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Planet Detroit

Nina Ignaczak

27 October 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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WeSolar makes solar power accessible to low-income residents by building and investing in community-solar farms and signing residents up for credits from investor-owned utilities. The startup, the first community sola...

Energy News Network

Elizabeth McGowan

30 August 2021

Charlottesville, Virginia, United States

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Two organizations partnered to help eight low-income households convert their homes to become all-electric in Virginia. It entailed replacing fossil-fuel based heating and cooling systems like stoves and water coolers...

Belt Magazine

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

30 July 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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After the 2008 economic recession hit, Carla Walker-Miller shifted her energy services business model to not only supply electrical equipment but also implement energy efficiency programs for communities of color in D...

Global Press Journal

Zita Amwanga

15 June 2021

Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Congolese citizens have turned to an alternative source of energy as they contend with daily power outages. Homemade generators, powered by fuel oil, are helping business owners and residents bridge the gap between th...

The Washington Post

Annie Gowen

28 May 2021

Somerset, Colorado, United States

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A ski company and oil and gas executive were able to work out a deal to turn the Elk Creek Mine into a power plant that puts out 24 million kilowatt hours a year and prevents hundreds of billions of methane each year ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Marianne Dhenin

4 May 2021

Jinja City, Uganda

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Solar-powered street lights have replaced the shoddy conventional lighting in Jinja City, Uganda. Solar-powered panels and batteries power lighting that is not only cheaper but is also more reliable and has resulted i...

Hardware Things

Chuma Asuzu

3 May 2021

Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Jirogasy developed solar-powered computers and, maximizing a partnership with an education NGO, has helped expand computer access among rural schools without access to a grid. Using internationally-funded grants, they...

Wisconsin Public Radio

Danielle Kaeding

22 April 2021

River Falls, Wisconsin, United States

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The city of River Falls in Wisconsin built the state’s first city-owned solar garden, taking steps to reduce their use of fossil fuels and encourage community members to go green. Now, all city buildings are 100 perce...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kim Harrisberg

22 April 2021

Cape Town, South Africa

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Watergate Estate is working on two issues in South Africa: affordable housing and renewable energy. The housing development is installing solar panels for its residents that are being bought by people all over the wor...

Hothouse Solutions

Willem Marx

20 April 2021

Hem, France

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Inspired by the Dutch concept of “Energiesprong,” or “energy jump,” a developer in France retrofitted a group of townhouses for social housing to be more environmentally friendly. They installed polyurethane facades t...

The Guardian

Melissa Godin

20 April 2021

Asheville, North Carolina, United States

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Rev. Scott Hardin-Nieri of North Carolina works with the Creation Care Alliance to better connect his Christian faith with climate action. Over the years they have developed a toolkit for congregations on how to get i...

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Jhesset Enano

11 April 2021

Leyte, Philippines

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Over 70 Catholic dioceses in the Philippines have entered into an agreement with energy resource company WeGen Laudato Si to install solar panels on their parishes, schools, and other buildings. The Diocese of Maasin ...

Next City

Cinnamon Janzer

1 April 2021

Lindstrom, Minnesota, United States

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After talking about solar panels with his students, a teacher at a middle school in Minnesota worked with the school board to raise funds to install a rooftop solar panels for the entire district. All five of the scho...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Gian De Poloni

27 March 2021

Cockburn, Australia

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The electricity powering 3,000 Perth homes might have started out as moldy bread and rotting lettuce. The city of Cockburn collects food waste from supermarkets and restaurants to be fed into a mechanical "stomach" th...

Architectural Digest

Jeanine Barone

26 March 2021

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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Evides Waterbedrijf, a drinking water company, created Europe’s largest floating solar park. They installed almost 3,000 solar panels on an island in the middle of a reservoir that allows it to move with the sun to ma...

The New York Times

Patrick Sisson

3 March 2021

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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An apartment complex in Utah includes a solar battery in every apartment allowing the resident, power utility, and building developer to save costs for generating electricity. Through a unique partnership, the power s...

Grist

Shannon Osaka

26 February 2021

United States

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A tax credit was supposed to incentive Americans to buy electric vehicles, but testimony from car buyers and research has shown that only people who can afford the full purchase are getting access to the benefit. The ...

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Chad Small

23 February 2021

Bennington, Vermont, United States

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To make their restaurant more energy efficient and to cut its carbon footprint, The Publyk House utilized the services of Efficiency Vermont, a publicly funded energy efficiency utility. As part of their Deep Energy R...

Physics World

Michael Allen

23 February 2021

Urbana, Illinois, United States

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After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, scientists are looking for ways to ensure the future of nuclear power is safer. One possibility is improving the protective barrier that surrounds the fuel pellets. They coat...

Texas Tribune

Vianna Davila

Jeremy Schwartz

Kiah Collier

22 February 2021

Texas, United States

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After winter storms and freezing temperatures in 2011 and 2014 caused power plants in Texas to shut down, the state’s energy regulators failed to adapt the state’s electric grid for future extreme weather events. Expe...

Wall Street Journal

Katherine Blunt

Russell Gold

19 February 2021

Texas, United States

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By relying on the market to give energy suppliers' incentives to keep the power going during extreme weather events, a historic cold snap in Texas revealed cracks in the state’s free-market energy system, which left m...

Energy News Network

Sarah Shemkus

18 February 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston University is getting all of its electricity from a wind farm in South Dakota, which should cover its annual energy needs of 205 million kilowatt-hours. Some energy advocates say the higher education institutio...

Wall Street Journal

Sarah McFarlane

6 February 2021

Scotland

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Hywind Scotland is the world's first commercial wind farm using floating wind turbines to generate power for about 36,000 homes a year. This approach — which is being seriously looked at by several countries seeking t...

Wall Street Journal

Russell Gold

5 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Apartments at Front Flats, a new residential building in Philadelphia, is powered by 492 solar panels that are wrapped around the building. The point: to demonstrate that developers can design buildings that are energ...

Energy News Network

Tom Perkins

29 January 2021

Michigan, United States

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The Michigan Advisory Council on Environmental Justice was created to advise Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on environmental justice issues related to pollution and energy access. In its first year, the 21-member council was i...

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