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Germany Shatters Monthly Solar Generation Record With 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Clean Energy

Germany Shatters Monthly Solar Generation Record With 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Clean Energy | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
Germany broke its monthly solar generation record in July, increase solar energy output by 42 percent compared to July 2012.
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Germany just broke its monthly solar generation record by clocking over 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) in July, according to data from the EEX Transparency Platform. The accomplishment proves once again that a lack of sunshine is no obstacle to scaling up solar energy – and if the Teutons can produce record amounts of solar power under grey skies, then the potential for countries with sunnier weather and more land mass (like the United States) is limitless.

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Germany's huge investment in solar is paying off and it proves its use - the country generated 5.1 Terawatts vs not even 1TW from the US. Combined with its wind investment, it is producing great outcomes, with constant record levels - it's proof that it works.

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China on world's 'biggest push' for wind power

China on world's 'biggest push' for wind power | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
China has embarked on the greatest push for renewable energy the world has ever seen.
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Reposit Power's GridCredit technology a game changer for energy market

Reposit Power's GridCredit technology a game changer for energy market | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
Solar panel owners will more than double their savings with new technology being launched today.
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Not sure what to bring to the NY Climate Summit? Just ask Denmark.

Not sure what to bring to the NY Climate Summit? Just ask Denmark. | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it

“As the world's leaders prepare for another round of eloquent speeches, our question to them is simple: Exactly how and when is your country going to phase out fossil fuels? Please, may we see your plan?
 

The reality is that very few countries have such a plan. Which is incredible, given the current state of climate affairs. Denmark is one rare exception. The country has a plan, which outlines a transition to 100% renewable energy within a relatively short period of time. Ambitious? Yes. Unrealistic? Not at all. Here is how:”

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Climate Week NYC 2014

Climate Week NYC 2014 | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it

By providing an international platform for government, business and civil society to work together on low carbon solutions, Climate Week NYC will show the world there are clear opportunities and many benefits in joining the global ‘clean revolution’.

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USA: Local government to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources

USA: Local government to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it

“Today is truly an historic day,” said County Executive Mike Hein.  “It is no secret that continued reliance on unsustainable fossil fuels has the potential to lead to a global energy crisis, and in situations such as this I firmly believe that government must lead by example. In the past, the County was striving towards a goal of purchasing 10% of its electricity from renewable sources, but when I look out and see the pristine beauty of Ulster County I am reminded that we must protect our environment all across the country, not just for us but for our children and grandchildren.  Purchasing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources considerably reduces our carbon footprint and embodies my administration’s continued commitment to the environment and to our future.” 

Ulster County executive Mike Hein issues executive order requiring county government to purchase 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources. The executive order is the first of its kind in New York State.

Posted on 4 June 2014

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» https://twitter.com/HeinExec/status/474241028744937473/photo/1

Media release:

» http://ulstercountyny.gov/news/executive-press-releases/ulster-county-executive-mike-hein-issues-executive-order-requiring

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New silent wind turbine could generate half of a homes electric needs

New silent wind turbine could generate half of a homes electric needs | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it

A Dutch company cased The Archimedes has developed a small, highly efficient, and silent rooftop wind energy generator called the Liam1, which it claims could generate half the power a typical house would need, and which they say would be ideal for combining with solar rooftop PV panels.

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MIT finds new way to harvest energy from heat

MIT finds new way to harvest energy from heat | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
Researchers at MIT and Stanford have found a new way to transform waste heat into electricity, particularly in situations where the temperature gradient is ...
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The World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Sets the Stage for Urban Growth

The World’s Largest Rooftop Farm Sets the Stage for Urban Growth | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
Although the trend is only just starting catch on in the States, European countries adopted green-roofs years ago as a way to provide insulation, create habits for local wildlife, improve oxygen le...
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Technology reducing cost of solar panels by half

Technology reducing cost of solar panels by half | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
ENN.com: Environmental News Network -- Know Your Environment
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Australia: The People’s Solar – boosting the solar revolution

Australia: The People’s Solar – boosting the solar revolution | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it

“Sharp reductions in solar power prices opened the door to a new renewable energy chapter, by aligning economic self-interest – the dominant cultural force of our time – with clean energy.
 

Currently, we still need a grid for back-up, and that grid is predominantly fossil-fuelled, but the door is now ajar, and there is light on the other side. Our challenge now is not just to walk through that door, but to storm through, to knock the door down and take the hinges along with us. (...)

