Category Archives for "Clean Energy"

Air Pollution: The Impact of Fossil Fuels vs Solar

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Solar does contribute to air pollution, but its emission-free electricity production negates the manufacturing process

Pollution has been around in one shape or another for as long as humans have been walking upright and building fires. Although those early campfires were unlikely to cause any real air pollution or lasting threat to the health of the planet, things have only gotten worse.

If we take a look back through history, people have long recognized air pollution as a serious threat that can shorten the lives of people around the world because they are breathing in harmful chemicals and particulates.

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Roadmap to Renewability – What 100% Renewable Could Really Look Like

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How to achieve the ultimate dream of a world powered by 100% renewable energy

Over the last few years, a research team from Stanford University has published several articles detailing what our world would look like with 100% renewable energy and how we could get there. They call it a ‘roadmap’ to renewability.Continue reading

In Brooklyn, You Can Now Sell Solar Power to Your Neighbors

In Brooklyn you can now sell solar power to your neighbors

Buying local – selling and sourcing energy right where you live

Brooklyn start-up company LO3 Energy has teamed up with industrial giant Siemens to offer Brooklyn residents a local option on their energy menu. It’s called the Brooklyn Microgrid, and it offers solar energy sent directly from the solar panel of your neighbor’s rooftop installation to your home. You can now sell solar power to your neighbors!

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Geothermal Energy Costs – Breaking Down its True Price

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Generating usable energy from geothermal sources is very cost-effective

When we hear people talk about renewable energy, solar and wind power are usually the first couple sources that come to mind. But what about the others? In this article, we will focus on geothermal energy costs. Geothermal is a renewable energy source with very high potential that, in our opinion, is underrated for its generation of both electricity and heating/cooling energy. 

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Wind Energy Pros and Cons: A Comprehensive List

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Giving you all the facts about wind energy for a balanced debate

Long before giant wind turbines were invented, wind energy was used for a host of things like pumping water, grinding grain, propelling boats, etc. In fact, it is one of the oldest sources of power used by man! How does it work, and what are wind energy pros and cons?

In this article, I’ll give you an objective comparison of the benefits and drawbacks of wind energy. While there are, of course, both positives and negatives, many of them have been exaggerated or distorted for a variety of reasons. Today, I’ll also set the record straight on the hottest topics up for debate when it comes to wind energy.

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What is Environmental Sustainability?

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What is environmental sustainability, and how is it different from sustainable development?

We’ve heard the word ‘sustainable’ used often over the past decade as renewable energy sources continue to penetrate the energy market. But what exactly does environmental sustainability mean?

When can something be categorized as environmentally sustainable? What about sustainable development, is that a synonym or a different classification? In this article, I’ll differentiate between these two concepts that are commonly confused for one another, and explain the unique importance of each.Continue reading

Is Nuclear Energy Renewable?

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What is nuclear energy, and is it renewable?

Renewable energy may be the buzzword of the decade, but how do we classify an energy source as actually being renewable? And is nuclear energy renewable according to this official classification? In this article, we’ll break down the elements that allow us to use the ‘R’ word, and whether we should apply it to a widely used energy source like nuclear energy.

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Renewable Energy Programs in US Island Territories

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How successful are renewable energy programs on our islands?

We hear a lot about renewable energy programs in the US and all their ensuing controversies. Net metering, unhappy utilities, and even wars between the solar industry and local utilities (most famously in Arizona).

You might be surprised to find out that other areas of the US – outside the 50 states – are experiencing the same issues, but often on a heightened scale due to their isolation and the fact that they are all islands.

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Why is Renewable Energy Important?

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“How do I love renewable energy? Let me count the ways…”

Ever since school and poems by Emily Browning, we have been asking the question, “Why is renewable energy important?” What we all know by now is that renewable energy produces less emissions than traditional fuel sources like coal or natural gas, but did you know it can also strengthen your own energy independence, and build up your local economy?

Let’s take a look at each of these reasons to see why renewable energy is so important.

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The Duck Curve, or the Difficulty of 100% Renewable Energy Systems

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Why’s it so hard to go to a 100% renewable energy system?

We often hear how renewable energy systems could easily power the world. Just throw up some solar and wind, add some hydro, and voila! we’re running on clean energy.

Unfortunately, though, it’s not that easy. Transferring to 100% renewable energy is fraught with difficulties, Today we’re going to focus on one huge issue with renewable energy: controllability.

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