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Solutions journalism is news about how communities and organizations are responding to social and environmental problems. This collection contains solutions stories that demonstrate recent advances in renewable energy including how solar panels -- both rooftop and solar farms -- are becoming reliable, affordable, and clean alternatives to fossil fuels; how institutions are turning food waste into biogas; how wave energy is being captured and converted to electricity; how technological advances are making geothermal energy nearly as efficient as solar and wind; and how onshore wind turbines are powering entire communities, including the Danish island of Samso.  

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Stories In This Collection (6)

The Island Where Everyone Owns the Wind

Reasons to be Cheerful

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Denmark’s Samso Island has not only succeeded in generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy - which is the nation’s goal by 2030 - it is now carbon negative. Locals initially pushed back on the idea of loud and unsightly windmills but had a change of heart when part ownershi...

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Swedish technology could make geothermal as mainstream as wind and solar

Quartz

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Geothermal power is typically hard to scale due to its dependence on hot water. Climeon is a Swedish energy company changing the game. It uses low-temperature heat and sells its energy in modular units, which makes it affordable. Due to an infusion in capital, the company is scaling its energy di...

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This single shipping container can start powering a small renewable grid in less than a day

FastCompany

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Solar microgrids can improve community resilience to natural disasters by quickly restoring power. California-based startup, BoxPower, has developed an easy-to-install solar panels, packaged in a cargo shipping container. Housing the units in a shipping container allows for easy transport to disa...

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University of Notre Dame converts tons of dining hall leftovers into energy

EarthBeat

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The University of Notre Dame installed three Grind2Energy systems, which aims to reduce the amount of food waste from the campus’ dining halls. The systems process the waste and send it to a local dairy farm where they break down the material to produce biogas that is used to generate electrical ...

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The revolutionary boat powered by the ocean

BBC

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Since the Philippines relies on boats to transport people and goods across the island nation, a shipbuilding company is designing a new low-carbon alternative of the bangka — a traditional Filipino boat — that uses the waves of the ocean to power it instead of fossil fuels. The ship, known as the...

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How Solar Panels Could Help Save Struggling Farms

The Huffington Post

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As the amount of farmland decreases in the United States and climate change brings hotter and drier conditions, many farmers are turning to agrivoltaics — growing crops and installing solar panels on the same land — as a way to make ends meet. Research on a garden in Arizona showed that certain c...

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