Wind and solar cheaper, employ more – see where and how

We already published a great article from Nexus Media regarding Lazard’s new report showing the extremely low (and falling) costs of solar power and wind power. However, I’ve been wanting to highlight these awesome new findings since Larmion shared the updated report with us earlier this month, and I want to break out the amazing news in 5 specific ways. These are …

Denver new city hub will be an internet of things (IoT), have self-driving EasyMile shuttle, and an energy grid with solar power during the day and batteries at night

Peña Station, currently a remote rail station south of Denver International Airport, may be the location of one of the most futuristic smart city developments. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock expressed his desire for Peña Station to be more than just a transit hub and earlier this year Panasonic jumped at the chance to make it a thriving community, outfitted with …

Fast charging (by solar and wind) rolls out in The Hague, Netherlands

December 2nd, 2016 by Roy L Hales Originally published on the ECOreport. Billions of euros are being invested into Europe’s EV market. Most of the industry’s best known vehicles are available. The race to build the infrastructure, which can help make them the vehicle of choice, lags behind. Ford, Volkswagen Group, BMW Group, and Daimlerare entering into the race with joint plans to develop 400 sites …

Time-shift Your excess solar with ice storage

November 25th, 2016 by Susan Kraemer cross-posted from Clean Technica Ice Energy has announced a new model of its thermal energy storage in ice, designed purely with the solar homeowner in mind. The Ice Cub lets a homeowner time-shift their own excess solar generation by storing solar generated at midday for use in their own air conditioning system. In the system, refrigerant used in …

Sweden Will Offer 60% Subsidy For Residential Battery Storage Costs

November 22nd, 2016 by Steve Hanley.  Source: Renewable Energy World Sweden says it wants to stop burning fossil fuels to make electricity by the year 2040. Policies and goals are wonderful things, but taking action to implement those policies and goals is where the hard work comes into play. Now Sweden is putting its money where its mouth is. It …

Wind and solar can save 20% when deployed together

By Ben Jervey, Originally published on Nexus Media. What’s keeping solar and wind power from fully taking over the electric grid? For starters, the sun only shines during the day. Wind blows intermittently, is seasonally variable, and is not always blowing when the energy is needed. But what if solar and wind work together? “Wind resource tends to complement solar resource,” …

First EV shuttle bus fleet in the US knocks out diesel in one swoop

By Tina Casey cross-posted from Clean Technica The EV company Proterra has been steamrolling over the diesel bus market, and it looks like downtown Chicago is the latest proving ground. Proterra has just inked a lease deal with the A-list real estate company JLL that will enable it to ditch a whole fleet of diesel shuttle buses in favor of all-electric buses. …

Blade coat, thin film solar strategy pays off for NIST team

Cross-posted from Clean Technica, by Tina Casey  A research team based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has determined that an economical process for cranking out thin film solar cells can get this close to hitting the “sweet spot” of 10% conversion efficiency. The process yields thin film solar cells that clock in at just over 9.5% and …

Third US energy storage mandate arrives in Massachusetts

August 11th, 2016 by Glenn Meyers from Utility Dive A new law will now provide Massachusetts with the third US energy storage mandate. Look for storage legislation to gain favor in the upcoming years. “Irrespective of the eventual target, Massachusetts could become the first non-West Coast state to set forth a storage goal,” said Ravi Manghani, director of energy storage at …