With global energy prices trending upwards, Penn State’s solar energy purchasing agreement now nearing the completion of its second year has saved the University more money than expected. It also contributes to greenhouse gas reductions and University research efforts. In October 2020, Penn State began purchasing 100% of the renewable energy generated at three solar [...]

By |2022-09-29T10:12:44+00:00September 29th, 2022|Newsletter|0 Comments

Batteries Made from Crab Shells

As the world increasingly turns to renewable energy sources and electric vehicles, the demand for batteries is skyrocketing. However, the batteries used today are not always sustainable. For example, polypropylene and polycarbonate separators, which are widely used in Lithium-ion batteries, take hundreds or thousands of years to degrade and add to environmental burden. On the [...]

By |2022-09-15T12:07:59+00:00September 15th, 2022|Newsletter|0 Comments


Solar power now accounts for almost a third of global renewable energy capacity, according to International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). From rooftops to carports, from ground-mount to several water bodies, an increasing array of innovative sites are being used to build solar power facilities. It’s estimated that Germany alone could house around 20 gigawatts of [...]

By |2022-09-09T12:43:31+00:00September 9th, 2022|Newsletter|0 Comments

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 : A Crucial step in Transition to Clean Energy

In a significant development, President Biden signed the ‘Inflation Reduction Act 2022’ into law. The Act was designed to reduce the deficit and lower inflation while investing in domestic energy production and lowering healthcare drug costs. The Inflation Reduction Act lowers prescription drug costs, health care costs, and energy costs. It is the most aggressive [...]

By |2022-08-25T18:44:58+00:00August 25th, 2022|Newsletter|0 Comments

Solar Parking Lots Are a Win-Win Solution

Carports and parking lots have long been underutilized assets. Property owners now have the opportunity to provide a better carport and parking lot service as well as generate electricity that may be used or sold. Solar panels, tall enough to park an RV underneath, stand on steel trusses above the lot, providing a bit [...]

By |2022-08-18T11:59:03+00:00August 18th, 2022|Newsletter|0 Comments

Ukraine Powering Forward with Solar

In 2022, Ukraine ranked among the world's top 20 countries with the largest solar energy fleet, with a total installed capacity of 7.7 GW. Large ground-mounted solar power plants took a large share with 6.2 GW of installed capacity, while installations on commercial and residential buildings reached 1.5 GW. The war in Ukraine and its [...]

By |2022-07-01T19:04:14+00:00July 1st, 2022|Newsletter|0 Comments

Biodiversity & Solar Parks

Solar Parks have the potential to mitigate climate change but relatively little is known of the implications of the required land-use change. It is invisible but we are facing a biodiversity crisis. Britain, for example, has lost more of its biodiversity than almost anywhere else in western Europe and is among the most nature-depleted [...]

By |2022-06-24T09:43:29+00:00June 24th, 2022|Newsletter|0 Comments

1 Acre Land: Corn-Grown Ethanol vs Solar Panels

Independent farming is an increasingly difficult way to earn a living. In 2018, the harvest price for corn was 7% below the projected price per bushel, and this decline is not out of the ordinary. From 1972 to 2017, 49% of the years saw declines greater than 7%. It is pertinent to mention here that [...]

By |2022-06-10T12:22:48+00:00June 10th, 2022|Newsletter|0 Comments


The Golden State, which is on the road to having a carbon-free power grid within 25 years, got a short glimpse of that possibility earlier this month. On April 3, 2022, California’s main grid ran on more than 97% renewable energy. At 3:39 p.m. when the grid was at its peak, it broke the previous [...]

By |2022-04-20T07:54:17+00:00April 20th, 2022|Newsletter|0 Comments


  With constant news reports about the threat climate change poses to a livable future, you might be wondering what you can do to join the fight against climate change. Using less energy or buying an electric car are options we’re all familiar with to reduce your impact on the planet, but one idea you [...]

By |2022-04-14T17:54:50+00:00April 14th, 2022|Newsletter|0 Comments