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Some Good News For Solar: It’s Cheap, It’s Popular, and the Technology Keeps Improving

Some Good News For Solar: It’s Cheap, It’s Popular, and the Technology Keeps Improving

GreenTech Media reported that the largest solar power project in the world will also be its cheapest — the project is in Abu Dhabi where the government expects that the price will be as low as $1.35 for a kilowatt-hour, beating the previous record low price of $1.60. 

Why This Matters:  There is no doubt that solar energy projects and jobs are at short term risk due to the pandemic.  But the industry’s leaders and analysts remain optimistic.

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Solar Power Shined Bright in 2019

Solar Power Shined Bright in 2019

Even with the Trump administration’s policy challenges and continued tariffs on solar tile imports, 40%of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. was solar, its highest share ever and more than any other source of electricity, according to a new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie.

Why This Matters:  Solar power is on its way now.  The total amount of solar power operating in the U.S. now exceeds 76 GW, up from just 1 GW at the end of 2009

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Navajo Nation And Los Angeles Partnering on Renewable Electricity

Navajo Nation And Los Angeles Partnering on Renewable Electricity

Late last year, the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired power plant that for 40 years provided power to the City of Los Angeles closed, but now the city and the tribe are working together to turn the former coal plant into a renewable energy hub to provide wind, solar, and hydro power to the City according to Earther.  This will restore $40 million in revenue that the Tribe lost when the power plant closed and that in turn will help to bring electricity to 15,000 people who live in parts of the Navajo reservation that still do not have it.

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Energy Markets Feeling the Effects of 2020’s Warm Winter

Energy Markets Feeling the Effects of 2020’s Warm Winter

We wrote last week that 2020 is on track to be the warmest winter ever. The unusually high temps have been affecting the entire world, from agriculture to infectious disease–it’s a reminder that we need winters and when it’s not cold enough we suffer the repercussions. Now, in a twisted case of poetic justice, it […]

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Southeast As A Region Lags In Coming To Grips With Climate Change

Southeast As A Region Lags In Coming To Grips With Climate Change

Inside Climate News published over the weekend, in collaboration with 9 newspapers across 7 Southeastern states a series of stories called “Caught Off Guard” describing how and why the region lags behind others in renewable electricity and faces some of the biggest global warming threats in the nation.  

Why This Matters:  The Southeast is particularly vulnerable on its coast due to increasingly severe storms and flooding, but the region’s problems extend far inland too.

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Renewable Energy Tax Breaks – Clean Energy Left Out, Biodiesel Back In

Renewable Energy Tax Breaks – Clean Energy Left Out, Biodiesel Back In

This week, as part of its annual spending bills, Congressional negotiators worked out a narrow package of tax breaks for some types of renewable energy but purposely left other clean energy sources out of the money.

Why This Matters:  The final spending bill was not good for conservation and climate change and environmental groups are not happy. 

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Cranberry Farmers in Massachusetts Giving Thanks for Solar Opportunity

Cranberry Farmers in Massachusetts Giving Thanks for Solar Opportunity

Cranberries, well cranberry prices actually, are underwater — today it costs $35 to produce a barrel of the tart red fruit, but in 2018 that barrel sold for only $25 according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.  Now some cranberry producers in Massachusetts, the second-largest grower after Wisconsin, want to do something that has not been tried before at scale — build solar panels above the bogs they harvest each fall.  They hope to build solar arrays high enough off the ground and in spaced-out clusters that allow for cranberries to be safely grown and harvested underneath.

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Catholic Energies Helps Diocese Go Solar

Catholic Energies Helps Diocese Go Solar

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Catholic Energies, a nonprofit organization that helps churches across the country switch to solar energy, is helping the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington to install 5,000 solar panels, the largest ground array the nation’s capital has seen, on a 5-acre plot owned by the Archdiocese that will provide Catholic Charities enough energy credits to offset the electricity costs of 12 of its properties across the District. 

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Air Pollution In China Is So Bad That Solar Panels Aren’t Working

Air Pollution In China Is So Bad That Solar Panels Aren’t Working

by Miro Korenha and Alexandra Patel In China, air pollution is so bad that it’s preventing the sun’s rays from reaching solar panels–depriving the country of a much-needed source of emissions-free energy. In Beijing, concentrations of deadly fine particulates in the air were six times higher than the World Health Organization air-quality guidelines. According to […]

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Largest Solar Project In the World Planned For Australian Outback

Largest Solar Project In the World Planned For Australian Outback

Australia’s Northern Territory will likely soon be home to the world’s largest solar farm, revolutionizing both Australia’s and Singapore’s energy sector.  The project, Sun Cable, will house an array of 10-gigawatt solar panels across 37,000 acres of desert, backed by a battery storage unit able to supply power 24 hours a day. Construction for this 20 billion dollar plan is set to begin in 2023, with operations commencing as early as 2027.

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Solar Power Heating Up in 2019

Solar Power Heating Up in 2019

This week as you sit in the sun somewhere (we hope), consider that solar power is surging in the U.S.  A recent report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association announced that the first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the U.S. solar industry’s history with 2.7 gigawatts of solar capacity added to the grid.

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Heroes of the Week: Clean Energy Change Makers in Tucson

In Tuscon, 90 percent of the public gets its power from coal and other fossil fuels, which degrades the air quality particularly for the Latinx community there.  The south side neighborhoods are home to all the area’s major polluting sources, including a gas-burning power plant, the I-10 freeway, and a Superfund site, and not surprisingly, […]

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