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U.S. Department of Energy Awards $60M to Solar Research and Development

U.S. Department of Energy Awards $60M to Solar Research and Development

Wanting to build on an already growing industry, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invested $60 million this week in solar energy research and development. The awards were announced at the ongoing, three-day Solar Power International 2013 event in Chicago as a small portion of President Obama’s plan to reduce carbon pollution while supporting clean energy innovation. The […]

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    Is Your City Listed in Latest Ranking of Bicycle Friendly Communities?

    Is Your City Listed in Latest Ranking of Bicycle Friendly Communities?

    The growing number of people pedaling along the sidewalks and streets aren’t just biking in urban areas. The League of American Bicyclists released its latest ranking of Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) today, including 32 communities that are new to the list, many of which are suburbs. There are now 291 BFCs in 48 states. The League […]

    Norway Investments in Renewable Energy ‘Could Change the World’

    Norway Investments in Renewable Energy ‘Could Change the World’

    With more than $750 billion of holdings in its sovereign wealth fund, Norway is on the brink of potentially making renewable energy investments around the world. Erna Solberg, who will be named Norway’s second female prime minister, has already heard proposals from her government to use sovereign wealth fund money to invest in sustainable companies […]

    Arizona Solar Farm Ready to Power 70,000 Homes

    Arizona Solar Farm Ready to Power 70,000 Homes

    A $2 billion solar farm in southern Arizona is ready to power nearly 70,000 households. Spanish company Abengoa announced this week that its massive Solana solar farm passed a series of commercial operation tests and is ready to go live. Solana is located in Gila Bend, which is about 70 miles southwest of Phoenix. The farm […]

    Find the Closest EV Charging Station to Your Home

    Find the Closest EV Charging Station to Your Home

    Plug-in electric vehicle (EV) users in the U.S. have 6,601 public stations where they can charge their cars. Good thing, since year-to-date EV sales are up by a monstrous 447.95 percent compared to this time last year, EV Obsession reported. Also, the National Auto Dealers Association predicted that EV prices would drop by 30 percent this […]

    Solar Heating and Cooling Could Save $61B, Create 50,250 Jobs By 2050

    Solar Heating and Cooling Could Save $61B, Create 50,250 Jobs By 2050

    Brandon Baker The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) believes the nation could save $61 billion in energy costs by 2050, creating 50,250 jobs along the way. The Solar Energy Industries Association released a comprehensive new report this month outlining ways to create 50,250 new American jobs and save more than $61 billion in future energy […]

    The Future of Offshore Wind in the U.S.

    The Future of Offshore Wind in the U.S.

    Yale Environment 360 By Dave Levitan In June, after years of offshore wind power projects being thwarted in the U.S., the first offshore wind turbine began spinning off the U.S. coast. The turbine was not a multi-megawatt, 400-foot behemoth off of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, or Texas—all places where projects had long been proposed. […]

    Renewable Energy and Economic Growth Go Hand in Hand for Massachusetts

    Renewable Energy and Economic Growth Go Hand in Hand for Massachusetts

    Paul Batistelli As the American economy begins to recover, some might argue that renewable energy has played a role. In Massachusetts, the clean energy industry has caused significant growth. Jobs in the state’s clean energy sector have increased by 24 percent since 2011, according to the latest report from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). […]

    Greentown Labs: Helping Entrepreneurs Solve Big Energy Problems

    Greentown Labs: Helping Entrepreneurs Solve Big Energy Problems

    Stefanie Spear I had the opportunity earlier this month to meet the people behind Greentown Labs and many of the entrepreneurs growing their business ideas at this Boston, MA-based cleantech incubator. Greentown Labs enables entrepreneurs to create game-changing energy technologies that will transform the way people live, work and play. With a focus on creating […]