10 Cool Solar Power Stories You May Have Missed
Too much cleantech news is a good thing, but it sometimes means I need to stuff a bunch of big stories into one article. Following some roundups of autonomous driving news and battery & EV charging news, here’s one more roundup of some cool cleantech stories no one wanted to take and write full pieces about. This one is 100% focused on solar power.
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Jan 4th, 2020
Solar Energy: An American Success Story | SEIA
In China, 2013 is the year of the snake. But here in the United States, this may well go down as the year of the sun. A recent market analysis by GTM Research shows the U.S. market installed 832 megawatts (MW) of new photovoltaic (PV) installations in the second quarter of this year – a whopping 15 percent increase over the first three months of 2013.
Philadelphia Energy Authority
Philadelphia City Council Celebrates the Expansion of Solarize Philly
As of 2021, over 750 households from across the City have already gone solar through Solarize Philly, making it the largest Solarize program in the nation. For every 100 installs, the program creates 15 jobs.
China Installed Record Amount of Rooftop Solar in 2021
China put a record number of solar panels on rooftops last year as growth in residential areas outpaced installations on solar farms.
The New York Times
In Martin County, Ky, where coal production has flatlined, entrepreneurs are promising that a new solar farm atop a shuttered mine will bring green energy jobs.
Metro Transit testing solar powered bus information signs
Metro Transit is turning to solar energy to power real-time information signs as part of a test to see how screens resembling iPads or e-readers perform in Minnesota’s punishing weather conditions.
Here’s Why Your Kitchen Glasses Are So Cloudy
Whether you’re serving iced tea, white wine, or just water, crystal clear glasses make for the best and most appealing presentation. So if you reach into your dishwasher or open your cabinets only to pull out glasses so cloudy that you can hardly see into them while they are empty, you might be pretty frustrated.
Reality Biz News
Water Softeners – The Be All End All Of Hard Water Treatment
Hard water contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium. Hard water is generally problematic: It leaves deposits in pipes that clog them, reducing their efficiency. It interferes with soap lathering, meaning you’ll have to use a lot more soap for your laundry. Hard water is also infamous for leaving a buildup of crusty scales on places like faucets or shower-heads.
4 Reasons Why You Should Pay Attention to the Quality of Water You Drink
Nonetheless, the fact that billions of people throughout the world lack access to safe drinking water is a horrifying reality. Although all water contains minerals and contaminants, it is only safe to drink within certain parameters. Here are some of the reasons why you should make sure the water you drink is safe to consume.
The US Sun
You’re cleaning your taps all wrong – and it’s making your skin AND your hair look bad
A beauty lover has reminded of the importance to look after your taps properly – as this, according to her, is responsible for clear skin and healthy hair.
Smelly washing machine? The two steps to properly clean your machine
WASHING MACHINES should be deep cleaned every single month, but a fifth of Brits say they never clean their washing machines at all. Is your machine starting to smell? Here are the two steps to properly clean your washing machine.
This One Landscaping Mistake Can Decrease Your Home Value by 20%
Whether doing a drive-by or scrolling through Zillow listings, the first thing any potential buyer will notice about your home is the curb appeal. It sets the standard for what they can expect from the rest of the property and might be the only chance you have to catch their attention. Good landscaping can actually increase your home’s value by up to 20%.
Total Landscape Care
Selling landscaping as a crime deterrent
If you are working with commercial properties or HOAs, then you might know one of their biggest worries is crime. Vandalism, destruction of property, or even theft are real concerns that might keep property managers or HOA board directors up at night. But as a landscape contractor, the work you do can play a potential role in reducing crime.
Why doesn’t every big box store have rooftop solar?
Superstore roofs span billions of square feet. Covering them in solar panels could power nearly 8 million homes.
At the very least, why doesn’t every big box store have rooftop solar?
Thousands of NJ residents receive notices about drinking water contamination
Hundreds of thousands of New Jersey water customers are finding out that their water could be contaminated. The contaminant, PFAS, is a chemical used in nonstick cookware and firefighting foam. The state raised the standards for PFAS in 2020.
PV Magazine USA
Big box retailers could be 50% solar powered
An analysis by Environment America has found that the 100,000 big box stores in the United States could generate 84 TWh of electricity from solar power on their rooftops. Environment America has released an analysis which shows that big box retailers in the United States could host 84TWh worth of solar capacity.
North Jersey Media Group
High levels of PFAS chemicals found in 34 NJ drinking water systems affecting 500K+ people
Dozens of New Jersey water systems that serve a combined 500,000 residents exceeded new stringent standards last year for PFAS, a family of chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other ailments, environmental officials said Tuesday.
