Apple is officially cleared to sell surplus solar energy

August 9, 2016 by  
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Tech giant Apple started Apple Energy LLC back in June with the goal of selling their surplus solar energy . While 93 percent of their power came from renewable energy last year, some of Apple’s solar farms produce enough energy that the company apparently decided to jump into the clean energy business. Now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has granted Apple approval to sell their surplus energy. Apple holds 20 megawatts (MW) of a Nevada solar farm, 50 MW of an Arizona facility being built, and 67.5 MW in North Carolina. At their California campus they also can generate 18 MW. Last year they agreed to buy 130 MW from First Solar , a move Bloomberg said at that point in time was the “largest-ever solar procurement” by a company that was not a utility. Over the next 25 years, Apple will shell out $850 million on the First Solar solar farm near San Francisco. Related: Apple is launching a new company to sell surplus solar energy Speaking on the new FERC approval, Bloomberg analyst Kit Konolige said, “When you own power production facilities then you would typically want to have authority to sell power. It is indicative of a number of related trends that are lowering demand for power produced by utilities.” Other major tech companies have been getting in on the push towards sustainability and renewable energy. Google created Google Energy and obtained similar approval around six years ago. Like Apple, Google has said it aims to run its company entirely on renewable energy (Apple’s data centers already run on clean energy). Amazon and Microsoft have also supported solar farms and wind turbines. With the FERC approval, Apple is cleared to start selling renewable energy it owns but doesn’t need. According to Bloomberg, the FERC approval means the government agency determined Apple’s energy business entry likely won’t “unfairly hike up power prices.” Via Bloomberg and CleanTechnica Images via Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

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How Barcelona "superblocks" return city streets to the people

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An increase in pedestrian-friendly public space and the reduction of traffic are big benefits of Barcelona’s Urban Mobility Plan, but even more important is the plan’s potential in reducing premature deaths. Studies have attributed air pollution as the driving cause behind 3,500 premature deaths a year in Barcelona’s metropolitan area; the staggering number doesn’t include the injuries or deaths caused by traffic. By removing space for motorized traffic and increasing attractive alternatives—the city plans to add 200 kilometers (124 miles) of bicycle paths and make bus stops more easily accessible to residents—urban planners hope that people will ditch the car to walk and bicycle. To understand the superblock, one can start with the 400 meter by 400 meter nine square blocks of the famous gridded Eixample, a neighborhood that will also be one of the first areas to implement the plan. In the current nine square blocks, motorized traffic passes through all roads at 50 kilometers per hour (around 30 miles per hour). Under the superblock plan, however, the inner four intersecting roads will be reclaimed for public space . Private vehicles may use those roads but will be restricted to speeds of 10 kilometers per hour (6.2 miles per hour). Higher speed traffic and public transport will be confined to the outer roads. Related: How to Create Community Through Quality Public Spaces If all goes to plan, the scheme could free up 160 intersections. “This plan sums up the essence of urban ecology,” Janet Sanz, city councillor for ecology, urbanism and mobility, told The Guardian . “Our objective is for Barcelona to be a city in which to live. Also, as a Mediterranean city, its residents spend a long time on the streets – those streets need to be second homes, or extensions of one’s residence, at all times … Public spaces need to be spaces to play, where green is not an anecdote – where the neighbourhood’s history and local life have a presence.” Via The Guardian Lead image via Tech Insider ; all other images via BNC Ecologica

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Apple is launching a new company to sell surplus solar energy

June 10, 2016 by  
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For years, Apple has been generating solar power at a number of enormous solar farms around the world, helping offset the energy used by its many manufacturing and distribution facilities. Although the company isn’t completely powering its global operations by solar energy , there is enough excess solar power being generated by Apple’s California headquarters and Nevada solar farm to warrant a new venture: Apple Energy LLC . The energy spin off company could begin selling surplus solar power as early as August. Apple has a long track record of green investments, with solar farms in multiple countries, including China . The company generates enough solar power to meet 93 percent of its global energy needs, according to Apple’s latest environmental responsibility report . Last year, Greenpeace even named the California-based company the ‘ world’s greenest tech company ’ for its efforts in sustainable business practices, so it’s not surprising that Apple is taking its commitment one step further. Related: Apple unveils nature-filled, solar-powered future for its retail stores worldwide News of Apple’s foray into the field of energy sales was scooped by 9to5Mac , which reported that the company’s June 6 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) filing claims it can legally sell energy at market rates, since the new venture isn’t big enough to influence prices. The target audience for Apple Energy is a little unclear at this stage in the game, though. Most companies sell excess solar energy to corporate clients, but some suspect Apple could sell the surplus energy generated by the rooftop solar array at its Cupertino, California headquarters to local residents. Apple asked the FERC to grant permission to begin operations 60 days after its application, so we expect to report back with answers in early August. Via Engadget Images via Foster + Partners and Apple

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Is this art? Photos capture moments when humans and light interact

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All of the exhibition’s 20 installations are nature-themed and the most striking of them are those which respond to the presence of visitors, underscoring the delicate balance that exists between humans and nature . One installation, titled “Flowers and People Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year Per Hour,” features infinite flower permutations which are neither pre-recorded animations nor on loop, but the real-time renderings of a computer program responding to human stimuli. Inspired by the abundance of cherry blossoms and rapeseed blossoms at the Kunisaki Peninsula, the work explores the effects of human activity on the natural landscape, but asserts that ultimately, nature cannot be controlled. In “Crystal Universe,” another site responsive work, the viewer is immersed in a dazzling display of 50,000 LEDs , which respond to human movement and cues accessible via smartphone. Visitors can choose from a variety of star systems to transform both the sculpture’s color schemes and lighting patters. The experience of being integral to the universe of 50,000 “stars” is not only unexpectedly authentic and moving, but provides unusual and eye-catching photography material. Related: VIVID light art dazzles the streets of Sydney Though critics may argue that Living Digital Space and Future Parks is not art in the traditional sense, its installations combine light, video, sound, virtual reality, and incredibly detailed digital sequences to deliver an authentic, emotional experience. Toshiyuki Inoko from teamLab says, “We are honored to share some of our most recently created artworks and hope the universality of their themes—creativity, play, exploration, immersion, life, and fluidity—will seep into the broader conscience. We are particularly excited to debut several of these works in Silicon Valley , one of the indisputable heartlands for innovation, bold thinking and risk-taking.” Due to their ability to leave lasting impressions, these are artworks that may even rightfully, garner the ultimate Silicon valley stamp of approval and come to be referred to as “disruptive.” Tickets to teamLab: Living Digital Space and Future Parks are are available until July 1, 2016. + Purchase tickets for teamLab: Living Digital Space and Future Parks + teamLab + Pace Gallery Photos via Charlie Radka for Inhabitat

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