4/26/2013 12:53:00 PM

Good News Friday, April 25 {Solar Power, Extreme Green Buildings, Growth of Renewables}

It's Friday and we want to share some good news. There's a lot of doom and gloom out there regarding climate change--and there should be. It's a serious problem that we all need to be taking action on.

But on Fridays, we like to highlight some of the good news, and focus on what people and communities are doing right now to reduce their carbon footprint and help polar bears.

  • The sun keeps shining brightly on solar energy, with a new report showing that, in the U.S., solar energy workers now outnumber coal miners. In California, there are more solar energy workers than actors. And in Texas, more solar energy workers than ranchers! Check out this interactive map by The Solar Foundation to see the jobs state by state.
  • Along with the growth in solar workers are promising strides in solar itself. The new IBM Solar Collector magnifies the power of the sun 2000 times without burning itself up. The technology is also cost-effective, estimated at just 10 cents per kilowatt hour.
  • As part of its Earth Day coverage, National Geographic featured four extreme green buildings that model a sustainable future. They include an algae-powered building in Germany, a net zero energy lab in Hawaii, a Seattle office building striving for Living Building status (the greenest of the green), and a mixed-used, carbon-neutral development in Britain.
  • Renewables could account for half of all energy production by 2030 according to a new report by Bloomberg. Analysts forecast a tripling of investment within in the same time period, reducing the grip fossil fuels have on world energy supply. Subsidies to wind and solar power industries by China and Germany are helping to bring down costs and fuel investment.

Have a great weekend!

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