Tue.Jan 21, 2020

Agrovoltaics Could Help Calm Fears About Renewables For Iowa Farmers

CleanTechnica

In Iowa, local farmers are worried about losing precious farm land to solar installations. But maybe solar is an opportunity, not a a threat. Agriculture Clean Power Solar Energy Wind Energy agrophotovoltaics Frauhnofer ISE iowa Iowa Farm Bureau University of Arizona

New tiny home for glamping on Governors Island offers guests the best views of NYC

Inhabitat - Innovation

Outlook Shelter offers guests a glamping experience with city vistas they won't find anywhere else

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Join Elon Musk At Home For A Revealing Chat

CleanTechnica

The team at Third Row Tesla Podcast recently sat down at home with Elon Musk for a revealing chat about his young adulthood and varied career before Tesla. Elon's brother Kimbal and mum Maye also joined parts of the conversation, adding to the informal vibe and contributing some colourful anecdotes.

Self-sustaining Ugandan surgical facility provides healthcare to underserved areas

Inhabitat - Innovation

The architects created a modular, easily replicable surgical facility to provide ambulatory surgical procedures for underserved populations in resource-poor regions

Rebellyous Foods Is Making Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets For The Masses

CleanTechnica

An interview with Rebellyous Foods founder and CEO, Christie Lagally. Agriculture Interviews plant-based Rebellyous Foods

California Finalizes Plan Shifting Key Energy Storage Incentive Toward Blackout Resilience

GreenTechMedia

California regulators have finalized plans to direct more than half a billion dollars in behind-the-meter battery incentives over the next four years to customers most at risk of the state’s increasingly deadly wildfires and the grid outages meant to prevent them.

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Starbucks commits to give more than it takes from the planet, and ditch disposable cups

GreenBiz

To become "resource positive," the coffee colossus seeks to shift toward circularity, including reusable packaging. Circular Economy decarbonization Food & Agriculture packaging

Inside New York’s Push to Be ‘Center of Gravity’ for US Offshore Wind

GreenTechMedia

In the race for American offshore wind jobs, New York got an uncharacteristically late start. Unlike Rhode Island, New York has no turbines spinning in the water.

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Starbucks commits to give more than it takes from the planet, and ditch disposable cups for good

GreenBiz

To become "resource positive," the coffee colossus seeks to shift toward circularity, including reusable packaging. Circular Economy decarbonization Food & Agriculture packaging

Total and Marubeni to Build 800MW Solar Plant in Qatar Ahead of World Cup

GreenTechMedia

French oil major Total and Japanese conglomerate Marubeni have won the rights to build Qatar’s first utility-scale solar PV project, due online in time for the 2022 World Cup.

How companies can integrate a more sustainable materials strategy into their business

GreenBiz

Almost any textile you can think of, from cotton to leather to nylon, has social and environmental impacts risks at every level of its supply chain. Apparel Circular Economy Fashion Material Change Index Supply Chain

Can Renewables Restart the Grid? The UK Investigates

GreenTechMedia

A British initiative is looking to dismiss the argument that renewables could topple the grid — by using distributed energy resources for a black start. If successful, the U.K.

Autonomous vehicles could help cities address their climate goals, if they start planning now

GreenBiz

How do cities make sure AVs achieve the “heaven” rather than the “hell” scenario? autonomous vehicles Cities Cities & Communities Policy & Politics

CRA proposes reconfigurable roads and a floating garden to revitalize Luganos waterfront

Inhabitat - Innovation

Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) and Mobility in Chain (MiC) have unveiled a technologically savvy plan to better connect the Swiss city of Lugano with the beautiful Lugano Lake

Could zero emission vehicles usher in an era of 'road calm'?

GreenBiz

A new driving test devised by Hyundai provides further evidence that electric vehicles are not just cleaner. They also lead to calmer, safer drivers. Electric Vehicles Transportation Transportation & Mobility

Luzinterruptus turns plastic waste into Death by Plastic eco-art for COP25

Inhabitat - Innovation

Made from plastic waste and transparent fabric, the glowing environmental art installation depicts a crime scene-like visual with a series of people-shaped sculptures lying on the ground

A new decade demands new leadership in climate policy advocacy

GreenBiz

Only public policy can deliver the speed and scale of emissions reductions needed to limit the worst impacts of climate change. Climate Change GreenBiz 20 Policy & Politics Policy & Politics

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China plans to phase out single-use plastics by 2025

Inhabitat - Innovation

China is set to enact a plastic ban to phase out the production and use of many single-use plastic items by 2025

CIT finances 76-MW community solar portfolio across four states

Solar Power World

CIT Group announced that its Power and Energy unit arranged approximately $200 million in financing for a 76-MW portfolio of community solar projects in four states.