How edible landscaping benefits both you and the environment
Vibrant flowers nestled among fresh herbs and crisp lettuce leaves all beautifully arranged before making their way from the garden to plate – this is the concept of edible landscaping, a method of gardening that is as much about aesthetics as it is is about functionality and sustainability.
How to pour the perfect cup of tea
How does one brew the perfect cup of tea? Of course, there are enormous cultural and ceremonial differences in tea-pouring depending on your region of the world. But if you’re a relative beginner like me, these tips will get you a lot closer to the perfect cup.
45 Backyard Landscaping Ideas for Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space
Spruce up your outdoor space with one or more of these landscaping ideas, and transform your backyard into your new favorite place. From small DIY landscaping projects to professional overhauls, we’ve got all the inspiration you need to create a backyard oasis.
How a toxic chemical ended up in the drinking water supply for 13 million people
New Jersey’s largest drinking water supplier discovered a toxic chemical in the river where it gets water for hundreds of thousands of customers, setting off a major search for polluters that led back to a Pennsylvania wastewater treatment plant and a South Jersey company.
McDavid Solar Energy Site Now Producing Enough Power For 15,000 Homes
The 300,000 solar panels at the Cotton Creek Solar Energy Center in McDavid are now producing enough electricity to power up to 15,000 homes.
Drought Exposes ‘Canary in This Coal Mine’ of PFAS in Well Water
Drought is exposing new layers of risk posed by PFAS contamination in drinking water nationwide, a public health hazard expected to cost billions of dollars and take years to solve, state and federal officials say.
A sustainable city with a solar footpath and energy-positive buildings
When it comes to making cities more sustainable, the term ‘energy neutrality’ is often mentioned. This is usually the starting point. But what if homes, office buildings and public spaces produce a surplus in the future, and offset the loss of energy from old buildings that way?
New Study from StrategyR Highlights a $63.7 Billion Global Market for Water Purifiers by 2026
A new market study published by Global Industry Analysts Inc., (GIA) the premier market research company, today released its report titled “Water Purifiers – Global Market Trajectory & Analytics”. The report presents fresh perspectives on opportunities and challenges in a significantly transformed post COVID-19 marketplace.
Thinking Green: Landscape Enhancements Boost Mental Health and Wellness at Friendship Village
Andy Howland and his landscape team at Friendship Village of Dublin planted 10,000 annuals in May 2020 when COVID-19 kept residents isolated. As director of enhancements and landscape, Howland knew the plants would boost mental health, quicken patient recovery and enhance their social connections.
Georgia Power plans to eliminate coal and double solar by 2035
Georgia Power plans to close all of its remaining coal-fired power plants by 2035 and add more solar power. The plan, from the state’s largest utility, has a bearing on how Georgia — which does not mandate renewable energy use — responds to climate change.
Study: many Californians rely on contaminated drinking water
An estimated 370,000 Calif. citizens rely on drinking water with high levels of arsenic, nitrate, or hexavalent chromium. Many of those exposed belong to communities of color or use domestic wells.
This new trend for hard landscaping is adding a gentle softness to garden design
There’s a new hard landscaping trend looking set to dominate garden design in 2022, and it’s putting a softness into spaces while using a hard material.
Euro Weekly News Spain
The best ways to repair hair damage from hard water and restore hair
Hard water can wreak havoc on your hair. It makes it difficult to properly rinse hair, causing product buildup. Buildup leaves your hair feeling like it’s coated in a greasy film, no matter how often you wash it, leading to overwashing and further damage. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to repair hair damage from hard water and restore hair.
Drought-Tolerant Landscaping: Top Tips for a Hardy, Low-Maintenance Yard
Use these tips and ideas as you confront regional challenges and your property’s topography to achieve a landscape with low-water needs and next to no maintenance requirements.
Solar spring is here, and that means we are gaining more daylight in an increasingly big way
Welcome to solar spring! You may not have heard of this happy astronomical marker but Saturday marks the end of the darkest quarter of the year and the beginning of the greatest three months of light gain we experience all year.
The Landscaping Industry: How Far It’s Come And Where It’s Headed
Most people don’t spend much time thinking about landscaping — and from a particular perspective, that’s part of the point. You spend time outdoors enjoying the lush greenery and other elements of nature. You don’t necessarily devote time to wondering where those elements came from.
Sunflower Electric plans large solar project in Russell County
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation filed an application for a solar project in Russell County. The Sunflower Electric Solar @ Russell project would be a 20-megawatt solar farm located on 240 acres three miles east of Russell in north-central Kansas.
