Kate Seger Winks

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Why Energy Storage Will Be a Boon for Residential Solar Installers

With utilities attacking the old net-metering model, rooftop solar will be less cost effective -- unless you can save the electricity you generate …

Why Republicans Still Reject the Science of Global Warming

Only one major political party in the world denies climate change, and it's in charge of the most important political body in the world<p>One day in …

Climate

SunPower nabs record for world's most efficient rooftop solar panel

Solar panel efficiency is the holy grail of the solar power world, and SunPower just propelled the industry further with the “most efficient rooftop …

Solar Power

Super lightweight solar panels for flat roofs install in under two minutes

Millions of flat commercial roofs around the world are currently unable to support the weight of a conventional rooftop solar array, squandering …

Clean Energy

Can incineration and landfills save us from the recycling crisis?

It’s been a tough year for plastic recycling, and the culprit is oil.<p>Over the past two years, petroleum prices have plummeted, at one point dropping to 70% below June 2014 levels. As prices have fallen, they’ve dragged down the cost of virgin plastic, which is made from oil. In many areas, it now …

Sustainability

Climate Change Just Opened a 'Gateway to the Underworld' in Siberia

​In the heart of Siberia’s boreal forest gapes a monstrous chasm local Yakutians call a "gateway to the underworld."<p>In the heart of Siberia's boreal forest gapes a monstrous chasm local Yakutians call a "gateway to the underworld," connecting this life to the next.<p>The ominous crater, which looms a …

Earth Science

SolarCity's CEO told us solar energy will reach a tipping point in just 5 years — here's why

Solar has a ton of potential as an alternative energy resource, and yet we barely use it.<p>If panels are 20% efficient at turning solar energy into power (as has been the case in lab tests), then we could feasibly cover a land area about the size of Spain and power the entire Earth renewably in 2030. …

Solar Power

Love by design: when science meets sex, lust, attraction and attachment

<i>CHANGING FAMILIES: In this ten-part series, we examine some major changes in family and relationships, and how that might in turn reshape law, policy</i> …

FDA

ISIL militants come under attack on two fronts in Iraq

Iraqi government forces are keeping up the pressure on ISIL militants – pounding their positions in Falluja.<p>According to a report by AFP quoting army commanders, Iraqi forces have entered the city, which was one of the first in Iraq to fall to the militant group in 2014.<p>Reuters quotes a military …

10 Buildings That Prove Solar Can Be Beautiful

These structures generate their own power and incorporate photovoltaic arrays in creative ways.<p>The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed new legislation that makes San Francisco the first major U.S. city to mandate solar panels (or solar-heating units) on all new residential and …

Startup That Provides Home Solar Loans Raises Big Cash

(Reuters) – Solar Mosaic, a former crowdfunding startup that reinvented itself as a provider of home solar loans, said on Wednesday it had secured …

First Solar Is Sold Out of Module Capacity for 2015 and Most of 2016

First Solar's first quarter was transitional as the company executed on its 31 percent ownership stake in its YieldCo, 8point3 Energy Partners. This …

Big power company Constellation to finance Bloom Energy's fuel cells

One of the largest power companies in the U.S. is doubling down on funding the deployment of fuel cells by Silicon Valley startup Bloom Energy. Fuel …

Japan just installed the world's largest floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima

After the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed the Fukishima nuclear power plant, Japan is diversifying its energy mix. Engineers …

What You Eat Isn't What You Get: The 6 Troubling Ingredients Hiding in Your Food

Let's start with the problem. The problem today is obesity and diabetes are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about one-third of American adults are obese. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 29.1 million Americans have diabetes and 86 million …

The One Thing Trainers Wish You'd Stop Doing

<i>These habits could hold you back from seeing results.</i><p><i>By Amy Schlinger</i>, SELF<p>If you've hit a plateau and are no longer seeing results from your workouts, it's not because you ate too much at lunch, or because you are just <i>not</i> an early riser. Sure, diet and exercise consistency matter, but there may be …

How Microgrids Could Bring Electricity To 1.5 Billion People

<i>This article was originally published in December 2012 on the Energy Realities blog.</i><p>Since most of the world has taken electric lights, air conditioning, ubiquitous power outlets and so on for granted for several generations, it’s easy to forget that more than 1.5 billion people on the planet – …

Renewable Energy

Flower Power: Advancing Solar Panels With Nature

<i>This article was originally published in September 2012 on the Energy Realities blog.</i><p>Solar power stations take up a lot of room. They need either vast arrays of photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight directly into electricity, or of mirrors, which direct it towards a boiler, in order to raise …

Renewable Energy

A Test Of Nevada's Solar Tower Project Torched Over A Hundred Birds

In what's turning into a public relations headache for the solar industry, news has emerged that a recent test of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes …

Solar Power

The Triangle's Source for Tech & Startup News

NC IDEA is looking to boost entrepreneurship across North Carolina at its earliest stages with a new grant program.<p>Startup Camras Vision, which is …

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

This rich, creamy cake recipe, from chef David Waltuck, tastes delicious unembellished, but you could also try it dusted with confectioners' sugar and a berry compote or poached peaches and whipped cream.

5 Nutrients You're Probably Not Getting Enough Of

Plus, how to get the recommended amounts of each<p><i>This article was written by Maya Dangerfield and repurposed with permission from Greatist</i>.<p>Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet, also known as "SAD," is, well, pretty sad. Over the last 100 years, the majority of Americans have gone from eating …

Nutrition

Essel Group to invest over Rs 75,000 crore in green energy

Essel Group, India's leading business conglomerate, will invest over Rs 75,000 crore over the next five years towards developing clean energy …

Scientists Develop Salt-Tolerant Wheat That Could Mitigate Global Food Crisis

Researchers in Australia have developed a form of salt-tolerant wheat that could help address the global food crisis by allowing farmers to grow …

EROI -- A Tool To Predict The Best Energy Mix

Modern society was born a hundred and fifty years ago when coal began providing sufficient energy to make lots and lots of steel and steam, lifting ordinary citizens out of poverty and into the newly-developing middle class. Soon after, we added oil. The energy obtained from these sources was …

Energy

Beyond the Cronut: 15 Frankenpastries to Make at Home

Cupcakes are old news. The newest sugary sensation to sweep our fair city is the Cronut -- the croissant-doughnut hybrid created by Dominque Ansel at his SoHo bakery last month. With production of the pastry limited to 300 a day, Cronut mania has created long lines and even given rise to a seedy …

Food

Eliminate your energy bills using old newspapers

DIY environmentally friendly houses will insulate against thundersnow<p>Once upon a time, the only thing you could do with yesterday’s newspaper was to wrap up takeaway food. Now, though, it turns out that once you’ve read the Telegraph Property section, you can use it not just to keep your fish and …

MillerCoors Brewery Lights Up Solar Array

You can brew tea with the sun, why not beer? Brewing company MillerCoors has constructed a 3.2-megawatt (capacity) solar array at its brewery in Irwindale, California. It’s the largest one installed (to date) at any U.S. brewery, according to the proud new landlord.<p>The site in question has already …

Renewable Energy