Solar power is big business!
In an article from PV TECH, I read that “The route to decarbonisation in the energy sector will create benefits of US$10 trillion every year by 2050, while requiring only US$1.8 trillion to implement, according to a new joint report from the International Energy Agency (IAE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
In their first ever collaboration, IEA and IRENA found that a total of 6 million jobs would be created, even when accounting for jobs lost in other industries.
Further jobs will also be created in the energy efficiency sector. The report stressed that efforts on the transition need to be stepped up urgently to stay in line with the targets of the Paris Agreement.
IRENA director-general Adnan Z. Amin, said: “Critically, the economic case for the energy transition has never been stronger. Today around the world, new renewable power plants are being built that will generate electricity for less cost than fossil-fuel power plants. And through 2050, the decarbonisation can fuel sustainable economic growth and create more new jobs in renewables.”
“Many forms of energy surround you: sunlight, the heat in your room and even your own movements. All that energy — normally wasted — can potentially help power your portable and wearable gadgets, from biometric sensors to smart watches.
Now, researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland have found that a mineral with the perovskite crystal structure has the right properties to extract energy from multiple sources at the same time.”- from Science Daily
Read more about how to garner energy from your immediate environment at: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170207142711.htm
Renewable Energy World, one of the leading publications in the RE business just ran an encouraging story about the RE market.
“Renewable energy accounted for the majority (50.5 percent) of new U.S. electrical generation put into service during the first 11 months of 2016, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) monthly Energy Infrastructure Update (with data through Nov. 30, 2016).
Combined, newly installed capacity from renewable sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) totaled 9,655 MW, surpassing that from natural gas (8,109 MW), nuclear power (1,270 MW), coal (45 MW), and oil (33 MW) combined.
The rapid growth of renewables — particularly solar and wind — has resulted in their seizing an ever-growing share of the nation’s total generating capacity. Five years ago, renewable sources cumulatively accounted for slightly over 14 percent of total available installed generating capacity; now they provide almost 19 percent (18.69 percent): hydropower, 8.53 percent; wind, 6.58 percent; solar, 1.84 percent; biomass, 1.41 percent; and geothermal, 0.33 percent.”
Story source: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2017/01/renewables-provide-majority-of-new-us-generating-capacity-through-november-2016.html?cmpid=enl_REW_GEOTHERMALENERGYNEWS_2017-01-12
Spring Forward into the Audubon at Debs Park solar training class on Saturday, March 19th!
This month we’ll concentrate on Phase II LEED Building Design and Energy Efficiency. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, built, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily.
The Audubon Center was the first Platinum LEED building in the United States. The Audubon’s address is: 4700 N. Griffin Ave. Los Angeles CA 90031.
Class is from 9am- 3pm. Class fee: $20.00
To consider installing solar power on a home or business, you should first consider how energy efficient the building is and what it will take to make the building more efficient. This month’s solar class looks at energy efficiency and energy calculators to make the building more efficient.
“Every dollar you save on energy efficiency will save you $3.00 on solar power”.
Which states are leading the US in using 100%Renewable Energy?
An article in the 9/18/15 issue of Renewable Energy News lists Aspen, Colorado as the third US municipality to source all its energy requirements from renewable sources,
joining Burlington in Vermont and
Greensburg in Kansas.
Way to go folks, you are demonstrating that not only it CAN be done, but that it SHOULD be done in all US cities.
Did you ever think about where islands get their electricity?
If they have to use gas or oil to run engines that create electricity, it’s costly, inefficient and pollutes the air. Other resources are solar power, tidal turbines off the coast, or WEC (wave energy conversion).
The June 25th edition of Renewable Energy Magazine just ran in interesting article on Indonesia’s move to use wave energy conversion.
“The Indonesian archipelago is facing extensive challenges with its complex power network and the deployment of Bombora Wave Power’s WEC would greatly improve access to electrical power for Indonesian citizens. The country’s present wave energy resource level is somewhat less than that currently available to other countries and the WEC is very attractive to the Indonesian market, on account of its ability to collect wave energy from a wide wave front.
The WEC’s flexible membrane and simple valving, squeezes air through a closed circuit and extracts energy with an air turbine to generate electricity.”
For more on this fascinating renewable energy resource, see: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/article/bombora-wave-power-to-supply-wave-power-20150622
According to Green Tech Solar “In the first quarter of 2015, the United States installed 437 megawatts of residential solar PV, breaking all previous records.
Here are the top 10 states that installed residential solar systems:
2. New York
5. New Jersey
Source: GTM Research/SEIA U.S. Solar Market Insight report, Q1 2015”
This is very important news for two reasons, first of all, solar power is affordable or people wouldn’t be buying it, and solar power is a clean, renewable source of energy that doesn’t pollute our world. Go Team USA!