Solar Roads, Grill, and More!

SOLAR KEEPS SIZZLING

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OO The Wilson Solar Grill stores energy for evening grilling. Via Inhabitat.com. 

The US solar market keeps sizzling with new financing cropping up nearly every week – recently, Sunrun won $150 million in capital, while Credit Suisse committed $200 million to residential solar projects. The US residential solar installation industry nowconsists of 6 companies, and one utility is tying the knot with solar by partnering with a clean energy financier.

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OO Where Solar Makes Most Sense: just in terms of net energy benefit, that is, comparing current grid energy efficiency with solar efficiency, solar power should be developed in most of the US. Via greentechmedia

The latest state to “get it”: big oil Texas is finally starting up its solar potential, with a new large solar facility; a utility there has just signed the cheapest solar contract yet, 5 cents/hour.

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OO Scott and Julie Bradshaw stand on a largely finished prototype for a Solar Roadway parking lot. Via Climate Progress.

BIG US Energy Solution: Solar Roads A US couple is designing roads of durable solar panels, reports Emily Atkin at Climate Progress, and have a parking lot generating solar power to prove the concept works. If all US roads went solar, it could replace all fossil fuel energy sources, and then some – AND decrease US carbon emissions 75% !! This should be our solar Manhattan Project! Think of the jobs generated!!

Central Asia: newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to use solar to bring power to every home by 2019. The US has just as many people but is far richer than India: why can’t we go toe-to-toe with India on this? Meanwhile, India’s neighbor, Pakistan, is planning one of the world’s largest solar projects.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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