Tue.Jul 28, 2020

Mountain Pass Performance’s Tesla Model Y *SUV* Puts Porsches To Shame In Time Attack

CleanTechnica

The Tesla Model Y might look like the ultimate mom car, with its SUV posture and room for a few booster seats in the back, but Mountain Pass Performance had a different vision in mind. Sort of.

Semiconductor firm Applied Materials puts supply chain at center of new commitments

GreenBiz

Semiconductor firm Applied Materials puts supply chain at center of new commitments. Heather Clancy. Tue, 07/28/2020 - 02:00. The sustainability ambitions of the world’s largest cloud software companies — Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce — have been well-documented.

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China Is *Crushing* USA In Electric Bus Growth. Proterra Wants To Change That.

CleanTechnica

When it comes to electric vehicles, passenger cars grab most of the headlines — especially fast and glamorous ones made by a certain California company.

Arctic wildfires rage through Siberia

Inhabitat - Innovation

The earth's poles have made the news a lot this summer, and not for good reasons. Now, another awful update has hit, with Arctic wildfires burning out of control

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Proterra Delivers 21 Electric Buses, Chargers, & Complete Energy Management System To ETS

CleanTechnica

Canadian transit operator Edmonton Transit took delivery of the first 21 electric buses from Proterra this month from a total order of 40 electric buses for the year. The 21 buses will go into service in August, providing nearly silent, emissions free transit service to Edmonton residents.

Isaac Burrough unveils solar-powered luxury yacht concept

Inhabitat - Innovation

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The SolarEdge Smart EV Charger Makes It Easy To Drive On Sunshine — CleanTechnica Review

CleanTechnica

SolarEdge was a late entrant to the world of electric vehicle chargers, but after spending some time with the SolarEdge Smart EV Charger, the company is already a serious contender in the space.

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South Africa Gets The Porsche Taycan Before It Gets A Tesla

CleanTechnica

Porsche is rewarding its loyal South African fans by bringing the all-electric Taycan. It will be available in three variants, namely the Taycan 4s, the Taycan Turbo, and the Taycan Turbo.

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This dad built a backyard coffee shop with repurposed materials

Inhabitat - Innovation

When Julianna Astrid posted about the DIY coffee shop that her dad, Ed, built in his backyard, her social media blew up with supportive comments. The impressive backyard cafe uses only repurposed construction materials, combined with various pieces from swap meets, antique stores and thrift stores

Automakers Improving Online Shopping & Increasingly Offering Online Ordering

CleanTechnica

Auto dealers have waged a long (and mostly losing) legal and legislative battle against Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales model.

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Storing Energy in the Freezer: Long-Duration Thermal Storage Comes of Age

GreenTechMedia

Jason Dreisbach fields at least half a dozen calls every week from people trying to sell him a technology to lower his energy costs. As the owner of Dreisbach Enterprises, a cold-storage facility owner with operations in Northern California, he's a popular target.

Commercial Vehicle Manufacturers: Produce More Freakin’ Electric Vehicles

CleanTechnica

A few days ago, we published an article about Dynamic Parcel Distribution (DPD), a major UK delivery company, hitting its 2020 electric vehicle (EV) adoption target 5 months early. That announcement was very uplifting. until the second sentence.

Rainn Wilson launches climate change web series featuring Greta Thunberg

Inhabitat - Innovation

"An Idiot's Guide to Climate Change" follows Rainn Wilson on a global trip to learn about this serious issue

First Review Of Polestar 2 Is Highly Positive

CleanTechnica

The Polestar 2 electric car is almost here and the reviews have begun. One of the first describes it as one of the best electric cars available. Cars Clean Transport Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Android Automotive geely Polestar Polestar 2 Polestar 2 review volvo

Why the community solar model is persevering during a pandemic

Solar Power World

By Larry Aller, managing director, BlueWave Solar At the start of 2020, the macro outlook for solar in the U.S. was strong.

Infosys Innovations For Climate Change & Sustainability — Cleantech Talk

CleanTechnica

In this episode of our Cleantech Talk podcast interview series, Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc.

WoodMac: V-Shaped Recovery for Distributed Energy Resources in 2021

GreenTechMedia

The second quarter of 2020 provided a clearer picture of the dramatic impact that COVID-19 is having on the grid edge sector in the United States and abroad.

Tesla Solar, Tesla Insurance, 300 Mile Electric SUV Trio — CleanTechnica Top 20

CleanTechnica

A Tesla solar piece and a Tesla insurance piece led the way on CleanTechnica last week, followed in 3rd by my piece on 3 electric SUVs just arriving or coming soon that offer 300+ miles of range.

