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New Documentary “Paris To Pittsburgh” Celebrates How Local Communities Are Implementing Solutions To Climate Change

Paris to Pittsburgh will air globally on the National Geographic Channel in 172 countries and 43 languages beginning with the broadcast premiere in the U.S. on
December 12 at 9 pm local time. Click above image to link to the documentary’s website to watch the trailer.

News Releases

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

  • Omaha World-Herald Editorial: Report describes climate challenges; Nebraskans should collaborate on solutions
  • Omaha World-Herald Midlands Voices: It is time for Nebraska to prepare for climate change, by Donald Wilhite, professor and director emeritus in climate science from the University of
    Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the founding director of UNL’s National Drought Mitigation Center.
  • More clean energy desired, by David E. Corbin, Nebraska Sierra Club Chair and Nebraskans for Solar board member, Omaha World-Herald, The Public Pulse
    OPPD has made environmental progress. Its unambitious goal from several years ago of 10 percent renewable energy by 2020 has been greatly surpassed, but the 50 percent renewable goal that was just passed is still a low bar. The utility will already be close to 50 percent within the next few years. More than 90 U.S. cities, more than 10 counties and two states have already adopted 100 percent clean energy goals. OPPD needs to aim higher.
  • Opinion: Here’s the good news in that alarming report on climate change, Market Watch
    The solution is at hand: The cost of ditching carbon is much less than you think. Government will have a role to play — but most of the work in the U.S. will be up to consumers like you, and buying decisions you make in the next decade.

Beekeepers Sweeten Solar Sites With the ‘Tesla of Honey’

By pairing pollinators with solar farms, Travis and Chiara Bolton are reimagining commercial beekeeping.

By Christina Nunez, National Geographic

After installing their first solar hives in April, the Boltons took the concept and ran with it. They plan to extract 4,000 pounds of solar honey this year; some will be sold in grocery stores, while some will go to solar customers. They have also trademarked a Solar Honey standard and label that they hope other beekeepers will adopt, promoting the idea of smarter land use and local beekeeping. Continue reading.

Photo Credit: Fresh Energy

If you missed Fresh Energy’s Solar and Pollinator webinar on June 22, 2017, check back soon HERE for a recording of it.

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10 Reasons To Overbuild Your Rooftop Solar

#Driving On Sunshine (Reason #2). Photo credit: Leilani Munter

#Driving On Sunshine (Reason #2). Photo: Leilani Munter

By Daryl Elliott, Clean Technica

1. Increased demand for core home functions that require electricity.

Core home functioning is moving away from fossil fuels and toward electricity use. We are seeing more “smart home” connected controls for the thermostat, security, light control, keypad locks, refrigerators, and more.

Many of us believe that all of HVAC in homes is moving in the direction of electrical systems. For example, when solar air heaters are installed on the sun-facing side of the home, electricity-using fans are used to move air, and when solar hot water systems are installed, electricity is needed for water pumps. Overbuilding solar arrays leaves capacity available to accommodate these converted home services. Deploying expanded electricity capacity makes sense in this increasingly electrified world.

Read all 10 reasons here.

ALSO IN THE NEWS
Why Solar and Wind Are Thriving Despite Cheap Fossil Fuels, by Wendy Koch, National Geographic. Despite low natural gas prices, solar and wind accounted for 60 percent of new U.S. power capacity last year and will likely account for 70 percent this year, says Marlene Motyka, U.S. alternative energy leader at Deloitte. Such competitiveness is new. “The last time oil was at this price, the cost of renewables was much higher,” says Jonathan Grant, director of the climate change team at PwC (also known as PricewaterhouseCoopers.) Their economics could improve. “For renewables, particularly solar, substantive improvements in cost and efficiency are not only possible but likely,” writes Sott Nyquist, director of McKinsey & Company’s Houston office. This story is part of a special series that explores energy issues. For more, visit The Great Energy Challenge.

Who deserves the solar halo? Commentary by Severin Borenstein, Los Angeles Times / Tampa Tribune. (Severin Borenstein is a professor of business and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley). Today about 70 percent of new solar systems are owned by third parties that typically resell the associated RECs to a company with a well-publicized goal of being “carbon neutral” or to a power company that wants to claim it’s delivering a high percentage of green energy. (Homeowners are notified of this in the fine print of their contracts.) One might see this as a creative way to make both the solar homeowner and the REC buyers feel good about saving the planet. But the Federal Trade Commission is a real killjoy when it comes to such double counting of virtue. The FTC recently issued legal guidance stating that if a solar company sells its certificates, it is deceptive to tell homeowners they are getting “clean,” “renewable” or maybe even “solar” electricity with their lease or power purchase agreement.

What is a REC?
A REC, Renewable Energy Certificate, “represents the property rights to the environmental, social, and other non-power qualities of renewable electricity generation. A REC, and its associated attributes and benefits, can be sold separately from the underlying physical electricity associated with a renewable-based generation source.”
Environmental Protection Agency: http://www3.epa.gov/greenpower/gpmarket/rec.htm