Yesterday was a big day for renewable energy and climate change, as the world’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases paved the path of cooperation with regard to scaling renewable power. U.S. President Obama and the People’s Republic of China President Hu released a joint statement on a variety of economic, social, and political issues.
The Solar Decathlon has been well underway since Friday, and it’s good news so far for Team California, who is currently in the lead. (You can read Margaret’s short and sweet intro to Solar’s biggest competition here.) The biannual contest, which was designed to induce undergraduates to take a greater interest in a science or technology career, encourage clean energy development and raise public awareness of energy efficiency, runs for a week and a half and opens the students’ two years’ of work up to public scrutiny.
In between grocery shopping and leaf-peeping--or whatever it is you plan to do with the first Saturday in October--nip in and take a look at operational solar electric installations on display in homes and businesses across the country tomorrow. Under the umbrella of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), participating home and business owners will let riff-raff like you and me in off the streets to see the inner workings of their photovoltaics systems.