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Solar Roadways Pave The Way For The Future Of Infrastructure

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Solar Roadways is a concept which could potentially change the game for the renewable energy industry; by incorporating solar into already cleared land which currently is paved, the available space for solar roadways has already been mapped out and the usage for the space as such is unlikely to change. Virtually every parking lot, paved sports court, road, driveway, etc., could potentially be replaced with this technology. The LEDs within the panels are programmable and can be changed on demand to create a new configuration. Solar roadways have the potential to revolutionize our infrastructure by creating power, melting snow or ice on the road using an integrated heating element –eliminating the need for plowing–, and providing instantaneous road layout changes and messages as needed for construction, fallen debris, obstacles in the road, or simply reconfiguring parking.   Solar Roadways, the company producing the solar roadway product, started in 2006 and debuted their first installation in a public square in Sandpoint, Idaho.   Read More Here:...

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China’s Solar Market Continues To Boom

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China continues to plow forward installing solar to meet its ever increasing energy demands, having installed over 15 gigawatts of solar capacity in 2015, however it is yet to be seen whether this trend is economically sustainable. Much of China’s solar capacity is installed but not yet online, and the country continues to build additional coal-fired power plants despite having the some of the most polluted air of any country. Currently their total installed capacity sits around 43 gigawatts, making them the leader internationally of installed capacity. The government is aiming to install 15-20 gigawatts of solar per year as part of their next 5-year plan. By 2020 China aims to have 140 gigawatts of installed solar. To put that into scale, the  total installed solar capacity worldwide is expected to reach 321 gigawatts by the end of this year. Installations continue and production is ramping up, but some experts have concerns that the market may be becoming oversaturated with production that exceeds global demand. Read More Here:...

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Worlds Largest Solar Array In India

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India has been seriously gearing up their renewable energy installations lately, and its no surprise that India — as the worlds second most-populated country — would house many impressive sized arrays. Gautam Adani, an Indian business tycoon, recently dedicated the world’s largest solar array to the nation of India itself. The array clocks in at 648 MWs of installed capacity, enough to power about 64,000 average US homes. Impressive! Read More Here:...

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Renewables Booming, Climate Change Still Imminent At Current Trends

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Climate change is a hot topic globally, and the pursuit of saving the planet from ourselves has been making great headway in the realms of Solar, Wind, and Electric Vehicles. Despite these advancements — which are largely in line with necessary advancement to curb climate change — there are many industries which cannot ween themselves off of fossil fuels as easily. Industries which are still fossil fuel dependent and not advancing renewables in their sector are causing a lag in global progress towards addressing climate change. Sectors such as aerial and marine goods transportation are falling behind as an easy replacement for fossil fuels for planes and ships has not been found. Additionally, as developing countries seek to advance their infrastructure, there is an enormous amount of money being invested in new coal plants globally, while nuclear — often seen as a good alternative to coal for a baseline of electricity generation — is not being invested in. The advancement in some sectors with others lagging behind creates both a false sense of success in our fight against climate change when it comes to solar, wind and electric vehicles while other industries keep polluting, and also puts additional pressure on industries who’ve fallen behind. It is indeed a double-edged sword; we must make sure to continue promoting industries showing strong growth in renewable energy applications and also do our best to advance the industries falling behind.   Read More Here:...

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Virtues of Solar Coupled With Ashrams In India

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India has been making leaps and bounds in its efforts to build greater solar capacity, however there is still much work to be done in the world’s second most populated country. The government of Narendra Modi, current prime minister of India, is looking into supplying all Ashrams in the country with solar in the hopes that creating a visible solar presence at places of worship will encourage the faithful who frequent these hermitages will be inspired by their religious leaders to follow suit. The notion of coupling religious institutions with solar energy has been gaining traction both domestically and abroad, as eco-conscious organizations are reaching out to establish common ground with religious communities. Indeed, here in the US the Unitarian Universalists have become known for promoting solar to their communities and building arrays on their places of worship. Coupling spiritually-based morality with eco-morality can be a big step in galvanizing larger communities behind the fight for renewable energy and promote solar across entire faith-based groups. Regardless of religious affiliation, most people of faith tend to regard the Earth as an important part of the divine’s creation. As such, it makes sense that those who are invested in safeguarding this creation would come to the forefront of one of the most important steps in maintaining its well being; going solar helps safeguard our planet from the extractive businesses who seek to pillage it and maintain the beautiful creation that both the religious and the non-faithful hold in common. Read more here: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Narendra-Modi-government-looks-at-ashrams-to-harness-solar-power/articleshow/54283858.cms...

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