Solar Roadways — Still Going Strong!
The solar roadways technology is back in the news, and this time they are updating us on their work thus far and announcing another fundraising campaign with extra perks.
The implementation of our Solar Roadways project on a grand scale would change the world as we know it in significant ways. Imagine the possibilities of a post Solar Roadways world: Your home could be all or nearly off grid thanks to your solar driveway (which you no longer have to shovel or plow if you live in the north), patio, or walkways etc.
Mexican City, La Paz Could Soon Be Completely (100%) Solar Powered
Little known solar photovoltaic (PV) emerging markets may just lay the blueprint for creating 100% solar powered cities. This may be the case for the city of La Paz, in Mexico.
Last year(2014), Aura Solar began delivering solar generated electricity to the La Paz power grid. The 100 hectare/ 250 acre site provides 30 megawatts of electricity which accounts for about 64% of the city’s requirements.
The United States will add a record 9.1GW of solar power in 2015
According to a report from the research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the United States is on track to deploy a record 18GW of new renewable energy capacity this year (2015).
The report also states that about 23 GW of coal-fired power plants will be retired this same year.
Annual records for renewable build, coal retirements and gas burn all expected to be broken in 2015.
— Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)
The report also adds that an estimated 9.1 GW capacity of solar power will be constructed–an all-time annual high; specifying that the state of California will be responsible for contributing about half of this capacity due to its rather “progressive” climate policies.
Elon Musk Introduces The Tesla Powerwall — Everything You Need To Know
We all know Tesla makes very cool cars — but the company will now be a major player in the energy industry with the announcement of Tesla Energy for businesses and Utilities. The company did this by debuting it’s latest product the Powerwall.
Tesla describes the Powerwall as a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies the owner’s home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply.
Solar Photovoltaic Carports Make A Big Comeback, Step Into The Limelight
The Washington Post raved about the benefits of solar carports earlier this year. It said aesthetics, environmental benefits and ability to use a paved area – rather than green land – to create energy are reasons why the carport market is increasing in size, despite added costs.
The annual installed capacity of carports tripled from just shy of 50 MW in 2010 to 157 MW in 2013, according to GTM Research, and is expected to hit 318 MW in 2016.
4 ways solar power could make today’s technology sustainable to empower improvements in our daily lives
In some countries, the majority of cell towers have to be powered by continuously operating diesel generators because the electric grid is too unreliable. Using solar power, reduces cost and environmental impact by reducing the carbon footprint.