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The Blue Circle is an Independent Power Producer focused on renewable energy generation in the ASEAN countries. We focus on developing and investing in wind energy projects in Southeast Asia.
Article | February 24, 2020
The U.S. reached a monumental 2 million solar installations in 2019. As more people look to save money through solar energy, many different options for doing so are becoming available. The U.S. Department of Energy defines community solar as “a solar-electric system that… provides power and/or financial benefit to… multiple community members.” These voluntary programs allow community residents to enjoy the perks of solar power without the large initial investment. The solar panels and related equipment are set up in a central location, so residents don’t need to buy and install equipment on their personal properties. The power produced by these projects is then shared by a community, and the hardware is either owned by the community itself or by a third party (i.e. Jaton’s community solar projects in California).
Electric engines are incredibly efficient, getting useful work out of 85 percent of the energy that goes into them. Gas engines only get 30 percent, wasting a lot of the energy we pay to fill them up with. That one fact drives intense fuel cost savings for electric vehicles, a clear win for a campus shuttle and bus conversion. But switching from gas to electric also opens up a world of operational resilience, energy independence and sustainability — with the right implementation of electric vehicle charging technology.
As one of the best renewable sources available, solar energy is recognized for its clean power and affordability. And like most equipment, solar panels and systems need regular maintenance to prevent damage and keep them running as efficiently as possible. If you have clients with businesses that utilize solar panels, the following can help them to prevent unnecessary environmental damage to their energy systems. Today’s solar panels are tested in different weather conditions to ensure they can withstand a reasonable level of bad weather. However, during a lightning storm, it’s often necessary to take additional steps to protect systems from damage.
It’s been nine years to the day since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster: one of the worst nuclear accidents in history. This brings up memories of Chernobyl and other nuclear accidents that have played a part in the opposition to nuclear energy. However, there is still a debate on the merits and drawbacks. There are those who see it as a path forward to getting off of fossil fuels while others maintain that not only does nuclear energy pollute, but other risks are taken by developing this type of energy. This debate has been going on for decades since the birth of the atomic bomb. Yet, due to the threat of climate change, is nuclear power a viable option moving forward?
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