Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050 | Stanford News Release

One potential way to combat ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices involves converting the world's entire energy infrastructure to run on clean, renewable energy.This is a daunting challenge. But now, in a new … Continue reading

Who should profit from solar energy? – Grist.org

In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently painted as the archetypal, mustache-twirling nemesis of clean electricity: Arizona Public Service. So you might be surprised to learn that this same company is about to become a … Continue reading

IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet | Collective-Evolution

A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to … Continue reading

Incredible new system can generate electricity from living plants | Minds

According to an article on Inhabitat.com, Dutch start-up called Plant-e has developed a way to use living plants as a continuous source of clean energy – all that’s needed is a light source, carbon dioxide, water, and, of course, a field or … Continue reading

Three companies file bid for CPS Energy’s rooftop solar program – San Antonio Business Journal

Three companies have filed a bid with CPS Energy to install rooftop solar panels on homes and businesses across the municipally owned utility company's service area.CPS Energy issued an RFP for the solar power program earlier this year but set … Continue reading

Why More Tea Partyers Are Rallying Behind Solar : Greentech Media

For some conservatives, solar is a big green boondoggle promoted by a liberal president to benefit rich environmentalists. But for a growing number of libertarians and conservatives, solar is seen as a tool for promoting competition in electricity markets and … Continue reading

San Antonio’s new energy economy to attract more companies – San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio's new energy economy is expected to attract more companies to the Alamo City, according to participants at an electrical engineering conference. More than 600 electrical engineers from 21 countries gathered at the Marriott Rivercenter on Monday morning for … Continue reading

ConEdison Development moves into San Antonio solar energy market – San Antonio Business Journal

ConEdison Development is the latest player to move into the San Antonio's booming solar energy market. The New York-based company bought two solar farms that will supply power to CPS Energy, San Antonio's municipally owned utility. ConEdison Development now owns … Continue reading

San Antonio takes different tack on solar energy

San Antonio is one of the leading cities for solar energy in the United States, with photovoltaic systems on nearly 2,500 roofs and a solar farm in the works that will power the equivalent of 70,000 homes. Leading the effort … Continue reading

Bridges to New Solar Business Models

Creating a sustainable long-term distributed photovoltaic (DPV) market will require aligning the interests of utilities, solar companies, technology providers, and customers. Aligning those interests does not mean discarding the business models that have served the solar market until now. Rather, … Continue reading

The Business Case for Deep-energy Retrofits – retrofit

Commercial building deep-energy retrofits provide substantially greater energy savings—often reducing a building’s energy consumption by up to 50 percent—than traditional retrofits. Yet they offer more than just a low utility bill. When planned and executed properly, a deep retrofit can … Continue reading

Bringing Shared Solar to Scale

What happens when you really want solar but the obstacles seem too great? You may not have a suitable space. Or there may be a tree blocking your roof. Or you live in a condominium where you don’t have your … Continue reading

A 100-year-old house plugs in

On a damp winter day in Portland, Ore., a pale mint house from the turn of the century blinks awake in an instant. A black glass orb affixed to the wall perfects the air temperature as a another sleek black … Continue reading

Kochs and Walmart Clan Wage Dirty War to Stop You From Putting Solar Panels on Your Home | Alternet

Say it ain't so Joe! A new rooftop solar system is installed every three minutes in the U.S., up from one every 80 minutes just eight short years ago. If this pace continues to accelerate or even just holds steady, … Continue reading

San Antonio’s New Energy Economy

Turning innovation into economic development CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy (NEE) is built on partnerships with companies who share our belief in clean energy, innovation and energy efficiency. Since 2011, CPS Energy has worked with a number of partners to … Continue reading

For ‘Eco Flippers,’ There’s Green in Foreclosed Homes – Businessweek

When Christine Fisk toured a foreclosed home in Phoenix that had been renovated to be more energy-efficient, she wasn’t sold on its environmental benefits. But the two-bedroom bungalow was just minutes from her office and in good shape, so the … Continue reading

Why Elon Musk’s Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company – Bloomberg

Climate: Now or Never Here’s why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the U.S. utility industry. At a sagebrush-strewn industrial park outside of Reno, Nevada, bulldozers are clearing dirt for Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA)’s battery factory, … Continue reading

Leaked: The Oil Lobby’s Conspiracy to Kill off California’s Climate Law – Businessweek

You remember Fillmore. He’s the resident hippie of Radiator Springs in the Pixar blockbuster Cars. Much to the chagrin of his neighbor, Sarge the Army Jeep, Fillmore greets each new day with Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock rendition of A Star Spangled … Continue reading

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete | Giles Parkinson | Comment is free | The Guardian

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. For several days the price, normally around $40-$50 a megawatt hour, hovered in and … Continue reading