4/4/2014 2:11:53 PM

Good News Friday {Solar, College Inspiration, Smart Home}

From solar on U.S. tribal lands and in India, to college students touring the country promoting sustainable living, to a house that makes more energy than it consumes, we cover it in this week's Good News Friday.

• Ground has been broken on the first utility-scale solar-power plant in the United States to be built on tribal land. The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar project about 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas will be built by Moapa Southern Paiute Solar, a subsidiary of First Solar Electric. The construction project will employ 400 people and, when completed in 2015, will generate 250 megawatts or enough energy to power 93,000 homes in Los Angeles. Read more.  

• India plans to award licenses for an additional 1,000 megawatts of solar power plants in the next year, about 30 percent more than originally targeted and equivalent to about half the capacity built so far. Projects using photovoltaic technology, which use panels to convert sunlight directly into electricity, have benefited from a more than 60 percent decline in equipment costs since 2010. Read more.  

• Kids are getting in on the eco-groovy action, too. Teens Turning Green (TTG), a youth-led non-profit, is hosting a road tour to inform, inspire and mobilize students around sustainability projects on university campuses across the country. "The Conscious College Road Tour seeks to demonstrate how simple, fun, and accessible conscious living can be for a college lifestyle, while empowering students to develop and implement projects that lead to more sustainable lives and campuses," said Erin Schrode, TTG co-Founder. Read more

• We don't know if the Teens Turning Green will stop at University of California, Davis, but if they do they may be impressed by a zero-carbon smart home. UC Davis and Honda recently unveiled an ambitious project capable of producing more renewable energy than it consumes. While homes and cars in the U.S. account for about 44 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, the Smart Home is expected to generate a surplus of 2.6 megawatt-hours (Mwh) of energy per year, some of which will be used to power the Honda Fit electric vehicle (EV) that comes with it. Read more.

Have a great weekend!

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