This week in renewable energy was indeed a busy one. On the global stage, the United Nations approved a landmark climate accord in Paris and more companies joined RE100's mission for 100% renewable energy. In Ecotech Institute's backyard, Sunrun Inc. will bring 800 solar energy jobs to Colorado and Utah's first utility-scale solar farm went online. This news and more in this week's renewable energy roundup.
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The U.S. Energy Department allocates funds for solar tech, green building generates 2.3 million jobs and construction on the tallest wind tower in the United States is underway in Iowa. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup:
In this week's renewable energy news update, states like Minnesota and California are taking renewable energy into their own hands and encouraging their utility providers to increase clean energy offerings including solar energy and wind energy, while nationwide companies like Comcast work to expand home energy management. In addition, the International Energy Agency is optimistic that more than a quarter of all energy produced by 2020 will be green and Citibank agrees that green efforts will save the global economy trillions of dollars.
When will we reach solar grid parity and why is it important?
The answers: Pretty much now, and it is important for several reasons.
So you want to be a solar panel installer? Here are the top five things you need to know before pursuing a career in the solar energy field.
Alumni from Ecotech Institute often don't just experience success in their careers, but find that they truly love what they're doing. One such alumni is Brandon Donnelly.
From the end of 2004 through the end of 2014, the deployment of solar energy in the U.S. grew at an unprecedented rate, according to a new video report, Solar Energy in the United States: A Decade of Record Growth, released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
The popularity of solar energy is heating up. More than half a million homes and businesses use some sort of solar power, and every four minutes a solar system is installed.
There's no easy way to describe a typical day working in the solar industry, and that's just the way people who have these roles like it. Talk to a solar technician and here's what they'll probably say...
The sun. It's a source of light, life and for some, a career. Working in solar energy means not staring at a computer all day, hands-on work, not having the boss constantly looking over your shoulder and solving real problems. Oh, and it's doing something good for the Earth as well. Ever wonder what a typical day is like for someone who works in solar energy? Want to know how much you'll earn? What about where those jobs are? We've got you covered.
Even though the first solar cell was created in the late 1800s, the solar energy industry is kind of like a 19-year-old. The industry has been going through a lot of changes – some of them pretty awkward – in the past few years and now it's staring down the glory days of its 20s. Wider adoption, lower costs and better technologies are all part of the future of solar energy.
Napoleon Dynamite said, "Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills." Solar energy companies are just the same. Lots of people get into solar energy because they can't stand working at a desk all day, they want to be in charge of their own schedule and they want a job that makes a difference. But, without the right skills none of that other stuff can happen. This is what it takes to be in the solar energy industry.
Solar cells-the things that connect to make a solar panel-come in a lot of different sizes. But most could fit inside a pocket and are typically the size of an iPhone.
The Energy Department will seek to train 75,000 people — including veterans — to enter the solar workforce by 2020, increasing the goal it set in May 2014 by 25,000.
There is no doubt that installing solar panels on your home can have a number of benefits. According to a recent article in Forbes, installing solar panels can ...
What’s bright and shiny and rapidly overtaking the oil and gas industry? You guessed it: the solar industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the solar jobs sector employs ...
According to Sustainable Business, “The first study of solar at US schools finds installations at 3,752 K-12 schools, reaching nearly 2.7 million students. The schools are saving a combined $77.8 million a year on ...
Ecotech Institute, the first and only college in the U.S. solely focused on renewable energy and sustainability, today announced the release of two free, comprehensive eBook guides to starting a wind or solar energy career.