Clothing from Ag fibers + Urban Gardening 101: How to Deal With Contaminated Soil

By Brian Barth, Modern Farmer, on EcoWatch Urban soils are particularly prone to contamination. Fifty years ago, your yard could have belonged to a farmer, who, perhaps not knowing any better, disposed of old bottles of anti-freeze or contaminated diesel in a hole out behind the tractor garage. Or perhaps the remains of a fallen down outbuilding, long ago coated …

Rooftop Solar + Storage = Hurricane Energy Resiliency. Roof-mounted systems and nearly all ground-mounted systems in Florida came through Hurricane Irma

Clean Technica, Feb 2018, by Danny Parker Figure 1: Hurricane Irma Bears Down on Florida on September 8th, 2017. (NOAA) Improving Storm Resiliency with Rooftop Solar & Electrical Storage One series of complaints in the wake of Hurricane Irma came from some individuals who had installed solar electric PV systems and then were unable to use the produced solar power …

Half of island without power, but Puerto Rico generation back up to 72%, as microgrid rules are released

GTM Jan 8 2018 Puerto Rico Energy Commission Lays Out Rules for a Future Microgrid Landscape With power restored for just about half of the island’s residents, and 1.5 million still without power, regulators look toward a remade grid. By EMMA FOEHRINGER MERCHANT  Cleanup and electricity restoration efforts in Puerto Rico are ongoing. The Puerto Rico Energy Commission unveiled 29 pages of proposed …

Research shows that every $1 invested in restoring degraded land generates an estimated $7–$30 in economic benefits

Be Helen Ding, Sofia Faruqi, Caroline Gagné and Andrés Anchondo Ortega – December 19, 2017 WRI   Costa Rica is a restoration success story. Photo by Aaron Minnick/WRI Trees are obviously good for the planet. What’s not so clear to most people—governments, NGOs, investors, the public—are their socioeconomic benefits. Trees are essential for the economy, our health and our wellbeing. , including improved food production, carbon sequestration, and …

Puerto Rico wants to upgrade its infrastructure, waits for the lights to come back on

Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid? Puerto Rico’s history of intervention and mismanagement created a financially disastrous backdrop for Hurricane Maria. By John Farrell, 6 Nov 2017, GTM Puerto Rico Capitol Building in downtown San Juan. On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of …

Needing to price resilience

Excerpt from Too often electric resilience — the ability to withstand or bounce back from an outage — is an intangible in the minds of energy users, he said. They don’t consider the cost of downtime, even though power outages create clear financial losses that can be quantified – and that microgrids can avert. For example, a supermarket may lose hundreds …

A fire department in Puerto Rico is now powered by solar: ‘It’s a matter of life and death’

By Tucker Higgins 13 Oct 2017 CNBC.com @tuckerhiggins  An American solar company installs solar-powered microgrids at a San Juan fire station that had been relying on a diesel generator. The 4 kilowatt solar array with battery storage will provide electricity to the communications system, which has been down since Hurricane Maria struck the island. Only 17 percent of residents on the island …

Online platform, Project Navigator, provides the tools and guidance to assist in developing renewable mini-grid projects, with best practices to assist project developers in preparing, developing, and operating bankable projects

New addition to IRENA’s Project Navigator has the best practices for developing mini-grid projects in Small Island Developing States Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can transform their power sectors towards renewable energy, addressing the challenges of affordable energy and climate change. In this context, renewable mini-grid solutions, composed of electricity generators and storage systems interconnected to a distribution network which …