Record Boost in New Solar Power Continues Massive Industry Growth

Solar farm in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK. (photo: Alamy)June 10, 2015, readersupportednews.org | “A record amount of solar power was added to the world’s grids in 2014, pushing total cumulative capacity to 100 times the level it was in 2000.  Around 40GW of solar power was installed last year, meaning there is now a total of 178GW to meet world electricity demand, prompting renewable energy associations to claim that a tipping point has been reached that will allow rapid acceleration of the technology.”

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‘UK leads European solar energy expansion to help renewables overtake output of nuclear power as industry leaders hail ‘tipping point’ for the technology.’ Arthur…
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Swiss Supermarkets Stop Sales of Glyphosate over Health Concerns

June 3, 2015, sustainablepulse.com | “Coop stated last week that ‘Even if the (Swiss) Federal Office for Agriculture (BLW) judges glyphosate can be continued to be sold without a health hazard for the population, we decided on Monday 18th May to no longer sell any glyphosate-based products in Coop supermarkets and Coop Building & Hobby hardware stores.’ It is a preventive measure. ‘…we don’t sell the concentrate, but only a very diluted form, the ready-made products. These concentrations are up to 48 times lower than the range used in agricultural products.'”

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Swiss supermarket giants Coop and Migros have announced that they will no longer sell products that contain glyphosate, following the World Health Organization’s…
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California Set To Give Solar Panels To Low-Income Families For Free

May 27, 2015, www.iflscience.com | “California is the best state in the country if you want to go solar – but only if you’re rich enough. Due to the steep upfront costs of around $15,000, only those from middle- to upper-income families can afford to install solar arrays. A novel initiative is, however, looking to change that. This new project hopes to help disadvantaged communities see the sun in a different light.”

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The Grid Alternatives project aims to get polluting companies to pay for putting solar panels on the roofs of those who cannot afford them.
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Interior Department Approves First Solar Energy Zone Projects

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June 1, 2015, www.doi.gov | “As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the approval of the first three solar energy projects to benefit from the streamlined permitting process of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Western Solar Plan. When built, the three solar energy projects on public lands in Clark County, Nevada, will generate up to 440 megawatts of energy – enough electricity to power roughly 132,000 homes – and are expected to create up to 1,900 construction jobs.”

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Today, Interior approved three new solar projects on public lands in Nevada that’ll generate up to 440 megawatts of energy — enough to power about 132,000 homes. Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1KyOyRL ‪#‎ActOnClimate‬

Northwest tribes are a growing obstacle to energy development

May 28, 2015, www.hcn.org | “On May 13, a tribe in Northern British Columbia turned down a Malaysian energy company’s offer of nearly $260,000 (CAN $319,000) for each member as compensation for building a natural gas export terminal on ancestral lands. The Lax Kw’alaam First Nation said no to the $1.15 billion package after the community unanimously voted against the terminal last week over the risk to local salmon habitat.”

Lax Kw’alaam First Nation said no to the $1.15 billion package after the community unanimously voted against the terminal last week over the risk to local salmon habitat.
B.C. tribal members turned down $260K each in order to stop a gas terminal.
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Judge Says No to Fracking

May 25, 2015, www.nationofchange.org | “A judge in North Carolina has blocked the start of fracking in that state over a challenge to the membership of the commission charged with issuing the permits.”

North Carolina is a gas-rich state so stopping fracking is going to be an enormous challenge.
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MIT study suggests solar power technology is up to the task now, not tomorrow

May 12, 2015, m.dailykos.com | “MIT has released a pretty comprehensive study on solar energy, appropriately titled: The Future of Solar Energy. The study explores the practicality of solar-powered energy being able to help achieve carbon emissions goals. One of the more important findings of the study was the plausibility of achieving the technological touchstones needed.

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Here comes the sun MIT has released a pretty comprehensive study on solar energy, appropriately titled: The Future of Solar Energy . The study explores the …
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Korea’s Songdo International Business District reaches 106 LEED certified buildings

May 8, 2015, greenlivingguy.com | “Songdo International Business District (IBD) has achieved a total of 19.5 million square feet of LEED certified space, bolstering its position as one of the world’s most ambitious LEED developments. Songdo IBD, a 1,500-acre new city on the coast of Incheon, South Korea, is setting new standards for sustainable urban development in Asia and worldwide.”

Korea’s Songdo International Business District reaches 106 LEED certified buildings | Green Living, Green Living Expert, Green Living News, Green Guru Guides06 May 15 | Author Leighann Morris | Events & Awards Songdo International Business District (IBD) has…
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Hawaii Will Soon Get All Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Hawaii has the highest solar penetration in the nation, with one out of every eight homes having 'gone solar.' May 7, 2015, thinkprogress.org | “Hawaii is on its way to having the greenest grid in the nation.  The state legislature sent a bill to the governor’s desk this week that moves the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) up to 100 percent by 2045 — which means that all electricity provided by the electric companies will have to come from renewable sources like solar and wind. Nationwide, electricity generation makes up about a third of all carbon emissions.”

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Hawaii’s grid could be a model for the nation and the world, supporters say.
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One of Australia’s smallest marsupials secures a big legal win on the NSW Central Coast

Eastern Pygmy Possum May 6, 2015, www.abc.net.au | “After a ten-year battle, the Eastern Pygmy Possum has had a big legal win in the High Court of Australia.  ‘The developer had appealed, and appealed, and appealed, and appealed – and finally we have won in the High Court of Australia.’ The possum’s habitat is located in an industrial zone in Somersby, where a developer had been fighting for a decade to build a waste resource recovery facility.”

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After a ten-year battle, the Eastern Pygmy Possum has had a big legal win in the High Court of Australia.
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