The lush hills of Strangford Lough are truly a place of magic scenery. Portaferry, a small fishing village, is located one hour’s drive from Belfast in Northern Ireland, and is today perhaps most famous for being close to the location where blockbuster Games of Thrones is filmed. In this idyllic fishing village, struggling with a high unemployment rate and a diminishing population, something new and prosperous is growing. Looking out over the calm waters of Strangford Lough, one could hardly believe that under the ocean surface — that electricity can be produced.
If I were a newsboy, here's the headline I'd shout out on the street corner this afternoon: "Single-family solar power beats Standard & Poor's 500, in 46 out of 50 American cities!"
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electric Delivery and Energy Reliability’s (OE) recently released “Strategic Plan for Energy Storage Safety” is helping industry stakeholders and regulators address a significant gap in safety codes, standards and regulations (CSRs) for grid-scale energy storage technologies, according to Vincent Sprenkle, chief engineer, electrochemical energy storage and conversion, Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory.
Spending on renewable energy, which surged 16 percent in 2014, will remain strong this year, largely unaffected by the slumping oil prices that have artificially depressed their shares.
Two recent U.S. consumer polls have some good and bad news about how solar energy is perceived today. I’m an optimist, so we’ll start with the good news: According to a recent Harvard poll, 90 percent of Americans want more solar and wind over coal, oil, and nukes, a stat that crosses party lines. Why? The respondents’ reasons are not climate relat
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