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Does Solar Energy Require Too Much Land?

Does Solar Energy Require Too Much Land?
Solar energy naysayers often cite the land requirements that come with solar energy as one of its drawbacks. They argue that too much land is required for solar energy to be feasible. Is it true? Well, let’s take a look.
 
Posted: 2/17/2017

The Great Solar Debate - Is Solar Panel Production Bad for the Environment?

The Great Solar Debate - Is Solar Panel Production Bad for the Environment?
There is a complaint about solar power that goes something like this, “Generating solar energy might not pollute the environment, but the manufacturing of solar panels does.” Indeed, solar panel production currently requires the use of some hazardous chemicals plus an abundance of energy, the source of which is often fossil fuels, and these both have a negative impact on the environment. However, steps to mitigate solar energy’s impact are going in the right direction.
 
Posted: 12/16/2016

The Great Solar Debate - Is Solar Too Expensive?

The Great Solar Debate - Is Solar Too Expensive?
One of the most common arguments against the expansion of solar energy is that solar power is just too expensive. People feel that there is no good reason to financially support solar energy when there are other perfectly good options that supply the same amount of energy for a lot less money. To be fair, these individuals make a good case with evidence to back it up.
Posted: 12/13/2016

The Great Solar Debate - Is Solar Power Unreliable

The Great Solar Debate - Is Solar Power Unreliable

A common argument against solar power is that it’s only designed for areas where the sun shines often, such as the American Southwest, but it’s unreliable in other places. This is an understandable concern, but one that can be assuaged with a bit of helpful information.
Posted: 12/13/2016

The Great Solar Debate - Introduction

The Great Solar Debate - Introduction
The Great Solar Debate is going to delve deeply into the issues surrounding the feasibility of solar power. It is important to have this conversation, considering the present state of our energy infrastructure. Unfortunately, fossil fuels, our current major energy source, are not going to last forever. Alternative energy sources will need to reach their potential soon to ensure that a sustainable global energy system is in place for future generations.
 
Posted: 12/13/2016

The Science of Energy: Wind

The Science of Energy: Wind
Whether you are sitting outside during a hot summer day with a cool breeze or bundling up to survive the bone-chilling winds of winter, wind is all around when spending time outdoors. Its power has been harnessed for millennia, from ships sailing on the Nile River seven thousand years ago and the windmills of pre-industrial Holland to the electricity generating technology of modern wind turbines that has taken off all over the world.
 
Posted: 11/10/2016

Science of Energy: Solar

Science of Energy: Solar
Solar energy is really hot these days, but many people don’t understand how solar panels create electricity from sunlight. The sun provides a huge amount of heat and light every day that can be converted into useable forms of electricity. In fact, the sun has been used by people since ancient times for keeping track of time and making fires.
 
Posted: 10/5/2016

The Science of Energy: Crude Oil and Petroleum

The Science of Energy: Crude Oil and Petroleum
Oil is the biggest global commodity today and provides the greatest percentage of our global energy usage. When we think of oil or petroleum, we often think of the gasoline used in our personal vehicles, but petroleum makes up a substantial portion of the manufacturing processes of most things we use every day. From the plastics in water bottles to the petroleum involved in transporting those bottles, oil has become the basis of our global economy.
 
Posted: 8/2/2016

The Science of Energy: Introduction to Energy
What is energy? What do we mean when we talk about energy conservation and energy usage? What are sources of energy that we use every day? How is energy related to sustainability and sustainable business practices? These are some of the questions that I will be answering in this blog series about the science of energy.
Posted: 6/7/2016

LIVE GREEN OR DIE TRYIN'

LIVE GREEN OR DIE TRYIN'
You’re trying to live more sustainably but you’re stuck asking yourself whether you should you be a vegan or bike to work?
Posted: 5/9/2016

I’m a platypus.

I’m a platypus.
First off, I’d like to clear one thing up: I’m a platypus.  And frankly I’m sick and tired of people mistaking me for some common water fowl! 
Posted: 1/7/2016

 

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