Tag: solar energy

PITT Goes Green with a 61-acre Solar Farm

A new 55,000 solar panel farm will provide the Pittsburgh campus with nearly one-fifth of its electricity through a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Pitt signed a 20-year agreement with Vesper to purchase all of the electricity produced on the site. Aurora Sharrard, Pitt’s… Continue Reading “PITT Goes Green with a 61-acre Solar Farm”

FRANCE: Solar Energy from Parking Lots

Énergie solaire à partir de parkings. The latest solar energy news out of France blanketed media outlets: France to require all large parking lots to be covered by solar panelsIn France, solar just got a huge boost from new legislation approved through the Senate this week… Continue Reading “FRANCE: Solar Energy from Parking Lots”

Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV

Our home electric and gas utility bills arrived in late October. Total: $38.67 Image: Electric bills for 12 month period = $290.44$24.20 average per month includes EV charging It’s been over a year since we upgraded our home heating and cooling system from an… Continue Reading “Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV”

AGRIVOLTAIC FARMING: Our Food & Energy Future

Agrivoltaic farming involves strategically installing solar panels so they share land used for agriculture. Advocates for this option believe it could make a meaningful difference in both food supplies and energy infrastructure. Jane Marsh wrote a story in Renewable Energy Magazine on October 20,… Continue Reading “AGRIVOLTAIC FARMING: Our Food & Energy Future”

News Headlines: Renewable Energy

Global news headlines on renewable energy Economic benefits of wind, solar in rural Appalachia could top $65 billionA recent report shows that rural communities in Appalachia could benefit the most from wind and solar development. The group looked at expected local tax revenues, land lease… Continue Reading “News Headlines: Renewable Energy”

Caltech’s Space Solar Energy Project

Imagine collecting solar energy in space, where it has 8-times the potential of terrestrial solar, and beaming it back to Earth. Caltech’s wildly ambitious space solar project, buoyed by a massive hundred-million-dollar donation, is preparing to launch its first prototypes into orbit. These cutting-edge… Continue Reading “Caltech’s Space Solar Energy Project”

15 Companies Are Manufacturing Solar Panels in the US

Kelly Pickerel wrote a detailed article listing all the companies “entering a solar module manufacturing renaissance” in the United States. While her October 19th story includes the full details, below is a condensed list of those companies: Kelly’s complete story in Solar Power World… Continue Reading “15 Companies Are Manufacturing Solar Panels in the US”

New Federal Climate, Energy Law Makes Going Solar Well Within Reach

By Sharon Pillar, Executive Director PA Solar Center | October 4, 2022 The recently passed [federal] Inflation Reduction Act offers a number of incentives that make transitioning to solar power very attractive to homeowners, businesses, and other organizations. It offers financing tools and opportunities… Continue Reading “New Federal Climate, Energy Law Makes Going Solar Well Within Reach”

Move Over Tesla: Here Comes General Motors

DETROIT – October 11, 2022 – General Motors today announced the introduction of Ultium Home and Ultium Commercial, which in combination with the existing Ultium Charge 360, create a holistic ecosystem of energy management products and services that will be housed under a new business unit… Continue Reading “Move Over Tesla: Here Comes General Motors”

Highlights from EIA’s Latest “Short-Term Energy Outlook”

By Ken Bossong | SUN DAY CAMPAIGN | October 12, 2022(founded 1992)6930 Carroll Avenue; Suite #340; Takoma Park, MD 20912301-270-6477 x.6;  sun-day-campaign@hotmail.comTwitter: Follow @SunDayCampaign “Increases in U.S. electricity generation in our forecast come almost entirely from solar and wind. We expect renewable sources will provide… Continue Reading “Highlights from EIA’s Latest “Short-Term Energy Outlook””

MINOTT: Big Gas Will Throttle our Economy no More

OPINION: Joseph Otis Minott | Clean Air Council | October 6, 2022 Big gas has throttled Pennsylvania’s economy and that of the wider Ohio Valley for the last fifteen years. While gas executives like Energy Transfer’s Kelcy Warren and Chesapeake’s Aubrey McClendon managed to… Continue Reading “MINOTT: Big Gas Will Throttle our Economy no More”

Pennsylvania Missing Out on Millions of Dollars

RGGI, Inc.’s third carbon-allowance auction of 2022 generated more than $301 million in revenue for reinvestment Pennsylvania is missing out on millions of dollars in revenue from carbon-allowance auctions that are part of a multi-state initiative to combat climate change as legal challenges to… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania Missing Out on Millions of Dollars”

Renewables Likely Top 25% of US Electricity and 30% of Generating by Year End 2024

by Ken Bossong, Executive Director – SUN DAY Campaign Data recently released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirm that solar and wind are poised to experience significant growth this year and for at least the… Continue Reading “Renewables Likely Top 25% of US Electricity and 30% of Generating by Year End 2024”

