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Clean Energy Industry Future Is Brighter than Ever

As we settle into the new year, let’s take a look at what the passing year meant for the clean-energy sector. In fact, we wouldn't be amiss to say that both 2015 and 2016 were truly game-changing for the industry.

Renewable Energy Industry News Roundup: Nov. 7-13, 2016

A new report shows 2015 was a record year for solar PV installations, a UK sports team makes plans for a low-carbon wooden stadium, and Norway makes strides toward its goal of 100 percent electric vehicle drivership. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable Energy Industry News Roundup: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2016

A new report shows that global offshore wind capacity could reach 400 GW by 2045, Germany gets the world’s first hydrogen powered, emission-free train, and the U.S. Department of Transportation announces a new plan that will help drivers with electric vehicles power up across the country. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable Energy Industry News Roundup: Oct. 24-30, 2016

Elon Musk reveals Tesla’s new innovative solar roof tiles, U.S. wind power share surpasses 10 percent in 11 states, and Danish company Dong Energy reaches an impressive milestone for offshore wind turbine installation. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable Energy Industry News Roundup: Oct. 17-23, 2016

The world’s first wind-hydro farm is set to be installed in Germany, Target earns the top spot on SEIA’s list of U.S. corporations with the most solar power, and the U.S. Department of Energy announces a $21 Million investment to fund solar adoption. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable Energy Industry News Roundup: Oct. 10-16, 2016

Researchers propose a new innovation that could turn building windows into solar PV systems, GRID Alternatives brings solar power to tribal communities in the United States, and new figures predict that global wind capacity will reach 500 GW by the end of the year. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable Energy Industry News Roundup: Oct. 3-9, 2016

A recent survey finds that a majority of Americans favor the development of renewable energy, the U.S. makes plans to install more offshore wind capacity and new data shows power plant emissions are declining. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable Energy Industry News Roundup: Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2016

The global offshore wind market reaches record numbers, the Big Apple aims to boost its energy storage and solar efforts, and a Japanese engineer debuts a new type of wind turbine that could harness the power of typhoons. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: September 19–25, 2016

SEIA launches a first-of-its-kind recycling program for solar PV waste, the city of Los Angeles takes steps toward running on 100 percent renewable energy, and Elon Musk announces the unveiling of Tesla's new solar rooftop product. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable Energy Industry News Roundup: September 12–18, 2016

General Motors aims to power its operations completely through clean energy sources by 2050, Facebook announces plans for a new data center that will run on 100 percent renewables, and the U.S. Department of Energy dishes out more funding for its SunShot Initiative. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: September 5–11, 2016

Costa Rica hits a major renewable energy milestone, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) releases a report on how the U.S. can support the increasing amount of solar and wind energy generation, and utilities invest in solar as prices continue to drop. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Aug. 29–Sept. 4, 2016

New data shows that renewable energy generation is rising across the board, GE explores the possibility of floating offshore wind farms, and another Colorado city commits to reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: August 22–28, 2016

Tech companies look to renewable energy as power-hungry data centers become a growing part of their operations, the U.S. government's SunShot Initiative continues to hit it goals in decreasing the price of solar, and more CEOs list sustainability as a top business concern. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy industry news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: August 15–21, 2016

The first offshore wind farm in the United States completes construction, wind energy prices continue to drop while the amount of energy capacity continues to soar, and NASA sets its sights on reducing CO2 emissions created by jet travel. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: August 8–14, 2016

Wind turbine vendor Vestas takes its spot as top dog in a new report, Apple expands its renewable energy efforts to new data centers in Ireland, and solar manufacturers change up their growth strategies. Read about this and more in this week's renewable energy industry news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: August 1–6, 2016

Tech giant Apple gets the green light to sell electricity from its renewable and other energy generators, the first offshore wind turbine gets installed in the United States, and researchers predict the global wind market to reach over 700 gigawatts (GW) by 2020. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: July 25–31, 2016

