Category: Sustainability

Energy is the new internet: The Enernet is coming – with massive economic opportunity ahead!

Energy is on a similar path to the emergence of the internet in the 1990s.
We are on the verge of another

massive societal transformation, with the
“Enernet” emerging as a “dynamic, distributed, redundant and
multi-participant energy network built around clean energy generation,
storage and delivery – and serving as the foundation for smart cities.”

Nanogrids, microgrids, distributed energy resources, virtual power plants,
intelligent building materials, battery storage, smart lighting, new
networks and intelligence are driving down energy costs and improving
services. “From the enernet evolution will come smart cities that are an
order-of-magnitude smarter, healthier and safer. The new network will also
present quantum leaps in energy security and emergency resilience that can
stand in the face of superstorms or cyberattacks.”

It’s going to be an incredible ride…

Solar grows by 95% in 2016!

Solar energy installation capacity grew by 95% in 2016, with utility scale, residential and commercial solar all achieving record growth. Solar installations were 39% of all new 2016 electric capacity in the US, and wind energy 26%. Renewables were the majority of new capacity – blowing away new natural gas plants (29%).

While we have a long way to go, the exponential growth is creating a new paradigm of clean energy jobs – good for the economy, and great for the environment.  Read Here!

New Solar Job Every 10 Minutes!

 

The solar industry added a new solar job every 10 minutes last year, bringing the workforce to a whopping 260,000 U.S. solar jobs. More than a quarter million workers across all 50 states are busy building a better energy future for all of us. Solar is now the 2nd largest employer in the energy sector, employing more Americans than coal or natural gas. You can download the entire report here:

National Grid & SunRun Announce Partnership


As the solar industry matures, we are beginning to see the emergence of new partnership models. The latest announcement is between National Grid – who owns an electric distribution utility in Massachusetts & upstate New York – and SunRun, one of the leading funders of residential solar installations in the country. As the article notes: “The partnership will also include research on how distributed energy resources can be aggregated to balance and optimize the grid, a service which is currently provided by centralized generators.”  Read Here.

Top Ten Companies Going Solar

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The Solar Energy Industries Association released this year’s top 10 companies who are “going solar” in a huge way:

Recognize any of them? Target, Walmart, Prologis, Apple, Costco, Kohl’s, Ikea, Macy’s, General Growth Properties, & Hartz Mountain…

While they’re getting some “good press” and “green creds” – the reality is that they figured out that solar can save them a tremendous amount of money.

As Mike Duke of Walmart says: “The math adds up pretty quickly…less energy we have to buy… means less waste and more savings”.

Give us a call or email, and we’ll help you figure out how you can save with solar, too.

Best Time To Be Alive

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There were two incredibly inspiring articles on the web this week:

The first, a gift from our neighbors to the north, speaks for itself:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/10/17/leave-it-to-canada-to-remind-america-that-its-still-a-great-country/

The other article (below) made me think about how the evolution of clean
energy policy, technology, financing, and economies of scale are making
clean energy affordable for everyone.

Take the Oakwood Friend’s School. The non-profit boarding school always wanted solar, but had 11 different electric meters for their 18
mostly-shaded buildings – and couldn’t afford it.

Today, solar is producing 100% of their annual 700,000 kilowatt hours of
electricity. The system is sited in a fallow field at the edge of their property, and is “remote metered”. EarthKind Energy identified and maneuvered through the new energy policies and grant incentives, put together leading cost-effective technologies, secured a pass-along ofincentives from a tax equity investor, and coordinated the myriad details
of the installation and utility interconnection — with ZERO ($-0-) dollars out-of-pocket from Oakwood.

Now, the school will save more than $1.5 Million over the next 25 years -and they are using the solar system as an integral part of their  curriculum.

The article also reminded me of my wife – who is alive today thanks to incredible medical advances over the last decade that provided her with a  Live Liver Transplant – where she received 1/2 of a live liver, and both  her portion, and the original, grew back to full size. “Two for one”.

Now…. “imagine a student who grows an artificial pancreas right in front  of the president-an idea that eventually eliminates waiting lists for lifesaving organs… imagine the girls who discover a new fuel based on only sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide… the teenager who makes voting and civic activism as addictive as scrolling through your Twitter feed… the boy from Idaho who grows potatoes from a plot of soil brought back from our colony on Mars…”

It is, indeed, “the best time to be alive”.

Barack Obama: Now Is the Greatest Time to Be Alive


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North East States Prioritize Renewable Energy

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This past week New York’s PSA (Public Service Commission) passed the Governor’s mandate for New York to go to 50% renewables by 2030.  Massachusetts approved  offshore wind for 1,600 MW of power.     Last year Vermont  approved a Clean Energy Standard of 75 percent by 2032.  One of the more controversial sections of New York’s approval is the inclusion of nuclear power.   New York,  unlike other major state players continues to subsidize nuclear power.  This could be challenged legally in the near future. Read more about this in Renewable Energy World.

Guide Book for Renewable Energy Jobs

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E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) has created a guide for getting into the filed of renewable energy.  Many young people are graduating from with a firm belief that they need to create a sustainable world to live in.  Therefore it is logical for graduates to be attracted to the renewable energy field which will help co-create a sustainable world.  Read more about opportunities here in E2’s clean jobs guide for grads.