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Daren Wang
The Weekly Sun: Peak Gasoline Has Come and Gone

As the U.S. drives more miles in EVs and burns less fuel, American economics, environmentalism and politics all face a sea change. Also, why don’t we just store our energy in water?  We’re burning less gasoline for the first time ever. That’s a big deal. There was a particular day over the past year or…

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Daren Wang
The Weekly Sun: A Massive Investment in Solar

North Georgia has suddenly become the center of America’s Solar System. Also, we’ve got to do something about plastic. QCells goes all-in in Georgia With 1.7 gigawatts in annual capacity, the QCells solar panel factory in Dalton, Georgia is currently the largest solar panel factory in the western hemisphere. If that seems like a big…

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Daren Wang
The Weekly Sun: Averting Grid Collapse in the Southeast 

Winter Storm Elliott caused devastation throughout the Northeast, but power failures in the Southeast almost brought down the grid as far west as Oklahoma. Also, COP15 asserts that nature has rights  Winter Storm Elliott almost brought down the grid Rolling blackouts were once as Californian as the Hollywood sign, but in recent years they’ve rolled…

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The Weekly Sun: What Does the Fusion Announcement Mean? 

When Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory created a positive energy fusion reaction, it turned the dream of limitless, clean energy from a theoretical problem to a practical challenge. Also, a West Virginia town is being revived by iron batteries. Fusion power moves closer. No, really! We mean it At the end of the 1985 hit movie…

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Daren Wang
The Weekly Sun: California Makes Going Solar Harder

Can solar survive California’s new net metering replacement? Also, are you ready for a minicar? California’s utility commission voted to cut the rate it will pay solar customers by 75%, with a goal of making home batteries more attractive. Also, minicars are all the rage in Asia, but can the U.S. adapt to the eco-friendly…

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Daren Wang
The Weekly Sun: When is a Solar Farm More than a Solar Farm?

THIS WEEK IN SOLAR, RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE NEWS What the best use for the space around and under solar panels? Also, how do we power Puerto Rico? As utility scale solar farms take up more and more land, finding ways to make use of the space around the panels is a growing opportunity. Also, Puerto…

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The Weekly Sun: Is there a minigrid in your future? And banishing the London fog

THIS WEEK IN SOLAR, RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE NEWS In this week’s solar news: Minigrids are key to resilience while, after a millennium of polluted air, London is finally breathing easier. Microgrids are the next step in electricity efficiency Once upon a time, we all got our energy from big coal-fired energy plants far away from…

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Daren Wang
The Weekly Sun: Get ready to plug your house into your car

THIS WEEK IN SOLAR, RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE NEWS In this week’s solar news: Bidirectional charging is ready to change the way you think about your home energy system and your electric bill is too dang high. Bidirectional Charging U.S. Braces For Electrical Discontent This Week’s Sunsong Bidirectional charging is suddenly a thing If you already…

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Daren Wang
The Weekly Sun: Fixing the environment with worms, rust, and good planning

THIS WEEK IN SOLAR, RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE NEWS In this week’s solar news: Iron/air batteries take a big step toward commercialization, a Florida community built with hurricanes in mind, and waiting for the worms to fix our plastic problem Iron batteries get financial vote of confidence Florida community built for hurricanes Worms fix plastic problem…

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Daren Wang
Weekly Sun: The electric grid needs an upgrade

THIS WEEK IN SOLAR, RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE NEWS. In this week’s solar news: Getting power to customers is the next challenge, and going green could save trillions of dollars Electric Grid Needs Upgrading Renewable Energy to Save Trillions This Week’s Sunsong The electric grid needs to upgrade First, Bob Dylan went electric and changed rock…

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The Weekly Sun: Crypto Mining is Drawing Enough Electricity to Run Several Large Countries.

THIS WEEK IN SOLAR, RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE NEWS. In this week’s solar news: Texas bets on crypto mining even as many countries move to ban trading, and sheep are making a comeback on American (solar) farms Crypto Mining & The Environment Solar Sheep Sun Song of the Week Crypto mining and the environment To power…

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Daren Wang
THE WEEKLY SUN: The U.S. is Suddenly Awash in Renewable Investments

September 7, 2022 THIS WEEK IN SOLAR, RENEWABLE AND SUSTAINABLE NEWS. In this week’s solar news, major investments across the country in renewables, A Green Bank for smaller projects, and Floatovoltaics. Renewable Energy Investments Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Swiss Floating Panels Investments flooding into renewables in the U.S. In the days before the Inflation Reduction…

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