Community Purchase/Collective Buying of Leafs Made Prices $8600 Cheaper before Tax Credits

Boulder County invited Adams and Denver counties to team up with Vote Solar—a nonprofit advocacy organization that administers programs to facilitate residential solar group purchases*—to create Solar Benefits Colorado and engage EV manufacturers and dealers to see if the same rationale could be applied to pooled purchases of EVs. It turns out it can: Originally through October 31, 2015 and …

A $4.8tr opportunity not yet grasped – steps for banks to protect clients from climate change risks, tap historic dividend

Cross-posted from Business Green, by Lauren Compere, Boston Common Asset Management on 30 Oct 2015 The build-up to a new international climate agreement has seen 55 countries specify the amount of funding they require to deliver the mitigation and adaptation projects needed to keep global warming below 2°C.  This totals $4.8tr, more than the entire GDP of Japan or Germany, and represents …

Countries who limit emissions will gain much more than they lose

Countries stand to gain more than they would lose in economic terms from almost all of the actions needed to meet an agreed global warming limit of no more than 2C above pre-industrial levels, according to a paper published by two research institutes at the London School of Economics. It is the latest research to underscore the apparent economic gains from limiting …

A world powered 100% by renewable energy is no fantasy…it’s happening

So much power was produced by Denmark’s windfarms on a Thursday in July this year that the country was able to meet its domestic electricity demand and export power to Norway, Germany and Sweden. On an unusually windy day, Denmark found itself producing 116% of its national electricity needs from wind turbines yesterday evening. By 3am on Friday, when electricity demand dropped, …

Dallas jumps Houston as top green power government

The City of Dallas has yanked the title of top green power user from Houston, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA on Monday said the City of Dallas is now the largest local government user of green power in the nation, taking the top spot away from the City of Houston, which still ranks second above the District …

African Development Bank’s new president wants to bring electricity to the poorest parts of the continent within a decade and says he can mobilize $55 billion a year to make it happen.  “That money is there,” Adesina said in a phone interview. “Today Africa generates $540 billion in tax revenue per year. If you take 10 percent of that and devote …

Tanzania to bring solar electricity to 1 million homes by 2017

A funding round of $25 million was recently raised by Off-Grid Electric to grow its African micro-solar leasing efforts. The majority of the funds came from DBL Partners, though other investors included SolarCity, Western Technology Investment, Omidyar Network, Serious Change LP, and Vulcan Capital. Off-Grid’s new funding will be used in Rwanda and Tanzania to bring clean light sources to areas where there are …

Demand for Cooling is Rising Fast

The world faces a looming and potentially calamitous “cold crunch”, with demand for air conditioning and refrigeration growing so fast that it threatens to smash pledges and targets for global warming.  From The Guardian UK. Worldwide power consumption for air conditioning alone is forecast to surge 33-fold by 2100 as developing world incomes rise and urbanisation advances. Already, the US …