Green home energy is leading the way among renovation trends

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A growing number of homeowners are opting for microgeneration technologies such as solar. Building an addition or an extension onto an existing house can be a phenomenal way to boost home value and ensure that a current residence continues to suit a family’s needs without having to move. However, a bigger home can lead to rising electrical and heating demands and costs. As a result, many homeowners are choosing to participate in a rapidly growing green home energy trend. By installing microgeneration technologies onto existing homes or those that have…

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India to reach 155 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2026

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Revised analysis shows that India’s clean power capacity is growing more quickly than expected India is on track to reach 155 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2026, according to a revised BMI Research analysis. The country has been working to embrace clean power for several years now. Hydropower has already established a strong presence in India, but the majority of the country’s new clean energy capacity will come from non-hydropower sources. Notably, solar and wind power will play a major role in accomplishing this goal. Solar power may become…

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China’s new Forest City will be covered in plants and powered by renewable energy

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Ground has been broken on an innovative new city China has broken ground on its first “forest city.” The city is being developed in the Guangxi Province. The new city will make use of renewable energy in order to be self-sufficient and it will also be covered in more than 1 million plants and host more than 40,000 trees. An estimated 10,000 tons of carbon emissions and 57 tons of other pollutants are expected to be offset by the new city due to its vast array of plant life and…

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France is taking another step in its transition toward renewable energy

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Country to ban new oil and gas exploration projects France is set to take a major step forward in its transition away from fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy. The country is planning to no longer grant licenses for new oil and gas exploration projects. This is part of France’s “ecological transition,” which will see the country move away from old forms of power that produce harmful emissions. By halting new oil and gas exploration projects, France may be able to significantly slow the development of new fossil-fuel systems as…

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The future of renewable energy continues to look promising

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Report highlights the continued growth in the demand for renewable energy The demand for renewable energy continues to rise, with wind and solar power becoming quite popular among consumers and businesses alike. According to Deloitte’s latest annual report on the renewable energy space, support for wind and solar power is on the rise. The report notes that advances in technology and the falling costs of clean power have secured growth for the foreseeable future. These two factors have made renewable energy competitive with more conventional forms of power. Businesses are…

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Switzerland to phase out nuclear power in favor of renewable energy

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Swiss voters show favor for renewable energy over nuclear power Switzerland voters have approved a new plan for the government to move away from nuclear power in form of renewable energy. The Swiss government is keen to replace aging nuclear reactors with new energy solutions in order to ensure that the country has a reliable source of sustainable electricity. Some 58% of Swiss voters approved the plan over the past weekend, which now requires the government to take action on phasing out nuclear power. Plan calls for nuclear power plants…

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Colorado city sets sights on renewable energy to combat power problems

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Homeowners voice concern over power outages and hope to see more renewable energy solutions Homeowners in Pueblo, Colorado, have come together to voice concern over the city’s apparent energy crisis. According to homeowners, as well as other locals, the city has been struggling with blackouts for some time. In some cases, these power outages have forced families to travel to motels and even homeless shelters in order to access the electricity they need. Local businesses have also expressed concern over increasing power bills, a problem that is creating a significant…

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California seeks to ditch fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy

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New legislation could require California to hit the 100% renewable energy mark by 2045 California’s lawmakers are looking to fast track the state’s plans to become completely reliant on renewable energy. New legislation has been introduced that, if successful, will require the state to derive no less than 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. California already has plans to reach the 50% renewable energy mark by 2030, but lawmakers believe that the state can accomplish a more ambitious goal, largely due to its growing clean power market.…

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India achieves major accomplishment with its renewable energy capacity

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India surpasses the 50 GW mark in renewable energy capacity India has reached another major milestone in its renewable energy sector. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has announced that the country’s operational grid-connected clean power capacity surpassed 50 gigawatts. More than half of this capacity comes from wind power, with solar energy coming in second. Hydropower, bioenergy, and waste-to-energy solutions make up the remainder of the country’s renewable energy capacity. While solar falls significantly behind wind in terms of capacity, India is considered one of the world’s fastest…

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China halts production on coal power plants to power renewable energy investments

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Construction on 85 coal power plants has been halted The Chinese government has suspended plans to build 85 new coal power plants in order to invest more heavily in renewable energy. According to the National Energy Administration, halting the coal projects is part of China’s Five Year Plan, which focuses heavily on clean power and reducing greenhouse emissions. China has placed a limit on how much coal capacity can be active in the country at any given time. This is meant to reduce the production of emissions and attract more…

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Wind energy market begins to show more promise

Wind power has had trouble finding a foothold in Ohio Wind energy develop is expected to pick up in Ohio, following a time where wind power projects have come to a standstill. The American Wind Energy Association notes that there are challenges that wind power faces in Ohio that are somewhat unique to the state. Some of these challenges have to do with state policy, which shows favor for more conventional forms of electrical power. Another issue that has hindered the growth of wind energy is the fact that the…

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Florida proposal seeks to boost the solar energy market

Solar power remains somewhat expensive, but leasing programs can solve this Sunlight is free, but using this resource to generate electricity is still an expensive endeavor. While the cost of photovoltaic technologies has fallen in recent years, the typical cost of an average household solar energy system capable of generating a day’s worth of electricity is comparable to a new vehicle. This is why many consumers rely heavily on leasing programs, which mitigate the upfront costs associated with solar energy and makes this form of clean power more attractive to…

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Solar energy may be the key to global sustainability

Solar power may require more attention in order to become viable throughout the world The sun may be the key to the world’s future sustainable energy needs, according Professor Arno Smets of the Delft University of Technology. Smets, along with his colleagues, envision a future where solar energy plays a major role in the future of the world. According to Smets, solar energy requires more attention, especially from world government, because this form of clean power has high returns and is quite inexpensive. Professor aims to make solar technologies more…

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Green energy innovation in India turns fish scales into electricity

Instead of disposing of the scales as waste, they are being recycled into usable power. In India, a team of Jadavpur University researchers have come up with a green energy innovation that recycles waste material into electricity. In this case, the waste material is biodegradable energy extracted from raw fish scales. The fish scales would typically be thrown away, but now they might become a source of fuel for the next generation of devices in the country. In fact, the research team thinks they may be an ideal energy source…

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Are Japan’s renewable energy project goals fizzling out?

The Fukushima nuclear plant disaster encouraged the country to make some ambitious plans. Five years have passed since the renewable energy project goals were set in Japan. Alternative energy sources became a priority following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. An earthquake and subsequent tsunami shook the country’s confidence in the safety of nuclear power. However, it appears as though the urgency Japan had felt to implement green energy is losing steam. Among the challenges that come with a renewable energy project is the exchange of costly implementation over cheap…

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Research team uses new nanomaterial to improve fuel cells

Washington State University team aims to lower the cost of fuel cells Researchers from the Washington State University have developed a new nanomaterial that may be able to reduce the cost and improve the performance of fuel cells. The nanomaterial is meant to lower the need for precious materials, such as platinum and palladium. These materials are often used in fuel cells, which has made these energy systems somewhat more expensive than other renewable energy solutions. Researchers throughout the world have worked to lower the cost of fuel cells in…

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