This week in renewable energy: 11/15/13

Every Friday, Community Renewable Energy shares important clean energy developments– and some that are just plain cool.

Here’s what we were reading this week.

Businesses, schools, cities, and nonprofits go green!

  • This week brought us news of businesses of all kinds investing in solar power– from Google to sugar cane farms in Hawaii.
  • The LA Unified school district’s solar installations will save it over $750,000 in the first year alone. (LA School Report)
  • A Pennsylvania police department is testing out a solar car. (

Global progress

  • Check out this week’s blog post about the stunning solar power possibilities for sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Ghana’s government is hearing from those who want them to focus on solar power. (Ghana Broadcasting Corporation)
  • Latin America is also being eyed as a new frontier for solar. (Reuters)
  • Slate has also been covering Japan’s shift away from nuclear power to solar.
  • The world’s largest thermal solar power plant (located in California) will go live next year. (Voice of America)
  • The New York Times reflects on the environmental benefits of solar power. From the article:

Based on comparative life-cycle analyses of power sources, “PV electricity contributes 96 percent to 98 percent less greenhouse gases than electricity generated from 100 percent coal and 92 percent to 96 percent less greenhouse gases than the European electricity mix,” said Carol Olson, a researcher at the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands.

Bright ideas

  • In “Solar lasers, ocean power and volcanoes: unusual energy sources of the future,” CNN beaks down some of the remarkable options for renewable energy.
  • In LA, residential PV panels go vertical! (Gizmodo)
  • On Bengal, solar-powered water cleaning systems and toilets make life a little easier. (The Economic Times)
  • A new form of bond security emerges– one backed by solar power. From the New York Times article:

Standard & Poor’s has given its preliminary blessing to the first offering of this kind, rating a set of notes intended to raise $54.4 million for the fast-growing installation company SolarCity. On Monday, it gave a rating of BBB+, a low investment-grade designation, to the notes. SolarCity plans to sell the bonds, which are secured by a bundle of residential and commercial power contracts, privately this month.

What do you think was the most important renewable energy story this week? Share your insights and thoughts below or by email.

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