Sustainability

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.

A dream of distributed generation powering New Jersey

Gridworks, GridLab and the Center for Renewables Integration have authored a paper which outlines the benefits of and necessary steps to most effectively power the state’s 100% clean energy target with distributed energy resources.

Waste heat is not cool, say scientists

Engineers at the University of Utah have developed a tiny device which they say could increase the performance of PV panels and other electronic devices by converting energy lost as heat back into electricity.

Chapel Hill NC debates solar power on all new construction

An environmental board has suggested to the Town Council of Chapel Hill that all new construction install roof-mounted solar energy systems over at least 80% of the unshaded roof areas, which could make Chapel Hill the latest town to go this route.

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