoders; optical isolation

Some components make use of the photovoltaic effect, which is the process of converting light to electrical energy. In a photovoltaic cell, electrons absorb the energy from light falling on a photovoltaic cell. The electrons then become free electrons. QUESTION: What is the photovoltaic effect? (E6F04) ANSWER: The conversion of light to electrical energy QUESTION: What absorbs the energy from light falling on a photovoltaic cell? (E6F01) ANSWER: Electrons The most common type of photovoltaic cel...
Tags: Radio, Solar Power, Optical, 2020 Extra Class Study Guide, Phototransistors


LEED-Platinum learning lab is a beacon of sustainability

In a bold move to embrace environmental education, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine recently welcomed the Roux Center for the Environment, a new three-story academic building that’s also been certified LEED Platinum. Designed by Cambridge-based architectural firm CambridgeSeven Associates, Inc., the 29,000-square-foot interdisciplinary building brings together faculty and students from across campus into a collaborative setting focused on finding solutions to the world’s environmental challen...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Maine, Cambridge, Solar, Solar Power, Carousel Showcase, Green Roof, Leed Platinum, LEED, CLT, Bowdoin College, Brunswick Maine, Academic building, Teaching Lab


Sustainability career options you may not have considered

In the past 10 to 20 years, careers in sustainability have grown exponentially. This is partly due to increased awareness of climate change. It’s also a result of innovation in the field; for example, the use of wind turbines and solar panels create jobs that didn’t exist before. Looking into the future, more and more jobs will fall into the category of sustainability. Many industries will face stricter resource management, opening the door to an endless number of earth-focused jobs — including ...
Tags: Energy, Design, Environment, Features, Green, Green Jobs, Solar Power, Sustainability Jobs


Net-zero Del Mar Civic Center celebrates community and the great outdoors

After decades of planning, the Californian seaside city Del Mar has finally welcomed a new civic center to consolidate all of its primary public functions into one location at the heart of the community. Located on a 1.5-acre site with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, the Del Mar Civic Center is the work of West Coast-based The Miller Hull Partnership, who took inspiration for the design from the surroundings. The new civic center is also engineered for net-zero energy operations and is outf...
Tags: Design, California, Singapore, Architecture, Community, Solar, Solar Power, West Coast, Pacific Ocean, City Hall, Off-grid, Net Zero, Rainwater Harvesting, Community Design, Courtyard, Civic Center


UK could tap into Africa's $24bn market for off-grid solar power

Rapidly growing sector could prove lucrative as Britain seeks post-Brexit trade opportunitiesUK investors could seize a $24bn investment opportunity by helping to connect millions of people without access to electricity to off-grid home solar power systems.The market for pay-as-you-go home solar packages is expected to boom in Africa, where millions of homes are using mobile technology to rent low-cost solar panels. Continue reading...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Africa, Environment, Renewable Energy, European Union, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Global development


Self-sustaining Ugandan surgical facility provides healthcare to underserved areas

In an inspiring example of humanitarian architecture, Kliment Halsband Architects teamed up with Mount Sinai Surgery in New York to create the Mount Sinai Kyabirwa Uganda Surgical Facility, a prototype for an independent, self-sustaining ambulatory surgical facility. According to the architects, roughly 5 billion people lack any form of safe or affordable surgery, leading to millions of deaths annually worldwide. In response, the architects created a modular, easily replicable surgical facility ...
Tags: Health, New York, Design, Uganda, Architecture, Norway, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Humanitarian Design, Modular Architecture, White Nile, Humanitarian Architecture, Self-sustaining, Mount Sinai Surgery, Kliment Halsband Architects, Kyabirwa


Stunning, sustainable lodge blends into beautiful landscape

Romanian architecture firm BLIPSZ has created a near-autonomous holiday home that combines the charms of rural Transylvanian architecture with a sustainable and contemporary design aesthetic. Surrounded by gently rolling hills and valley views, the Lodge in a Glade comprises two barn-inspired structures with green-roofed surfaces that appear to emerge from the earth. South-facing solar panels generate about 90% of the building’s energy needs, which are kept to a minimum thanks to its passive sol...
Tags: Design, Architecture, Gallery, Solar Energy, Passive Solar, Solar Power, Geothermal Energy, Carousel Showcase, Off-grid, Green Roof, Lodge, Rainwater, Glade, Sustainable Architecture, Natural Materials, BLIPSZ


The low-impact Bridge House hovers over a stream in Los Angeles

Architecture is often heavily influenced by the existing landscape surrounding a structure, but architect Dan Brunn didn’t let the weaving waterways on his Los Angeles property limit the options for his home. Dubbed the Bridge House, this 4,500-square-foot home straddles 65 feet of natural stream without harming the landscape. The long, narrow home nestles into the forested background with limited street exposure. The focus on nature is evident with natural light streaming in from expansive win...
Tags: Design, Los Angeles, Architecture, Stream, Solar Power, Yamaha, Low Impact, Dan Brunn, Bridge House, Brandon Shigeta, Dann Brunn


This minimalist, solar-powered home stands strong against earthquakes

Located in the Swiss municipality of Grimisuat in the district of Sion, House ROFR was created with the future in mind. The modern, solar-powered home is situated on a hilly slope with the help of a protective and stabilizing wall along a surrounding orchard. In addition to its impressive green design features, the house also frames breathtaking views of its mountainous setting. The area here in the canton of Valais is known for its seismic activity. The Swiss Seismological Service has recorded...
Tags: Garden, Design, Architecture, House, Switzerland, Geneva, Solar Power, Garage, Electric Car, Resilient Design, Valais, Grimisuat, Sion House, Seismological Service, Ralph Germann Architectes Photography, Lionel Henriod


Toyota’s mobility-minded city of the future to break ground next year

At CES 2020, the carmaker announced plans to break ground on its city of the future next year under the peak of Mount Fuji. Toyota's Woven City will become the mobility-minded city of the future.
Tags: Japan, Lifestyle, Radio, Toyota, Solar Power, Smart Homes, Consumer Electronics Show, Green Cities, News Brief, Real Estate Technology, Sustainable Architecture, CES 2020, Woven City


3D-printed concrete forest pavilion proposed for Dubais Expo 2020

United Arab Emirates-based design practice MEAN* (Middle East Architecture Network) has proposed a sculptural 3D-printed pavilion for a prominent traffic roundabout to welcome visitors to the upcoming 2020 Expo in Dubai. Designed as a “spatial forest,” the interactive installation comprises a series of palm tree-like concrete elements and branching LEDs. The “Expo 2020 Landmark” proposal is also powered with solar energy and can be programmed to light up at night with a variety of lighting modes...
Tags: Design, Architecture, 3d Printing, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Brazil, LEDs, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Uae, 3d-printed Architecture, World Expo, MEAN, Expo 2020, 3D printed, World Expo 2020