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Reasons to be Cheerful

Andrew Wear

25 December 2020

Samso Island, Denmark

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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 i...

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Dustin Bleizeffer

8 December 2020

Laramie, Wyoming, United States

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Several counties in Wyoming are "breaking with state policy" in order to introduce initiatives and efforts aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Although the state co...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Chad Small

4 December 2020

Paris, France

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In Paris, about 7,500 buildings are heated using geothermal energy, a cost-saving and carbon neutral energy source. Water is drawn from deep below ground at a central location and heated by the earth, and then sent vi...

BBC

Richard Kenny

24 November 2020

Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

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As a way to reduce the amount of diesel fuel that powers trains, governments and transit companies around the world are turning to solar panels as a way to utilize renewable energy. In Australia, a solar train launche...

Energy News Network

Frank Jossi

13 November 2020

Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota, United States

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The Red Lake Nation in Minnesota is building a 240-kilowatt solar array on top of a workforce training center, which will generate about half of the building’s electricity. This project was financed through crowdfundi...

Al Jazeera

Veronique Mistiaen

18 October 2020

Abs, Yemen

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A solar-grid station is powering rural Yemeni communities on the front-line of the war and in the midst of COVID-19, while also empowering women who typically have very few professional opportunities. The microgrid pr...

Next City

Chad Small

14 October 2020

California, United States

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California communities are turning to “community choice aggregators,” which allows them to buy electricity from green providers and have more control over the energy grid. However, the financial pressure for these pro...

Stanford Social Innovation Review

JoAnna Haugen

Fall 2020

Nepal

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Tourists can travel to remote destinations in the Himalayas and help install solar technology in villages where residents live without electricity. GHE has used funds from the tourism component to electrify 100 villag...

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Noah Omuya

3 October 2020

Soroti, Uganda

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Four years later after a solar grid was installed in Uganda, residents of nearby villages are wondering when they will get some of that power. The 10-megawatt facility, which cost $19 million to build, was expected to...

Arizona Daily Star

Henry Brean

20 September 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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In an experimental garden in Arizona, scientists are seeing how to produce sustainable and local food in a desert environment. They’re growing plants under a photovoltaic “canopy” of solar panels that provide necessar...

BBC

Chermaine Lee

8 September 2020

Stockholm, Sweden

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Harnessing body heat provides energy-saving heating to commercial and residential buildings. The Stockholm Central station in Sweden and the Mall of America in Minnesota both capture body warmth to provide some of the...

Bloomberg

Chris Martin

1 September 2020

Texas, United States

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A cryptocurrency mining company in Texas called Layer1 can power down its data-processing centers and sell its unused electricity back to the power grid. Instead of passively consuming energy, they are able to utilize...

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Morgane le Cam

24 August 2020

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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To preserve the millions of trees that are cut down just to produce coal in Burkina Faso, a Burkinese engineer created "green charcoal that would not only protect forests but also help fight against the proliferation ...

The Huffington Post

Kyla Mandel

20 August 2020

California, United States

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Solar development can reduce or significantly alter local biodiversity, and this should be considered when planning sustainability projects in the desert, argues a new study. Scientists measured the impact of a solar ...

BBC

Kalpana Sunder

3 August 2020

Gujarat, India

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Covering canals with solar panels has allowed Indian communities to save land, water and carbon emissions, and even bring electricity to rural villages. The solar panels are suspended on metal structures over the cana...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Soumya Sarkar

27 July 2020

Jharkhand, India

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New solar-powered irrigation systems in the Chotanagpur Plateau region in India are giving farmers more dependable water and allowing them to diversify their crops, allowing them to also grow their income. Many farmer...

BBC

Rina Diane Caballar

15 July 2020

Philippines

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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 th...

Nation Africa

Faustine Ngila

14 July 2020

Kenya

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A micro-grid system has been paired with blockchain technology to easily sell and buy affordable and clean energy in rural Kenya. Residents living in the countryside don't generally have access to reliable and afforda...

The Washington Post

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Adam Glanzman

16 June 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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Dairy farmers in Massachusetts are working with Vanguard Renewables, a food waste energy company, and Dominion Energy, an electric utility company, to capture manure methane gas from cows and convert it into natural g...

Inter Press Service News Agency

Daniel Gutman

10 June 2020

Entre Rios, Argentina

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Solar energy has provided an affordable and efficient source of energy to rural farmers in Argentina, who live too far off the electrical grid and have traditionally relied on powerful diesel-fueled water pumps. Solar...

The New York Times

Stanley Reed

4 June 2020

Viana do Castelo, Portugal

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Floating wind turbines off the coast of Portugal is one of the latest experiments to convert wind energy into electric power. These machines can generate electricity for a city of up to 60,000 people. While it will ta...

BBC

Nick Holland

26 May 2020

Costa Rica

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Old ships, powered by the wind, are being refurbished to sail small amounts of cargo around the world. While there are only a few hundred still in use, newer ships and sails are being designed and built with new techn...

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Jake Bullinger

22 May 2020

Los Lunas, New Mexico, United States

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As part of a deal with Facebook to build a data center in New Mexico, an electric utility is investing in renewable energy to power the center. Through power purchase agreements, which are contracts to buy renewable e...

Energy News Network

Elizabeth McGowan

4 May 2020

Virginia, United States

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A solar workgroup in Virginia is inviting developers to present information on the best ways to build solar and battery storage projects for the region; a new approach they are taking after previous failures in gettin...

Grady Newsource

Stephen Barr

Yash Bhika

Janani Rammohan

Victoria Swyers

4 May 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Terrapin Beer Co. is powering their brewery with solar power, approximately 30 percent of the business’ total energy. The brewery partnered with Cherry Street Energy, a third-party solar ownership company, which allow...

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