Archive Category : California News: Environmental

Solar panels have come a long way. Recycling them has not

  Mike De Socio Over the past five years, it’s become more likely to see solar panels blanketing a field Read More →

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More Energy on Less Land: The Drive to Shrink Solar’s Footprint

Cheryl Katz With the push for renewables leading to land-use conflicts, building highly efficient utility-scale solar farms on ever-smaller tracts Read More →

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How Does Solar Power Benefit the Environment?

The solar power industry is scorching hot.  In 2020, despite the pandemic, solar power installation increased by a whopping 43%. Read More →

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Opinion: Panels just tip of the solar waste iceberg

Solar energy may be termed “clean” energy, but the solar panels themselves are not. Approximately 90 percent of most modules are made of glass, which often cannot be recycled due to impurities. These impurities include plastics, lead, cadmium and antimony. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates we now have 250,000 metric tons of solar panel waste in the world, with 78 million tons projected in 30 years. Read More →

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Solar farm outside Joshua Tree National Park gets go-ahead from Trump administration

The Interior Department said Thursday (May 17, 2018)  it plans to approve the Palen solar farm, which would be built Read More →

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Renewable Energy Drives California Emissions Reductions

California’s 5% reduction in greenhouse gases in 2016 is almost entirely due to the replacement of fossil fuel generation with Read More →

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Solar and wind are booming — just not in the California desert

The United States added more than 11 gigawatts of solar power last year, according to a report from the federal Energy Information Read More →

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Interior Department, State of California Announce Innovative Strategy for Renewable Energy and Conservation on Public Lands in California Desert

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird today announced the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Phase I of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP)—an innovative landscape-scale blueprint to support renewable energy development and conservation on 10 million acres of federal public lands, managed by the Bureau of Land Management in the California desert. Read More →

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California Entering Uncharted Territory On Clean Energy

The Coachella Valley’s state Senator, Republican Jeff Stone, wrote a bill this year urging Congress to extend a 30 percent tax credit for solar energy. The bill sailed unanimously through the Senate, then passed the Assembly with just one dissenting vote. Stone’s resolution was largely symbolic. But its near-unanimous passage spoke volumes. Read More →

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Drought Is Killing California’s Hydroelectric Power. Can Solar Make Up The Difference?

Snowmelt entering Big Creek’s hydroelectric powerhouses has slowed to a trickle. Reservoirs sit at their lowest levels ever. The 102-year-old central-California complex owned and operated by Southern California Edison lost 80 percent of its hydroelectric power this year, a direct result of a persistent drought that has wiped clean the Sierra Nevada snowpack and produced an eerie silence inside Big Creek’s 27 damns and nine powerhouses. Read More →

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