11 small front yard landscaping ideas that are low maintenance
These small front yard landscaping ideas are low-maintenance but will still deliver gorgeous curb appeal. Explore ideas for all home styles and climates.
GAF roofing Co. donates money and supplies to Stillman College to renovate building
Winsborough Hall was once Stillman College’s dorm for female students but has sat vacant since the late 2000′s. The building fell into disrepair over the years but workers at a local roofing company who passed by everyday noticed and wanted to help.
Boulders can lend gravitas to any garden, but before you head to the stone yard, you may want to read up on some important tips.
Solar-powered camper from Airstream is a two-wheeled electric car
The camper can be driven and parked without the use of a car, is integrated with solar, and optimized for the electric vehicle revolution.
Solar And Wind Power Key To Decarbonizing Switzerland
How can we reduce the carbon footprint of electricity consumption in Switzerland? The country relies on electricity imports from fossil fuel power plants, which are major emitters of greenhouse gases .
Soft plastic bottles leach hundreds of chemicals into drinking water
Recent research has raised the alarm over the potential health impacts of consuming water from plastic bottles, with scientists concerned over the chemicals that can leach into the liquid with unknown impacts on human health.
pv magazine International
France announces 100 GW solar target for 2050
French President Emmanuel Macron announced a vast nuclear recovery plan, with the construction of six new EPR2 type reactors in France. He also promised an acceleration in the development of renewable energy, with new targets for photovoltaics and wind power by 2050.
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Modern landscape ideas for 2022
Similar to interior design, vehicle and fashion trends, landscaping styles adapt and revamp throughout the years. Surged by the pandemic, outdoor improvements are at an all-time high and 2022 is full of creative and fresh landscaping ideas. Gander through these modern concepts to get inspiration for your next outside project.
How to Combine Paving with Sustainable Landscaping for an Eco-Friendly Garden
Around Australia and the rest of the world, there has been a rapidly increasing consumer interest in sustainability over the past few years. This interest has seeped into almost every aspect of a consumer’s life: the way they shop, dress, dispose of their waste, travel and more. Now, there is a rising trend in sustainable landscaping.
Shining bright: A new solar array in Manchester
The Manchester Landfill located at 500 Dunbarton Road had been capped in 1999 and lay dormant for major development for more than 20 years. While the solid waste drop-off facility has continued to operate as normal, the capped landfill, across I-93 from Manchester Community College, was a resource that had been evaluated for years without ever being fully utilized for further development.
For Construction Pros
Lawn, Landscaping Industry Outlook Positive for 2022
Despite issues, the landscape industry is ‘open for business’ as many homeowners rethink and prioritize their outdoor space.
Mind Body Green
Do You Have Hard Water? Here’s How To Tell & Adjust Your Routine
Most of the shower-time conversation tends to focus on length (are you staying in until your fingertips are pruned?) and water temperature (are you stepping under a scalding spray?). But let’s take a deeper dive into the droplets themselves: Are you showering in hard or soft water?
Landscaping with fire in mind
Fires are a vital part of considerations in landscaping, as they help maintain a healthy natural ecosystem. Fire control agencies have significantly played a part in fire prevention and the protection of homes, but there are actions which an individual homeowner can initiate to reduce the vulnerability of their lawns to fire.
What Is Alkaline Water and Does It Offer More Benefits Than Plain H2O?
Discover the potential perks of this less-acidic H2O, and whether the hype is really all it’s cracked up to be.
Health Benefits of Alkaline Water
Alkaline water, also known as alkaline ionized water, is referred to as commercially available water with high pH value. The pH is a measure of the acid-base balance of water. Typically, the pH of natural water ranges between 6.5 and 8.5, and it is controlled by the carbon dioxide-bicarbonate-carbonate equilibrium system.
Fox 5 San Diego
How to make your yard or garden more water efficient during a drought
Across the Golden State, residents are trying to get more water wise. People with large grass yards (and even larger water bills) may be considering alternative groundcovers or even artificial turf for the first time. Gardeners who find their beloved greenery struggling through the summer might be looking for something more hearty.
Designing a roof is like most everything else in life: There are pros and cons to virtually every decision. While most homeowners are not apt to change the design of their roof unless they are adding a second floor, converting an attic, raising their ceilings or adding a covered porch, replacing a roof is a necessity of home maintenance.
Is alkaline water better for you than plain water?
Bottled water sold as alkaline water is subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Alkaline water sometimes has nutrients added to it to achieve an alkaline pH.
