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Lightyear unveils its ‘solar’ electric car with 45...

The Lightyear One, a new solar-powered electric car developed by several times Solar Challenge winners, has been unveiled today and the startup claims an unbelievable range of 450 miles (725 km) on a single charge. We have been reporting on Lightyear for a few years now. The startup first caught our attention because it spun out of Solar Team Eindhoven, a group of engineering students from the Technical University of...

After being rocked by Trump tariffs, the solar ene...

Key Points The solar energy industry has seen its share of ups and downs over the last decade, in part due to tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. After two years of job losses in the industry, however, advocates are projecting demand to pick up, thanks to state initiatives to promote the use of solar power. As business heats up, solar companies are facing a familiar problem — finding qualified workers. At...

Bees Invited to Denison Solar Array

Happy Bees!! Jeremy King led us on a walking tour this morning of the solar array at the Denison BioReserve to show off the pollinator splendor now blooming. More than 16 types of pollinating plants will be coming up this summer and the fall. Such an exciting first big step to show how renewable energy can “bee” beneficial to the environment. Share...

A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s in...

Europe will be 90% renewable powered in two decades, experts say. The myth that a very high level of renewables can’t be integrated into the electric grid is being demolished by the clean tech and battery storage revolution. “By 2040, renewables make up 90% of the electricity mix in Europe, with wind and solar accounting for 80%,” predict the experts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) in their annual energy outlook...

Electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries can drive gr...

Falling battery and EV costs with equal grid market access can accelerate transition to renewables: lessons from UK and Germany (LONDON) – The falling costs of batteries and electric vehicles can help drive the next phase of growth in renewables including rooftop solar power, provided small-scale renewables and storage have the same access to electricity and grid services markets as conventional power plants, according to a...

10 Mistakes I’ve Made Selling and Installing Batte...

The CEO of Silicon Valley’s Cinnamon Energy Systems boils down his biggest lessons from the residential battery business—from buggy software and interconnection delays to understanding customers’ emotions. In many regards, batteries are safer to install than rooftop solar, the author says. Upcoming electric rate changes in parts of the U.S. mean that almost every home and business here will eventually benefit from a battery...

Ohio approves two huge solar projects

Ohio Power Siting Board has approved 470 MWac of solar and 60 MWac of batteries in two separate projects, as another confirmation of the coming boom in the state and the Midwest. The Midwest is getting ready for a major boom in large-scale solar, as evidenced by the activity in interconnection queues of the region’s grid operators. Today, two more very large solar projects got the green light by the state of Ohio, which is...

Solar energy threatened in state known for eco-fri...

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — When Todd Miller began his two-person solar installation business in a suburb of Des Moines, one of the challenges he faced was keeping up with customer orders, as tax incentives and plunging prices for the boxy roof panels created a booming demand for this form of clean energy. Four years later, Miller’s company has grown to 14 employees, but now he faces a real obstacle: action in the state Legislature...

Clean energy engineering experts share blueprints ...

Both new construction and retrofits can move to net-zero greenhouse gases and save money, experts report. Buildings account for nearly four-tenths of U.S. energy consumption through heating, cooling and other electricity use, according to the Energy Information Administration. And if that energy comes from fossil fuels, it releases more greenhouse gases that drive human-caused climate change. “If we’re going to make a dent...

Zillow: U.S. Homes With Solar Sell For 4.1% More

A new Zillow analysis shows that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more, on average, than others nationwide in the past year. The sale premium varies by market: e.g., 5.4% in New York, 4.4% in San Francisco and 3.6% in Los Angeles. Zillow based its report on homes sold between March 1, 2018, and Feb. 28, 2019, that included any variants of the following words in the listing description: solar panel, solar...

100% renewable energy across all sectors possible ...

A global transition to 100% renewable energy is possible across the electricity, heat, transport and desalination sectors by 2050, and it can be done for cheaper than the current global energy system, a new study claims. The study from Energy Watch Group and LUT University of Finland outlines a path to a 1.5°C scenario that is able to achieve “a cost decline without the reliance on high-risk technologies such as nuclear...

How this (Iowa) bill pits utilities against solar ...

Todd Miller gets the question at random times, day and night. It’s usually some variation of the same basic inquiry, said Miller, the co-owner of a solar installation company in Ankeny: “Any update?” The curious ones — other solar business owners, clients and Miller’s own employees — are asking about a bill moving through the Iowa Capitol that some believe will squash a small but growing industry in the state....

Revised Ohio nuclear ‘bailout’ bill raises more qu...

An updated version of the bill would still exclude most wind and solar from clean air credits, while allowing payments to unspecified “reduced emissions resources” that could include gas and coal. COLUMBUS — Republican lawmakers in the Ohio House introduced legislation Friday that would provide subsidies for two Ohio nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions, while at the same time defunding decade-old renewable...

Midwest Renewables Surge Forward: But Where Is Ohi...

The renewable energy boom that has been gaining momentum over the last few years was confirmed by new data released this month showing that wind and solar generation has nearly doubled in the U.S. over the last decade. Clean energy now provides 17.6 percent of our nation’s electric power. This impressive trend is also demonstrated in the Midwest. A surge of wind and solar development has taken place in our region since 2008,...

Batteries are key to clean energy — and they just ...

Batteries are critical for our clean energy future. Luckily, their cost has dropped so low, we might be much closer to this future than we previously thought. In a little less than a year, the cost of lithium-ion batteries has fallen by 35 percent, according to a new Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. Cheaper batteries mean we can store more solar and wind power even when the sun isn’t shining or wind isn’t blowing. This...