Blue Like an Orange offers a report card for the Sustainable Development Goals (podcast)

Impact Alpha

Back in the halcyon days of 2015, nearly every country in the world signed on to a set of 17 audacious goals for 2030, including “End poverty in all its forms everywhere,” “End hunger,” and “Achieve gender equality.” Five years into the 15-year timeline for achieving the U.N.’s

Petersen-Dean to use Enphase inverters and storage systems for new builds

Solar Power World

Petersen-Dean announced it has selected Enphase as its premier supplier of solar inverters and battery storage systems.

The Brief: Reckoning at Davos, SDG Blue (like an orange), catalysts for financial inclusion, ResponsAbility’s climate debt, Citi’s impact fund

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! Double Feature: ImpactAlpha Originals Corporate laggards face sustainability’s new leaders at Davos. Microsoft is going beyond net-zero to “carbon negative.”

The 2020 solar policy forecast: Part 1

Solar Power World

With a new decade comes new solar policy goals. Solar Power World took a look at what’s on the agenda in some top solar states and nationwide in 2020 and beyond.

Circularity Challenge Spotlight: Nexus Fuels

Greentown Labs

The Circularity Challenge is a six-month accelerator run by Greentown Labs and BASF —one of the world’s leading chemical companies—and supported by Stanley Black & Decker. The program is focused on disrupting the plastics, energy storage, and recycling value chains.

SMA inverters achieve California Rule 21 compliance

Solar Power World

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has listed multiple SMA solar inverters under the updated Grid Support Solar Inverter compliance list for the California Rule 21 requirements.

Citi deploys bank capital in $150 million impact fund

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, January 21 – It’s the kind of impact strategy you often see from private equity firms, not banks. Citi’s is launching a new $150 million impact fund that will make direct equity investments in early and growth-stage companies.

4.5-MW solar, 3.8-MWh storage project completed at former Massachusetts landfill

Solar Power World

A 4.5-MW solar array coupled with a 1.6-MW/3.8-MWh MWh energy storage system has been completed on the former Titcomb pit landfill in Amesbury, Massachusetts. Kearsarge Energy developed and constructed the project that uses an AC-coupled GSS energy system from NEC Energy Solutions.

Catalyst Fund gets $15 million to accelerate financial inclusion in emerging markets

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Jan. 21 – Catalyst Fund, an early stage accelerator for financial technology in emerging markets, pulled in $15 million in grant funding from J.P. Morgan and UK Department for International International Development.

More solar policy efforts to watch in 2020: Part 2

Solar Power World

Read Part 1: The solar policy forecast for 2020 SEIA and other solar advocates have big plans to push favorable solar policy in 2020 as they aim to grow solar + storage on a larger scale.

Corporate laggards face sustainability’s new leaders at Davos

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Jan. 21 – Microsoft is going beyond net-zero to “carbon negative.” Shell’s CEO is admitting the oil giant knew the risks of climate change all along and must retool for a low-carbon future. BlackRock is moving from paeans to ‘purpose’ toward stronger shareholder advocacy.

Class B/C Office Buildings More Valuable Green, Report Finds

Forbes Green Tech

New sustainability research catches attention of Class B and C office building owners

'The world needs leadership': Starbucks pledges to become 'resource positive'

Business Green

CEO Kevin Johnson outlines major new sustainability strategy for the coffee giant, promising tough environmental targets will 'create greater value for all stakeholders

Renewable Energy Prices Hit Record Lows: How Can Utilities Benefit From Unstoppable Solar And Wind?

Forbes Green Tech

If falling prices have made renewable energy unstoppable in the U.S., what does that mean for utilities? If the question is determined by smart policy, the answer may be financial opportunity

Electrify America invests $1.3 million in energy storage program

Charged

Electrify America will invest $1.3 million in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) Energy StorageShares program, which incentivizes energy storage in grid-stressed locations throughout the city. Through the program, Electrify America will receive recurring credits for the demand reduction needs at its 12 charging stations powered by SMUD in the Sacramento area.