US may not be able to meet its renewable energy goals by 2050

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Study suggests that the country may miss its renewable energy targets due to narrow focus The United States may need to expand its energy focus if it intends to become carbon neutral in the future. A new study from a group of 21 academic and private energy researchers argues that the country’s focus on renewable energy is too narrow. As such, the U.S. may not be able to meet its environmental goals of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Moreover, the country may not even be able to significantly reduce its…

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Solar energy can be used to produce clean water

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Research team can convert seawater into drinking water using sunlight Researchers from Rice University have developed a new way to desalinate seawater using the power of solar energy. The new method could potentially be used to provide communities throughout the world with potable water. The conventional method of extracting drinkable liquid from seawater involves distillation, which is an energy intensive and somewhat inefficient process. By using solar energy to produce potable water, researchers believe this method could eventually be replaced. New system is comprised of commercially viable materials The new…

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Two renewable energy bills have been shot down in Nevada

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Governor vetoes two renewable energy bills The future of renewable energy in Nevada had begun to look somewhat brighter in recent months due to the introduction of three new bills. These bills would help the state shift toward a more open and competitive energy market, but two of these three bills have now been shot down. Late last week, Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed two of the three bills, claiming that there is significant uncertainty regarding Nevada’s renewable energy shift. Bills would have aided the expansion of renewable energy in the…

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Solar energy may strike a blow against coal industry by 2040

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Inexpensive solar energy may prove to be a problem for the coal industry By 2040, inexpensive solar energy may deal a grievous blow to the coal industry, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The study highlights the rapidly falling cost of solar power and its associated technologies. As prices continue to drop, it is becoming easier to embrace solar energy. Bloomberg predicts that solar power will actually be less expensive than coal in most parts of the world by 2021, which may trigger a major shift…

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New research project aims to help homeowners share solar energy

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Researcher wants to develop a way for homeowners to share solar energy with one another A researcher from the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom is working to develop new technologies that would allow people to share the solar energy they produce themselves. Mahmoud Dhimish, a PhD student at the university, has launched a project focused on making this a possibility. The project is being supported by the University of Huddersfield School of Computing and Engineering. If successful, the project may eventually lead to a future where homeowners will…

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HyperSolar extends partnership to continue researching renewable hydrogen fuel production

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Company has extended its partnership with the University of California HyperSolar, a company specializing in renewable hydrogen fuel production, has announced that it will be expanding its research agreement with the University of California. This was the first university that the company teamed with in order to advance renewable hydrogen fuel production technology. This technology leverages the power of clean energy, such as solar power, in order to make hydrogen production carbon-neutral and cost effective. Such technology is expected to make fuel cells more attractive as it will reduce their…

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Solar energy industry is leading job growth in Montana

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Montana is experiencing a surge in its solar energy industry Solar energy has had a successful year so far in 2017. Last year, the state ranked 40th in the country in terms of renewable energy job growth. Now, however, the growth of the solar energy industry during the first half of this year has set the state on course to reaching 22nd in clean job growth. The solar energy industry has powered job growth in the state, creating new economic opportunities and allowing the state to become more energy independent.…

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Google aims to promote solar energy adoption with Project Sunroof

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Project Sunroof will now show users that have installed solar energy systems Google’s solar energy initiative, called Project Sunroof, intends to encourage the adoption of solar power by showing homeowners who in their neighborhoods have already installed solar panels. Project Sunroof has been around for some time, but its use has been somewhat limited as Google worked to perfect the system. Using Project Sunroof, homeowners can determine how viable their homes are for solar energy systems. The system allows homeowners to estimate the cost of solar installations and evaluate how…

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Solar energy to power all of Tesla’s charging stations

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Tesla has plans to use solar energy to power all of its charging stations Tesla Motors has plans to disconnect all of its charging stations from established energy grids. The automaker is looking to power its charging stations with solar energy systems and batteries. Notably, Tesla has become heavily involved in the solar energy space; largely due to its recent acquisition of sister company SolarCity. Tesla has been adding solar energy systems to its charging stations for several years, but now the company has committed much of its focus to…

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Renewable energy generates more electricity in the UK than coal and gas

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UK generated more electricity from renewable energy sources than from its coal and gas systems Wind, solar, and nuclear power have become the largest contributors to the United Kingdom’s energy grid. The National Grid, which oversees the country’s energy infrastructure, notes that these three forms of power have reached a new milestone. The UK has been showing strong support for renewable energy in recent years. The government has invested heavily in wind energy, specifically. The government is eager to distance itself from fossil-fuels in order to meet its environmental goals…

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World’s largest floating solar energy system now completed in China

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Development of world’s largest floating solar energy system has been completed China has successfully completed development of the world’s largest floating solar energy system, which is based in the Anhui Province. The project is meant to represent yet another step toward the country’s goal of reducing its consumption of fossil-fuels and eliminating air pollution. Solar energy has become a major priority in China, especially as the country grows more concerned over the potential impact of climate change. With China announcing that it will play a larger role in the Paris…

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Renewable energy to expand in Vanuatu

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World Bank will provide funding for renewable energy in Vanuatu The island nation of Vanuatu is set to gain more access to renewable energy due to a new initiative launched by the World Bank. The World Bank has announced approval $4 million in funding for the Vanuatu Rural Electrification Project II. The project is meant to expand the nation’s use of renewable energy in order to make it more independent and open up new economic opportunities. The initiative intends to provide renewable energy for approximately 45,000 people in Vanuatu. Funding…

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Mercedes-Benz and Vivint solar to offer new solar energy system in California

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Companies come together to offer a combined solar energy and storage solution Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be combining solar energy with an innovative new storage system. To accomplish this, the company has partnered with Vivint Solar. The new solution may be particularly attractive to homeowners that are showing interest in clean power. Solar energy has come to establish a powerful presence within the residential sector, where homeowners are purchasing solar energy systems in order to save money on electricity. New system will initially be available in California Mercedes-Benz…

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India is beginning to move away from coal in favor of solar energy

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Coal developers are struggling to adapt to the falling cost of solar energy Several of India’s coal developers are beginning to question the future of fossil-fuels in the country as the cost of solar energy continues to plummet. As costs continue to fall solar power is gaining more popularity and support. This is opening up new economic opportunities that those focused specifically on fossil-fuels may not be able to take advantage of. With solar energy now the least expensive form of power in the country, coal developers are beginning to…

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Wind energy is gaining ground in Morocco

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Massive wind energy project is yielding results for Morocco Morocco is home to the largest onshore wind energy system in Africa and it has offset a massive amount of emissions produced over the past two years. In 2015, the Tarfaya wind farm began operation and began changing the way Morocco received its electrical power. Previous to the wind farm providing energy, the country received 97% of its electrical power from fossil-fuels. Now, however, Morocco intends to focus more heavily on renewable energy in order to become more environmentally friendly and…

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Solar power sets a new record in the United Kingdom

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Solar power helps meet 24% of country’s peak energy demand Solar power has set a new record in the United Kingdom for the second time in a month. On May 26, the country’s solar power systems generated a total of 8.7 gigawatts of electrical power. This was able to meet 24% of the UK’s peak energy demand during the middle of the day. Earlier this month, the country’s solar energy systems were able to generate 8.48 gigawatts, the previous record in terms of energy generation. Renewable energy is playing a…

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