Tag Archives: Renewable Energy

Saudi Arabia’s Solar Energy Investment

Saudi Arabia goes solar in a big way

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of crude oil, is moving ahead of most of the world in another important area: renewable energy sources. Embracing renewable energy is seen by most observers as a smart move for Saudi Arabia, even as crude oil has made it one of the richest countries in the world. Finite supplies of fossil fuels and energy economics are both …

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A Greener Apple

Apple sustainability: an industry leader addresses its environmental impact

Apple has long been a technological leader and now they are morphing into a sustainability leader. On September 9, Apple unveiled a couple of new iPhones, a smartwatch device and a payment system. This is an important launch for Apple as its market share is declining. In 2012, it had a dominating 25 percent share of the smartphone market. As the demand for greener …

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Renewable Energy Provides 100 Percent of New Electrical Generation in July

Renewables sources of energy, including solar, provide 100 percent of all new generating capacity in the U.S. in July

Data from the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects shows that 100 percent of new U.S. electrical generating capacity put into service for July came from renewable energy sources. Those sources include 379 megawatts (MW) from wind energy, 21 MW of solar power and 5 MW of hydropower. July follows on the trend of previous …

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Renewable Energy Provides 56 Percent of New Electrical Generation Capacity in First Half of 2014

Renewable energy provides 56 percent of all new generating capacity in the United States in the first half of 2014

Renewable energy on the march Keeping with the steady growth and adoption of renewable energy, the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report just released from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects states that wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower accounts for 55.7 percent of newly installed generating capacity in the U.S. for the first half of 2014. Of the total 3,529 megawatts (MW) installed, 1,965 …

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EarthTalk: How the Rocky Mountain Institute Believes We Can Wean Ourselves from Fossil Fuels

Founded by Amory Lovins, the Rocky Mountain Institute researches and promotes plans to rapidly wean the U.S. and the world off of fossil fuels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: How does the Rocky Mountain Institute think we can get off of oil and coal by 2050 and save money in the process? – James Greenville, Redding, CTColorado-based sustainability think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) was founded in 1982 by American physicist and environmentalist Amory Lovins …

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Small Businesses Drive Economic Growth through Renewable Energy

Small businesses are driving economic growth in part through adoption of green energy

Economic growth is often a result of small businesses pushing the adoption of technological advancement coupled with the drive for efficient operations. Small businesses in America are the powerhouses that drive the economy. In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, they make up over 99 percent of all employer firms and account for 64 percent of all new private sector jobs. This makes …

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The Prodigious Growth of On-Site Solar Energy

The growth of on-site solar energy is rapid

Led by home solar energy, there is a revolution in on-site renewable electricity generation underway in the U.S.  The process of generating electricity from small energy sources is called by a number of names, including distributed generation, dispersed generation, embedded generation, decentralized generation, decentralized energy, distributed energy or district energy. These energy systems commonly employ small-scale power generation technologies, typically in the range of 1 kW to …

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