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.
Solar power, nonprofits, and social change
- Nonprofit GRID Alternatives will install solar power systems in seven Habitat for Humanity homes in California. Solar power could save homeowners $1,000 a year. (San Diego Union-Tribune)
- In western Kenya, solar power technology pipes in clean water. (Thomson Reuters Foundation)
- Yale 360 features an interview with Katherine Lucey, leader of Solar Sisters, a nonprofit organization that relies on a network of female entrepreneurs sell low-cost solar power systems throughout sub-Saharan Africa. From the article:
Access to energy is critical to alleviating poverty in Africa, and women must be at the heart of any solution, says Lucey, since they are the family’s “energy managers,” responsible for cooking and heating needs. They may walk miles to collect wood or go to market to purchase charcoal or kerosene, an expensive energy source with severe health and environmental consequences.
Public policy and advocacy
- Minnesota Governor Dayton signs a renewables mandate: “The section that’s drawn the most attention is a 1.5 percent by 2020 solar electricity standard for large utilities that is on top of the state’s existing 25 percent by 2025 renewable mandate.”(Midwest Energy News)
- Consumers, environmentalists, and business owners in Georgia demand more renewable energy from utilities (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Economic common sense
Top 10 reasons why fossil fuels aren’t a good investment. (Renewable Energy World)
- This week brought us news of records broken by solar-powered research vessels and solar-powered planes. (Wired)
- Organic materials could be the new frontier of solar energy. (Design Build)
What do you think was the most important solar power story this week? Share your insights and thoughts through comments on this blog or by email.
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