Solar Ambulance to Saves Lives, Saves Money and Saves the Environment

They may not look much like the ambulances we see in the West, but these vehicles could mean the difference between life and death in parts of Bangladesh; plus they are pedal and solar energy powered. Keeps the EMTs in shape, harnesses clean energy, and is environmentally friendly.

While it has pedals, the creators of the solar ambulance say the three-wheeled vehicle (5 if you count the double back wheels) can run entirely on solar power and is perfect for the nation’s many rural areas without such services. It can also fit down narrow alleyways where conventional ambulances can’t.

The ambulance is apparently as well-equipped as those used in Bangladesh’s cities and will cost a fraction of a conventional vehicle; just USD$1,900 to $2,500 compared... MORE


New York Solar increased nearly 800% from 2011 to 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in February announced state-supported solar power in New York increased nearly 800 percent from December 2011 to December 2016, leveraging nearly $1.5 billion in private investment. Solar growth is critical to the Governor’s Clean Energy Standard that 50 percent of New York’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

“New York is a national leader in clean energy, and the tremendous growth of the solar industry across this state demonstrates this renewable technology’s increased accessibility and affordability for... MORE


GE Renewable Energy to Equip First Commercial U.S. Integrated Solar-Wind Hybrid Project

GE Renewable Energy announced that it has been selected to supply equipment for the first commercial integrated solar-wind hybrid power generation project in the industry. The 4.6MW community based project in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, developed by Juhl Energy, will use two 2.3-116 wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business supported by 1MW of solar power conversion equipment provided by GE’s Current business. The project is expected to ...MORE

The Outlook in Green Energy Innovation

The International Energy Agency projected that renewable energy will represent the largest single source of electricity growth by the end of the decade. Several factors are expected to contribute to the increasing adoption of green energy, including falling costs, expansion in emerging economies, continuous technological innovations that make energy generation and preservation more efficient and effective, as well as growing investments in alternative energy sources. According to a report by Sandler Research, the global renewable energy investment market to exceed USD 350 billion by 2020. Investments in the solar and wind energy are increasing considerably. Looking at the US market, the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has provided industry stability and growth since 2006 where it has experienced a CAGR of about 60%. Investments and new state policies favoring green energy provide companies with the opportunity to increase their R&D and...MORE

e-Drive Retro Founder,

Pioneer of Innovative Automotive


e-Drive Retro offers a new economic and energy-efficient vehicle that disrupts the traditional, high-end vintage car collector market and prospective collector mindset”, said Michael M. Richardson.  “Our attention to design, technology, and sustainability offers an unparalleled driving experience marrying sustainability with long-term, exponential value in terms of experience, individual style, and investment return... MORE

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This week's featured show:

Sustainability works best when something old becomes new again.  A world built on recycling and reuse of everything we produce.  We see that today in our interview with Michael Richardson, Founder of e-Drive Retro, a place where the iconic car becomes reborn and better than ever.

Classic automobiles drive great love and passion from their owners.  They also encapsulate memories of families and past generations.  They help some owners relive precious moments. They come with a costs, though... All run on gas, they are inefficient and burn gallons of fuel just to get around town. That is why a conversion of these classics into electric drive trains, without disturbing anything about the chassis, transforms them into truly beautiful vehicles, preserved outside and in from bumper to bumper.

No one does it better than Michael Richardson and e-Drive Retro.  Soon they will be expanding around the world from their European base.  But we had lots of questions for Michael as we spoke to him:  Why does an owner make the investment? Is there a good return? Does it prolong the life of the car? Does it make an economic statement as well environmental declaration of green?  You will find it does, in so many ways.

Perhaps you will hang on to your cars and someday convert antiques into the perfect mix of yesterday and today.  If so, happy driving,  but keep Renewable Now on the radio as you drive silently, cleanly into the future.
Because, of course, you heard it here first.