The nation's first offshore wind farm is in the final stages of construction, a $27 million project in the Port of Los Angeles will bring clean energy to marine terminal operations, and Alliant Energy Corp. has plans to expand Iowa's wind power. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: July 18–24, 2016

Target is jumping into the wind energy sector, the Obama administration announces new energy plans to up current clean energy initiatives, and Xcel Energy cuts the ribbon on its 150-MW North Dakota wind farm. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: July 11–17, 2016

A Kansas city that was once destroyed by wind is now 100 percent wind-powered, drones are pervading the solar sector to increase solar installation efficiency, and Long Island may become home to the nation's largest wind farm. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: July 4–10, 2016

New solar developments may repurpose 15 million acres of U.S. landfills, Texas is using climate change to benefit the wind industry and a new system will help New England wind farms produce energy that actually makes it to the grid. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy news roundup: June 27–July 3, 2016

The World Green Building Council announces its “Advancing Net Zero” initiative, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. agree to reach 50 percent clean power generation by 2025, and Amazon is turning to local partners to increase renewable energy efforts. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: June 20–26, 2016

A solar-powered plane hits a milestone on its journey around the globe, a new report maps out the ways utility companies can provide solar power to neglected communities, and the Feds end an "unjust" exemption for wind farms. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy news roundup: June 13–19, 2016

Tropical island countries that are the most threatened by climate change could become the first 100 percent renewable nations, the cost of wind-generated electricity is cheaper than ever before and Wyoming's wind energy taxes could bring North America's largest wind farm plans to a halt. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: June 6–12, 2016

Apple announces plans to sell a brand new product and it's not the new iPhone, Texas may soon be named the nation's biggest solar supplier, and over half of all U.S. states use renewable energy policies that you may have never heard of. Read these stories and more in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: May 30-June 5, 2016

Twenty-one countries announce plans to double clean energy research, New Orleans receives a federal grant for green infrastructure projects, and new research claims that the Midwest has the potential to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Read these stories and more in this week’s renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: May 23-29, 2016

New data shows clean energy employed more than 8 million people globally in 2015, Google receives an award from AWEA for its leadership in wind energy, and the UK unveils its first solar PV bus stop. Read these stories and more in this week’s roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: May 16-22, 2016

Microsoft continues its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, offshore wind projects have the potential to create 19,000 jobs in Virginia, and a new report from FERC report shows that nearly all new electric capacity added in Q1 of 2016 was renewable energy. Read these stories and more in this week's roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: May 9–15, 2016

Nine companies in the RE100 reach their goal of operating on 100 percent renewable energy, Facebook and Microsoft launch a national effort to make purchasing renewable energy easier, and the Better Buildings Challenge delivers $1.3 billion in savings. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: May 2–8, 2016

San Diego makes plans to use 100% renewable energy by 2035, Massachusetts moves forward with a bill that could lead to a boom in offshore wind energy, and the Tesla Powerwall goes to market in the US. Read these stories in more in this week's news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: April 10–17, 2016

Colorado and California lead in wind energy and solar energy, Ford announces green initiatives, and 130 nations will sign the Paris climate change accord on Earth Day. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.

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.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: March 20–27, 2016

A new app calculates the carbon-footprint of employees' daily commutes, a South Korean company develops a hydroelectric turbine that can fit in your backpack and solar energy heats up in the state of Virginia. Read these stories and more in this week’s news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: March 13–20, 2016

A new app calculates the carbon-footprint of employees' daily commutes, a South Korean company develops a hydroelectric turbine that can fit in your backpack and solar energy heats up in the state of Virginia. Read these stories and more in this week’s news roundup.

