Geothermal 201: How a renewable mechanical system can help commercial buildings go net-zero

An affordable, renewable, sustainable way to build net-zero office buildings.

Geothermal and solar helped this commercial office building get to net-zero. This office building produces as much energy as it consumes.

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Costa Rica Beats Its Record: 100 Percent Clean Energy for 94 Straight Day

In 2007, Costa Rica pledged to go 100 percent carbon neutral by 2021.

Eight years later a handful of other countries have joined this pledge, but none with the ambitious timeline that Costa Rica—a country rich in hydroelectric and geothermal power sources—aims to meet. If it reaches this target, it will likely be the first country in the world to officially achieve carbon neutrality. So far 2015 has been a promising year in this pursuit.

Earlier this spring the rainforested Central American country set a record by going 75 days straight without using any fossil fuels to generate electricity.

In mid-August it broke this record by nearly 20 days, going 94 consecutive days using only renewable energy sources. According to the state-owned Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), between May 8th and August 9th Costa Rica got its electricity from a variety of renewable sources: 78 percent hydropower, 12 percent geothermal, 10 percent wind, and a fraction of a percent solar.

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How Clean Energy Works

Ever wonder how the electric grid works and how renewable energy is consumed? Watch this short informational video.

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The President Speaks at the National Clean Energy Summit

President Obama delivers remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, NV. August 24, 2015.

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President Obama Announces the Clean Power Plan

In the East Room of the White House, President Obama announces the Clean Power Plan — our biggest step yet in the fight against climate change. The plan is a landmark action to protect public health, reduce energy bills for households and businesses, create American jobs, and bring clean power to communities across the country. August 3, 2015

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Opening The Door To Solar Power For All

For a long time, everybody thought of solar panels as something only rich people could afford. But when you think about it, the fuel — sunlight — is free. So if you can make the equipment affordable and accessible, in theory, solar should be a great option for all kinds of Americans.

Now that theory is turning into reality. The average solar-electric system costs half as much as it did at the beginning of 2010. Solar panels are cropping up everywhere, in cities and on farms, in suburbia and in small towns. And Tuesday was a red-letter day on the solar front, as the White House announced a batch of policies designed to open the door to solar power to all Americans who want it, including renters and middle-class and low-income families.

For the almost half of American families and businesses who rent their homes or don’t have enough roof space to install solar panels, the new National Community Solar Partnership will promote shared solar systems. Families living in federally subsidized housing will see the number of clean-energy installations triple. And states, cities, charities and investors have committed more than half a billion dollars to finance solar and efficiency projects in low-income communities, which means the people who need it most start saving money day one. And the places they live get new jobs and cleaner air.

I started the Solutions Project because our country is in desperate need of solutions. In late June, we launched the 100% campaign because we want to make clean, efficient energy affordable and accessible for everyone. We see clean energy as a means, not an end — a path to individual freedom and the common good. Imagine the freedom of being able to create and control your own energy. Imagine cleaner air and water, lower and less volatile energy prices, and a safer, more secure future for our kids. Clean energy can power something greater for all of us.

It certainly did for Krystal Ruiz, a young boxer from New York’s Lower East Side. Working with an organization called GRID Alternatives, a major force in the President’s program, she turned away from a life of drugs and trouble to become a leader in bringing solar power to her community. Now she’s training others to work in the renewable-energy business (See video about Krystal).

And that represents real career opportunities. There are more solar workers than actors in California, according to Bureau of Labor numbers crunched by the Solar Foundation, which also counted more solar jobs in Texas than there are ranchers. Across the country, there are now more solar workers than there are coal miners.

They have a lot of work to do. Whether it’s Apple, Google and Facebook powering server farms with solar and wind power, or Wal-Mart installing panels and turbines at stores and distribution facilities across the country, business is turning to renewable power. The U.S. military is installing solar, wind and geothermal generation on bases at home and overseas. And more and more families are eager to power their lives with clean, efficient energy.

Barriers remain. In many states, outdated regulations make it difficult to finance and install clean-energy systems. Up-front costs can stop people from jumping on the renewable bandwagon, even when they know they will save money in the long run. And there doesn’t seem to be a simple way for renters and low-income consumers to join the clean-energy revolution. Until now.

Thanks in part to initiatives like the ones the White House just announced, those barriers are falling. This is a moment to celebrate. And cheer on leaders like our President, Grid Alternatives, Green For All and Vote Solar who are making it happen. Last year, our country added as much solar-power capacity every three weeks as it did in all 52 weeks of 2008. And worldwide, renewable energy’s new capacity outstripped coal, oil and gas combined.

The door to a clean-energy future is opening. We aim to kick it wide open so that 100% of people have access to a healthier, more sustainable, better future.

New York-based actor and father Mark Ruffalo co-chairs the 100% campaign, a project of The Solutions Project, on whose board he sits. More information can be found at 100.org.

Follow Mark Ruffalo on Twitter: www.twitter.com/MarkRuffalo

Via Huffington Post

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Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla Powerwall

Published on May 1, 2015

The Tesla Powerwall offers scalable storage of sunlight.
Plus Telsa has a policy of open source patents, which means many other companies can make their own version of the Powerwall.

The future for sustainable energy just got a whole lot brighter.

Solar + Tesla Powerwall = Say goodbye to power lines and power grid and dirty energy.

New Energy Revolution
Price: $3,500

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Introducing the Altaeros BAT: The Next Generation of Wind Power

Altaeros Energies is announcing the first planned commercial demonstration of its BAT (Buoyant Airborne Turbine) product in partnership with the Alaska Energy Authority.

The Alaska project will deploy the BAT at a height of 1,000 feet above ground, a height that will break the world record for the highest wind turbine in the world.

Altaeros has designed the BAT to generate consistent, low cost energy for the remote power and microgrid market, including remote and island communities; oil & gas, mining, agriculture, and telecommunication firms; disaster relief organizations; and military bases.

The BAT uses a helium-filled, inflatable shell to lift to high altitudes where winds are stronger and more consistent than those reached by traditional tower-mounted turbines.

High strength tethers hold the BAT steady and send electricity down to the ground.

The lifting technology is adapted from aerostats, industrial cousins of blimps, which have lifted heavy communications equipment into the air for decades.

To learn more, visit www.altaerosenergies.com.

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‘What’s Possible’: The U.N. Climate Summit Opening Film

Morgan Freeman narrates an inspirational message of hope and a call for action from world leaders.

What’s Possible calls on the people of the world to insist leaders get on the path of a livable climate and future for humankind.

Learn more about climate change and take action at takepart.com/climate.

What’s Possible was created by director Louie Schwartzberg, writer Scott Z. Burns, Moving Art Studio, and Lyn Davis Lear and the Lear Family Foundation. It features the creative gifts of Freeman and composer Hans Zimmer.

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Elon Musk – CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX

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