Renewable energy could fully power a large electric grid 99.9 percent of the time by 2030 at costs comparable to today's electricity expenses, according to new research by the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College.
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For decades, there's been a lot of buzz going around regarding the lack of funding in schools across the U.S. All too often, especially in today's volatile economic environment, education budgets are viewed as more of a burden to the overall government budget rather than an important investment in tomorrow's leaders. As a result, programs in early childhood education continue to be cut more and more due to a lack of funding.
We don’t think much about pitch pine poles until storms like Hurricane Sandy litter our landscape with their splintered corpses and arcing power lines.
It seems that nearly weekly we hear more good news on the solar energy front. Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research released their Solar Market Insight Report for Q3 2012, with a summary of accomplishments year to date. The progress is impressive and would have been unimaginable just five years ago. Furthermore, the growth is expected to continue for the next several years, jumping from 3.2 GW in 2012 to 7.8 GW by 2015. Some highlights from the report:
The number of solar installations grew strongly in the nation’s residential, commercial and utility sectors in the third quarter, largely as a result of falling costs, a federal investment tax credit and state programs that support renewable energies, the solar industry’s main trade group reported on Tuesday.
Federal financial support of renewable energy has taken a whole lot of heat in the months since Solyndra went bankrupt. Opponents of federal policy have claimed that solar grants and subsidies increase the federal deficit while doing little to promote new sources of energy.
The Kansas City Star
There's a lively debate under way about the Department of Energy's loan guarantees to American companies that are developing advanced renewable energy technologies. Unfortunately, many opponents are generating heat but are not properly representing the facts around the DOE program's strong success.
Bruce Pfeffer and Amy Beth Kressel are self-described environmentalists who have made energy- efficient improvements to their Indianapolis home over the past five years.
Unfortunately, another solar company, Amonix, has some bad news to share. Not all companies will make it...in any industry. But especially not in a very fast-growing, maturing industry.
Real Goods Solar, a national installation company, will participate in the GRID Alternatives Bay Area Solarthon this Saturday, July 21, in San Jose, installing free solar arrays for low-income homeowners.