Renewable Energy

News and analysis on the solar, wind and other renewable energy sectors.

Early adopters of solar power, students at Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno, Nevada, celebrate their new solar power system in 2010.

Why the Increase in Solar-Powered Schools?

Out of the 125,000 K-12 schools in the United States, over 3,700 are running on solar power. Learn more about why so many…
Diablo Canyon Power Plant

California to Phase Out Nuclear Power By 2025

Pacific Gas and Electric will phase out its nuclear power production in California by 2025. That means the power produced at Diablo Canyon…
SolarCity's Buffalo, New York, plant under construction.

Tesla Makes Offer to Buy SolarCity

Electric vehicle superstar Tesla just tendered an offer to buy America’s largest solar company, SolarCity. The move would make Tesla “the world’s only…
Monitoring sales booth traffic patterns through Cree's smart LED lighting system

Autonomous LED Lighting Is Driving a Smart Building Revolution

LED lighting systems can serve as a connectivity link between sensors, things, smart applications, artificial intelligence programming and human wearables. The disruptive result…
Apple, clean energy, renewables, solar, wind power, energy markets, market disruption, Silicon Valley, Leon Kaye

Apple’s Foray into Renewables Should Worry Utilities

Utilities should be worries as Apple’s entry into the renewables buying-and-selling markets could become a huge threat to their business.
Energy access leaders called for a "Mars Shot" to end energy poverty. In the process, they hope to create a "unicorn" riding a "black swan"

Will Ending Energy Poverty Produce a Unicorn?

More than a billion people worldwide need electricity. Will a new breed of decentralized renewable energy company provide it, and create the next…
The Danish company, DONG Energy, the world leader in offshore wind, has headed to the US to support their green transformation. Photo: DONG Energy

The Answer to North America’s Energy Challenge is Blowing in the Offshore Wind

The U.S., the world’s second largest emitter of CO2, is faced with the task of converting its energy system from black to green.…
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US-India Pact on Renewables Will Help Keep Coal in the Ground

President Barack Obama and Indian President Narendra Modi signed a pact last week, extending a commitment originally established in 2014, to join forces…
Thought leadership, MGM, sustainability, renewables, clean energy, smart cities, Leon Kaye

Thought Leadership Can Emerge in the Most Unexpected Places (Like Vegas)

Las Vegas is known more for its entertainment, gaming industry and debauchery than mundane activities like environmental conservation and clean technology. But thought…
An Indian woman holds a solar panel following a solar electrification project in rural villages of Rajasthan state.

Can India Meet Its Ambitious Solar Targets?

India plans to increase solar power capacity to 100 gigawatts (GW) by 2022 — five times higher than its previous target. The question…
A new interactive map from the World Resources Institute enables users to click on a state to see renewable energy options and related utility offerings. If states are not tracking what neighboring states and others are doing, this will also help them do that. (Click to expand interactive features.)

Big Power Users Can Shop for Renewables Starting Here

A new interactive map from the World Resources Institute shows where heavy energy users (read: companies) can buy renewable electricity. The state-by-state map…
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New Process Efficiently Uses Solar to Produce Hydrogen

Not long ago, we heard a great deal about the so-called “hydrogen economy.” But producing hydrogen fuels proved prohibitively expensive. But a company…
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Businesses Must Respect Human Rights for a Fair Transition to a Renewable Future

As companies and governments strengthen their commitments to renewable energy, they must also strengthen their respect of human rights to ensure a fast…
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What Other Cities Can Learn From San Fran’s New Solar Law

As of Jan. 1, all new buildings in San Francisco measuring 10 stories or fewer must include a rooftop solar installation. What can…
IRENA, renewables, clean energy, solar, wind power, jobs, Leon Kaye, social enterprise, Brazil, China, Abu Dhabi, Masdar

Renewable Energy Now Employs Over 8 Million People

Despite low oil prices, the clean-energy sector keeps on growing, and it now employs 8.1 million people worldwide.
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