Solar Mamas: Women solar engineers transforming East African villages

East African women are learning solar power engineering and taking the knowledge they acquire back to their villages to bring light in to homes and to gain sustainable employment. Barefoot College in Zanzibar choose marginalised rural women from villages across East Africa – where many homes are primarily powered by candles and paraffin lamps – to train at the college on how to install and … Continue reading Solar Mamas: Women solar engineers transforming East African villages

The Solutions Project awards nearly $700,000 to women and people of colour fighting for climate justice and clean energy

The Solutions Project has awarded $622,000 in Fighter Fund grants to 40 US-based grassroots organisations and coalitions led by women and people of colour, that are advancing climate solutions and a just transition to 100% clean energy for all people. Currently, almost all US philanthropic dollars go to organisations led by white people, and white men in particular. To help address the extreme racial and … Continue reading The Solutions Project awards nearly $700,000 to women and people of colour fighting for climate justice and clean energy

Solar Power 101: What you need to know about going solar at home

Solar power is an efficient and environmentally-friendly way of producing clean energy, which enables you to be self-sufficient and completely free of energy companies. While there is an upfront cost to going solar, the savings in the long-run are huge. The below video from Green Energy Futures explains what you need to know about going solar. While the below example is Canadian, the same applies wherever … Continue reading Solar Power 101: What you need to know about going solar at home

TheGreenAge: Helping people to make informed green, energy choices for their homes and businesses

Want to know what is the greenest way to heat your home this winter? How you can cut your bills and reduce your carbon footprint? Or do you perhaps want to know more about renewable energy in a way that is easy to understand? TheGreenAge is an energy saving advice portal for all things to do with “conserving energy” and making “the world just that … Continue reading TheGreenAge: Helping people to make informed green, energy choices for their homes and businesses

Solar Energy in Morocco: DW documentary examines how the transition to renewables is impacting rural communities

Morocco is leading the change to renewables in Africa, as the country sets out to end its dependency on imported fossil fuels. With 3,000 hours of sun a year, Morocco is increasingly turning to solar power to provide its energy needs, installing one of the world’s largest solar plants in Ouarzazate. This energy is also transforming life in remote villages. In the below documentary, German … Continue reading Solar Energy in Morocco: DW documentary examines how the transition to renewables is impacting rural communities

Solar Cat: The cool cat in town helping to make renewable energy accessible to all

Solar Cat, a giant cat-shaped solar panel, is changing the perception that “renewable energy is a boring utility purchased by the most privileged”. Designed by NYC-based tech company, Grouphug, the Solar Cat is a 140-watt cat-shaped solar panel that is mounted to a window at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. The energy harvested by Solar Cat powers an adjacent interactive pedestal that … Continue reading Solar Cat: The cool cat in town helping to make renewable energy accessible to all

How we can Power the Earth by Solar alone [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

As the world continues to strive to lower its carbon footprint and explore sources of energy that we can turn into power as efficiently and cleanly as possible, it turns out we may have undervalued the number one resource available to us, the sun. Solar is by far the largest, most reliable source of energy available all around the world and yet we are not … Continue reading How we can Power the Earth by Solar alone [Infographic] — ecogreenlove

S-PARK: Amsterdam cyclists could generate sustainable energy via their bikes

An Amsterdam-based design duo have envisioned a way that enables cyclists to generate sustainable electricity in Amsterdam via their bicycles. The innovative project, entitled S-PACK, is a bike rack which turns the energy produced by people on their bikes, into electricity for their own neighbourhood. The idea. which was conceived of by designers and cyclists Guillaume Roukhomovsky and Blaž Verhnjak, involves placing a special front wheel on people’s bikes. Once … Continue reading S-PARK: Amsterdam cyclists could generate sustainable energy via their bikes

Multidirectional, micro wind turbine could soon be powering city apartment blocks worldwide

A micro wind turbine – designed to capture wind travelling in any direction – could soon well be hanging off the sides of high-rise buildings or balconies in cities, transforming how consumers in urban areas generate electricity. Nicholas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani, two masters students at Lancaster University, have won the international James Dyson Award for their O-Wind Turbine – a sphere with geometric vents that spins when … Continue reading Multidirectional, micro wind turbine could soon be powering city apartment blocks worldwide

Westmill Wind Farm Co-op: Putting power back into community hands

Westmill Wind Farm Co-op – the first 100% community owned onshore wind farm in the south-east of England – has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors to its site since it first began operating in 2008. Located in Watchfield, Swindon, Westmill Wind Farm attracts both locals and people from further afield. The brainchild of Adam Twine – a third generation farmer, who has worked 1200 acres … Continue reading Westmill Wind Farm Co-op: Putting power back into community hands