CHINA: World’s Largest Flow Battery Connected to Grid

Dalian Flow Battery Energy Storage Peak-shaving Power Station will work as a power bank and assist in the uptake of renewable energy from solar and wind. “The energy storage system is expected to supply enough power for up to 200,000 residents each day. We’ve… Continue Reading “CHINA: World’s Largest Flow Battery Connected to Grid”

Resilience: Solar-Powered Florida Community Endured Hurricane Ian

No loss of power and minimal damage to Babcock Ranch solar array operated by Florida Power and Light The CNN story on October 2, 2022 by Rachel Ramirez reports: The storm [Hurricane Ian] obliterated the nearby Fort Myers and Naples areas with record-breaking surge and winds… Continue Reading “Resilience: Solar-Powered Florida Community Endured Hurricane Ian”

No One Worries about Energy Bills in One Tiny German Town

In a September 29, 2022 story by Frank Jordans tells how Feldheim, Germany, about 90-minutes south of Berlin, has been energy self-sufficient for more than a decade. A bold experiment launched in the mid-1990s saw Feldheim erect a handful of wind turbines to provide… Continue Reading “No One Worries about Energy Bills in One Tiny German Town”

Solar September: Another 6-Dollar Monthly Electric Bill

$6.57 to be exact, which also included home EV charging and 1,067 kWh left ‘in the bank’ for future months. We also generated another SREC to sell for $40. Meantime, a neighbor in the same size ranch home got a bill for $197. Other… Continue Reading “Solar September: Another 6-Dollar Monthly Electric Bill”

Duquesne Light Commits to New PA Solar Farm

7,000 Pittsburgh area homes to be powered by solar energy On September 28, 2022, An-Li Herring reports on WESA 90.5 “Duquesne Light Co. announced Monday that the Pennsylvania Utility Commission approved its 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Pine Gate Renewables. As part of… Continue Reading “Duquesne Light Commits to New PA Solar Farm”

PA Catches Up in National Rankings for School Solar

G.E.T. Solar Energy Help Now; Avoid Natural Gas Price Spikes By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 26, 2022 According to a new national report on schools’ adoption of solar published last week by nonprofit Generation180, Pennsylvania ranked 11th in… Continue Reading “PA Catches Up in National Rankings for School Solar”

UK: Solar Energy and Fracking

Two articles point out the growing benefits from solar and the reasons why fracking talk is ‘pie in the sky.’ Positive gains on the solar front in Europe… Paweł Czyżak, a senior analyst at the energy and climate thinktank Ember writes, Solar power saved the… Continue Reading “UK: Solar Energy and Fracking”

US Residential Energy Storage had its Strongest Quarter to Date

Demand is rising in the residential segment as solar installers continue to add storage to their product offerings. The U.S. market installed over 2,608 MWh of energy storage capacity in the second quarter of 2022. KELLY PICKEREL | SOLAR POWER WORLD | SEP 14,… Continue Reading “US Residential Energy Storage had its Strongest Quarter to Date”

Trees, Climate Change and Surging Power Outages

Monday night’s premiere episode of “The Neighborhood” bore the title “Goodbye Grid Day” as the Johnson family goes solar, and ends up with the only electricity still on, after the grid goes down in the rest of the neighborhood. Clever show! While it wasn’t… Continue Reading “Trees, Climate Change and Surging Power Outages”

Yin & yang of climate & energy in China

A September 14, 2022 Opinion, China Is Writing the Story of the Climate Future, by David Wallace-Wells in The New York Times, points out the complexities of climate change and renewable energy in China, a country that was blanketed by heat and drought during… Continue Reading “Yin & yang of climate & energy in China”

Off-grid Solar EV Charger

California-based solar-powered EV charger company Paired Power has just debuted a modular, off-grid electric vehicle charger that is powered by a solar canopy. Michelle Lewis writes in a September 13, 2022 story in electrek about this new offering, with deliveries expected to begin in the 2nd… Continue Reading “Off-grid Solar EV Charger”

August BOLT Report | Larger Rebates Here for PA Electric Vehicles

Monthly energy analysis for our Chevy Bolt EV GM Report for August 2022: Translated into dollars and cents: We used 190.5 kWh to travel 762 miles. That works out to 4 miles per 1 kWh. As of August 29, 2022: Electricity from our power… Continue Reading “August BOLT Report | Larger Rebates Here for PA Electric Vehicles”

PENNSYLVANIA: Erie 2030 District Achieves $4.6 Million In Energy Savings

Achieved a 22.4% Decline in Energy Use; 14.6% Decline in Carbon Emissions by David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 31, 2022 On August 30, the Erie 2030 District, a group comprising 17 Erie area property partners representing 130 buildings and… Continue Reading “PENNSYLVANIA: Erie 2030 District Achieves $4.6 Million In Energy Savings”

Our Electric Bill Went Up. One cent.

Sure enough, it went from $6.56 last month to $6.57 this month. Our rooftop solar panels have been doing a great job of providing electricity for our home cooling and other household uses, as well as providing all the ‘juice’ to power our Chevy… Continue Reading “Our Electric Bill Went Up. One cent.”