Ecoppia will provide robotic cleaning solutions on a 400MW hybrid solar site
This large-scale project, consisting of two types of installations—fixed tilt and Single Axis Trackers (SAT), along with challenging terrains and varied structures, is another exemplification of Ecoppia’s comprehensive capabilities to tailor a long-term and cost-effective solution for leading solar energy players.
Best Roofing for Extreme Weather
It’s important to select the best roofing for your home if you live in an area that experiences extreme weather conditions. However, not all roofs are created equal, and if you choose the wrong type, you could find yourself dealing with water damage and repair bills.
Major Hotel Chain Rolls Out EV Charging Stations
Hotel operators are finding that installing destination chargers is a good way to attract travelers. Charging station manufacturer EOS Linx has made a deal with Choice Hotels International, a lodging franchisor with a portfolio of over 7,100 hotels in 40 countries, to install EOS Charge Stations at selected properties.
Road and Track
Why You Need Home Charging to Make an EV Work
The dream of an electric vehicle is compelling. Forget the questions about where the chargers are. The real story is that you set off every day with a full tank, with a few hundred miles in reserve for the day’s errands. The weekly fill-up falls away, with range not factoring into the day-to-day. Sure, you need to plan road trips, but the rest falls into place. Assuming, of course, you have access to private charging.
How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Car?
Nailing down precisely how long it takes to charge an electric car is a difficult task. It’s not a question that has one simple answer. There are many variables involved, such as which electric vehicle (EV) you own, the size of its battery, the charging rate of its onboard charger and the power source you’re using for charging.
Owning A Level 2 Charger At Home Makes Owners Much Happier With Their EVs
The owners of electric vehicles who are the most satisfied with the experience are those invested in an at-home Level 2 charger, a J.D. Power study found. Whether the charger is permanently installed or portable doesn’t matter, as long as it allows Level 2 charging speeds.
The State News
The hard truth about East Lansing’s harsh, drying water
Hard water may not be a term many are familiar with, but it’s something most MSU students have certainly experienced. The water, which is high in mineral content, can cause dry skin and weaken water pressure.
One Green Planet
The Pros and Cons of Filtered Water
Everyone deserves to have clean water but sometimes the water we think is clean actually isn’t. The good news is you can buy water filters at almost any grocery store nowadays and if you’re really committed to drinking clean water, you can even install a filtration system in your house.
The Daily Yonder
45 Degrees North: Hard Truths About Hard Water
On a recent episode of Jeopardy!, the correct response to one clue was “What is hard water?” That would have been a gimmee to many of us from rural areas. But apparently, that day’s contestants had never opened a tap that wasn’t connected to a municipal water supply. Nobody even buzzed in.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Green is a great color for money.
Less so for hair.
Ask me, I know.
Because these days, my hair is green.
The 5 Best Coffee Makers For Hard Water
Due to high levels of minerals like calcium and magnesium, hard water can be especially damaging to your stuff. No coffee maker is immune to the effects of hard water, which is why brands often recommend that you use filtered water instead.
Best humidifier for hard water
Hard water is called “hard” because of the abundance of minerals that it contains. Due to the processes that humidifiers use to vaporize water, all of those minerals can potentially wind up in the form of mineral dust, which quickly gathers on the surfaces of your room, or worse, it can be inhaled…
The One Thing in the Bathroom Everyone Forgets to Clean
Ah, the humble shower curtain liner: It’s the thing you don’t give much thought to—until it’s visibly dingy, with hard water and soap scum stains, or worse, that “pink slime” (a strain of mostly harmless yet gross-looking bacteria) streaking it.
The Mint Hill Times
Keep Your Outdoor Spaces Healthy, Safe, and Beautiful with Spring Landscaping Tips
Spring is coming soon, and the changing seasons mean a change in your home and garden landscaping routines. Warmer weather brings on increased insect activity, reveals any damage that may have come from winter freezes, and requires much more dedication to landscape maintenance.
What is IPM and how does it work in a river-friendly garden, farm or landscape?
It’s a growing time in California these days, for plants and animals alike. Being a “river-friendly” garden, farm or landscape, means you start with IPM strategies when you notice pest problems. But, what does “IPM” mean, and how does this strategy work?
News Channel 8
Best home humidifier
Home humidifiers are used to address a variety of needs. They can help soothe illnesses and allergies, alleviate the effects of a dry environment and can even help regulate temperature. Choosing the right humidifier for your needs can be complex, as any given model may not have the features you need.
Tips To Get Rid Of Water Stains From Bathroom Taps And Faucets
The sight of hard water stains splashed all over your faucets might be unappealing. It may also give you the idea that your hands will not be as clean as you would like them to be when you are done washing them.