Imagine your hot phone recharged itself
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Imagine your hot phone recharged itself

Huge amounts of energy float around us that we don't collect. Mostly it doesn't make sense due to energy density and our broader needs - nor our technological capabilities, and so to align with the economics of reality we burn fossil fuels. However, don't let your imagination be locked down - John Galt once pulled static electricity from the sky. (more…)
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Is the outlook for Solar cloudy in Massachusetts?
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Is the outlook for Solar cloudy in Massachusetts?

By almost every imaginable measure, Massachusetts’ solar movement has been a resounding success, yet its future is in doubt Pushed forward by a number of tailwinds, including the Federal Investment Tax Credit, the State-imposed Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (which created the SREC and SREC-II Programs), and some of the highest retail prices for electricity in the country - solar in Massachusetts has helped lead the way for the country in moving towards more environmentally sustainable energy generation. In addition, job growth in the Bay State has been robust. The state has added over 15,000 solar employees and almost 100,000 clean…
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North Carolina solar generation now exceeds 1 gigawatt
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North Carolina solar generation now exceeds 1 gigawatt

A North Carolina sustainable energy group announced solar power capacity in the state has passed 1 gigawatt of power and accounts for $1.6 billion in revenue. Solar has been a fantastic economic driver "Solar has been a fantastic economic driver in North Carolina's clean energy industry for the past several years, and reaching 1 gigawatt is the latest impressive milestone for this growing market," Robin Aldina, manager of energy research at the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, said in an emailed statement. The NCSEA credits a strong climate of support for renewable and energy efficiency with stimulating the low-carbon sector…
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Excerpt from “Harness The Sun”
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Excerpt from “Harness The Sun”

Finally, someone has to get the equipment installed and make sure it runs properly. For several of the New Bedford projects, that key role has been played by a century-old sign-company-turned-solar-integrator. When Phil Cavallo bought Beaumont Sign Company in 2006, it was a frugal operation run by the family’s third generation. Its customers ranged from chain stores to area banks, and its revenues were about $2 million per year. A native of greater Philadelphia who had logged in nearly three decades as a self-described serial entrepreneur, Phil had done everything from designing missile guidance systems for Raytheon to launching telecom…
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Rising above the flood
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Rising above the flood

Driving home from work on a chilly night, Kandace Donovan sees that the power has gone down again in her Lyons, Colorado neighborhood. She passes the darkened homes and then there is her house - lit up like a Christmas tree! It is with a sense of satisfaction that she opens the door to her home and steps into the cheery interior greeting her noisy children. In December 2013 Independent Power Systems installed a grid-tied solar electric system complete with battery backup at Kandace’s home. When the power goes down, there is a seamless switchover from the grid-tied solar system…
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Sticker shock: National Grid asks to raise Massachusetts electric rates 20%
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Sticker shock: National Grid asks to raise Massachusetts electric rates 20%

I'll be the first to admit the irony - yesterday, we posted a story praising National Grid CEO Steve Holliday for his views on the future role of distributed solar generation. And today, I feel compelled to bash National Grid from this same soapbox. Specifically, National Grid, "one of the largest providers of gas and electric services in the world", was in the news, as it has state regulators in Massachusetts permission to raise the price of electricity by 20% this coming winter. Their reasoning: “Due to continued gas pipeline constraints, the electric supply prices remain volatile and relatively high, though not as high as last winter.”…
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Rooftop Solar to be the future, says National Grid CEO
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Rooftop Solar to be the future, says National Grid CEO

Steve Holliday, CEO National Grid: “The idea of large power stations for baseload is outdated” Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, the company that operates the gas and power transmission networks in the UK and in the northeastern US, believes the idea of large coal-fired or nuclear power stations to be used for baseload power is “outdated”. “From a consumer’s point of view, the solar on the rooftop is going to be the baseload. Centralised power stations will be increasingly used to provide peak demand”, he says, in an exclusive interview for World Energy Focus, a publication of the World Energy…
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