How the upcoming solar eclipse will affect 7 million homes and businesses

August 14, 2017 by  
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A total solar eclipse will block sunlight from reaching parts of the Earth for an estimated three hours on August 21. As a result, at least 7 million U.S. homes and businesses that rely on solar power will be directly affected. But there’s no reason to be nervous: electric grid and skilled operators are well-prepared. A total solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon which occurs when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun . Though it will disrupt solar generation during times of peak generation, the event is not one to fear. According to Julia Prochnik , the Director of Western Renewable Grid Planning, people will not notice any change in their electrical service as electric grid operators across the country have made appropriate preparations. The last time citizens in the U.S. glimpsed a solar eclipse was in 1979, when solar energy was in its infancy. In the time that has passed, the energy system has changed significantly. Wind and solar energy are now the fastest-growing sources of renewable electricity in the U.S. Prochnik says that some states will see a larger drop in solar power than others; it all depends on how much the sun is blocked by the moon in their specific location. Fortunately, there are plenty of energy resources available to “fill the gap,” and they include geothermal , wind and hydropower. Related: Coming Total Solar Eclipse to be an ‘event of the century’, scientists say NASA reports that the solar eclipse will block a 70-mile-wide path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. The longest period of total darkening will be about two minutes and 40 seconds. Nationwide, the moon will still block at least a portion of the sun. At any one spot, the longest period of partial darkness may last three hours. Arizona can expect to experience a brief interruption in 70 percent of its rooftop solar generation. New York follows with 68 percent, Utah can expect a 39 percent, and Nevada a 24 percent interruption. California and North Carolina may experience the biggest impacts from the eclipse, as they are both major solar producers. The difference can be compensated by reducing energy use and/or by temporarily drawing electricity from the grid. A few things environmentally-conscious individuals can do to prepare for the eclipse is replace all light bulbs with LEDs , turn off lights, unplug chargers and appliances, and turn down their thermostats. All of these steps will help save energy and reduce load grid pressure. All in all, the celestial event is one to celebrate, as it is one few will likely witness again. Via NRDC Images via Pixabay

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Robots And A Recyclables Recovery Revolution

June 15, 2016 by  
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It’s exciting to watch the green economy unfolding all around us. There are many problems to solve and many companies out there solving them. Take, for example, recyclables and a startup named Jodone. Recyclables, robots and a recovery revolution…

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How the United States can be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050

June 11, 2015 by  
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As divided as Americans are, there is at least one issue on which they can agree. 87 percent of Americans believe that renewable energy is an important part of their country’s future, while 74 percent of Americans support a policy of federal tax incentives that encouraged the growth of solar, wind and other renewable energy industries. But translating overwhelming support into action is easier said than done. Americans may be able to imagine a future powered entirely by renewables, but they aren’t quite sure how to get there. A new study published in the online edition of Energy and Environmental Sciences may help. The study describes in detail how each state could reasonably achieve the goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. More details after the jump. Read the rest of How the United States can be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , American energy , energy policy , geothermal , green economy , green energy , public policy , renewable energy , renewable energy policy , solar , Stanford report

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Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

February 2, 2015 by  
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A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) has exceptionally good news for the future of renewable energy . Costs are set to drop by almost 40 percent in the next two years, with solar PV leading the pack in cost decreases, and “biomass for power, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind… all now provid[ing] electricity competitively compared to fossil fuel-fired power generation.” Read the rest of Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , abu dhabi , biomass , costs , fossil fuels , geothermal , green economy , green energy , green jobs , grid parity , IRENA , renewable energy , Solar Power

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heri&salli design a minimalist Viennese Guest Room made from wooden pallets

February 2, 2015 by  
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Architecture studio heri&salli designed a set of Viennese Guest Rooms with the main furnishings made entirely from wooden pallets and timber. Designed for Vienna’s Gegenbauer Vinegar Brewery, each room features a ‘Viennese Guest Bed,’ a multipurpose piece of furniture constructed from piled up squared timbers. The rooms feature a minimalist and industrial character reinforced by the uncovered ceiling beams, brick walls, and exposed pipes. + heri&salli The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Gegenbauer Vinegar Brewery , heri&salli , reader submitted content , vienna , Viennese Guest Rooms , wood furniture , wood pallets

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Downturn prompts accelerated commitments to green economy

November 1, 2012 by  
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Many governments and industry professionals see sustainable energy as a key to economic growth and meeting the growing global demand for energy.

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RMI’s formula for clearing human hurdles to a green economy

June 20, 2012 by  
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When happens when the biggest roadblocks to a sustainable future are organizational? 

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How cities are leading the way in climate change fight

June 20, 2012 by  
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A C40 report released on the eve of Rio+20 shows how mega cities are taking significant and measurable action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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UN: Transition to green economy would create millions of jobs

June 4, 2012 by  
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Report says up to 60 million new jobs could be created by global shift to cleaner energy, technology and industry.

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New Report Shows UK Green Economy Grew By £5.4 BILLION In 2011

May 29, 2012 by  
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According to a new report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the UK green economy saw record growth last year with an increase of £5.4 billion. That now puts the  UK green goods and services market past the £122 billion mark. The study also finds that the sector is responsible for creating one million jobs in Great Britain. Read the rest of New Report Shows UK Green Economy Grew By £5.4 BILLION In 2011 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2050 carbon targets , ccs , CO2 north sea , eco design , green design , green economy , shipping emissions carbon targets , shipping emissions uK , sustainable design , uk alternative energy , UK co2 emissions , Uk government 2050 carbon targets , uk green economy , uk green industry , uk green jobs

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