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6 Massive Shifts To Energy Markets

  The renewable-energy boom is here. Trillions of dollars will be invested over the next 25 years. Solar Prices Keep Crashing: Solar power will eventually get so cheap that it will outcompete new fossil-fuel plants and even start to supplant some existing coal and gas plants, potentially stranding billions in fossil-fuel infrastructure. Solar Billions Will Become Trillions: According to BNEF, $3.7 trillion dollars will be invested in Solar making it 1/3 of new power energy source. Decentralized Revolution: The biggest revolution will be on rooftops.  High electricity prices and cheap residential battery…

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Beirut’s ABC Mall Solar Roof

    ABC Achrafieh, the most beautiful mall in Beirut, is turning into the most eco-friendly one by installing the largest private photovoltaic plant in Lebanon on ABC’s rooftop. The installation will cover up to 4,000 m2 and will provide a capacity of 0.45 MW that is enough to power ABC department store, the equivalent of feeding up to 500 houses. By doing so, ABC will reduce its need for electricity and secure free renewable energy for up to 20 years. I love the initiative and I hope others malls…

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Ecosphere Shipping Containers Turned into Solar Stations

  Ecosphere Technologies designed a mobile solar station that can be installed anywhere in the world. It can create and store energy with a wireless connectivity toa range of 30 miles. The pop-up panels provide 400% more energy than solar panels on the roof with a maximum of 15 kilowatts. This station in many situations including military, humanitarian or disaster relief. The electricity generated can be used to power various onboard systems, including communication systems, water treatment systems as well as water distribution systems and much more. These systems are…

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Apple Solar Patents

  Apple appears to be creating a new device that can let natural light in and absorb the energy via solar cells in the devices. The key component in the patent is Smart Glass, or electrochromic glass. Acting like sunglasses, the glass can fluctuate its translucency to filter in light. The idea is to have a layer of photovoltaic cells – cells found in solar panels that absorb energy – located behind the LCD screen on the back of the device to work with the Smart Glass. Since the Smart…

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Solar Glass Orb Phone Charger

  Beta.ey is a spherical glass solar phone charger and atmospheric lamp. German architect André Broessel of Rawlemon has designed a solar cell phone charger and atmospheric lamp that follows the sun’s path to allow for maximum powering up. The Beta.ey is mounted on a dual axis tracking system and is small enough to fit on a regular desk. It works across all mobile devices. At night it transforms into a stand-alone atmospheric lamp with a colored RGB LED light. Beta.ey is currently raising funds on Indiegogo. Backers can purchase…

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Transparent Solar Panels for Windows

  In the future, solar panels will no longer be restricted to the roof. You’ll be able to put them on your windows too. The transparent solar cell is made out of a plastic that absorbs invisible infared light while letting most visible light pass through. “If you take a piece of glass and compare it to our solar cell, it is difficult to tell the difference,” said study leader Yang Yang, a professor at UCLA and director of the Nano Renewable Energy Center at California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Scientists at UCLA…

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2012 Renewable Energy Use Grew to China’s Total Energy Demand

  In 2012, renewables grew 8% to 4,860TWh, as much as China’s total energy demand!  The International Energy Agency’s latest annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report was released this week, and according to current trends renewable energy sources will collectively overtake gas as the world’s second-largest source of energy by the end of this decade Renewables — hydro, solar, geothermal, biofuel and wind — are the fastest-growing energy sector, and an estimated increase in generation capacity of 40 percent over the next five years will mean that by 2018 a quarter of all…

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Google Investing $12m into South Africa Jasper Power Project

  Google has announced its first ever renewable energies investment in Africa, putting $12m (103 million Rand) in the Jasper Power Project, a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa. Once it’s complete, the Jasper Power Project will be among the largest solar installations in Africa, and it could generate enough electricity to power 30,000 South African homes. “When we consider investing in a renewable energy project, we focus on two key factors -first, we only pursue investments that we believe make financial sense,” explains Rick Needham, Director for…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Building World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant in CA

  Concentrating solar power companies Abengoa and BrightSource Energy will soon team up to build the world’s largest solar tower facility in Southern California. The new solar development will be located on federal land, and it’s being facilitated by the Bureau of Land Management. The 500-megawatt Palen Solar Electric Generating System will create 2,000 new construction jobs, and it will produce enough electricity to power 200,000 households. The project was unveiled just hours after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved 900 MW of solar development in California. Construction is expected to begin…

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California Signs 19 Renewable Energy Bills

  Governor Jerry Brown signed 19 bills on Thursday aimed to provide renewable energy and conserve power in California. However, there is no funding yet for this plan. California is jumping the gun by coming up with a plan first. Brown said, “The health of the environment, job creation and indeed, the security of the nation, depend on how we end America’s dangerous addiction to foreign oil. California and the US military are working together to build a clean energy future and this bill helps make sure it happens.” California…

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India Marks 1GW Solar Milestone with Power Outage

  India, one of the world’s largest emerging countries has been growing at an average rate of 7.37% (from 2000-2012). This astonishing growth requires even faster electricity growth. Nevertheless, India continues to be an electricity-starved country. This week, when India reached the 1GW solar power milestone, half of the country has been suffering from power outage. The country’s worst blackout in a decade. It affected seven states in northern India that are home to more than 350 million people. Besides the millions left without power at their homes, at least…

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Responsible Solar Beer Brewing

  Beer is typically made of 4 ingredients: water, barley, hops, and yeast. Here is something you did not know-90%of the ingredients in beer are water, which can’t be certified organic. 70% of a product needs to be organic for the certification.  To promote sustainability,  The Corner Brewery, located at 720 Norris St., is nearing completion on its $250,000 “Green Brewery Project” which includes solar-thermal, photovoltaic, and geo-thermal technologies along with other improvements such as new windows, awnings and energy-efficient chiller equipment. The system being installed in Ypsilanti is completed…

