The construction of the photovoltaic power industry since 2000 has required an enormous amount of energy, mostly from fossil fuels. The good news is that the clean electricity from all the installed solar panels has likely just surpassed the energy goi… Continue reading →
A new online market platform is connecting existing solar projects and people that have solar panels (or space to install them) with investors who want to fund them. It’s eBay for solar. Continue reading →
Nanowires – cylindrical structure with a diameter of about a 10,000th of a human hair – have some very interesting properties that could help create solar panels that are more efficient than was previously thought possible. Continue reading →
The energy produced by solar panels, be it heat or electricity, has to be used right away. It is hard to store and preserve and also its transportation can be rather complicated. Creating solar cells capable of producing energy in an easily storable an… Continue reading →
Few technologies excite me more than grid-scale liquid metal batteries. They’re not as fully developed as other green technologies such as plug-in vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels, but they have the potential to have a gigantic impact. Continue reading →
Dylan Sullivan, Energy Advocate, Chicago
Energy efficiency sometimes has an image problem.
Despite incredible innovation in the field in the last 15 years, in some people’s minds, it’s still associated with ugly plastic wind… Continue reading →
Morgan Wyenn, Project Attorney, Santa Monica
This morning the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) adopted a Renewable Energy Policy; they are now officially on a roll adopting strong environmental policies. L… Continue reading →
As I mentioned last post, I just returned from a strategic planning retreat with my NRDC colleagues. Intense, but amiable and very productive. Somehow, to top it off, my first day back at work in DC – yesterday – was spent in pa… Continue reading →
What comes to mind when you think of electronic waste? Computers, televisions, cell phones…solar panels?
Commonly viewed as one of our most obvious links to clean, renewable power, solar power is becoming rapidly more popular in the U.S. and Europe. However, a question has popped up in the eco-sphere related to the proper disposal of PV [...] Continue reading →
(Photo by Jonathan Welch as originally featured in Mountain Xpress)
This is a great story: grassroots-driven gardening in western North Carolina is bringing diverse, underserved communities together around the cause of local sustainabili… Continue reading →
As more of us try to concoct ways to become more “green” or “sustainable,” one of the most tried and true methods to reduce one’s carbon output is to just not buy new items in the first place. It’s easy to focus on solar panels, composting bins, double… Continue reading →