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Landfilling Old Solar Panels Likely Safe for Human...

The International Energy Agency will later this year release research showing solar panels could be landfilled safely amid growing concern over the disposal of renewable energy components. Solar panels have a range of recycling options but none are perfect. The challenges for wind turbine blades are even greater. The IEA study will show that disposing of solar panels in landfill is unlikely to have an adverse impact on human...

Coronavirus May Mean Halt to Global Solar Gains—Fo...

Revised forecasts indicate that demand for solar panels will be down this year for the first time since the 1980s. In the middle of a public health emergency, it’s difficult to think about much of anything besides keeping everyone safe. But we also need to look ahead at the potential economic effects of this crisis on the transition to clean energy. With that in mind, we are getting a better idea of what coronavirus...

State, industry leaders break ground on historic s...

State Representative Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) joined Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and other state and energy industry leaders Thursday in breaking ground for what will be the largest solar project in Ohio history. The groundbreaking kicked off construction on the 200 MW Hillcrest Solar facility which, when completed, will power approximately 39,000 homes. It is Ohio’s first utility-scale solar...

Richard Downs: “Change Happens from the Bott...

Richard Downs, 40-year advocate for sustainability, firmly believes change does not happen from the top-down, but rather the bottom-up. A natural gift Richard has is to educate people on the environmental crisis our planet is facing due to the use of fossil fuels. As a result of this passion, he has built a strong base of environmental activists on a local level. When asked why we should care about supporting renewable...

JPMorgan Chase to install solar panels on carports...

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — JPMorgan Chase announced this week that they will continue their renewable energy push by installing seven solar arrays on carports at its Polaris McCoy Center. The installation will be the second-largest commercial office solar system in the world. The carport installation project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020, and it’s expected to generate nearly 60 percent of the...

Trump’s Best Shot at Saving Coal Is an Obscure Pow...

FERC draws new battle lines in the U.S. electricity wars. In the past three months, regulators appointed by President Donald Trump have disrupted ambitious plans to combat climate change in electric grids serving 85 million people in the U.S., from Chicago to New York to Washington. It was easy: an agency just rewrote some obscure pricing rules. With that, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cranked up to a new boil the...

The futurology of solar power: robots, hackers, 5G...

Module efficiencies will continue to increase, while the price of an individual module will stay the same. Not only will this hardware produce more power, it’ll work far longer — with predictions of 30-year module warranties, roughly the projected lifetime of gas assets. REC Module Production Facility, Singapore Analysts from Wood Mackenzie Renewables and Power, Xiaojing Sun, Molly B. Cox and Lindsay Cherry, see solar...

Report: Trump’s Tariffs On Solar Panels Cost...

The solar panel tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump have cost America’s solar industry dearly, according to a new analysis, with more than 62,000 jobs lost and almost $19 billion in investment down the tubes. The Hill reported that the study, conducted by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), found job losses to be more than twice the number SEIA had previously predicted when Trump first announced the...

Solar option for Knox County back in play

MOUNT VERNON — For a decade, Knox County commissioners have explored the idea of using solar for electricity but continually encountered obstacles. National and international issues stymied a planned switch in 2017. Now it’s back in play. On Thursday, the commissioners signed a letter of intent to put 20 to 25 percent of their electric use toward solar, a move that Commissioner Thom Collier said would save the county...

The Biggest Municipal Solar Farm in the US Is Comi...

“This really is a big deal.” In 2017, when the Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement—an international treaty that attempted to avert climate catastrophe by cutting global emissions—John Cranley, the Democratic mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, joined other mayors across the country to announce his intention to remain faithful to the agreement’s primary goal of keeping the rise of global temperatures...

Solar field to revitalize Overland Industrial Park...

TOLEDO (WTVG) – It is the final piece of the puzzle in redeveloping the former Jeep site at Overland Industrial Park. The Great Toledo Community Foundation teamed up with 12 other organizations to build a solar field on 12 acres of floodplain. The idea for the project started more than two years ago, and today the solar field is finally taking shape. “This is undevelopable land and we are using it as a way to...

Local residents taking advantage of solar power

David Tavares, a plumbing inspector for the city of Chicago, lives with his young family on the 2500 block of West 114th Street, across from Kennedy Park. At the close of 2019, he was preparing to flip the switch on a solar power generating system for his one-story bungalow. The solar panels, which face south and east on his roof, are expected to generate 95 percent of the electricity the Tavares household uses. Surplus...

Wind, Solar to Dominate New Power Plants in 2020

Our electricity grid is on track to get a lot cleaner in 2020. Of the 42 gigawatts of new power plant capacity projected to go online nationwide—about the capacity in New York State today—76 percent will come from wind and solar, based on the latest batch of data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That would be a record share, up from 64 percent of new capacity added in 2019. And it would be despite the Trump...

More and more homeowners are renovating existing h...

With the world in an unprecedented climate crisis, many of us wonder what we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. A significant step could begin at home. In Canada, housing and other buildings account for up to 17% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, “operational emissions” — emissions from the energy used to heat, cool, light and operate buildings — accounts for 28% of global carbon...

After pipeline feud, Virginia nonprofit aims to re...

A weeklong boot camp in Union Hill, Virginia, trained 10 area residents on the basics of installing rooftop solar. UNION HILL, Va. — Richard Walker never misses an opportunity to broadcast what he calls his $64,000 question. Last Friday was no different. “How can we have a community solar program here where we save everybody money?” the burly 61-year-old boomed to an audience of more than 30 renewable energy enthusiasts...