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Environmental Defense Fund: New Report on Innovative Green Business Solutions

This post is by Sheryl Canter, an online writer and editorial manager at Environmental Defense Fund. Ideas for businesses, and hope for everyone concerned about global warming – that’s what you get with our just-published, first annual Innovations Review. This new report highlights innovative processes, products, and technologies in a range of different industries. Green […]

May 22nd

Why the Saudis are Looking at Solar

Saudi Arabia makes more than 10 million barrels of oil a day, but it may be turning an eye on a cleaner, brighter prospect: solar power. Oil minister Ali al-Nuaimi told French media that the oil-rich nation is researching how it can become a center for solar energy research and eventually become a “major megawatt” […]

March 3rd

Australia Builds the Largest Solar Plant (for now)

Every time I turn around, it seems like a new state or new nation is building the world’s largest solar power plant! So here’s the latest one: Australia will break ground next year on a 154-megawatt solar plant in Victoria. That’s nearly twice the size of the largest solar plant in the U.S. Once it’s […]

February 27th

Measuring Solar’s Total Impact

Renewable energy generates clean power, and the fuel is often free: There’s no cost to make the wind blow or the sun shine. But just as many people advocate for considering the full cost of fossil fuels in the price of electricity (the cost of the pollution, mining, etc), so too must the full cost […]

February 25th

Asphalt Heats Up Solar Power

I don’t like wearing shoes or socks, but I live in Minnesota so most months out of the year I don’t have a choice. I remember one time when I was a teenager, I decided to walk barefoot down the paved road in front of my parents’ house. It was a beautiful summer day, but […]

January 9th

Honey, We Need Milk and a Solar System

Could a solar power system be coming to a home improvement store near you? Perhaps. Since 2004, BP and Home Depot have teamed up to offer residential solar systems in California, New Jersey, and Long Island, New York stores. But now it’s been expanded to more states that have good solar power incentives on the […]

January 8th

Scientific American’s Solar Grand Plan

Scientific American has a thought-provoking proposal in its January 2008 issue. The magazine proposes a massive, far-reaching plan to get solar power generating 69 percent of America’s electricity 35 percent of our total energy by 2050, thus replacing all of our foreign oil needs and slashing global warming emissions. Below are some of the highlights […]

January 7th

Cleantech Possibilities for 2008

The end of 2007 brought with it news of cleantech developments for 2008 and beyond. Here are a few that I found most interesting. Do any sound promising to you? Fuel Cubes A Minnesota company called Renewafuel has developed a biomass briquette that is similar in size and moisture content to coal, produces a consistent […]

January 2nd

‘Tis the Season…for Donated Solar Power

There have been several stories about companies and nonprofits donating solar energy systems this holiday season and I think that’s a measure of renewable energy’s success and the awareness of energy issues as a whole. Here are a few examples that might make you a little warmer and fuzzier this week: The Capital Area Food […]

December 24th

Wind, Solar Incentives Stripped from Energy Bill

The Senate version of the energy bill that passed last week includes great things, like boosting vehicles’ average fuel efficiency to 35 miles per gallon (up from 25 mpg today), increasing the use of biofuels and updating efficiency standards for federal buildings. But the glaring gaps include the absence of renewable energy incentives. Specifically, a […]

December 17th