Sanders calls out Warren Buffett over solar energy
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called on billionaire investor Warren Buffett to support the solar energy industry during a campaign stop in Reno, Nevada on Saturday.
Buffett, who is backing Sanders’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for president, is the owner of the largest energy utility company in Nevada, where the state’s public utility commission recently issued a ruling that activists say has hampered the solar industry.
5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Solar Energy
Solar energy has been beaten up in the media and by investors over the past few years, in large part due to the fact that most people don’t fully understand the way it works, nor how it’s changing energy as we know it. But the fundamental fact is that solar energy is by far the most abundant power source in the world, and creating electricity from the sun is getting cheaper every year.
Whether you’ve been following the solar industry for years or you’re just getting curious about solar, here are five things you need to know.
Dispelling 7 Solar Energy Myths
In Greek mythology, Icarus, while escaping Crete wearing homemade wings, ignores the advice of his father and, in an act of hubris, flies too close the sun. The wax holding his feathery wings together melts and he falls to his death.
As it turns out, it’s important to respect one’s father and the sun! We recognize this famous Greek story because it is a valuable myth, one with a worthwhile lesson. The myths we are concerned about, the ones of dubious value, are crazy stories that are passed off as facts when talking about solar energy.
Let’s start with one of my favourite myths: “We are simply too far north here to capture much of the sun’s energy.” To get to the bottom of these solar myths we talked to Gordon Howell, a solar expert with Howell-Mayhew Engineering.
California’s push for clean energy is paying off
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court made the unfortunate decision to temporarily block President Barack Obama’s clean-energy plan. Many of the arguments made against it have also been made against California’s clean-energy policies.
The state’s new landmark clean-energy law took effect this month, ensuring that at least 50 percent of the electricity powering our state comes from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal by 2030. This policy strengthens California’s position as a global leader on clean energy and flips the script to make renewable energy “mainstream” and fossil fuels the “alternative.”
Since California first established clean-energy requirements 15 years ago, critics have argued that, in addition to being unachievable, aggressive renewable energy goals would destabilize the power grid, eliminate jobs and hurt ratepayers.