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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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

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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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.”

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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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Solar Panels on Sejong’s bike road

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Aerial view of the bicycle road between Daejeon and Sejong, both cities are located 2~3 hours south of Seoul. Solar panels not only generate power but also provide protection to cyclists from sun and rain. Taken by a drone camera in fall, see the golden rice fields!

*Video courtesy of Sejong

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Solar power is really happening

April 26, 2015, www.businessinsider.com | “SINGAPORE/TOKYO (Reuters) – One by one, Japan is turning off the lights at the giant oil-fired power plants that propelled it to the ranks of the world’s top industrialized nations. With nuclear power in the doldrums after the Fukushima disaster, it’s solar energy that is becoming the alternative.”

“”Solar has come of age in Japan and from now on will be replacing imported imported uranium and fossil fuels,” said Tomas Kåberger, executive board chairman of Japan Renewable Energy Foundation
Japan is retiring nearly 2.4 gigawatts of expensive and polluting oil-fired energy plants by March next year and switching to alternative fuels.
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Green Housing on Navajo Reservation

April 24, 2015, www.gofundme.com | “In a 2000 census, 43% of the Navajo people were living below the federally designated poverty line and in homes that are falling a part.  If you drive through the reservation, you will see traditional homes, called hogans, dotting the landscape and seemingly idyllic.”

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Six Environmentalists Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize

winnersApril 20, 2015, ens-newswire.com | “The activists honored with the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony Monday evening have protected the planet by shutting down a lead smelter, blocking dam construction, stopping a proposed gold and copper mine, and safeguarding fisheries.”

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Six Environmentalists Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 20, 2015 (ENS) – The activists honored with the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize at a ceremony Monday evening have protected the planet by shutting down a lead smelter, blocking dam construction, stopping a proposed gold and copper mine, and safeguarding fisheries. – Six Environmentalists Each Win $175,000 Goldman Prize | ENS