Solar-powered Australian homes with Tesla Powerwall 2.0 already cost-competitive

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As the world shifts towards obtaining energy from renewable sources , cost competitiveness is sometimes still a factor. Fossil fuel proponents have claimed one benefit of the polluting energy sources is that they’re cheaper, but that assertion is now harder to defend. Energy consultancy CME director Bruce Mountain just calculated a Tesla Powerwall 2.0 and rooftop solar panels powering an Australian home offer a cost-competitive source of electricity when compared against grid power supplies. Mountain looked at a hypothetical Adelaide home, which he estimated would use around 4,800 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year. He assumed such a home’s electricity bill would be the average of the 77 market offers in the area, and examined prices both before and after conditional discounts. He also considered the lifetimes of the clean technologies utilized, supposing a five kilowatt rooftop solar array would last for 20 years, and the Powerwall 2.0 would last for 10 years. Related: The world’s first “Tesla Town” with solar roofs and Powerwalls is coming to Australia Mountain’s calculations were thrilling: the clean technologies offer electricity at around an equal price to market offers after discounts, and are even cheaper than market offers before discounts. He said in his article, “This is astounding. A typical household in the suburbs of Adelaide can now meet its electrical needs with solar and battery storage for about the same amount they would pay on a competitive offer from the grid.” Homes receiving cost-competitive clean energy are able to do so in part because of the advanced Powerwall 2.0. While Mountain notes the battery costs nearly the same as the Powerwall 1.0, it offers 100 percent more storage capacity. Peak power and continuous power both increased with the Powerwall 2.0 by 40 percent and 50 percent respectively. Mountain said the implications of his findings about cost-competitive clean energy are either exciting or worrying, depending on a reader’s vested interest. Via CleanTechnica Images via Tesla and Pixabay

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Chicago may be getting solar-powered floating bike paths

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According to reports, a large majority of citizens are hesitant to ride a bicycle on roads with cars. In 2014, there has been an increase in cyclist fatalities and auto-related cyclist injuries. The mayor, however, is determined to see his city become the most bike-friendly city in the United States. His plan is to place bicycle racks and hubs within a half-mile of every Chicagoan, construct more bikeways where more people live and commute, and build infrastructure to match need and stimulate growth. Related: Poland unveils glowing bright blue bike lane that’s charged by the sun The River Ride alongside the Chicago River will be composed of steel-reinforced concrete pontoon segments developed by Marinetek, a global leader in floating structures . The parts will be produced off-site, floated into place and secured with pilings driven in riverbed. Solar panels above each segment will power lighting, precipitation-activated awnings and heating conduit embedded in the segment surface to prevent icing and snow build-up. Guardrails will be also installed in order to minimize injury during a fall and snow plowing into river. + Second Shore + Marinetek Via FastCoExist

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Judge greenlights kids’ climate change lawsuit against US govt

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Kids may not be able to vote, but they are finding other ways to hold government leaders accountable for their action (or inaction) on climate change . A federal judge in Oregon announced Thursday that an earlier lawsuit filed by 21 youth plaintiffs would be considered valid and proceed in court. The suit names President Barack Obama, the fossil fuel industry, and other federal agencies as defendants, charging that decision makers are violating the constitutional rights of future generations by failing to take adequate action to prevent worsening climate change. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNbEhLwSKw4 The lawsuit’s plaintiffs, whose ages range from nine to 20, are organized under the name Our Children’s Trust , an Oregon nonprofit, and are partnered with Earth Guardians to fight for their future. The group filed their initial complaint over a year ago, in an historic milestone for youth environmental activism. Renowned climate scientist James Hansen is also backing the lawsuit, helping lend validity to the suit. Since the suit was filed in September 2015, many have questioned whether minors can defend their constitutional rights in the same way an adult might, plaintiffs named in the lawsuit have tried numerous tactics to talk their way out of responsibility, including denying that climate change is a man-made problem. Related: Meet the 16-year-old who sued the US government over climate change US District Judge Ann Aiken saw past their efforts and ruled Thursday, November 10, that the lawsuit was valid, affirming the rights of children to demand attention from government and business leaders. “Federal courts too often have been cautious and overly deferential in the arena of environmental law, and the world has suffered for it,” she wrote in the ruling. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is one of the young leaders of a growing movement that gives kids a voice concerning environmental destruction, and he has been the face of this lawsuit as well. “My generation is rewriting history. We’re doing what so many people told us we were incapable of doing: holding our leaders accountable for their disastrous and dangerous actions,” he said in a statement about the judge’s affirmative ruling. “This is going to be the trial of our lifetimes.” Via Motherboard Images via Earth Guardians

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