Celebrating Women in Renewable Energy

March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and the impact they have made on society. Countless women have paved the way for others in STEM professions, including renewable energy. The following four individuals are just a few examples of women making a difference in the industry today.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Feb. 21–28, 2016

Groups urge NYC mayor to ramp up offshore wind development, Bill Gates joins in on the climate change conversation and MIT researchers create citywide building energy model. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Feb. 14–21, 2016

The demand for green buildings grows, a beverage company invests in a recycling initiative and a bipartisan agreement to focus on renewable energy development. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Jan. 31 - Feb. 7, 2016

Europe reports doubled wind energy investments in 2015, President Obama seeks to increase the amount of funding toward clean energy, and Super Bowl 50 proves to be a green champion. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup:

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Jan. 24–31, 2016

Facebook announced a new data center that will be powered completely by wind energy, consumers demand corporate social responsibility, and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that in 2015 the American wind industry installed almost 8.6GW. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Jan. 10–24, 2016

President Obama discussed climate change in his final State of the Union, a new Solar Foundation report finds ongoing strong growth in U.S. solar energy employment, and New York plans to invest $5 billion in clean energy. Read these stories and more in this week's news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Dec. 20, 2015–Jan. 10, 2016

2015 ended with some big news for the renewable energy industry both in the United States and around the world. Cities on the west coast tackled climate change, wind energy set a new record in the U.S. and Congressional tax credits help forecast a great 2016.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Dec. 13–20, 2015

World markets react to the landmark Paris climate deal, the Environmental Protection Agency begins implementation of its Clean Energy Incentive Program and innovative New York architects propose a 40-block green space in the heart of New York City. These stories and more in this week's renewable energy industry news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Dec. 6-13, 2015

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.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2015

Congress looks to pass a new renewable energy tax break extension, Google nearly doubles its renewable energy capacity for data centers and more of the world's biggest companies join the White House's climate pledge. See how public and private sectors are both making strides towards a sustainable future in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Nov. 22-29, 2015

Sin City announces plans for 100 percent clean energy use, LM Wind looks to hire in North Dakota and underwater balloons could be the answer for storing unused renewable energy. Check out these and other stories in this week's renewable energy news roundup.

How Does Cheap Oil Affect the Future of Wind Energy?

"Will cheap oil drive wind energy out of the electricity market?" This is one of the most popular questions Walter Christmas, wind energy technology instructor at Ecotech Institute, gets asked by his students.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Nov. 15-22, 2015

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:

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Nov. 8-15, 2015

In this week's renewable energy news update, focus on a low carbon economy has the potential to create millions of jobs, U.S. states fight to get carbon tax initiatives on the ballot and wind energy competes with coal in the American heartland.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Nov. 1–Nov. 8, 2015

In this week's renewable energy news update, President Obama officially rejects the Keystone XL project, companies and individuals invest big money in clean energy, and a new World Resources Institute study predicts renewable energy supply numbers.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Oct. 25–Nov. 1, 2015

In this week's renewable energy news update, the USDA provides funding for over 1,110 renewable energy projects, the price of solar energy has fallen to an all-time low and large-scale renewables begin to dominate electrical generation installation in the United States.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Oct. 18 - 25, 2015

In this week's renewable energy news update, GM looks to Mexico for wind energy, tech companies invest big in clean energy initiatives around the world, and the American Wind Energy Association releases their latest market summary.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Oct. 11 - 18, 2015

In this week's renewable energy news update, Washington D.C.'s Water and Sewer Authority are taking a creative approach to energy creation, a clear solar cell could turn your smartphone into a solar energy source, and Ecotech Institute's Clean Job Index has everyone buzzing about the increase in green jobs in the U.S.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Oct. 4-11, 2015

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.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2015

This week in renewable energy news, David Letterman has found a new gig as a climate change correspondent, experts weigh the costs and benefits of energy efficiency, and SolarCity introduces its latest rooftop installation, dubbing it the most efficient solar panel to date.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Sept. 20–27, 2015

SolarCity is doing some good with their solar PV installments and bringing renewable energy to lower income housing units; China, where 4,400 people die from air pollution each day, has vowed to prioritize clean tech partnerships; and the UK's renewable energy sector is beating out coal for the first time.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Sept. 13–20, 2015

In recent renewable energy news, solar PV installments are driving up home values, supplemental batteries and software are addressing power flow fluctuation from wind energy and the EPA is investigating Volkswagen for untrue claims about a few “clean diesel” models.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Sept. 6–13, 2015

