Renewable energy industry news roundup: April 3-10, 2016
Facebook and other major corporations incentivize sustainability, renewable energy investment outpaces gas and coal 2 to 1, and new solar panels generate energy in rain. Read these stories and more in this week’s news roundup:
The State of Green Business: Sustainability becomes an employee perk
When it comes to creative corporate benefits, Facebook is no slacker. But one of its newer employee incentives — a $10,000 bonus for those who move closer to to its corporate campus — underscores the value it sees in encouraging employees to embrace sustainability.
Wind and solar have grown seemingly unstoppable. While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 and is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels.
Graphene layer lets solar panels generate energy in rain
Engineers and materials scientists have made solar panels increasingly efficient, but the technology still requires the cooperation of the weather. But, by coating a solar cell in a thin layer of graphene, researchers have empowered the technology to turn raindrops into electricity.