A Quick Guide to Solar Storage Batteries

N/A | June 5, 2018

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This week we're announcing that in select U.S. markets the SunPower® Equinox™ home solar energy system can now be paired with industry-leading solar battery storage providers such as Sonnen or Tesla.

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Ecohive

A Canadian company, based in Ontario, Ecohive is composed of a partnership between local manufacturers, distributors, investors and advisors working towards a single initiative: to decentralize energy generation. With a 100 years of experience in the finance sector, 40 years in manufacturing and over 25 years in the solar industry, Ecohive seeks to deliver more advanced energy solutions than previously offered by any solar power company in Canada.

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Recognizing and solving challenges in renewable energy land usage

Article | February 14, 2020

As anyone familiar with the saga of the Spotsylvania solar project knows, an inherent difficulty in developing renewable energy projects comes in finding the right project location, both in terms of size and siting. This is one of the topics analyzed in a new report released by The Brookings Institute: “Renewables, land use, and local opposition in the United States.” It’s a hard fact that renewable generation uses more land than fossil fuel systems, with solar having slightly lower median land use than both on- and offshore-wind, despite a large variance in total land density values. While this presents an issue for renewable developers, the silver lining is that renewable energy can be sustained indefinitely on the same land base, while mines and wells will eventually run out. As a solution, the study recommends greater development on brownfields, as well as floating PV, though the authors do recognize the capped potential of floating PV at around 10% of current U.S. electricity generation.

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Four Ways Toward A New Energy Economy

Article | February 14, 2020

The American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) released a report in January 2020 that examines four notable policy approaches identified as having the potential to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy and achieving scientifically based reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report, Advancing America’s Climate Leadership: Policy Options That Most Effectively Put Renewable Energy to Work, discusses specific advantages and limitations of each policy option, individually and in combination. Authored by ACORE’s Greg Wetstone, President and CEO; Bill Parsons, COO; Lesley Hunter, VP of Programs; and Tyler Stoff, Policy Manager, this report offers design recommendations for policymakers to optimize implementation.

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10 ways coronavirus is changing energy and climate change

Article | February 14, 2020

The various impacts are occurring both now and into the future. Most changes don’t bode well for acting on climate change and transitioning to cleaner energy. Global carbon dioxide emissions are likely to drop this year, due to the global economy faltering. That’s not a silver lining to the novel coronavirus. It’s like a person who loses weight while sick. It’s a byproduct of a bad situation and by definition should and will not last. Indeed, since the Industrial Revolution, the world’s emissions have not gone down except briefly during economic crises. These incidents merely show how difficult it is to reduce emissions in an economically sustainable way.

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What It Really Means When Google and Apple Say They Run on 100% Renewable Energy

Article | February 14, 2020

Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft — the five companies that arguably make up “big tech” — say they are either already powered by 100% renewable energy or are close to getting there. Together these companies own and operate more than a hundred data centers (each the size of multiple football fields), close to a thousand offices, and countless other buildings, making them some of the most power-hungry companies in the world. Given this, running on 100% renewable energy is a significant achievement. But there are plenty of critics who argue that these claims are misleading. Some say carbon offsets might do more to assuage guilt than they do to help the environment. To understand where these arguments come from, let’s start with the basics.

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Ecohive

A Canadian company, based in Ontario, Ecohive is composed of a partnership between local manufacturers, distributors, investors and advisors working towards a single initiative: to decentralize energy generation. With a 100 years of experience in the finance sector, 40 years in manufacturing and over 25 years in the solar industry, Ecohive seeks to deliver more advanced energy solutions than previously offered by any solar power company in Canada.

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