Solar jobs grew 12x faster than overall job creation in the US last year

The number of jobs in the solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation in the U.S. last year and outpaced those in the oil and gas sector. According to the latest data by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the overall clean energy sector (excluding hydropower) employed 8.1 million people worldwide in 2015, up from 7.7 million in …

Ratepayer net benefits of rooftop solar in one state (NV) comes to $7 million

The SolarCity and NRDC study looks at a full suite of costs and benefits previously identified by Nevada regulators. In Nevada, where regulatory changes recently brought the rooftop solar market to a standstill, a new analysis by SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that the state’s 23,000 existing rooftop solar customers provide net benefits to all Nevadans ranging …

Developer paying residents $100/month not to drive

When the sprawling Parkmerced apartment buildings in San Francisco were built in the 1940s—covering multiple blocks, and the size of an entire neighborhood—owning a car was seen as a good thing. Times have changed. Now, the company that manages the apartments is going to start paying tenants not to drive. Each month, residents will have access to a $100 incentive …

World’s first 100 percent solar airport is generating so much power from its massive solar array that the airport no longer pays for electricity

Cochin International Airport, the world’s first 100 percent solar airport, is generating so much power from its massive solar array that the airport no longer pays for electricity. Cochin International Airport is the world’s first fully solar powered airport in the world. Located in the state of Kerala, the Cochin is the fourth largest airport in India in terms of international passenger movement and …

It’s the end of energy and transportation as we know it, and it’s coming very quickly

Cross-posted from Sydney World Herald – Business “It’s the end of energy and transportation as we know it, and it’s coming very quickly,” Mr Seba said at the start of a week of investor meetings in Australia.  “It’s going to be over by 2030; it has started already.”  …based on the transformation being wrought by four technologies: solar power, battery storage, electric vehicles and self-driving …

PV windows and a PV bus stop at Canary Wharf in the UK

May 24th, 2016 by James Ayre The UK-based firm PolySolar recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its first solar photovoltaic system outfitted bus stop in the UK — a 2.8 kilowatt bus stop located in Canary Wharf, in London. The new solar photovoltaic (PV) bus stop — equipped with Polysolar’s transparent solar-PV glazing, which reportedly works well even in low-light …

Solar and storage could save thousands for lower income families and affordable multifamily rentals

May 24th, 2016 by Joshua S Hill A new report shows how the combination of solar and storage could save residents of multifamily affordable rental housing thousands on electricity bills. According to the authors of Closing the California Clean Energy Divide, which explores how battery storage technology combined with residential solar PV could provide greater control to system owners, “significant …

Low income households can pay 3x the percentage of their family income on electricity; policies and programs need to adapt

Monya’ (pronounced “Monet,” like the French artist) Chapman, 53, lives with her 77-year-old mother in a house she rents in West Baltimore, a neighborhood she describes as moderate- to low-income. She earns about $30,000 a year as a pharmacy technician, which, along with her mother’s monthly social security benefits, covers rent, food, and basic necessities like soap and toilet paper. …

State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) for clean energy: State-by-state clean energy policy tracking site

May 12th, 2016 by Glenn Meyers For those wanting to understand clean energy policies on a state-by-state basis, SPOT is a new acronym which will prove to be very useful. Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy and the Nature Conservancy have developed a state-by-state clean energy policy tracking site, called SPOT. The acronym stands for this important purpose: State …

10 year study documents that air pollution thickens blood and hardens arteries, causing cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes, at levels below regulatory standards

Air pollution has been linked to heart disease for years, prompting concern as well as some skepticism, as the physiological steps showing a cause-and-effect have gone less understood. But now, a multi-year study has for the first time documented that air pollution thickens blood and hardens arteries, a condition that causes cardiovascular problems like heart attacks and strokes. “What’s new …