Lakes and ponds used by water utilities have long been viewed with a single purpose: holding water. Now a handful of pioneering water utilities are looking at their aquatic real estate with a new purpose in mind: installing solar panels for solar energy generation. Large-scale floating solar projects have been installed in Japan and China, as well as on ponds at California wineries. But solar energy has remained primarily a
Wholesale solar power prices have reached another record low in India, faster than analysts predicted and further undercutting the price of fossil fuel-generated power in the country. The tumbling price of solar energy also increases the likelihood that India will meet – and by its own predictions, exceed – the renewable energy targets it set at the Paris climate accords in December 2015. India is the world’s third-largest carbon polluter,
France’s Minister of Environment Ségolène Royal has officially opened the world’s first solar panel road this week with one kilometer and 2,880 solar panels in Tourouvre-au-Perche. Now the country is waiting to see if the road, built with construction company Colas‘ Wattway technology, will live up to the hype surrounding the clean energy experiment. The road is designed to produce sufficient power to electrify street lighting in the 3,400-person village.
If you can keep your gaze off the hilltops, imagine away the pylons and forget the occasional tractor of an uncertain vintage coughing along the narrow roads, little appears to have changed in the valleys of north-eastern Portugal for decades, perhaps even centuries. But look up, past the villages, the clumps of stout ponies and the wolf-haunted forests of pine, oak and eucalyptus, and the harbingers of a renewable energy revolution are
Western Australia could become a renewable energy superpower – if the government halts LNG expansion plans and creates an innovation fund. Last year in Paris, France the world’s governments finally got their act together on climate change, agreeing to limit global warming to well under two degrees. It is obvious that to meet this commitment, we need a rapid global transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. The fossil fuel
In the five years since the White House launched its Joining Forces program to help post-9/11 veterans join the American workforce, the unemployment rate among vets has declined dramatically. In 2011, the jobless rate was more than 12%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2015, that dropped to 5.8%. But in spite of the program's efforts and commitments from some 40 companies, including solar energy, to hire more than