US Wind Industry

Praises Climate Pact

The USA’s top wind power body is celebrating the historic agreement between America and China to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

American Wind Energy Association CEO, Tom Kiernan, said the bilateral treaty sent a strong signal to investors that U.S. was open for business in wind power projects and other clean electricity solutions.

“Wind power is one of the biggest, fastest, cheapest ways to reduce carbon pollution and it means American workers can make more of our own energy right here in America,” said Kiernan.

Under the deal, announced at this year’s APEC summit, the U.S. has committed to reduce its carbon emissions 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025, while China says its emissions will peak – then begin to fall – by 2030.

Mr Kiernan said the landmark agreement between the world’s two biggest polluters was a message to other nations that “solving climate change is a top priority on both sides of the globe”. Economies would benefit from instituting policies – such as the USA’s Clean Power Act – that promote renewable energy. MORE



Panasonic HIT Solar Cells And Batteries Power Car To Victory

A team from Tokai University in Japan has won the Carrera Solar Atacama 2014 in a car powered by Panasonic’s HIT solar cells and lithium-ion batteries.

South America’s biggest solar car race runs over 1,400-kilometres; from the desert to the Andes. Tokai University’s solar car team covered the distance in 15 hours and 20 minutes.

The Panasonic HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) solar cells used in the team’s MORE


Are You Having A

Sustainable Thanksgiving?

As we get ready for Thanksgiving, it’s very easy to forget about living sustainably. But it’s actually a great time to remind ourselves to be thankful for all the Earth has given us while we enjoy our time with our friends and family. Using eco-friendly practices helps to protect our environmental and usually helps to simplify things by reducing cost, saving time and reducing stress.

Getting Ready

The best place to start being earth conscious is during shopping. During your shopping trip we can reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste, and support local business. Here are a few ways to do that:

Walmart Selects SunEdison For Solar Expansion

The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, has announced SunEdison to be one of two firms to install up to 400 new solar power systems at Walmart facilities across the USA.

The project works towards Walmart’s ultimate goal of being supplied by 100 percent renewable energy and a 2020 target of sourcing or producing seven billion kWh of renewable energy.

SunEdison has had a lengthy association with the retailer.

“SunEdison is one of Walmart’s earliest solar providers with projects dating back to 2007,” said Katherine Jennrich, senior manager of energy services at Walmart.

So far, Walmart has installed approximately 260 solar projects in the United States, with a collective capacity of 105 MW. According the  Solar Energy Industries Association,  the company has the most installed commercial solar capacity in the U.S.

“These projects bring us closer to fulfilling our commitment to double the number of on-site solar energy projects in U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and distribution centers – thereby reducing our energy expenses and generating clean energy in local communities,” said Kim Saylors-Laster, vice president of energy at Walmart

Solar Cloth Company Scores Industry Award

The Solar Cloth Company, based in the UK, has developed an award-winning solar solution for non-load bearing roofing and car parks.

The firm produces lightweight, flexible thin film photovoltaic (TFPV) solar panels that weigh less than 3.3kg/m2 – ten percent of the weight of traditional glass-face solar panels.



Soil for Life

This is the second in a brief series exploring soil science and the impact on human health...and the health of our entire planet and animal world.  Today we talked with Professor and researcher, Nicholas Comerford, who works in the Soil and Water Science Dept at University of Florida and is the Director of the world leading UF North Florida Research and Education Center.

What a great follow up show this became to our talk with Professor Eric Brevik, a Professor and Researcher at Dickinson State University.  Both of these leaders have traveled across many continents, have restored contaminated soil, changed farming and agricultural techniques around the world, and have brought society, all of us, a better understanding and management of our overall eco systems services...all of which give life to us and our economies.

They will be two of the leaders in 2015, declared by the United Nations to be the Year of The Soil.  Listen in and you, too, be part of the Year of The Soil. MORE