What actually changed in the world of solar in Q1 2018? Coal plants to solar farms and community solar power continues to be fastest growing solar segment in the US

What actually changed in the world of solar in Q1 2018? Here’s our rundown, by Zach Shahan, Editor of Clean Technica Solar Markets India kept pumping a ton of money into solar power plants in order to clean its grid while providing electricity to more people. Maharashtra in India launched a 1 GW solar tender; NTPC floated 2.75 GW of solar tenders; Tamil Nadu planned a 500 MW …

Disproportionate effects from fossil fuel pollution: African Americans asthma hospitalization rates are 3 to 5 times higher than for Whites, and asthma deaths are 2 to 3 times higher

African American communities, including workers, are most likely to be exposed to the pollution from fossil fuel based energy production through coal plants, oil and gas refineries, as well as pollution from energy production through nuclear facilities and waste incinerators.  We pay a severe price for this chronic, pervasive toxic exposure through health impacts. There are numerous examples of the health disparities. One glaring …

Imagine you were developing a model to reach vulnerable US voters, that you could tailor based on data from 87 million users…

Facebook Says Data on 87 Million Users May Have Been Improperly Shared: Facebook’s Zuckerberg to testify before House Committee on April 11 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to go before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee for questioning on digital privacy. PHOTO: STEVEN SENNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS By John D. McKinnon and Georgia Wells. WSJ.com 4 Apr 2018 WASHINGTON— Facebook Inc. said it believes that information on …

V2X: New project trials EV to building energy storage

 Apr 03, 2018  Priyanka Shrestha on Energy Live News  Image: Shutterstock A new project is trialling the use of electric vehicle (EV) batteries as energy storage for office buildings. ENGIE, Hitachi Europe and Mitsubishi Motors linked the first “vehicle to everything” (V2X) charger to the French utility’s office building in the Dutch city of Zaandam. Hitachi’s V2X charger can not only recharge EVs but also discharge the energy …

Tesla Model 3 Competitive Advantage — Costs ~$10,000 Less To Make Than Chevy Bolt

Clean Technica, April 2nd, 2018 by Maarten Vinkhuyzen  In a couple of previous articles, I compared the ramp of the Tesla Model 3 to the ramp of the Chevy Bolt. Tesla is clearly as good as or better than GM in bringing electric cars to production.  In this article, I look at another aspect of Tesla electric cars. The competitive advantages they have over the products …

Introducing students to labor history and worker’s rights

The Nation, March 2018 The young woman in the black sweatshirt was indignant. Across the negotiating table, a stern, occasionally sharp-tongued adversary was refusing to budge—first on wages and then on the organization’s social-media policy. “We’re a hospital,” the woman said with marked intensity. “Don’t you agree that our first responsibility is to our patients?” Nearby, a cluster of people were …

How to Stop Giving Amazon Your Money

By Jacob Kleinman 3/08/18 It can be hard to imagine your life with out Amazon. The company offers everything from online shopping to audiobooks to AI-powered speakers, all at cut-throat prices, but Amazon also does a lot of things that you might not agree with. The tech giant is currently under pressure to boot NRATV from its TV-streaming platform and continues to run ads on far-right news site Breitbart. Amazon’s also come …

Passive Solar Home Design Elements

Think of a building located in Northern Europe with large southern exposure windows and a lot of dark stone thermal mass that is exposed to the sunlight that comes through these windows even in the depths of winter — coupled with well insulated walls, airtightness, and thick night-curtains — as an example. In a tropical environment, conversely, the aim would …