A few years ago, the kind of double-digit drop in oil and gas prices the world is experiencing now because of the coronavirus pandemic might have increased the use of fossil fuels and hurt renewable energy sources like wind and solar farms.

That is not happening.

In fact, renewable energy sources are set to account for nearly 21 percent of the electricity the United States uses for the first time this year, up from about 18 percent last year and 10 percent in 2010, according to one forecast published last week. And while work on some solar and wind projects has been delayed by the outbreak, industry executives and analysts expect the renewable business to continue growing in 2020 and next year even as oil, gas and coal companies struggle financially or seek bankruptcy protection.

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Source: The New York Times

Apple is in the midst of building its 2nd large campus in Cupertino, CA, and a recently released drone flyby shows the progress.  One of the notables of this campus is a gigantic 5 MW solar installation, said to cover about 700,000 square feet.

Check out the drone flyover footage below:

The Golden 1 Center, a multi-purpose indoor arena currently in construction in Sacramento, CA, is making waves in the renewable community.

A large part of the arena’s design revolves around solar power.   A rooftop solar array will be installed by Solar Power Inc. at a cost of $2.5 million and will generate 700 kilowatts. Installing solar power is part of the Sacramento Kings ownership’s goal to have its new sports and entertainment center be the most technologically advanced arena in the country, and that includes being efficient and using renewable energy.

Check out this video for more info on the arena:

Watch: This is the greenest professional sports stadium ever.

Posted by HuffPost Science & Tech on Tuesday, March 22, 2016

World Famous Professional Surfer Kelly Slater recently opened up a 100% solar-powered wave pool in the most unlikely of places: California’s Central Valley, or a place some consider the drought capital of the U.S.

The project, which has been under wraps and in the works since 2005, was officially announced on December 18th as being complete.

Slater’s wavepool was one of the first California businesses to partner with PG&E’s Solar Choice program, according to a BusinessWire press release:

“We are committed to encouraging sustainable development at any site using our technology. As part of this commitment, we are pleased that our first site in Central California is 100 percent powered by solar energy through PG&E’s Solar Choice. This program allows Kelly Slater Wave Company to not only be a pioneer in wave technology, but also in supporting sustainable power initiatives as we act environmentally through an alternative to installing solar panels and fulfill our vision of building the best man-made wave,” said Noah Grimmett, General Manager of Kelly Slater Wave Company.

Watch the video below for more:



This Super Sunday will not only feature Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars…there will be a “behind the scenes” special guest:  Solar Power.

The host to Super Bowl 50 is Levi’s Stadium, the first professional football stadium in the NFL to be LEED Gold certified, of which a primary qualification is clean, renewable energy.  The solar at the stadium produces 375 kilowatts (kW) of peak power from more than 1,150 solar panels, generating enough power in a year to meet electricity demands during every home game for the team inhabiting Levi’s, the San Francisco 49ers.

SunPower built all of the solar panels for the stadium (544 on the stadium roof and another 642 on the NRG Energy Bridges).  In addition to producing power, the solar panels act as a shade canopy for the bridges and terrace.

Who knows…we might even see some solar companies advertising during the game this year…anyone remember this one?

After the devastating 7.8 earthquake that rocked Nepal in April of 2015, the area was left crumbled and mostly without power.  As this new video from SolarCity’s YouTube account shows, the foundation has come in to provide temporary power to the area via solar panels.

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