In recent renewable energy news, Uncharted Play makes energy production easy and fun, solar energy programs are helping the White House achieve Clean Power Plan goals and a study finds that renewable energy may even benefit public health programs.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2015

In recent renewable energy news, America’s largest solar provider has teamed up with a large financial institution to make solar energy more readily available to the masses, building owners are realizing the financial importance of energy efficiency, and non-profits and for-profits are forming coalitions to address renewables.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Aug. 23–30, 2015

In recent renewable energy news, President Obama is traveling the country discussing the importance of the Clean Power Plan, particularly solar energy in Las Vegas, and families around the world are going off the grid.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Aug. 16-23, 2015

This week in renewable energy news, we get an inside look at Microsoft's wind energy strategy and Google's latest venture aims to explore the potential of solar energy. Also, don't miss the video of some cute and convincing eco-friendly kids!

Renewable energy industry news roundup: Aug. 9-16, 2015

In this week's renewable energy news, the release of the Clean Power Plan is hitting wind power at its peak, SunPort is creating on-demand solar energy, Europe is investing like crazy in offshore wind and tech giants are playing in the renewable energy space.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: July 26-Aug. 2, 2015

This week in renewable energy news, a new study suggests benefits from combining California and Wyoming's wind energy and solar energy as Fortune 500 companies such as Apple and Coca-Cola join the White House's climate change pledge.

Renewable energy industry news roundup: July 12-July 19, 2015

This week in renewable energy news, U.S. states continue to expand focus on wind energy and solar energy, and Amazon announces its biggest renewable energy project toward its goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy usage.

Renewable energy and jobs: Annual review 2015

In this second edition, IRENA estimates that renewable energy employed 7.7 million people, directly or indirectly, around the world in 2014 (excluding large hydropower). This is an 18% increase from the number reported the previous year.

US solar installed capacity to reach 40GW by 2017

Solar, the fastest growing source of renewable energy in America, will be producing enough energy to power eight million homes by 2017, with all solar markets expected to grow 25-50% in this period.

5 Ways We Could Get More Solar Power

There's a solar boom happening in America. In the last six years, installations of solar panels have jumped 1,700%. Prices for solar energy have fallen 50% to 70%. There's now a well-established ecosystem of installers and service companies, and plenty of finance options, too.

Hawaii hopes to be completely powered by renewable energy by 2045

Under a bill passed in early May by the Hawaii legislature, the state’s power should come entirely from renewables by 2045. Governor David Ige has until the end of June to sign the bill, at which point Hawaii will have the most ambitious energy goals of any American state.

How to get a solar-based future, according to MIT

The MIT team behind The Future of Solar Energy, a study released in early May, believes solar alone has the potential to address climate change by mid-century, but warns that are three potential hurdles solar must overcome to fulfill its huge potential.

MidAmerican Energy plans $900 million wind expansion in Iowa

MidAmerican Energy announced Friday it has filed plans with the Iowa Utilities Board for the development of up to 552 megawatts of new wind generation in Iowa, representing an additional investment of about $900 million in wind energy.

Earth Day 2015 and the Rising Role of Renewable Energy

Earth Day always means a great deal to us here at Ecotech Institute. It’s an honor to be part of an industry where students, faculty and alumni strive to make an impact not only for our planet, but our economy as well. This is a growing field, with jobs on the rise as more and more people realize that it’s imperative to start figuring out the best means to use renewable resources.

As we celebrate Earth Day 2015, we want to continue to be on the forefront of helping lead our nation toward an energy efficient world, where renewable resources are used responsibly and effectively.

Costa Rica hits 75 days powered entirely by renewable energy

This year has been a pretty special one for Costa Rica -- for the first quarter, the country's grid has required absolutely no fossil fuels to run, the state-run power supplier the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) has announced.

Four Women Who Have Made a Mark in Renewable Energy

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve been sharing on Facebook and Twitter the stories of four women who’ve made their mark in renewable energy. These individuals are making an impact in green economics, environmental policy, and in the solar and wind industries. Check out each of their stories.

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