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Can Solar and Batteries Outlast an Extended Power ...

It depends, experts say. Just expect to make a few sacrifices. Even by the standards of the generally well-informed clean-energy customers in California’s Bay Area, Todd Karin is a savvy one. Karin works as a postdoctoral researcher in the energy storage and distributed resources division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Last year, he chose to add solar and storage to his home, first buying an array of...

Solar-plus-storage projects spreading across the U...

A new wave of solar farm development, pairing solar photovoltaics with battery storage, is accelerating across the United States, most notably in California, Hawaii, Florida and the Northeast. Roughly 40 such systems were in operation in the U.S. as of late September, combining about 533 MW of storage with 1,242 MW of solar capacity. Meanwhile, companies are developing at least another 85 co-located solar and storage...

From the Rooftops, Big Box Stores Are Embracing So...

Target and Walmart are trying to out-green each other in proving to customers they are environmentally responsible businesses. The Minneapolis retailer best-known for its trendy, private-label brands and its millennial-friendly prices, has very publicly embraced the renewable energy passions of its millennial-heavy consumer base and is adding rooftop solar panels to its stores to generate renewable electricity at a...

HB 6 is headed to defeat if it makes it to the Nov...

Ohio voters will kill House Bill 6 – a bill that would require Ohio’s electricity customers to subsidize the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants – if they get the chance. That’s a big “if.” And it’s why the powerful interests who rammed House Bill 6 through the General Assembly last summer are doing all they can to keep voters from signing petitions to place HB 6 on Ohio’s November 2020 ballot. The nuclear plants are...

An Unusual Plan for Lowering Solar’s Customer Acqu...

Recent solar and storage entrant Generac believes it can generate sales leads on the cheap through the old-fashioned TV ad. “No one has unleashed the power of TV on the space,” says Generac’s Russ Minick. SALT LAKE CITY — Generac Power Systems, a Fortune 1000 company that sells residential backup power generators, is making a play for the residential solar and storage market. This spring the Wisconsin-based...

Electric vehicle companies considering engineering...

CEO working with groups on site selection; Lordstown group sticks to ambitious timetable WARREN — Lordstown Motors Corp.’s CEO Steve Burns is sticking to an ambitious timeline to launch the company’s battery-powered electric pickup truck in late 2020 should the tech startup buy the idled General Motors assembly plant. And if he’s successful, Burns said expect to see prototypes of the yet-to-be-named pickup on local roads by...

Amazon’s Move to Electric Trucks Is a Very Big Dea...

I see a lot of announcements from companies touting their goals for reducing emissions. Too often, these plans are light on details and leave most of the heavy lifting until well after their current leaders have retired. This week, we start with a plan that has the makings of a standard-setter because it thinks big and will be taking meaningful steps soon. I’m Dan Gearino, your guide to the clean energy economy. Send me news...

There’s Evidence that Climate Activism could be Sw...

There’s evidence that climate activism could be swaying public opinion in the US Climate activists walked out of classrooms and workplaces in more than 150 countries on Friday, Sept. 20 to demand stronger action on climate change. Mass mobilizations like this have become increasingly common in recent years.I’m a scholar of environmental communication who examines how people become engaged with solving dilemmas such as...

The Hope of the Green New Deal

There is significant talk in the U.S. now concerning the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources to reduce the U.S. impact on global warming.  Politically, a Green New Deal is being promoted for achieving the goal of full replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. The Green New Deal sounds like an admirable endeavor but, realistically, once fully implemented the U.S. would still consume huge volumes...

Buyer Interest in a Net-Zero Home Sags in Survey o...

Latest poll among architects measures interest in a variety of home features A quarterly survey by The American Institute of Architects shows rising interest in solar panels and docking stations for electric vehicles but declining interest over time in the number of people who say they want net-zero energy or superinsulated houses. The findings for the third quarter of the year represent information that AIA member...

Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Wa...

What if the banking, asset-management, and insurance industries moved away from fossil fuels? I’m skilled at eluding the fetal crouch of despair—because I’ve been working on climate change for thirty years, I’ve learned to parcel out my angst, to keep my distress under control. But, in the past few months, I’ve more often found myself awake at night with true fear-for-your-kids anguish. This spring, we set another high mark...

Get on the road to a solar solution!

The 2019 Green Energy Ohio — Licking County Solar Tour will take place Friday and Saturday, September 27th and 28th at various photovoltaic solar installations throughout the county. Installations range in size from a residential 2.4 kilowatts to a utility scale 2.3 megawatts. All twelve sites are open FREE to the public at the hours designated on the Green Energy Ohio website: https://greenenergyohiotour.org/, which also...

Our Planet Is Dying. The Time for Fairytales Is Ov...

Greta Thurnberg. (photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty) By Greta Thunberg, The Independent 20 September 19 In a highly anticipated speech in Congress after travelling half the way across the Atlantic by boat, Greta Thunberg urges US senators to learn from the sacrifices of Martin Luther King and other civil rights activists in the fight against climate change. Here is the transcript y name is Greta Thunberg, I am 16 years old and I’m...

States hit electric vehicle owners with high fees,...

Key Points A new Consumer Reports analysis shows that of the 26 states have EV fees, 11 charge more than owners of gas-powered cars pay in gas taxes. The move in some states to higher EV fees has been led by the American Legislative Exchange Council a think tank advocating policies of limited government, free markets, and federalism. Electric vehicles accounted for 1.8% of the market share in the U.S. in March of 2019....

Solar Company Sees Some Benefit From Ohio’s ...

While critics of Ohio’s recent nuclear bailout are moving toward a referendum to repeal the law, the new policy has won some support from an unusual source. Greg Kuss, president of Solar Vision in Worthington, says that increased charges to electric customers will make solar an economical option. “Now, the price of installing solar is comparable with what you’d be paying your local utilities,” Kuss says. Kuss says the cost...