 

Some utility chiefs are even acknowledging how plunging costs of solar and batteries can provide a new model of power supply. The next challenge is providing financial products to fast-track this transition. (...)

 

However, if we want to bring the house down and take the hinges with us, we need a new story for renewable energy that goes beyond the narrow sense of economic self-interest that’s been allowed to become the dominant culture of our time.

 

Last week, Energy for the People unveiled the first step in our contribution to that new story, a crowd-funding platform for solar power called The People’s Solar, which aligns personal and social incentives by blurring the lines between them.”

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USA, Boston: Next Step Living launches solar power for the masses

USA, Boston: Next Step Living launches solar power for the masses | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
Boston’s Next Step Living has launched a new way for some Massachusetts residents to have their electricity supplied via solar energy. The company has announced a program to harness the power (and savings) of solar without having to install solar panels on their home or property.
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When will people unplug?

When will people unplug? | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it

Solar's dramatic cost declines are likely to be repeated with batteries. Failing to predict falling energy demand is one thing – failing to predict that customers will leave the grid altogether escalates utility death spiral risks.

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New solar device converts sun’s energy to hydrogen more efficiently than ever

New solar device converts sun’s energy to hydrogen more efficiently than ever | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
An international team of scientists has invented an inexpensive new solar cell device that's more efficient than anything on the market, and ca
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Renewable Energy Momentum Has Passed The Tipping Point

Renewable Energy Momentum Has Passed The Tipping Point | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it

“This is a great summary piece on the renewable energy revolution from one of CleanTechnica’s daily readers. Unlike with many of the recent reader articles we’ve published, this one doesn’t come from a frequent commenter but from one of the many, many lurkers who read CleanTechnica daily and silently. I’m happy he jumped in”

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France Allocates 10 Billion for Renewable Energy Projects

France Allocates 10 Billion for Renewable Energy Projects | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it

The bill that could set France on the path to renewable energy has passed the cabinet and will make its way to Parliament this fall. 

Energy Minister Segolene Royal said that France will mobilize about €10 billion ($13.41 billion) for a package of tax breaks, low-cost loans, and bonuses to boost investment in renewable energy and cut the country's oil and gas bill.

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Video: Birthing a Solar Age

A powerful message on the "truly disruptive" nature of solar energy technologies and the profound changes they portent for energy generation and individual customers ... drawn from a range of respected energy experts.

Published on youtube.com on 29 June 2014 

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Meet the BAT, an airborne wind turbine

Meet the BAT, an airborne wind turbine | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
Companies such as Google race to invent flying wind turbines to bring life-changing electricity to isolated areas worldwide.
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Danish report finds 100% renewables feasible by 2050 : Renew Economy

Danish report finds 100% renewables feasible by 2050 : Renew Economy | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
Danish Energy Agency report finds 100% renewables possible under various different scenarios, including wind-based with PV, and biomass.
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Australia: Lismore pushes new business models in pursuit of 100% #renewables

Australia: Lismore pushes new business models in pursuit of 100% #renewables | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
Lismore is looking at energy efficiency, a debt-funded large scale community solar farm, even a community retailer model to meet its 100% renewable targets.
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Renewables race is one Australia should win

Renewables race is one Australia should win | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
I know. I'll just keep working and paying taxes so that Tony Abbott can lock lost children in concentration camps from which all press and observers are banned, spend billions on killer jets and billions more on roads while sucking the lifeblood from education, health and our already abject renewable energy performance. That way he gets to spend $4.5 million on the Lodge as well. Yay. Sound like a plan?
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74% generation – Germany's record renewables day

74% generation – Germany's record renewables day | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
Electricity prices again dipped into the negative during Sunday's record while Germany's first quarter renewables generation rose from about 24% to 27% of the market.
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The contrast between the solar price trend and price trends for fossil fuels is sharp

The contrast between the solar price trend and price trends for fossil fuels is sharp | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
The contrast between the solar price trend and price trends for various types of fossil fuels is so sharp, and the ramifications for those industries so disruptive, that the creators of the graph gave it a title more fitting of the welcome mat for a Halloween haunted house: "Welcome to the Terrordome."
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Emerging technologies will enable production of solar shingles made from abundantly available elements

Emerging technologies will enable production of solar shingles made from abundantly available elements | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
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Design for a better world: Solar forest keeps cars cool AND juiced

Design for a better world: Solar forest keeps cars cool AND juiced | Renewables and green hopes | Scoop.it
Designer Neville Mars has designed a charging station that keeps your car both cool and charged.
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