Posted on September 2, 2015 by Envirothink
Contrary to what the conservative media continues to focus on, renewable energy is alive and well and holding strong in this country. And its potential to replace fossil fuel-based energy sources looks pretty darn good.
In July, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released a report examining and applying methods for estimating the current and future economic potential of domestic renewable energy. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which recently crunched the numbers, NREL’s analysis shows that renewable energy sources have the potential to supply anywhere from “35 percent to as much as 10 times the nation’s current power needs.”
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tagged: solar, renewable energy, electricity, photovoltaic, carbon emissions, fossil fuel, wind power, Union of Concerned Scientists, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, renewable energy sources, International Energy Agency, US Department of Energy, Nuclear Energy Agency, Clean Power Plan | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 24, 2015 by Envirothink
Are larger countries in the world at a disadvantage when it comes to embracing renewable energy? In the United States, for example, the monied oil lobby has made itself clear it will do whatever it can to put stumbling blocks in the way of renewable energy being fully adopted nationally.
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tagged: carbon neutral, carbon neutral country, climate change, Costa Rica, fossil fuels, Latin America, Latin American country, oil lobby, recycling, renewable energy, resources, the environment | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 24, 2015 by Envirothink
Known publicly as Organic Valley, the farmers cooperative organization CROPP has been steering with sustainable business practices for years. Founded in 1988, CROPP is the largest and most successful organic farmers cooperative in the U.S. Since its founding, the coop has grown to be a leader in organic production, marketing and farm policy.
Filed under: Sustainability | Tagged: biodiversity, CO2, CROPP, drought resistant, farmers cooperative, organic, Organic Valley, pesticides, recyclable packaging, renewable energy, sustainability, sustainable business practices, synthetic fertilizers | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 27, 2014 by Envirothink
Large solar arrays are killing wildlife at an alarming rate, with no solution in sight
There’s an aphorism that’s played out over and over again these days.” Every solution brings new problems.”
For every new innovation, a whole array of issues pop up needing to be solved. Such is proving to be the case with the large solar arrays that exist and/or are on the drawing board.
Filed under: Nature, Solar Power | Tagged: bird kills, California's Mojave Desert, Center for Biological Diversity, collateral damage, concentrated solar power, endangered species, I, Ivanpah Solar, oshua Tree National Park, renewable energy, solar, solar arrays, solar panel farms, solar power plants, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | 3 Comments »
Posted on January 8, 2014 by Envirothink
Sheer Wind’s new wind turbine is said to produce 600 percent more power than traditional turbines
The news has shouted plenty about the dangers to eagles and other birds from wind turbines. The problem is that turbines depend on those huge blades to help harvest wind and turn it into renewable energy we can depend on. But there’s a new guy on the block that hopes to change that.
Filed under: Renewable Energy | Tagged: bird deaths, Dr. Daryoush Allaei, eagle deaths, footprint, innovative products, renewable energy, SheerWind, technology, turbine, wind turbine | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 26, 2013 by Envirothink
Solana solar farm’s salt battery lets it keep generating energy when the sun isn’t shining
As we wind down towards the end of the year, it’s worth taking a moment to review some of the remarkable technological and environmental breakthroughs we saw occur during 2013. Here are some of these great innovations.
Filed under: Exciting New Developments, Renewable Energy | Tagged: AC current, electric car batteries, energy efficiency, General Electric, innovation, Nissan Leaf, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ocean energy, renewable energy, Solana solar power farm, solar energy, USB technology, wind turbines | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 21, 2013 by Envirothink
As the cost of utilizing fossil fuels continues to unfold – i.e. oil spills devastating wildlife habitat, increased carbon released into the air, growing occurrences of asthma in metropolitan areas – cost-saving renewable energy sources look better and better. As the price of the installation solar panels continues to fall, this is becoming an increasingly attractive option. Yet homeowners have to put up with unattractive solar panels with no regard to aesthetics. Until now.
Filed under: Solar Power | Tagged: business incubator, Colored Solar, Department of Energy, energy efficiency, environment, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, photovoltaic, renewable energy, solar, Solar Decathlon, solar panels, Ventura Ventures Technology Center | Leave a comment »