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Google, Buffett, GE, Apple Investing in Renewable Energy

  Google is backing it. So is Warren Buffett, America’s most-watched investor. GE, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers, is too. Each of these corporate icons is placing big bets and hundreds of millions of dollars on a future powered by wind and solar power. Apple just joined them, announcing plans to power its main U.S. data center in Maiden, North Carolina, entirely with renewable energy by the end of this year. So why — yet again — are pundits making dire warnings about prospects for renewable energy? The answer…

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Eco-City Europe Solar Energy 

Half of Germany Runs on Solar Power

  During this weekend, half of all of Germany was powered by electricity generated by solar plants, a world breaking record. This shows how behind all the other countries are. Jonathan Turley’s article has a great viewpoint. Germany’s economy is viewed as the most successful major economy in the world today and the key bedrock for European recovery. While many conservative leaders in the United States are calling on the tearing up of environmental protections to help our economy, Germany has shown the fallacy of that claim. Over 60% of electricity…

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Africa Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Solar Street Lighting: Is your town next?

  Will your neighborhood be next? A revolutionary way of lighting our streets is by solar street lights. The system of solar street light consists of solar module, LED light source, storage battery and all intelligent controller. The intelligent controller controls the operation of solar street lights by microcomputer control, light control, time control, manual control integration with double output. With easy installation and high stability, there is no need to pave complex wires and the solar street light only requires a cement base and stainless steel screw. Solar street…

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Phoenix Suns Solar Powered Stadium

  In a city boasting the highest average number of sunny days each year, it only makes sense that Phoenix basketball team be both named after and powered by the sun.  The APS SunsPowered Solar Structure now sits on top of a US Airways Center parking garage. The 966 panel installation covers 17,000 square feet and expected to put out 378,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year—making 20 of the Suns’ game days powered by renewable energy. Knowing that not all of their impact is melted away from one solar installation, the Phoenix Suns have…

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Solar County Jail in California

   As California deals with overcrowding in its state prison system by transferring low-level offenders to county correctional facilities, one municipality has found a way to cut costs without cutting services while also helping the state meet its renewable energy goals. Merced County has recently announced that it has commissioned a 1.4-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) array to power the county’s correctional facilities in El Nido, Calif. The system, developed and installed by Siemens, will generate enough electricity to meet approximately 70 percent of the facilities’ peak electricity consumption, and offset…

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Apple Plans to have Largest US Solar HQ

  Apple Headquarters Spaceship campus plans include a roof made almost entirely out of solar cells. With a building as large as Apple’s, that puts it in the top corporate solar installations in the world and the biggest in the US. The current title holder is the 4.26 MW system in Edison New Jersey and another being built by ToysRus in sunny NJ is rated 5.38MW. The current plan for the new Apple headquarters calls for 500,000 or more square feet of solar panels, generating at least 5MW of power….

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Warren Buffet Buys Solar Farm

  Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which agreed to buy a $2 billion solar farm in California may have picked the right time to invest in the industry. The 550-megawatt Topaz project will qualify for a federal incentive because it began construction last month, and will sell power under a long-term contract that was completed before prices for solar panels fell 44 percent in the last year. Berkshire’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings utility unit and First Solar Inc. (FSLR), the project developer, announced the deal today. Topaz, which will use First…

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Largest Solar Bridge (London)

  The new Blackfriars station, which is being built on a bridge spanning the River Thames, is on its way to becoming the world’s largest solar bridge after work started today to install over 4,400 solar photovoltaic panels.The Victorian bridge, built in 1886, is the foundation for the new Blackfriars station. Constructed in an age of steam, it is updated with 21st Century Solar technology to create an iconic station for the city. The solar roof and the new station are due to be completed by the summer of 2012….

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Plastic Solar Panels (Konarka)

  A new technology that uses plastic solar panels that are cheap as well as flexible is set to light up everything, from buildings to bus shelters. Plastic photovoltaics (PV) are cheaper, lighter and easier to install compared to the silicon solar panels and because of its pliability, it can be used almost everywhere. The panels are already in use at US-based company Konarka, which has used it in consumer products such as parasols and luggage, and even installed a ‘curtain wall’ of plastic PV on the outside of its…

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Big Belly Solar Thrash Can

  Meet BigBelly, the world’s first and only solar-powered, cordless trash compaction system. BigBelly is an innovative solution to a long-standing urban and park problem, an environmentally conscious way to manage trash collection. BigBelly can compact and hold five times the capacity of ordinary trash cans, using only the sun’s energy for power. BigBelly gets the job done without so many truck trips (five times less), and without overflowing trash cans and animal and bee infestations. BigBelly Solar is a leading provider of waste collection solutions to the global waste…

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Solar@Work

  The “Solar@Work” helps commercial property owners install solar power by avoiding high upfront costs. It works by finding multiple owners who wants to add solar panels, and charge them as one large order. The Solar@Work model will give companies the option of purchased the panels outright, leasing them for lower upfront costs or taking out a loan. Aggregated purchasing leverages companies’ combined buying power to obtain lower prices and attract financing for their solar electric systems. As a group-discount based model, the more businesses that sign up, the lower the prices will…

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Greenhouses

  Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) in the Earth’s atmosphere absorb and reflect radiation. The more they build up in the atmosphere, the less heat escapes out into space and the warmer the Earth becomes. For most of history, this has helped the planet stay warm to sustain life. Since the Industrial Revolution, CO2 atmospheric levels have increased by 35% and global average temperatures have risen by 1 Celsius. Scientist say CO2 levels need to be kept below 350 parts per million (ppm) to stabilize the climate. Since early 1988, CO2 have…

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