Claim: Transformation to wind and solar achievable with low indirect GHG emissions

From the POTSDAM INSTITUTE FOR CLIMATE IMPACT RESEARCH (PIK) Different low carbon technologies from wind or solar energy to fossil carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) differ greatly when it comes to indirect greenhouse gas emissions in their life cycle. This is the result of a comprehensive new study conducted by an international team of scientists that…

Hurricane Harvey Threatens Wind Farm Output

Guest essay by Eric Worrall At least one news outlet has noticed that renewable energy is exceptionally vulnerable to hurricanes and other extreme weather events. How will renewables power the future, if climate change produces more extreme weather? Harvey Set to Overpower Wind in State Generating the Most Storm could knock out between 2.1 and…

Panda Meet Graph

Guest post by David Archibald   China recently built a photovotaic farm in the shape of a panda at a cost of some $40 million. To create the visual effect of darker and lighter solar panels, Panda Green Energy used both darker monocrystalline silicon and lighter thin film cells. No doubt the cost will come…

Solar Import Tariff Proposal Splits the Industry

Guest essay by Eric Worrall President Trump is expected to rule imminently on a petition by US solar manufacturer Suniva to impose tariffs on cheap imports of solar panels. Prospect of Trump tariff casts pall over U.S. solar industry Reuters Jul. 25, 2017, 1:03 AM By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. solar companies…

Solar Companies Using ‘2008 Sub-Prime Lender’ Tactics To Sell Panels

Energy Andrew Follett Energy and Science Reporter 2:42 PM 07/19/2017 The consumer group Campaign for Accountability (CFA) asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Wednesday to investigate rooftop solar companies for misleading sales practices targeting senior citizens and other vulnerable populations in the same manner sub-prime lenders did before the 2008 financial crisis. CFA sent a…