Tag: Solar Energy

Don’t Let China Win the Green Race

Washington is consumed with discussion about the consequences of a rising China, from trade disputes, to their authoritarian surveillance and oppression of Uighurs, to their aggression in the South China Sea. There’s comparably little debate about how the United States can shape the environment into which China is rising, let alone the actions we can […]

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Why the Star of a Big Hollywood Development Is the Sun

ImageThe Epic, a giant new building in Hollywood that will be occupied by Netflix, is outfitted with solar panels.Credit…Hudson Pacific Good morning. (Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today by email.) Today, we’re starting off a new week and a new month with this dispatch from Brooks Barnes, who covers Hollywood for […]

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Secretive energy startup backed by Bill Gates achieves solar breakthrough

A secretive startup backed by Bill Gates has achieved a solar breakthrough aimed at saving the planet. Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates says he should pay more in taxes and that the government should require other superwealthy people like him to contribute “significantly higher” amounts. (File Photo) Heliogen, a clean energy company that emerged from […]

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Available: A 415-Acre Island With Manhattan Views. What to Build?

Rikers Island, which has housed inmates in New York City for nearly a century, stretches almost 415 acres atop a former landfill in the East River. It is half the size of Central Park. And soon it could be open for development. Within seven years, the city plans to move thousands of detainees and officers […]

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5 Global Trends Shaping Our Climate Future

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. WASHINGTON — Wind turbines, solar panels and electric vehicles are spreading far more quickly around the world than many experts had predicted. But this rapid growth in clean energy isn’t yet fast enough to slash humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions and […]

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The Steel Mill That Helped Build the American West Goes Green

PUEBLO, Colo. — Sparks flew a hundred feet in the air. Bare metal shrieked as powerful jolts of electricity passed through a furnace that melts scrap — like old cars and tossed-out refrigerators — into puddles, turning them into shiny recycled steel. As I watched recently, the great arc furnace at one of the nation’s […]

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In a High-Tech State, Blackouts Are a Low-Tech Way to Prevent Fires

California has a reputation as a haven for technological innovation. But the state’s largest power utility is using the lowest of low-tech solutions — rolling blackouts — to protect dry landscapes from live power lines that could spark or overheat and set wildfires. The utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, turned off power to broad areas, […]

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The Green Revolution Spreading Across Our Rooftops

When David Michaels moved to Chicago this year, he chose the Emme apartment building in part because of the third-floor green roof, which has a lawn, an area for grilling, fire pits and a 3,000-square-foot vegetable garden. “The green space was a huge factor in choosing this apartment,” Mr. Michaels said. “My wife and I […]

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Transformative? New Device Harvests Energy in Darkness

Aaswath Raman was driving through a village in Sierra Leone in 2013 when an idea came to him as suddenly as, perhaps, a light bulb switching on. The village was not equipped with electricity, and Dr. Raman, an electrical engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles, was unaware he was in a village until […]

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Walmart Says Tesla Solar Panels Set Fires Atop Stores

A series of rooftop blazes at Walmart stores in recent years left the retail giant with a pressing question: What was causing all the fires? In a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court on Tuesday, Walmart proposed an explanation. “The answer was obvious and startling,” the complaint said. “The stores all had Tesla […]

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The Republican Climate Closet

For a political party stocked with people who deny the seriousness of the climate crisis, the Republican Party does some curious things. Did you know, for instance, that a Republican Congress put an explicit price on emissions of the main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide? That was in early 2018. Companies can now get a tax […]

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Apple and Amazon become top U.S. solar users, besting Target and Walmart

Apple has spent nearly a decade dramatically expanding its use of solar energy across the United States, and the effort has paid off: the Solar Energy Industries Association reports today that Apple now has the most installed solar capacity of any U.S. company, followed by Amazon, as both companies vaulted over prior industry leaders Target and […]

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Counting Down to a Green New York

New York’s ambitious plan to fight climate change by virtually eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is underway — and the battle begins at home. Two-thirds of the city’s planet-warming pollution is produced by buildings, primarily residential ones, according to a 2017 inventory. In spite of recent efforts, impeded in part by years of intense […]

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How New York City Is Turning Its Thousands of Roofs Into Power Providers

New York City is home to thousands of acres of rooftop, some of the most expensive electricity in the country and progressive leadership that has embraced efforts to combat climate change. Yet New York has been slower than other big cities in tapping into one constant source of clean energy: the sun. Now though, with […]

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More New Yorkers Embrace Solar Power

In an effort to reduce their carbon footprints, homeowners across New York City are increasingly turning to solar energy, with Brooklyn brownstone owners hurrying to catch up with their counterparts in Queens and Staten Island. Because solar panels are generally designed for sloped roofs, Brooklyn’s many flat-topped rowhouses have put the borough at a disadvantage, […]

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Florida, the Sunshine State, Is Slow to Adopt Rooftop Solar Power

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida calls itself the Sunshine State. But when it comes to the use of solar power, it trails 19 states, including not-so-sunny Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Maryland. Solar experts and environmentalists blame the state’s utilities. The utilities have hindered potential rivals seeking to offer residential solar power. They have […]

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Israel’s Energy Dilemma: More Natural Gas Than It Can Use or Export

TEL AVIV — For decades, Israel was an energy-starved country surrounded by hostile, oil-rich neighbors. Now it has a different problem. Thanks to major offshore discoveries over the last decade, it has more natural gas than it can use or readily export. Having plenty of gas is hardly a burden, and it offers a cleaner-burning […]

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Wired Bacteria Form Nature’s Power Grid: ‘We Have an Electric Planet’

At three o’clock in the afternoon on September 4, 1882, the electrical age began. The Edison Illuminating Company switched on its Pearl Street power plant, and a network of copper wires came alive, delivering current to a few dozen buildings in the surrounding neighborhood. One of those buildings housed this newspaper. As night fell, reporters […]

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Unleashed, Robo-Insect Takes Flight

For years now, scientists have sought to build aerial robots inspired by bees and other flying insects. But they have always run into a fundamental problem: Flying takes a lot of energy. Insects flap their wings, generating the thrust needed to move through the air by utilizing the energy stored in strong muscles. Their robot […]

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As Coal Fades in the U.S., Natural Gas Becomes the Climate Battleground

America’s coal-burning power plants are shutting down at a rapid pace, forcing electric utilities to face the next big climate question: Embrace natural gas, or shift aggressively to renewable energy? Some large utilities, including Xcel Energy in the Upper Midwest, are now planning to sharply cut their coal and gas use in favor of cleaner […]

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New York Can Win on Climate and Racial Justice

Luz Velez became a climate change activist because she almost lost her life to pollution-related illnesses. Living near a major freight trucking hub in Buffalo, she has suffered from multiple, potentially deadly respiratory ailments. Ms. Velez is fighting back. Last week, she joined more than 400 New Yorkers from across the state, representing the 180 […]

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To Make Headway on Climate Change, Let’s Change the Subject

DENVER — The morning two years ago that Jared Polis announced his run for governor of Colorado, he went to a coffee roaster operating on solar power and promised more renewable energy for the state. Campaigning on that alongside education and health care reform, Mr. Polis, a Democrat, blew away his Republican opponent last fall […]

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