Rosie Barros

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These Solar Panels Pull Clean Drinking Water Straight From The Air

With pilot programs in Ecuador, Jordan, Mexico, and the U.S., the technology could provide a reliable, clean water to many people who don’t have it today.<p>When a family in Guayaquil, Ecuador turns on the tap for a glass of water, it doesn’t flow from city pipes–there are no city pipes. Instead, a …

Growing food with seawater and solar power | Australia

In a desert region of southern Australia is a farm that grows and supplies 15 percent of the entire country's tomatoes without using soil, fresh water or fossil fuels.<p>Earlier this month Sundrop Farms marked the launch of what it called the "first commercial-scale facility of this calibre in the …

Aquaponics

Singapore to Launch a Giant Island of Floating Solar Panels

Singapore is poised to launch the world’s largest floating solar panel system by the end of the year, Inhabitat reports via ChannelNews Asia. Phase …

E.coli

What Can The U.S. Learn From The Failure Of A Chinese Solar Powerhouse?

Suntech, a huge solar panel manufacturer, just declared bankruptcy. But that doesn’t mean the solar industry is doomed–just that we have to think differently about how to get more solar power built.<p>Last week in Wuxi, I noticed a newspaper headline about the bankruptcy of Suntech, one of China’s …

Traditional Utility Companies Could Lose Half Their Market to Solar Energy

A rise in the use of solar power in New Zealand could have electricity utilities clamoring to make competitive profits. Two utility companies, Ergon …

Solar Power

New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is set to become much more efficient – a team of researchers at UC San Diego just developed a new nanomaterial that …

Clean Energy

Solar Panels Floating on Water Will Power Japan's Homes

More solar power plants are being built on water, but is this such a good idea?<p>Nowadays, bodies of water aren't necessarily something to build around—they're something to build <i>on</i>. They sport not just landfills and man-made beaches but also, in a nascent global trend, massive solar power …

Wind & Solar Will Replace Coal & Gas In Australia Quicker Than Many Think

The BNEF scenarios are based on no changes to policies: i.e. that the renewable energy target is not extended, and the various elements of “Direct …

Renewable Energy

Maui and the energy deregulation debate

At a conference highlighting innovations such as utility scale battery power, the latest electric cars, and a state-of-the-art microgrid, you may …

Take a Visual Tour of Vermont’s Kingdom Community Wind Project

<b>By Jennifer Delony</b><p>Vermont utility Green Mountain Power opened its Kingdom Community Wind project to visitors this spring. About 20 people toured the …

Dozens of countries still haven’t ratified the Paris climate deal. What’s the holdup?

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Grist</i><i>.</i><p>In the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, environmentalists have been in a bit of a tizzy. The Paris climate deal, negotiated late last year, needs ratification from 55 parties accounting for at least 55 percent of global emissions before it kicks into …

Climate

Clean energy continues to grow as emissions decline

Americans are using less electricity as buildings become more energy-efficient and industrial power demand weakens, and a new report says that is …

The US Is Finally Getting Its First Offshore Wind Farm

Building in Rhode Island isn’t easy. Hurricanes and tropical storms barrel through its quaint coastline towns, interrupting perfect summer weekends. …

76% Of France’s Island Solar Tender Won By SunPower

<b>Published on</b> July 28th, 2016 | <i>by Jake Richardson</i><p>0<p>76% Of France’s Island Solar Tender Won By SunPower<p>July 28th, 2016 by <b>Jake Richardson</b><p>SunPower won …

Vancouver plans to go 100% renewable. I asked the city’s manager about the challenges it faces.

In 2015, Vancouver, British Columbia, officially adopted the goal of powering itself entirely with clean energy by 2050.<p>That’s a bigger deal than it might sound. Plenty of North American cities have committed to getting all their electricity from clean sources within a few decades. But when it …

BC Hydro

GM Commits to 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2050

GM pledges to source global electricity from wind, sun and landfill gas, joins RE100<p><b>DETROIT</b> – General Motors plans to generate or source all …

Venezuela's Energy Crisis Is Proof Renewables Aren't Enough for the US

You can't always depend on renewable energy. Day eventually turns to night, wind becomes still, and water sometimes runs out. That last one is …

Top Energy Issues For 2015-2016: Looking Back While Going Forward

The year 2015 will be remembered as much for its personalities as it has been for its issues. Indeed, Elon Musk and Don Blankenship dominated the energy news in spring and late fall, respectively, for very different reasons. The former is seen as an innovator while the latter is viewed as a symbol …

Energy

Solving the Energy Problem

MIT

Huge Hydropower Plant to Harness Seawater and Solar Power in South America's Driest Desert

Lodged between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean is the Atacama Desert in Chile—the driest non-polar desert in the world.<p>It certainly isn't a …

Clean Energy Standard Establishes Good Public Policy and Saves Thousands of Jobs

A Legislative Column by Assemblyman Will Barclay<br>The Public Service Commission’s newly adopted Clean Energy Standard is a smart solution to a complex …

Obama steers clear as Dakota Access pipeline protests veer out of control

Having lent support to the North Dakota pipeline protesters, the Obama administration is stiff-arming requests for more federal assistance as the …

Solar Desalination Could be a Game Changer for California Farms

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>A solar desalination unit operating in California’s drought-stricken Central Valley uses parabolic mirrors to concentrate sunlight and distill freshwater from salty farm drainage. Photo courtesy of WaterFX.<p>Let’s be clear from the outset: I’m no fan of conventional desalination.<p>…

Portable smartflower POP solar system produces 40% more energy

Combining smart technology and clean energy generators is easily the next biggest trend in the renewable energy industry, and the developers of …

California tries to capture offshore wind energy

Offshore wind farms are finally coming to the United States but don't expect to see spinning blades off the shores of California any time soon.<p>While …