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The High Cost of Solar Financing

March 27, 2015 by Anna Bacheller

The solar industry recently attracted attention from two Silicon Valley tech giants: Apple and Google. Their investments in solar technology simultaneously underscore the growing interest in solar from the business world, and highlight one of the industry’s key challenges: long-term financing.[read more]

Why Did Apple Pay So Much for 130 MW of Solar? Is Google Part of the Answer?

March 4, 2015 by Catherine Wolfram

Apple Solar Investment

Sometimes, we write blog posts that pose rhetorical questions in the title. This time, I have real questions concerning Apple and First Solar announcing that Apple was paying $848 million for 25 years of the output of a 130 MW block of First Solar’s California Flats project in SE Monterey County.[read more]

Clean Energy is Just Smart Business for Leaders like Apple, Google

March 1, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy, Smart Business

Recently, Apple announced plans to spend nearly $2 billion on European data centers set to run entirely on renewable energy, and invested $848 million to secure power from 130MW of First Solar’s California Flats Solar Project under a 25-year power purchase agreement.[read more]

Another Week, Another Big Advanced Energy Business Deal, This Time with Google

February 28, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Advanced Energy Business Deals

Following last week’s announcement that Apple partnered with First Solar to build new solar to power its headquarters and a huge portion of its California operations, Google announced that it would be lighting up the Googleplex – its Mountain View, CA, headquarters – entirely with wind power.[read more]

How Apple Became One of the Greenest Companies in America

October 18, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

Green Apple

There’s one thing you probably don’t know about Apple. The technology conglomerate was ranked 48th on Newsweek’s Greenest Companies of America list this year. To put that in perspective, of the six million businesses registered in the United States, only 47 are considered “greener” than Apple.[read more]

Utility Alert: Apple Jumping Into Smart Home Controls Race

May 30, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Apple is jumping into the smart home market with an app that can control the entire house, unveiling software that relies on hardware made by other companies rather than releasing its own line of home products. There will be a certification scheme similar to Apple’s “made for iPhone” label.[read more]

Apple Plans Solar Energy Farm To Support Nevada Data Center

July 7, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Apple Solar Farm

Apple is teaming up with Nevada utility NV Energy to build a solar farm to support its data center in Reno, Nevada. This would be Apple’s third solar farm, following the two currently in construction next to its North Carolina data center.[read more]

Wind Power Isn’t Perfect, But It’s a Hell of a Lot Better than the Alternatives

January 19, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

Wind turbines/Shutterstock

If we were to stick with our coal phase-out strategy without wind, we would need to burn more natural gas. The reality is that when the wind blows it gives us the opportunity to burn less natural gas when it’s being used to displace coal. This is partially why greenhouse-gas emissions associated with electricity generation in Ontario have fallen by two-thirds since 2003.[read more]

On-Shoring Manufacture of Electronics

December 9, 2012 by James Greenberger

The United States should undertake a national initiative to return the manufacture of consumer electronics and mobile apps devices to its shores. Any such return faces daunting obstacles: re-establishing supply chains, re-training a work force, dealing with labor cost issues and all of the related expenses. But the payoff would be huge and would go well beyond the usual Red Herring of job creation. At stake is energy security, military security and a cleaner, more stable environment.[read more]

Why Google invests in clean energy

February 1, 2012 by Marc Gunther

 Last year, Google invested more than $915 million in clean energy projects–solar, wind and transmission. That’s a lot of money, even for Google, which had $38 billion in revenues in 2011. The investments don’t appear to be core to the company’s mission of organizing information, and they have attracted criticism, as well as some...[read more]

Big Brands Talk Climate Action Buuuuuut…

December 7, 2011 by Marc Gunther

 Led by Unilever, Astra Zeneca and Nike, consumer brands are taking climate change more seriously than ever, says a new report from Climate Counts, a nonprofit that rates some of the world’s largest companies on their climate impact. Big companies are reporting emissions, committing to targets and becoming more vocal in the policy...[read more]

Steve Jobs and the Energy Storage Industry

October 17, 2011 by James Greenberger

The advanced energy storage industry must focus on making the case for its technology. Technology geeks and policy wonks will never make a market for our products. We need to take the case for energy storage to the consumer. That is what Steve Jobs would do.[read more]

Apple just got a whole lot Greener!

October 24, 2010 by Tom Raftery

Photo credit hildgrim Like Symantec, Apple too have a significant Green story that they are not telling – and it just got a lot Greener! Why do I say they have a Green story in the first place? Aren’t they just constantly exhorting us to buy their products? How is that sustainable? Well, let me start by making a confession – I am an...[read more]

Stuck With Cars

February 13, 2010 by RyanAvent

As Dave Roberts says in the Prospect piece linked in the post below, cars are incredibly over-engineered given their typical use. Every weekday, tens of millions of Americans get into vehicles that are full of passenger space which won’t be used, with engines capable of horsepower and speeds that won’t be attained, holding fuel tanks...[read more]

We all love technology, but not so sure about science!

February 4, 2010 by David Hone

With the arrival of the Apple iPad last week, it was clear that the world is in the middle of a technology boom and it was even clearer that we all love it. Whilst some couldn’t help comment on certain missing features (the web cam, the USB connector and so on), nobody was condemning the entire idea of portable communication devices to...[read more]