A small Guatemalan renewable energy company wants to change the way solar is sold to low-income rural families, saying that the popular and historically efficient microloan system is too slow in some areas of Central America. To show how committed it is to this idea, the company has created a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo that is gaining steam.
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What do investors do when a Kickstarter project they’ve been rooting for (and invested good, hard money in to see succeed) doesn’t make it past the prototype stage? And whose responsibility is it to safeguard against that, anyhow? The answer may be in the investor’s research.
Combining roof-mounted photovoltaic panels with vegetation can help boost the effect of photovoltaic panels. Green roofs have many additional energy saving benefits to offer.
Buildings consume more energy than any other global asset. In 2011, U.S. utilities spent an estimated $3.3 billion on the commercial buildings sector, yet roughly 30% of building energy is wasted. The commercial buildings industry is sitting on an opportunity to basically double its energy-saving potential, while slashing implementation costs.
There are many reasons to oppose exporting U.S. coal to Asia, including huge health, safety and environmental risks. But what if the entire underlying economic rationale—China’s supposed insatiable demand for U.S. coal exports— now no longer exists?
Federal subsidies and state level renewable energy mandates have helped solar energy in Texas somewhat. But neither is enough to overcome the economic realities of energy production in the largely deregulated state.
At the 2013 Climate Leadership Conference in DC, Rod West, Executive Vice President at Entergy Corporation urged the 450 attendees to stop focusing on converting people to climate change believers and start focusing on the cost of doing nothing. “I could give a rat’s cheek whether you’re a true believer – as a business people … Continued
Australia’s Ambre Energy has big plans to open two coal train export terminals in Washington and Oregon, but a number of financial woes for the company, including money-losing coal mines, large write-offs for failed overseas ventures, major liabilities for mine cleanup and pensions, troubled assets, high borrowing costs, and a need for $1 billion in new capital to make its coal projects financially viable, might cause it to grind to a halt.
Companies often face trade-offs when evaluating the environmental impacts of a product. Whereas a nutritional label reports calories, fat content, and the like, LCA reports deal in climate change impacts, acidification, ozone depletion, and so on. Trade-offs are inherent, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
As we begin to move away from fossil fuels, it is important to recognize that those fuels provided two functions in one. They were both energy sources and energy storage systems. In the new world of renewables, those two functions will have to be provided separately.
Developing industrial-scale wind farms requires significant upfront capital to assess the wind resource of a given site. A new meteorological tower on the market is lowering the barriers of entry for industrial-scale wind developers, as it gathers high-quality data for a lower upfront investment.
The phrase “smart building” conjures up images of sleek new structures incorporating all the latest energy-saving bells and whistles, but that’s only part of the story. So, what is a smart building?