Sustainability

A desert solar farm can actually improve desert tortoise habitat

With tortoise-sized openings at the bottom of the fence, and improved growth of plants vital to tortoise survival, a solar farm in Nevada can provide better habitat than the surrounding desert. First Solar found similar habitat gains in California.

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Kauai was 100% renewably powered for 32 hours over the last month

The Hawaiian island of 70,000 residents has achieved this feat on 11 different occasions since before Thanksgiving, anchored by a five-hour period on December 10. Plus, a world tour of high-penetration renewable hotspots.

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Shutting down the scammers: Petition filed over North Carolina utilities’ ‘unlawful’ use of ratepayer funds

A petition has been filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission in a bid to stop ratepayer money being used to fund campaigns against renewables and the climate.

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More claims of greenwashing at major US electric utilities

A survey reveals greenwashing among major U.S. investor-owned electric utilities, which have been accused of using disproportionately high ratios of renewable versus fossil fuel images and language, while at the same time helping to block renewable energy policies. pv magazine speaks to the lead researcher.

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Saving water with solar and wind

Scientists at Princeton have found solar and wind energy offer the added environmental benefit of reducing water usage, by comparison with hydroelectric dams. Their findings, say the researchers, could have a positive impact on groundwater sustainability in drought-prone regions such as California, where they conducted a case study.

Wells Fargo signs a huge renewable deal, Newlight Partners invests $150 million in solar developer: pvMB 10/23/19

Hello one and all and guess what? You’re reading a Hump Day MB. Today we’ll be looking at a solar advocacy group doing its job, PacifiCorp’s final IRP, the UC Irvine Engineers for a sustainable future event and more!

Microsoft buys more solar from ENGIE, Lightsource raises $140 million in U.S. solar funding: pvMB 9/26/19

Hello once again friends and welcome to the pvMB. Today we’ll be looking at Amp reaching a GWh in in large-scale solar+storage projects, SmartFlower debuting SmartFlower +, ABB debuting the Universal 10/4 Residential Storage System and more!

Amazon pledges zero emissions by 2040

Amazon unveiled a gauntlet of new climate initiatives today, including 80% renewables by 2024, zero emissions by 2040, a fleet of 100,000 electric vans and a $100 million investment in reforestation measures.

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Solar and pollinators: a photo essay

All the solar installations shown in this photo essay by Rob Davis of Fresh Energy have a mix of flowering species in sufficient diversity, or covering a sufficient portion of the project, to meet pollinator-friendly standards created by entomologists.

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The billion-dollar battery boom

Corporations are buying up batteries and investing in their companies like it’s going out of style.

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