The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), an interdisciplinary Program of the University set up to tackle the World's most pressing problem of creating a low carbon clean energy infrastructure welcomes GE, the powerhouse industrial group, as a sustaining member into the Program.
Awesome Video Graphic titled "Why 2º C?" produced for the December Global COP21 climate conference in Paris:
Why should we care about a 2º C (3.6° F) rise in global temperature; doesn't seem like much right? Most of the time GetSolar talks about the financial benefits of installing a solar electric system, because in many markets of the United States, the financial benefits are very good all by themselves. With the impressive drop in solar panel system costs, combined with the renewed 30% Solar Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), the financial rationale alone is indeed compelling enough. However, the reason GetSolar exists is because we believe and understand the undeniable need to transtion the United States and the World to a clean-energy system. Solar and wind in particular, along with several other clean energy generation systems do not "burn" any fuel to produce electricity, they do not "emit" anything into the air as a byproduct of electricity generation, and hence they help solve the problem and smooth the transition to a lower carbon economy. This transition will be a long term process, using many different tools and techniques to address our energy needs.
What better time than now -- when delegates from around the world are gathering in Cancun for a second week of United Nations climate talks -- to show the world what we can do with solar power?
A new report released yesterday by the Solar Energy Industries Association(SEIA) predicts that, by 2020, global solar capacity could reach 980 gigawatts. One gigawatt (GW) is enough to power roughly 200,000 American homes.
A number of U.S. companies are leading the charge in developing better batteries for use in conjunction with clean energy systems.
With midterm elections now days away, the big names are coming out in California to fight against Proposition 23, an attempt to halt a state law limiting greenhouse gas emissions until the state's unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent or below. In the past two weeks, those opposed to Prop 23 have received backing from the likes of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and award-winning film director James Cameron, among others. All told, organizers have raised nearly $12 million to fight the proposition, which is backed by Texas oil companies Tesero Corp. and Valero Energy.
We talk a lot on this blog about how solar panels can cut monthly electricity costs and, in some states (like New Jersey, California, Arizona, Hawaii, Colorado and Pennsylvania) offer homeowners a stunningly attractive return on investment. Sometimes it's worth remembering, however, that solar panels produce clean, emissions-free electricity. In other words, solar power can be good for your checkbook and for the environment.
One of the more polarizing propositions on the California ballot this November is Proposition 23, an initiative that aims to suspend the state's Global Warming Act of 2006 until Caifornia's unemployment rate falls to 5.5 percent or below and stays there for a full year. The Global Warming Act aims to cut California's emissions of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020.
The nation's most popular and influential sports leagues have teamed up to take on climate change by adopting solar energy at their venues and promoting awareness of the benefits of solar power.