2013 A Record Year For
Solar In The USA
More solar has been installed in the USA in the last 18 months than in the three decades years prior.
According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, solar panel installations increased 41 percent in 2013 over 2012 to reach 4,751 megawatts (MW). Additionally, 410 MW of concentrating solar power (CSP) was made operational.
By the end of last year, more than 440,000 solar power systems were operating in the U.S.; totaling over 12,000 MW of PV and 918 MW of CSP. The market value of all PV installations completed last year has been estimated at $13.7 billion. "2013 offered the U.S. solar market the first real glimpse of its path toward mainstream status,"
said Shayle Kann, Senior Vice President at GTM Research..
Solar power, the most rapidly growing source of renewable energy in America, is now generating enough electricity to power more than 2.2 million homes.
The final quarter of last year was the biggest quarter ever for PV installations in the USA; with 2,106 MW of capacity brought online, up 60 percent over the next best quarter (Q4 2012).
The 2013 top 10 solar states; based on the amount of capacity installed last year: MORE
Illinois -The Quiet Renewable
Since 2013, more than 90 Illinois towns and cities - representing 1.7 million people - have made the switch to 100% renewable electricity using Community Choice Aggregation (CCA).
Established in the state in 2009, CCA works a little like some of the recent electricity switching initiatives in Australia; helping local communities to pool their electricity purchasing power. This allows areas to then choose an electricity supplier; not only driving down the price of power, but also the type of energy supplied.
The Illinois experience has seen demand for energy sources such as wind and solar increase by over 6 terawatt hours (TWh) - enough to take 250,000 homes entirely off fossil fuel generated electricity.
"Illinois is showing what can happen when change at the local level is harnessed to create MORE
Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Energy, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future
Incredibly, the Cape Wind Turbines, 130 of them at 440 ft tall producing 468 megs of clean electricity for most of the islands and Cape Cod, MA, was first proposed way back in 2001. Yet, not one blade has spun as of today... Why?
Find out as we interview former Editorial Page Editor of the Providence Journal and former writer for The Wall St Journal, Robert Whitcomb, who co-authored a fascinating book that looked deep inside the mystery of Cape Wind. Titled, "Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics and the Battle for our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound," the book first appeared in 2010 and remains a top seller on the energy list. It is the expert commentary on this controversial fight off Nantucket Sound.
Joined by energy expert and environmental lawyer Seth Handy, the conversation frames Mr. Whitcomb's insight around a deeper exploration of the success and failure of wind energy around the globe, and the retrospective of the system in MA, bubbling up on Cape Cod, home of some very wealthy and influential residents, that brought dirty politics into the clean energy arena. The same system that remains today and potentially corrupts our road to sustainability. MORE
Too Much Animal Protein
Is as Bad as Smoking
New Study Says Too Much Animal Protein Is as Bad as Smoking.
Before you take another bite of that cheeseburger, you may want to check out the latest research that discovered a high-protein diet, especially one rich in animal products, may be as harmful as smoking cigarettes.
The study tracked 6,381 adults for nearly two decades and discovered that high-protein diets that foster quick weight loss, like the Atkins and Paleo diets, were no safer than smoking cigarettes and increased the risk of dying from any cause by 74 percent. MORE
University Of Michigan
Develops Coloured Solar Cells
University of Michigan (U-M) scientists have invented a transparent, coloured solar cell that could turn windows, shades and billboards into solar energy collectors.
The U-M team designed a palm-sized coloured solar cell decorated like the American flag - complete with stars and stripes. "We think we can make solar panels more beautiful - any colour a designer wants. And we can vastly deploy these panels, even indoors."MORE
Description: Tuk-Tuk, The Green Way of City Sight Seeing
Two things we love on the business side of green: entrepreneurships and electric vehicles.
We have discovered one small start up company in Boston that has come up with a greener and better way to view a lot of the city's major landmarks.
Asaf Magen from Wicked Green Tours joined us in this segment of ReNewable Now to talk about the small six seater bus he has called a Tuk- Tuk.
The Tuk-Tuk is a nifty little mobile that Asaf describes as a vespa meeting a VW bus.
Asaf is hoping to put a fleet of twenty of these small electric touring units on the roads of Boston. These smaller and quieter electric vehicles can go on smaller, narrower winding city streets that other vehicles can't fit on. Asaf explains that there were some hurdles in getting this vehicle registered with the state. The difficult registration process was well worth it because they have a taxi permit to start tours in Provincetown as early as this Spring.