Benefits to Schools Switching to Solar Energy

Pennsylvania Solar Center, Generation180 Outline Benefits to Schools Switching to Solar Energy – Saving Money, Avoiding Costly Price Spikes By David E. Hess | PA Environment Blog | August 22, 2022 Photo: Midd-West School District solar energy installation, Middleburg, Snyder County, Pennsylvania) On August… Continue Reading “Benefits to Schools Switching to Solar Energy”

Renewable Energy Sources Provided over One-Quarter of US Electrical Generation in the First Half of 2022

WIND ACCOUNTED FOR ALMOST 12% OF TOTAL OUTPUT; SOLAR HAS NOW SURPASSED 5%    UP BY NEARLY A FIFTH SINCE LAST YEAR, RENEWABLES MAY BE ON TRACK TO SURPASS EIA’S FORECAST FOR THE YEAR  Brief News Update & Analysis   SUN DAY CAMPAIGN 6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite #340; Takoma… Continue Reading “Renewable Energy Sources Provided over One-Quarter of US Electrical Generation in the First Half of 2022”

Congress Gives Final Approval to Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Sending it to President Biden

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 12, 2022 On August 12, the U.S. House passed compromise legislation that would make the largest federal investment– $375 billion– in climate change fighting strategies, including investments in renewable energy production, tax rebates… Continue Reading “Congress Gives Final Approval to Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Sending it to President Biden”

Electric Vehicle Savings by the Hundreds

Looking at the latest monthly report from GM on our BOLT EV, we see that it saved us $122 to $290 on fuel over the past 30 days, depending on the comparison… and that’s not counting the free energy from the sun that our… Continue Reading “Electric Vehicle Savings by the Hundreds”

‘Paying it Forward’ with Solar Energy

Homeowners have faced a steady stream of rising energy costs from fossil fuels as global situations have devolved. Meantime, our utility bills have been dropping. Americans have come to find that just because we sit on large reserves of coal and natural gas, that… Continue Reading “‘Paying it Forward’ with Solar Energy”

GOOD NEWS: U.S. Action on Climate Change is Close

In this latest episode of ‘shock and awe’ we learn that West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III has changed his mind. The $369 billion climate and tax package forged in a surprise deal by Senate Democrats on Wednesday would be the most ambitious action ever taken… Continue Reading “GOOD NEWS: U.S. Action on Climate Change is Close”

GUEST ESSAY – Energy Freedom for Pennsylvania

By Sharon Pillar, Pennsylvania Solar Center This guest essay appeared first in the Tribune-Democrat on July 22, 2022 Sharon Pillar: Key to lower energy prices is diversification With energy costs soaring these days, it is time for our state to promote healthy diversification of… Continue Reading “GUEST ESSAY – Energy Freedom for Pennsylvania”

An End to US Oil Exports and Offshore Drilling?

Let’s call it the “Joe-Joe Dilemma” — and we aren’t talking cookies. More like “all the marbles.” Blockage of climate action by Senator Joe Machin could now lead to ‘climate emergency’ action taken by President Joe Biden. Things like ending offshore drilling, banning U.S.… Continue Reading “An End to US Oil Exports and Offshore Drilling?”

Ditching Gasoline Use in the Garden

Paying $20 a gallon for ‘special fuel’ was the last straw! While working as a landscape contractor, we used a wide variety of garden equipment powered by small engines. Some small engines used straight gasoline (4-cycle engines) while others used a combination of gasoline… Continue Reading “Ditching Gasoline Use in the Garden”

Washington County Comprehensive Plan

Washington County, Pennsylvania wants to hear from county residents on their new Comprehensive Plan, last adopted in 2005. The updated plan is being developed with an advisory committee and stakeholder/public input. The final plan will be adopted in Fall 2022. Take the short Public… Continue Reading “Washington County Comprehensive Plan”

LNG Export Outage Helping US Prices

The June 8, 2022 explosion and fire at the FREEPORT LNG export terminal in Quintana, Texas, dropped the Henry Hub commodity price for natural gas, from $9.34 two days before the incident to $7.26 a week later, a huge 23% price drop. Conversely, LNG… Continue Reading “LNG Export Outage Helping US Prices”

Presidential Boost for Solar Energy

It looked like the 2 months long, tariff investigation by the US Commerce Department on solar components from China, could last another 3 months, further kneecapping U.S. solar panel installations, right when they’re needed to fulfill demand and increase renewable energy in the United… Continue Reading “Presidential Boost for Solar Energy”

Oil and Gas Industry’s “Disaster Capitalism”

Have you fallen victim to the oil and gas industry’s disinformation campaign? Have a listen to this new Podcast, or read the transcript, to find out for yourself: New Research: Big Fossil’s Disaster Capitalist Response to Russia-Ukraine“In the response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,… Continue Reading “Oil and Gas Industry’s “Disaster Capitalism””