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The Renewable Energy Renaissance

The real Renaissance is in renewable energy whose sources could meet 25% of the nation's energy needs by 2025. Renewable technologies can help restore political and economic stability as well as save money…and the planet.

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Friday
Dec102010

Zero Emissions Race passes through Cancun climate summit

On your mark. Get set. GO SOLAR!Electric cars and motorcycles, "racing" from Geneva, Switzerland to Cancun, Mexico and back again, created a "sexy" spectacle of sustainability at the COP 16, the 16th summit of the Council of Parties to the U.N.'s Kyoto Climate Treaty. Solar power is the fuel of choice for the Zero Emissions Race.

Friday
Dec102010

First solar powered boat to circumnavigate the planet arrives at Cancun climate summit

Solar catamaran sailing near Monaco, Sept. 26, 2010.David Herron in the Green Transportation Examiner reports that the world's largest and fastest 100% solar powered ship, the TÛRANOR PlanetSolar, has successfully sailed from Monaco, France to Cancun, Mexico to take part in the current U.N. climate summit. After that, it will continue on its way via the Panama Canal to enter the Pacific on its global circumnavigation back to Monaco. Follow the ship's progress at its website. Even though this ship is nonfiction, its name comes from fantasy: in one of the languages in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy, TÛRANOR translates as "The Power of the Sun."

Wednesday
Dec082010

Good things come in small - and clever - packages

The U.K charity, Solar Aid, working in East Africa, has installed booths where people pay to use solar power to charge their mobile phones. The 100 booths are installed at schools and the proceeds are then used to buy books for the schools.

Wednesday
Dec012010

China's world leadership on clean energy investment a "Sputnik moment" for U.S.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has described China's world leadership on clean energy development as a "Sputnik moment" for the United States. Chu said "America still has the opportunity to lead in a world that will need essentially a new industrial revolution to give us the energy we want inexpensively but carbon-free...[b]ut I think time is running out." Of course, nuclear power is anything but inexpensive or quick to deploy -- and just as important as a carbon-free energy future, is a nuclear-free one.

Tuesday
Oct262010

World's largest solar energy project destined for California

The U.S. Department of the Interior has announced approval of what would become the world's largest solar energy project, to be built in Blythe, Southern California. The four massive plants costing $1 billion each would, when completed, generate up to 1,000 megawatts of energy, enough electricity to power up to 750,000 average American homes. The 1,000 megawatt output is equivalent to one nuclear power plant but at a considerably cheaper construction price tag with single nuclear reactor units potentially costing between $9 billion and $12 billion each at minimum.