Coronavirus Slows US Microgrid Market Despite Growing Need for Resilience

GreenTechMedia

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into U.S. microgrid development and may delay project origination and timelines over the next year, according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest review and forecast. The first half of 2020 was the slowest for the U.S.

Tesla Owner Shares His Contactless Model 3 Delivery Experience

CleanTechnica

A popular Tesla owner on Twitter, Nash, aka Tesla in the Gong, has shared his experience with Tesla's contactless and touchless delivery. He placed his order in April of this year for a Model 3.

One Way to Retire Coal Plants: Buy Out the Owner

GreenTechMedia

In 2016, New Mexico’s Kit Carson Electric Cooperative left its long-standing power supply relationship with Colorado’s Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association behind.

Talking About Climate Change: It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It

CleanTechnica

New studies find Democrats need to inject more emotion into their climate change rhetoric in order to attract voters to their cause. Climate Change Policy & Politics

Students for sustainability… Singapore Institute of Technology’s Ho Xiang Tian

Eco-Business

Co-founder of environmental advocacy group LepakInSG, and one of speakers at Singapore's first climate rally, shares the need to think beyond individual action and focus on systemic change

Elon Musk Is A Government Subsidy Critic, But Tesla’s Q2 Results Were Helped By Covid-19 Aid

Forbes Green Tech

The electric car maker disclosed that it received government payroll “benefits” that helped it stay profitable during this year’s second quarter.

Vietnam considers scrapping half of coal power plant pipeline in favour of gas and renewables

Eco-Business

With coal development sluggish, the country eyes alternative power sources to meet burgeoning demand. Analysts say the plan is contingent on gas prices staying low

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Q&A with Founders First’s Kim Folsom: Helping diverse founders grow businesses with revenue-based financing

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, July 28 – The national focus on racial justice has expanded to include equity in finance and investing. Implicit bias in venture capital and structural discrimination in lending have left many women founders and founders of color without access to capital.

Duterte’s Covid-19 recovery plan criticised for excluding clean energy policies

Eco-Business

In his penultimate State of the Nation address, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte did not indicate how renewable energy could aid in the country’s recovery. Green groups were disappointed with his 'narrow environmental agenda

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The world is arriving at where climate investors have long been

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, July 28 – Much has been written about the link between Covid and the environment, and how Covid will prompt a new interest in forestalling the next crisis, climate change. Last week, for example, the Biden campaign unveiled a fairly bold climate plan: carbon-free energy in the U.S.

Author Roland Kupers: We can't rely on governments or businesses—we need a climate policy revolution

Eco-Business

Governments are unwilling and market forces are not enough. Tackling a problem as complex as climate change in the post-Covid era requires systemic change, argues author Roland Kupers

The Brief: Founders first funding, artificial gravel, East African agribusiness, climate financing’s virtuous cycles

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! The Call No. 21: Election Impact. Blue Haven Initiative’s Liesel Pritzker said “Yes!” when ImpactAlpha challenged impact investors to 10x their impact – and urged them to invest in policy and civics as well.

Learn how to turn your lawn into a meadow

Greenability Magazine

Are you looking for an alternative to your water-thirsty, chemical-dependent lawn? Or just trying to avoid fossil fuel intensive mowing?

Unplugged: How the Gas Industry Is Fighting Efforts to Electrify Buildings

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 21 mins Just over a year ago, the city of Berkeley, California, passed into law a first-in-the-nation ordinance prohibiting natural gas hookups in new buildings, a move that alarmed the gas industry.

Cleantech Research Agenda Update – Q3 2020

CleanTech Group

Quarterly Research Check-in Cleantech Group’s research agenda focuses on growth opportunities powered by innovation. From trends and companies to the people and ideas. Agriculture & Food Cleantech Insights Fashion Nuclear Sector Insights Transportation Cross-sector trends

Top 4 Environmental Benefits of Going Solar

Green Living Guy

Let’s just look at the benefits of solar power. The world becomes more and more aware of the global impact of pollution. That’s furthering the benefits of solar energy with every passing day. Much of this pollution also comes through solar energy generation.

Costlier solar power a fallout of India-China border clash

Eco-Business

Companies owned by the Indian government stop buying Chinese solar equipment, while private firms face higher tariff; domestic manufacturing too small to make a difference

Saving Money by Going Green: A Guide

Green Living Guy

There’s no doubt that going green is great for the environment, but did you know it can also save you money? In fact, there are many different ways that you can turn your home eco-friendly, and your wallet will be thanking you for it. Keep reading to find out Continue Reading.

With the right measures, Southeast Asia could see a post-pandemic EV revolution

Eco-Business

Future projections of e-mobility are promising, but uptake in the region will depend heavily on the strategic decisions and actions of industry, government and consumers, say Asean Centre for Energy's Zulfikar Yurnaidi and Justin Sitohang