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How do panels and shingles differ? This article provides a comparison to help you decide on the best technology for your...
05/09/2020
Solar Roof Shingles vs. Solar Panels | Solar Metric

How do panels and shingles differ? This article provides a comparison to help you decide on the best technology for your home. #solarshingles #solarpanels

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However, there is a new trend. Some homeowners are now opting for solar roof shingles as opposed to panels when installing a new system.

"Even in March, as pandemic lockdowns swept the globe, sales of battery-powered vehicles — including plug-in hybrids — s...
05/08/2020
Electric Vehicles Buoyed by Backlog — and Fresh Air

"Even in March, as pandemic lockdowns swept the globe, sales of battery-powered vehicles — including plug-in hybrids — surged in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the U.K." #electricvehicles

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As COVID-19 crunches car sales globally, a backlog of orders has helped electric vehicles maintain momentum in much of the world — better than gas-powered cars and trucks.

"Today's average commercial solar panel converts 17-19% of the light energy hitting it to electricity. This is up from 1...
05/08/2020
A breakthrough approaches for solar power

"Today's average commercial solar panel converts 17-19% of the light energy hitting it to electricity. This is up from 12% just 10 years ago. But what if we could boost this to 30%?"

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Scientists are working on better solar cells that will turn more of the sun's rays into electricity.

“Soaps can leave a film or residue that not only shades panels like the dirt that was just washed off, but it can also e...
05/07/2020
Pro tip: Never use soap to clean dirty solar panels

“Soaps can leave a film or residue that not only shades panels like the dirt that was just washed off, but it can also encourage dirt to stick and build up faster..." #solarpanels #solarpanelmaintenance

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One thing learned during the coronavirus pandemic was the effectiveness of soap and water — regularly washing our hands was our best defense. While solar panels do benefit from a regular washing to ward off reduced output and efficiency, soap isn't the answer here. California-based solar installer...

"The single most important issue when it comes to integrating renewables into our energy mix is the lack of energy stora...
04/24/2020
What’s Holding The Renewable Revolution Back? | OilPrice.com

"The single most important issue when it comes to integrating renewables into our energy mix is the lack of energy storage." #renewableenergy #energystorage

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The renewable energy boom has now been going on for well over a decade, leaving some to question why it still hasn’t yet been able to significantly impact fossil fuel demand

"Just this month, no less than three records have been broken in solar panel efficiency. The first and the second were a...
04/23/2020
While We've Been in Lockdown, Solar Cell Technology Has Smashed Three Big Records

"Just this month, no less than three records have been broken in solar panel efficiency. The first and the second were achieved by scientists in the United States at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)." #solarpanel

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Today, the world is grappling with more than just the climate crisis. And yet even now, in the face of a global pandemic, scientists are marching on with renewable solutions.

"...securing the biggest slice of the pie when it comes to cleantech manufacturing and intellectual property will ensure...
04/22/2020
Renewables and geopolitics: Who will ‘win’ the energy transition?

"...securing the biggest slice of the pie when it comes to cleantech manufacturing and intellectual property will ensure a place at the top table in the world of tomorrow." #cleanenergy #renewableenergy
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The losers in a world which no longer runs on fossil fuels are obvious but the dividend from shrugging off hydrocarbon dependency will be spread around most of the world so it is the nations which are winning the cleantech manufacturing and intellectual property race which appear best positioned for...

"It should come as no shock that fossil fuels are a risky investment. With over $14 trillion worth of fossil fuel holdin...
04/21/2020
Fossil Fuel Companies Are Suffering Under the Coronavirus. Good.

"It should come as no shock that fossil fuels are a risky investment. With over $14 trillion worth of fossil fuel holdings already divested, the failing strategy these companies promote was known well before the pandemic hit." #divestfossilfuels
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If fossil fuel companies and their financial backers are scared now, then they should be terrified of what’s to come.

“We found that people living in counties in the United States that have experienced higher levels of air pollution over ...
04/19/2020
Air Pollution Can Worsen the Death Rate from COVID-19 - Eos

“We found that people living in counties in the United States that have experienced higher levels of air pollution over the past 15–20 years have a substantially higher COVID-19 mortality rate...” #dirtyfossilfuels #airpollution
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Scientists find that highly polluted counties in the United States will have a COVID-19 death rate 4.5 times higher than those with low pollution if they’re otherwise similar.

"The Energy Department under Perry delayed clean energy grants, slow-walked hiring and left staffing levels in the natio...
04/17/2020
How Rick Perry bucked Congress's clean energy mandate

"The Energy Department under Perry delayed clean energy grants, slow-walked hiring and left staffing levels in the nation’s clean energy programs far below what they were at the end of the Obama administration." #cleanenergy #renewableenergy
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The Energy Department under Rick Perry delayed clean energy grants, slow-walked hiring and left staffing levels in the clean energy programs far below what they were at the end of the Obama administration.

"Renewables accounted for at least 70% of total capacity expansion in almost all regions in 2019." #renewableenergy #sol...
04/17/2020
Renewable Energy Outstrips Fossil Fuel

"Renewables accounted for at least 70% of total capacity expansion in almost all regions in 2019." #renewableenergy #solarenergy
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The latest reports on energy system developments shows that 176GWs new renewable energy capacity accounted for 72% of all new energy capacity in 2019.

"Legislation that makes renewable energy an integral part of New York state’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery was includ...
04/16/2020
Renewable energy to play a role in New York’s Covid-19 economic recovery

"Legislation that makes renewable energy an integral part of New York state’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery was included in the state’s annual budget..." #renewableenergy #cleanenergyny
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New legislation also creates the U.S.’s first Office of Renewable Energy Siting — charged with consolidating the environmental review of major renewable energy facilities and providing a sing…

Researchers in Hong Kong report that cutting fossil fuel use in China would benefit not only the climate but also the fi...
04/14/2020
Fossil Fuels Add to World’s Marine Dead Zones

Researchers in Hong Kong report that cutting fossil fuel use in China would benefit not only the climate but also the fisheries along all the country's coasts. #dirtyfossilfuels #pollution
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Air pollution from burning fossil fuels is adding to fertilizer run-off and sewage to kill marine life in global dead zones.

“...consumers are now producing as well. Power plants are no longer large and centralized; they’re numerous and distribu...
04/14/2020
The Power Plant of the Future Is Right in Your Home

“...consumers are now producing as well. Power plants are no longer large and centralized; they’re numerous and distributed.” #virtualpowerplant #solarpanels
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If we want more renewable energy, our grids will have to manage themselves. A small experiment in Colorado is lighting the way.

"...farmers are beginning to learn how to do their farming within solar arrays, and solar arrays could actually help pus...
04/13/2020
After COVID-19, Here Comes More & Better Farming With Solar Panels

"...farmers are beginning to learn how to do their farming within solar arrays, and solar arrays could actually help push the regenerative agriculture movement into the mainstream. " #solarfarming #solaragriculture
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Through the magic of agrivoltaics, a new array of solar panels will bring a dormant farm back to life. Try that with your coal mine...

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