This week, investments by Google, GE, and the U.S. DOE have put the media spotlight on solar. Check out what RMI experts had to say about this news and other innovative solar financing mechanisms here.
Weekly News Roundup
GE Invests in Rooftop Solar, Competing With Google's Recent Solar Play
Fast Company, June 24, 2011
This week, GE announced a plan to invest $63 million in commercial partnerships with 10 home energy technology companies.
AAA plans road service to recharge electric cars
USA Today, June 24, 2011
AAA will start assisting electric car owners.
The U.S. Utility PV Market by the Numbers
Greentech Media, June 24, 2011
GTM research just launched a market tracker that provides a snapshot of the fastest-growing sector in the U.S. PV market.
Report presents best policy options to reduce petroleum use
e! Science News, June 23, 2011
It will take more than tougher fuel economy standards for U.S. transportation to significantly cut its oil use over the next half century.
Oil reserve: Obama taps 30 million barrels of oil
Los Angeles Times, June 23, 2011
According to senior administration officials, this decision is about "addressing supply disruptions and their potential impact on global economic growth." But, what about the economic opportunities available by eliminating oil dependence and transitioning to a clean energy economy?
Top 5 Coolest Ways Companies are Integrating Renewable Energy into the Grid
Renewable Energy World, June 22, 2011
Is the variability barrier as significant as we think?
Does Grid Parity Matter?
Greentech Media, June 22, 2011
Solar grid parity is "an attractive idea that will just be one among many factors enabling the solar revolution."
Climate Change: Public Skeptical, Scientists Sure
NPR Morning Edition, June 21, 2011
The American public is less likely to believe in global warming than it was five years ago. Yet, paradoxically, scientists are more confident than ever that climate change is real and caused largely by human activities.
Cogeneration goes underground for efficiency
Cnet News, June 21, 2011
Operators of the Kendall Station plan are partnering to use waste heat for commercial buildings in Cambridge and Boston, boosting the efficiency of the plant to over 90 percent.
DOE challenges local governments to cut red tape for rooftop solar
Smart Grid News, June 20, 2011
The recently announced Rooftop Solar Challenge involves cities and counties teaming up with other local governments, utilities and other stakeholders to cut costs and streamline the solar permitting and approval process.
Stop Mining for Oil (and Coal), Start Drilling for Heat
Scientific American, June 20, 2011
The International Energy Agency suggested in a road map for the technology's development released this week that geothermal could increase 10-fold by 2050 if the right financial adn policy incentives are put in place.
Is electric car era finally dawning in U.S.?
CBS News, June 20, 2011
Chris Paine, director of "Revenge of the Electric Car," says most people will make the switch to electric cars to save money, not necessarily for the environmental reason.
How to Justify the Cost of an Energy Monitoring System
Sustainable Plant, June 20, 2011
Understanding energy use is the first step to increasing the efficiency of industrial plants.
New York Can Lead the Nation in Green Jobs and Energy Efficiency Programs
The Huffington Post, June 20, 2011
"On-bill" recovery, a proposed public-private financing mechanism for residential energy retrofits could help scale efficiency measures, and serve as a model for other states looking to cut emissions from the built environment.
It's Still the Economy, Stupid
Newsweek, June 19, 2011
President Bill Clinton has more than a dozen ideas on how to attack the jobs crisis, including replicating the Empire State Building retrofit.
Mapping Sun's Potential to Power New York
The New York Times, June 16, 2011
Two-thirds of New York City's rooftops are suitable for solar panels and could jointly generate enough energy to meet half the city's demand for electricity at peak periods, according to a new interactive map.
Growing Number of Building Owners Around the World Combating Rising Energy Prices by Pursuing Energy Efficiency
Urban Land Institute, June 16, 2011
Rising energy prices, government incentives and enhanced public image are driving energy efficiency in buildings to new heights.