Renewable Energy Update – February 2017 #4

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) is proposing legislation, SB 584, that would require California to generate all of its electricity from renewable sources.

Renewable Energy Update – March 2016 #3

Scottish Windfarm Starts Producing Electricity

Yolo County and the City of Davis are joining a growing number of communities in California in buying their own electricity with the hope of getting less expensive energy from greener sources.

<> at Milk Studios on February 12, 2015 in New York City.

As the “Internet of Things” rapidly expands, steep increases in power consumption by society are on the horizon. The lifeblood of all “Internet of Things” devices is the energy-intensive transmission and constant streaming of data between the internet/cloud-connected devices and massive data centers operated by Internet companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft or Facebook. The… Keep reading →

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It was just three years ago that Greenpeace was rallying the troops to put pressure on Apple to  stop “powering their growing 21st-century clouds with dirty, 19th-century coal energy.” Whether it was the pressure that did it or not, Apple stands as a shining star in Greenpeace’s new update on the clean energy efforts of Internet-related… Keep reading →

SunPower C7 Trackier

Apple’s renewable energy enthusiasm is spreading to China – that was big news last week. But the story’s more interesting player might be SunPower, with its efforts to expand deployment of concentrator photovoltaics (CPV). The two 20-megawatt plants that Apple and SunPower have partnered on in China will use CPV, long thought to be a… Keep reading →

Black Friday Shopping Begins On Thanksgiving Evening

Apple has announced £1.25bn plans to build two data centres in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered entirely by renewable energy. “Chief executive Tim Cook said the developments in Galway, Ireland and Jutland in Denmark would be Apple’s largest-ever European project and would “introduce some of our most advanced green building designs”. At 120,000 sq… Keep reading →

<> on January 27, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

Is that massive Apple solar play that made news on Tuesday burnishing the tech titan’s green cred? It might be, but environmentalists aren’t thrilled about the whole thing. Not that they’ve got anything against Apple – or solar power, they say. Kim Delfino is California director of the group Defenders of Wildlife, an organization that has… Keep reading →

Black Friday Shopping Begins On Thanksgiving Evening

The energy industry is many things, chief among them, a source of technological innovation and mobile communications. Indeed, far from the cinematic depiction of roughnecks and oil-smeared men in assorted hard hats, as well as truck drivers and workers with frayed shirt collars hauling propane across vast stretches of the Interstate, these same individuals are… Keep reading →


The equipment and materials manufacturer once called itself a “poster child for survival” in solar. Can it still live up to that claim?  GT Advanced Technologies, a manufacturer of solar equipment and materials for consumer electronics, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New Hampshire court. The news caps a wild ride for GT’s stock after it… Keep reading →


Lighting makers keep their options open for smart home platforms.  Just over a year ago, the emergence of a sub-$10 light-emitting diode (LED) bulb was big news for the lighting industry. The same pricing trends are headed for smart bulbs too. Now, for just a few dollars more, consumers can buy a GE LED light bulb for… Keep reading →

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