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Will DIY Solar Panels Become the Next Trend in Renewable Energy?

Futurists have long seen the sun as the cleanest and most convenient solution to humanity’s skyrocketing energy needs. Building something like a Dyson Sphere may be beyond our reach for another thousand years, but the advent of flexible and even printable solar panels means that soon nearly any surface could become an instrument for harnessing solar energy. In the meantime, residential…

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Meeting the commitments of the Paris Agreement by eliminating coal for the electricity generation mix

U.S. Could Meet its U.N. Paris Climate Agreement Emissions Reductions Goals by Eliminating Coal-Fired Power Generation, Researchers Find

Eliminating the use of coal to generate electricity would be the single biggest step the U.S. could take in meeting its U.N. Paris Climate Agreement GHG emissions reductions goals, according a new study from Portland State University. Accomplishing this would require a wholesale shift in the U.S. power generation mix to “natural gas, efficiency, wind, solar power and biofuels.”

Global Renewable Power Capacity Breaches Two Terawatt Mark

Global renewable power generation capacity rose 161 gigawatts (GW) to 2.006 terawatts (TW) in 2016, marking the eighth consecutive year of 8-9 percent annual growth, according to IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency). At that rate, capacity will double again in eight to nine years.

Clean Power Plan Executive Order

Executive Order Guts Clean Power Plan : Trump’s Imaginary War on Coal has just Begun

This morning, under the cover of “energy independence,” U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for a rewrite of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The Plan is the cornerstone of U.S. commitment to curbing emissions under the Paris climate agreement, so the rewrite represents a significant rollback of U.S. global warming mitigation as a whole. Unlike the rhetoric surrounding health care,…

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Global Energy Decarbonization Tipping Point At Hand, IRENA Asserts

It’s possible to reduce global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions 60% by 2050 and entirely by 2060 without sacrificing economic growth or job creation, according to IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Solar Jobs Census

U.S. Solar Workforce Grew 17-Times Faster than Economy Overall in 2016

The U.S. solar workforce grew at a record high 25% year-over-year in 2016 as solar job creation increased in 44 states and throughout the industry value chain, according to The Solar Foundation’s “National Solar Jobs Census 2016.”

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NEW 4.0 Project Could Mark a Major Milestone for Germany’s Energiewende

Launched this month by Germany’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, 60 NEW 4.0 project partners aim to build an open, distributed platform that will demonstrate the feasibility and substantive benefits of relying entirely on renewable energy resources.